About Us


I still feel so positively linked with my grandmother, I remember how she shared her life’s experiences. Now, I am a grandmother to 5, I live with my husband in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Who am I? Seeker of myself, what can I do to help others to live in peace and harmony. Before I worked as IT teacher in the Lithuanian University of Agriculture. I like Nature, herbs and traditions of Lithuanian pirtis (steam bath), embedded in a wider Baltic tradition. We are practicing the art of water, steam, herbs; attracting people to find inner peace and love, to connect to Nature, bringing balance and harmony. Furthermore it is a way of promoting ancient wisdom. I am also a yoga teacher. I would like to exchange experience of how to increase mental and physical activity, amongst older people and so enhance the quality of later life as well as inspiring the next generation to use their body, mind and mental strength to achieve peace of mind and eliminate negativity. I love chanting mantras and singing. I am part of the international Choir where we enjoy highly spirited joyful singing We all are members of the same family bound by the religion of love…

BEATE HEIDE (*1959) Delegate SAMI

My name is Beate Heide, and I am a part of the Sami people of the north. To be a Sami has been met by the majority in Norway with suppression – as many of the small indigious people around the world. To stand up as a Sami has taken courage. And today I wear my native costume with pride, although I have lost my ancestors language.

I am born in the north of Norway; above the Artic Circle on a small island called Andøya. I love to be by the sea- and to go for hikes in the mountains. Growing up in a harsh nature and stormy weather, I really enjoy a good storm as much as a quite walk under the midnight sun.

I work as a section leader in Statped, the support system for children with disabilities in Norway. I work with people with visual impairment. We offer an pedagogical approach to the impairment.

I have 4 boys – born from 1980-1999; and I also have a fosterchild – born in 1998.
I am also a writer and I have written two Childrens books in Norwegian and Sami- about serious matters . In “Ida og Nordlyset” I write about a little girl dying of cancer. The other book “Det knuste hjertet” is about living in fostercare.

As a part of indigious people I praise and admire Mother Earth and her strength. I believe she will need all the help she can get to provide fresh air and water for everyone living on the planet earth today; as long with a fair charing of the food we produce amongst us.


Hi my name is Bette Graham I am from Belfast which is part of the United Kingdom, I am a grandmother, my two sons have 4 children between them. My personal journey has taught me a lot about life’s lessons, I am very passionate about Human Rights I work with PPR ( Participation and Practice of Human Rights ) involving helping vulnerable people have their own voice, we are all human and deserving of Dignity and Respect…. PEOPLE! NATURE! THE WORLD! I am also part of the personal Growth team at “Lifespring” health and healing here in Belfast. As a grandmother My wish is through sharing my knowledge! experience! planting the seed in my grandchildren and others will strengthen them and their hope so the next generation can live in a better, peaceful world…


I was born in Switzerland in 1946 and grew up with 3 siblings. Our parents
often took us out into nature, which they loved, on weekends and in vacations.

This is probably the basis of my own love of flowers, trees and landscapes. I
have been married since 69. A little later, when I had finished my training as a
teacher and remedial teacher, we moved into a farmhouse in the countryside.
This is also where our 3 boys were born. For a few years I was fully occupied
with the children, the house, the animals and the large garden. It was an
intensive time, but one in which I was able to pursue my interests al little: pottery, earth energies, peace work and nature conversation work. I trained as a psychotherapist and got very different therapy methods. Body and
energietherapy were the ones that suited me best. My husband, who is a children and youth psychiatrist, and I attend some of the courses together, which also enriched our relationship. As the boys grew up, I worked more and more in our shared office.

Our 3 sons gave us 3 lovely daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren. Being with
them is one of the most precious things in this retirement phase of our lives.
Being included in the circle of European Grandmothers means a lot to me. It
broadens my heart. It strengthens me to be related with women from different
countries and to know that we have similar goals in all our diversity. Together
on the path, serving life with respect.



I am born 1953 and live in South-Germany. I have two adult daughters and I am happily married the second time. I studied science of education, psychology and sociology. In my major professional life I have been engaged in developing and managing social projects in the field of education.

Recently I am working as a consultant for personal transformation in combination with Feng Shui. All my life I have been involved in creative activities, for example working and playing in experimental theater and teaching it. In cooperation with my friend Otmar I made the film about the second meeting of European Grandmothers in Germany, September 2017.
I am deeply convinced that spirit, body and soul are a unity. This has always influenced my work.

