Marielle Amrhein, MA, is an educator, activist and performing artist. She has worked extensively as a peace and justice educator in underserved SF and NYC public schools, and in slums and villages in North India and Nepal with the non-profit organizations Global Kids and the American India Foundation. After spending years supporting youth-led human rights campaigns and using dance and theater to raise awareness about social issues, Marielle has shifted her focus to include mindfulness practices and wilderness education. She has led international service learning trips for teens, wilderness retreats for leadership development, and performance for social awareness trainings. She is an avid mountaineer making annual pilgrimages to the high peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, and aspires to bring girls to these mountains. Marielle’s work with youth focuses on the embodied experience of bridging creativity, social responsibility, stewardship of the earth, and cultural awareness for inner and outer leadership and liberation.
Marielle has a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Dance and Asian Philosophy and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in Peace Education. She has also trained in a variety of counseling and healing modalities. She is currently a Group Leader for the Interchange Counseling Institute, and on her way towards being a Wilderness First Responder.
Originally from New York, Marielle lives in Oakland with her beloved partner and finds joy dancing, hiking, biking, adventuring, cooking, learning new languages, and growing things in the garden. She feels like every part of her life is an experiment in activism and radical consciousness raising inside and out.