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Danksagung & Acknowledgments

I would like to thank everyone who has helped make «The Toolbox Is You» such a great success, by enjoying, implementing and enriching the project using their individual skills.

Special thanks to Heidemarie Dobner for her enthusiasm throughout the creation of the first edition and Katrina Wiedner for her continued support, both artistically and conceptually – it is a pleasure working together. Furthermore I would like to thank the team at Osterloh for their passion and dedication.

Es ist mir ein Wunsch, dass dieses Buch jeden Interessierten auf dem Weg zu einem gesünderen, glücklicheren, und selbst-bewussteren Leben begleitet.


Gemeinsam Zukunft gestalten!
Shaping the future together!

Maria Kluge / Autorin

Enthusiastic and inspiring

Born in Munich, Germany, Maria Kluge is a mindfulness trainer and body therapist who for many years lived in Italy and the United States. In 1993, she founded the Dogwood Institute for Alternative Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. Together with her husband John Kluge, she sponsored the work of numerous early innovators such as Joan Halifax, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Amishi Jha, Paul Ekman, and Patricia Jennings. The couple also supported the international Mind and Life Institute, Richard Davidson’s Center for Healthy Minds and the school projects of the Dalai Lama. Back in Germany, she has further established such a place for exchange with the Association for Mindfulness in Osterloh.

Andreas de Bruin’s interview with Maria Kluge covers numerous facets of Maria’s varied and extraordinary life. The dialogue also reveals a special friendship between two people who are intensively committed to a new educational landscape – in which young people, in particular, are supported in discovering and developing their own talents.


Excerpts from the interview were published March 2022 in
Magazin Moment by Moment, issue 01/2022

Das Interview mit der Autorin Maria Kluge und Andreas de Bruin untergliedert in 9 tiefgreifenden Kapiteln.

OSTERLOH is a non-profit organisation dedicated to mindfulness. It stands for a way of life which is determined by mutual appreciation, benevolence and mindfulness for yourself and the world surrounding you. Our intention is to bring more mindfulness into our society to make it happier and fairer. We want to find common ways to integrate mindfulness into our daily lives.

Ein Projekt von Verein für Achtsamkeit in Osterloh e.V.

Auf diesem Buch aufbauend bietet der Verein ein Kursangebot für Lehrer und Schulen an