Why Merle?

Talking about Merle is not my favorite thing to do. I would much rather sit and listen to you. 

But… since you have clicked on this page… you might be thinking about signing up for a creative writing course – in Hermanus or Norway or Venice? Or a “Write and Travel” workshop in  Venice or the French Pyrenees, or Israel, or Canada or Hermanus? Or perhaps you have picked up a book I have written or collaborated on?  Or heard about Listenbear and how his story has reached children in refugee camps? Maybe you have heard about  “Merle’s Messy Method” for mind-free writing? How about nibbled on a clove of “black garlic” I have fermented or dipped into my famous homemade Irish Cream whiskey? Or maybe you have heard of my husband and his development of “Life Alignment Technique”…

Everything I teach Or Write Is From Expereince

 I have taught and co-facilitated workshops and retreats internationally, for the past 16 years on the art and intuitive science of writing; the power of silence; the rewards of intuition. I have sat with the San Bushmen in the Kalahari desert, listened to their ancient songs and stories and have become impacted by indigenous wisdom. I have written and co-written books about my understanding of it. I have grown an acorn of an idea of a children’s storybook for my grandson into an oak tree project that has distributed hundreds of thousands of books to children in refugee camps.

I have been a student of meditation for almost 50 years yet each day reminds me that I am just a beginner.

The Journey

orn in South Africa, I lived in Canada for 30 years, then returned to be a part of the “New South Africa” when Nelson Mandela became president.


I’m born in Johannesburg. I’m married (for a lot of years)  to a man I knew for one week. We have two children and two grandchildren – one is an American Football player and one is a unicorn. Our family is composed of Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist and Agnostic with sprinkling of Hare Krishna. We celebrate every festival possible.


In 1983 we opened “Natural Health Institute” – the first holistic health centre in Toronto. The architect I married became a doctor of Natural Medicine and the children’s theatre actress he married became an aromatherapist. Our institute became a huge success. There was no internet, yet people heard about us and came from as far as Japan, the USA and Europe. The success almost killed us!  Exhausted, we took to the Judean Hills to “walk and talk”  – to  sense  into the direction of our lives.  Came home to Toronto, left the success we had built, handed the keys to the therapists who worked at our Institute and walked into the sunset of the next stage of our journey – I began to write and Jeff developed what has become a globally recognized healing system “Life Alignment Technique” Link to page.

I have been a student of the Ridhwan School for 10 years and am currently enrolled in a post graduate Mindfulness Based Stress Release degree through the Medical Science Faculty at Stellenbosch University. I have studied with many great teachers and lived in spiritual communities for more than 12 years.


For the past 16 years, I have taught creative writing workshops across Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Israel, and Canada. I have written three children’s books.  “Listenbear” was published by Save the Children and World Vision International, and used for refugees in the Syria project. I published non-fiction “Spurensiche” 2001 by eFeF Verlag, Switzerland. I am  a member of The Society of Authors UK and Canadian Authors Assn and a Canada Council for the Arts recipient (2012). I have published and read my work on CBC’s  “First Person Singular.” I’ve co-produced three CD’s of Children’s stories.

Life Alignment

Developed by Jeff Levin DNM (Doctor of Natural Medicine in 1991.  This healing method is taught globally. It works with the inner bio computer to bring health and wellbeing at physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of being. Vortex Technology accompanies the technique to support the system.


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