Meet Liz Griffin
“I am a passionate mentor, teacher, honorary academic, activist & guide on the great path. I am a global nomad, a citizen of planet earth. I believe in a world where equality, freedom and peace prevail. I transform people’s lives for the better through mentorship, teaching, advocacy & healing work.”
Liz commenced her career working for humanitarian NGOs during the war in the former-Yugoslavia. She then moved into the human rights and international legal/protection field. As an expert consultant and professor, Liz has lived and worked around the globe, including in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Costa Rica, Croatia, India, Kosovo, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, South Africa and Thailand.
Liz has undertaken work for NGOs and IGOs, including Save the Children, Amnesty International, the International Council on Human Rights Policy, the United Nations (OHCHR, DPKO & ICTY) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She has also designed, taught and directed academic and professional programmes at the University of Oxford, the University of Essex (UK), the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), Santa Clara University (USA) and a number of other global academic institutions. As an academic, Liz became a professor in 2012.
Over the past 20 years Liz has combined her passion for yoga on the mat with public service off the mat (karma yoga). She started practicing yoga 20 years ago whilst living and working in some highly challenging and dangerous situations as a way to release stress and get out of thinking mind. After a harrowing deployment to Afghanistan in 2003 Liz became a serious yoga practitioner.
Liz qualified in 2006 with the Sivanada School (200 hour diploma). She then met her master teacher Shiva Rea and mentor Coral Brown and fell in love with Prana Vinyasa Flow™. After 8 years of intensive study with Shiva Rea, Liz gained her 300 hour diploma in 2014. In 2015, Liz was awarded her 500 hour certificate and in 2016 she attained the status of Senior Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer in 2017 (Registered as a Yoga Alliance Professional).
Liz continues to act as a catalyst for change in her capacity as Honorary Fellow, University of Essex, Human Rights Centre (UK) https://www1.essex.ac.uk/hrc/staff/profile.aspx?ID=795 Honorary Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria (South Africa) and as a member of the Board, Universal Rights Group.
Liz speaks fluent Spanish and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin & she is currently learning Swahili.
Liz is a global nomad who considers herself a citizen of planet earth! She believes in a world without fear, inequality, poverty and conflict.
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