My vision is to give power to and to develop an international network of man and women, who love and cherish our mother earth with all her beings and will contribute to balance the masculine and the feminine for example in social, cultural and ecological means. I believe, that we are the people, we have been waiting for.


I was born in 1945 in Hamburg during the Second World War. I studied Psychology, Gestalt Psychotherapy and Systemic Family Therapy. I am mother and grandmother, psychotherapist, teacher and student of the great lessons of life and nature.
Since 1977 I live in an old house with a wonderful garden in a small village near Lüneburg. I love this beautiful place in the nature, my work, my family, my life and my age! I feel a deep respect for the cultures of indigenous people. I travelled around the world to learn about them.

I met the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers for the first time in 2014. These wise women and their message impressed me so deeply, that I decided to plant their seeds in Germany and in Europe. I feel the deep connection with something inside of me that I call GREAT MYSTERY and with all that is. More and more I find peace inside of me. In this way I get courage to step forward to connect with other grandmothers.
My vision: I see many Councils of Grandmothers all over the world, connected like a woven net. These Grandmothers will give support in insecure times.


I was born in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Nature, music, books, art and travelling have been important to me from childhood. In my profession as a physiotherapist and Shiatsu-therapist I support people on their path through life, looking for a holistic reconnection to life through bodywork. Even though I find this connection on a regular basis, it continues to fascinate me.
Since 1990 I have lived in a beautiful nature environment with my husband. Here our three children grew up; I am a mother and a grandmother. Keeping in contact and spending time with my family is essential to me.

In this place it is also easy to stay in close contact with all the elements. For several years permaculture-gardening has been getting more and more important to us. As a participant in various and different small groups with diverse themes, I feel the power of the circle again and again. In this way I stay aware that in a mindful interconnectedness of women and men of different backgrounds it is possible to live together in a peaceful way.
My goal for the Council of the European Grandmothers is to support the networking of many small circles in the bigger European area.


I was born in Madrid (Spain). I had the privilege of spending nine months in the city and three months of holidays and freedom on the beach. The sea was my constant companion to have fun and helped me to become aware of my abilities and where I need to improve. I have two daughters born in 1982 and 1993. The Mystery has given me a grandchild born in 2019. I worked in various companies, some of which were owned by me, from 1977 to 2012. When I stopped working, I had time to live differently and start my spiritual path. I collaborate with CCA Spain to improve the personal development of the human being. Currently I am practising the intuitive meditation method Arka Dhyana and I have started to share it with other people. This method helps me to discover my true self and to listen to my heart. In mid-2022 my family made an important decision: we moved to a small village near Madrid but in the middle of nature and I have seen that Mother Earth can feed us all. Growing some of my own food is wonderful.

We are spiritual beings living a unique experience of growth and learning on our mother earth and that is the message I want to pass on to others.
The Council of European Grandmothers has made me realise that there are no borders, that all people are one and at the same time all are different. Love is the key to creating a more humane society and women have a very important role to play.


Supporting humanity to take care of themselves, each other and the nature at the same time with care, kindness and dignity is my daily mission. All living things works together and are therefor equally important and valuable in our woven fabric of life on earth. I live on an island, Mörkö in the Baltic Sea south of Stockholm in the countryside. My hometown is Södertälje; a town where many viewpoints from different parts of the world meet in great diversity and learn to live together. Designing pedagogic modells and processes are an important part of my work. Pedagogic is for me a form of art and the framework and the engine that together with social science and psykologi give us an important key to what forms the society and the humans living culture. It’s important for the society now to have time and interest for the children/young people’s balance and health in the early schoolyears. Develop processes around students health and implementing social pedagogy as a DNA in the school environment has therefore been an important part of my work over the past 5 years. A town or a village can never feel better than the children and the elderly does. Helping people get healthy or balance in life or the nervsystem after a chock/trauma I also do in my reception in Mörkö. I also have worked a lot as a development- and project manager in healthcare and with building new modells and bridges for co creations between different approaches and cultures. I have two adult sons from whom I learn a lot every day. My formal academic education is psychology/pedagogy/sociology as well as rhetoric, economics, organization and dependency theory.

