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Astrid Schünemann

Breathing therapist,
meditation teacher,
translator, author, certified animal communicator

Already at an early age, I felt a yearning for stillness and sought it in nature. I began writing stories and poems and reading books about spirituality when I was still a child. Back in my school days, I learned yoga and relaxation exercises and gradually began to live a mindful and aware life. Communication in the broadest sense was always important to me. My encounter with the teachings of the Buddha in 1984 had a lasting impression on me and deeply enriched my life. Meditation and breathwork are the methods that have accompanied me ever since and which I gladly share with others in seminars, lectures and books. It is a pleasure for me to pass on this great wealth of experience and knowledge.



1987 - 1989 full-time training as a breath therapist at the Ilse Middendorf Institute
1989 diploma from the German breathwork association AFA
1998 - 2001 traditional tibetan buddhist three-year retreat at Kundreul Ling monastery in France
2010 - 2014 participation in annual Bodhi Path teacher training with H.E. Shamar Rinpoche
Continuous training in song, dance and other forms of bodywork

Studies of Buddhist philosophy

2020-2021 One year professional training in animal communication of Penelope Smith with Christine Beckmann, direct disciple of Penelope Smith

2021 For the love of animals training, with Anna Breytenbach and Brad Laughlin

2018 trainig in Ayurveda nutrition


1989 - 1997 breath therapy in a practice in Heidelberg, seminars
Since 1989 author and publisher of books on the breath
Since 1990 interpreter for Buddhist teachers
Authorized Dharma instructor for the Bodhi Path and Dhagpo Kagyu organization, seminars throughout Europe
Member of the breathwork association BVA
Professional instructor for breathing teachers and yoga teachers in Austria and Italy

Animal communication

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