About me

I was born in the Netherlands in 1968 and I'm of Dutch-Sardinian descent. I'm a professional copywriter, journalist and blogger, and, being a mindfulness devotee, I develop mindfulness e-programmes which I sell through two successful websites in the Netherlands and the US.

I’m also an internationally published author of four non-fiction books with more than 85,000 copies of eight editions sold in total, of which two books have reached the bestsellers lists in the Netherlands.

Since 2007 I live in New Zealand with my husband and our cat Bobbie on a beautiful property with stunning views on the Pacific. In between our daily tasks of writing and designing (for our own websites as well as for a few valued clients) we drive to the beach for a walk or a surf, keep fit under the guidance of our personal trainer and produce our own Cames Cottage olive oil.

Online presence

Work & PR    www.growingmindfulness.nl + www.growingmindfulness.com

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                     https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisagarau/

Social           https://www.facebook.com/GrowingMindfulness/

 

About my books

My books, websites and guest blogs have been featured by 25+ Dutch media outlets including the top women’s magazines, major newspapers and leading websites, such as Margriet, Libelle, GezondNu, Holistik, Santé, Flow and Men’s Health.

I have contributed countless articles on mindfulness to Weight Watchers Magazine Australia, NZ Life & Leisure, Times Newspapers, NZ Herald, M2Woman NZ, Counselling Today NZ and the Mental Health Foundation NZ. In addition I have appeared on TVNZ on various women’s programmes.

 

 

 

Haal Meer Uit Je Leven Met Mindfulness 

Boekerij – Meulenhoff 2015 for The Netherlands and Belgium (re-release / 1,500 copies sold)

Lannoo 2007 for The Netherlands and Belgium (5 editions / bestseller with 15,000 copies sold)

Tirez Le Maximum De La Vie

Translated by Broquet Publishers 2009 for French Canada and France (3,000 copies sold)

From Stress To Strength – Enrich Your Life With The Power Of Mindfulness

Translated and self-published by Bungalow Publishing 2009 for New Zealand and Australia (7,000 copies sold)

 

Haal Meer Uit Je Dip – Met De Power Van Mindfulness

(How To Make The Most Of Your Misery – With The Power Of Mindfulness)

Boekerij – Meulenhoff 2013 for The Netherlands and Belgium (2,000 copies sold)

 

Een Enkeltje Auckland, Please

(A One Way Ticket To Auckland, Please – about the hopes and fears when applying for the Kiwi visa)

Uitgeverij Grenzeloos 2012 for The Netherlands and Belgium (750 copies sold)

 

ABBA: On Speaking Terms

The House Of Books 2002 for The Netherlands and Belgium (bestseller with 15,000 copies sold)

ABBA: Ihre Ganze Geschichte

Translated by Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag 2005 for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (45,000 copies sold)

ABBA: The Inner Circle Interviews

Translated and self-published by Bungalow Publishing 2008 for New Zealand and Australia (e-book / 10,500 downloads)