I am a curious person and for me it’s important for both the calmness and the curious part of me to have space in my day. I often give my self questions to explore curiously in mind and in the field of intuition; What of nutrition vitality and resilience strengthen humans/nature’s basic conditions for life on earth? In what way can we support so that the prerequisites of life become an important knowledge, reagin their central importance and land at the top of peoples agenda and in society’s decision-making processes? What can we elder women do to suport life on earth in the best way – seriously and in joy?

Homepage: https://madeleinesoderstrom.org  Emaill: madeleine@morko.se


MaryAnne Gosling lives in Dundalk, Ireland, a border town of some 35,000+ inhabitants halfway between Dublin and Belfast. Her life has been guided through a series of synchronicities which have led her to explore many different strands of healing traditions. Her intuitive knowing says that long before a physical illness occurs, an energy shift manifests firstly, in the spiritual, the mental and the emotional bodies. This then becomes manifest as a dis-ease condition in the physical body.

Her focus in life is raising awareness about universal Inclusiveness. She shares her personal experiences to encourage and foster in others, the knowledge that the mind, the emotions, and the spirit, all have parts to play in healing and transformation – that all healing comes from within – the body has the capacity to heal itself – the universe has the capacity to heal itself even from the destructive acts of humans – if given the right conditions.

This includes an Inclusive Holistic approach to Education regarding Lifestyle, Eating Nourishing Foods, the importance of Water, and Exercise. She offers ‘hand’s on’ classes in her kitchen to help people Transition to Healthy Eating. And also classes in Living Food Preparation.

MARY GRANT (*1944) Delegate IRELAND

Originally from Dublin, Mary has been working with trauma-recovery-transformation over fifty years in Belfast. Her Lifespring group supports wellness-based, resilience focused, forms of responding amid life’s difficult experiences. Alongside other cross-community organizations this currently Grandmother-led group forms a hub, encouraging developmental ventures beyond the group.

Well known for applying effective tools in trauma recovery, she originated the Anam Chara 1976-programme/Psycho-Social Aromatherapy. This is nurtured by the transpersonal perspective in psychology; her coaching approach to family systems theory; unique work in embodied psychotherapy; and by the ancient roots of Irish spirituality/mythology.

Author, trainer, supervisor, programme developer, soul coach, her pioneering work has spread throughout Ireland, U.K. and Nth. America. Passions: inter-generational whole person transformation, in close co-operation with ancestry, natural resources and environment.

In 2009, Talia Rose spoke to Grandmother Agnes about her trips to Ireland and work with Mary. Grandmother Agnes replied: “Ireland has the medicine bundle for the western world”, suggesting that Mary come and talk at their 6th Grandmothers gathering. This led to Grandmother Mona’s visit, a core membership of Grandmothers, from all walks of life, meeting regularly, visiting our most ancient Indigenous Peoples’ gathering place: Uisneach. Welcome to worldwide Grandmothers!


German born, but living in Iceland since 1976, I just fall in love with this country, travelling around in 1973/74 I am a harpist, so I applied for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and got the position in 1976, since 2012 I am retired.

Music is for me a wonderful way to touch feelings and the heart of people. I released a meditation CD in 2010: Óður til Jarðar ( Ode to the Earth) Since 1980 I am working as touring guide in Iceland and Greenland. For me it is important to open people´s eyes for Nature and Mother Earth, which is not difficult here to get a glimpse of force and beauty of nature. It is wild and powerful, uncivilized, ice and fire, earthquakes and blizzards, you can not tame – only arrange with it.

By all my heart I desire a more peaceful world, more respect for nature and human beings and not the living in the dominance of masculine principles. I love to be a part of an international network, the Grandmothers Council : starting by ourselves and return to a new future, for our planet and for our grandchildren. I have one daughter and two grandchildren.


I was born in Belgium in 1959 and grew up on the fringes of Hasselt surrounded by fields and woods. From a very young age I was aware that nature is a place where one can find peace without judgement. There you can observe the movement and changes in all aspects of life from the greatest to the least, and recognise that Mother Nature is always embracing us, breathing us.

My career was as logistic Desk Officer and finally Quality Manager in the BE army. Practicing Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation opened new worlds and new possibilities to me and led me to become a Yoga teacher. I taught Yoga for several years.

My understanding is that in the beauty of painting, music, dance, sculptures and architecture, people realise their human condition. This explains why we are deeply moved by Art.

Although without children of my own, I joined the Council of European Grandmothers to help raise awareness for the ancient wisdom which we all have deep inside of us.

