Vera Marbach was born in Germany, but grew up in South Africa. As a German South African she has learnt to live and work in cultural environments different to her primary culture. She speaks fluent English, Afrikaans and German and is learning Sepedi. She lives in Gauteng with her husband and three children, whom she home-schooled.
Vera studied Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in England and in South Africa in a variety of fields, including in mental health and in childhood development. She has co-ordinated and facilitated monthly discussion events, occasional conferences and weekend breakaways. She is also a regular guest speaker at various churches and events on a variety of subjects such as self-esteem, family relationships, ethical consumerism and so forth.
She is a nni Facilitator-Coach and has facilitated monthly nni dialogues since June 2016. Since December 2016 this has taken place under the banner of Diversity Dialogue SA.
Vera is a life coach who focuses on coaching individuals to cope and work with strong feelings, like anger, anxiety, fear and pain. These intense emotions can give us the motivation to change our circumstances in practical and positive ways. Her particular interests and/or experience include home-schooling, communication skills, family relationships, mental health, preparation for dying well and social cohesion.
Both individual coaching and dialogue facilitation can be done in person or online.
During the last few years she has become involved in inter-racial meetings to address the racial tensions evident in South African society. She is passionate about conscious and thought-through living, active citizenship and practical social justice. She is interested in history and how it influences our present. She writes poetry to process her thoughts and challenges.