We all need to Listen to the storytellers because there is so much wisdom and healing in their stories.
My motto and conviction is: “Clean the world around You, start at home, that is where the ocean begins.”

Council European Grandmothers

SOPHIA CLEMENCEAU (*1956) Delegate from FRANCE

Although I was born in Paris, I have always had the call of nature. Since 1995, I have had the great joy of living near the Pyrenees. From 1985, my life took a new turn thanks to the practice of Qi Gong and then shamanism, which I continue to develop to this day. I am a researcher at heart ! My profession as a therapist began as a practitioner in Chinese medicine and trainer in Qi Gong. From 1994 I have been passing on my experience through
shamanic groups, as well as women´s circles. Thanks to the Spirits who accompany me, I also offer shamanic treatments. I have a son and 2 granddaughters. Each of us is a pearl of the great necklace that forms our humanity, all different and ONE at the same time. With gratitude, I am doing my part to take care of our Mother Earth with respect for all beings. I hope for a balanced and peaceful world for future generations. After supporting for many years the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers (for whom I translated Carol Schaefer;s book “Grandmothers Council into the World” into French), it is completely natural for me to join the Council of European Grandmothers.


I live in Copenhagen Denmark with my family, husband, 3 children and a granddaughter. I`m concerned about the Earth of the modern world today and how we can all learn to take care of it. How we can find help in old wisdom and bring back some stability in what we find in Nature and what we return. I`m concerned about the environment and the way we care or not care about it. I care about garbage sorting, composting, avoiding food waste, producing green energy, avoiding unnecessary use of plastic, recycling and sustainability.

I am a teacher, I have enjoyed teaching for 34 years. I have experienced the evolution from the pen and paper work to the implementation of the digital world and how it has influenced our lives. I`m very concerned that future generations will not know the joy of being in contact with Nature, each other and themselves in a natural way. I enjoy Nature every day, I walk, I swim in the sea and bath there in the wintertime, too. I grow herbs and vegetables, I collect plants, I knit, I dye my yarn with plants and perform different handcrafting. I attend women groups in Denmark, exchanging experiences, energies and vitality…attending to bring it in on to future generations.


I was born in Oslo, Norway, but moved to Denmark in the early years of 1980’s. Now I am living in the countryside of Zealand, not so far from Copenhagen. I have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren, and it is important for me to stay in close contact with my family.

I have different educations in nature medicine, pedagogy and coaching. Most of my working days have been in a kindergarten placed in the forest out of town. For me, working with children in nature has been of great importance and pleasure. I believe in the healing power of nature, and the importance of being in nature, and to feel the pulse of Mother Earth.

I am educated astrologer, which keeps me working. There are endless amounts of studying material in this exiting field.

I am also a member of “Grandmother Circle the Earth” – Denmark, which have a lot of groups all over our country. I believe in the power and the wisdom of the Circles, and that this positive energy will spread out.

My future wishes are that all human beings will treat Mother Earth in a better way, so we can have clean water, earth and air for everyone, always. And peace.

Honorary Members

Founder Member


German by birth, naturalised British, living in Italy, she studied Theology, Education, Psychology, Philosophy and Art and Design (Ceramics) and several types of alternative ways of medicines. At the centre of her ongoing studies and teachings always is the subject of ‘Selfawareness’. Life in Asia awakened her interest in Eastern Philosophy (Taoism and Zen) and led to the Zen-arts of Raku (as an artist potter she exhibited worldwide).

In 1997 she made her Doctorate in Eco-philosophy on the subjects of the Mahabhutas (Five Great Elements), a universal concept shared by many wisdom-traditions around the globe. In the same year she was awarded a ‘World-Peace Prize’ for contributions to World Peace (LGWPF / NGO of UN). As artist and philosopher merged more and more, a unique combination emerged of deep involvement in Meditation, Sattipahana (mindfulness) and the contemplative practices of Jnana Yoga and Vedanta.

Throughout, she worked with several great spiritual Masters among them Zen-Masters, great Siddhas, the Tibetan Lama and Tulku T.Y.S. Gangchen, and several great Himalayan Masters. She took samnyasa (becoming a traditional Indian renunciate and teacher) in 2003 from Swami Anubhavananda and confirmed her vows in a traditional Vedic ceremony with Swami Veda Bharati in 2007. Swami Nityamuktananda continues to travel the globe as a renown spiritual teacher and guide as well as giving regular workshops in Meran/Italy. www.athayoga.info