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Monika Staab

Hello, I'm Monika.

I graduated in Educational Science (M.A.) and did my PhD in the field of Adult and Continuing Education as part of a cotutelle procedure at the University of Würzburg and the University of Florence.

I am a certified Holistic Life Coach and Mind-Body Practitioner from the MindBodyFood Institute* in Australia and work as a freelance trainer in the field of adult education on topics of (digital) teaching and learning.

I'm from Germany, currently living in Cyprus and feel at home in many places in Europe. I love to travel and discover the world. I am very active (yoga, fitness, running), like to be creative and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

My working languages are German and English.

My story

I too was at the point where you are probably right now - in the middle of a PhD, overwhelmed, lost, self-doubting and under constant pressure to live up to my own standards and the supposed expectations of others. My thoughts were constantly circling around my to-do's, I felt permanently stressed and I was rarely able to really relax. At some point I realised that I was actually just functioning and had lost all ease and joy in my PhD. And yet my life seemed perfect to many on the outside, but on the inside it looked very different.


In addition, the striving for perfection and my strong self-doubt had led me to an eating disorder, which I had seemingly "conquered" at the beginning of my PhD, but over time it turned out that I was not really doing well for a long time. Eventually, due to a hormonal disorder, I began to focus more and more on holistic approaches to personal development and growth. I noticed that something began to change over time - I felt more alive, my physical complaints decreased, I had more energy and strength, was more understanding of myself, gained self-confidence and was also able to do my PhD much more easily.


Because of the visible changes, my interest in mindfulness and the body-mind connection grew. I read books, listened to many podcasts, attended a summer school on mindfulness in neurobiology and psychotherapy, and participated in a year-long coaching programme. My enthusiasm and fascination grew more and more until I realised that I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. I discovered my purpose in helping other PhD students to complete their PhD with more ease, joy and balance. My training as a Holistic Life Coach and Mind-Body Practitioner was finally able to take my knowledge and experience to the next level. 


And here I am, still far from perfect and in control, but much more mindful, at peace with myself, ready to take on new challenges and to support you on your PhD journey. Because looking back, I would have needed a person and support exactly like that. Someone I could open up to and share my doubts and concerns with in a safe environment. Someone who looks behind the scenes and shows me new perspectives and paths. Someone who understands me and who accompanies me on my way.

4 Facts about me

My PhD topic

"International Teaching and Learning Settings in the Academic Professionalization of Adult Education. An international and comparative study"


My PhD highlight​

My 6-month stay at the University of Florence: Dolce Vita meets PhD sprint.

My top 3 of self care

1. Going for a walk

2. Cooking and baking

3. Meditation and Yoga

What others say about me​

understanding, caring, good listener, respectful, organised, ambitious, courageous, creative, likes to talk a lot

PhD sucess


... about my professional expertise and qualifications.

Professional Expertise

  • Since 2023 freelance coach for PhD students and students 

  • Since 2023 freelance trainer at CoPeople® by Angela Müller on topics of digital teaching, blended learning, online moderation

  • Since 2023 freelance trainer on topics of mindfulness, stress and self-management as well as digital teaching, blended learning and teaching in international settings (e.g. at the University of Würzburg)

  • 2016-2021 academic work at the University of Würzburg: teaching in presence and in live online format (German/English), course and examination planning, involvment in an international blended learning module, project management of Erasmus+ strategic partnerships, coordination of international cooperation, support of international lecturers and students

  • More than 2 years of experience abroad (e.g. studies, internships, seasonal schools, volunteer work)

  • Various internships and voluntary work in the field of youth education and adult and continuing education


  • Certified Holistic Life Coach and Mind Body Practitioner from the MindBodyFood Institute* in Australia

  • Certified Trauma-Informed Coach at the Centre for Healing in Australia

  • Certificate in University Teaching from the Bavarian universities

  • Certificate International Adult Education

  • PhD in Adult and Continuing Education – Bi-national degree from the University of Würburg, Germany and the University of Florence, Italy

  • Master's degree in Educational Science with a focus on adult and continuing education at the University of Würzburg, Germany

  • Bachelor's degree in Education with a focus on adult and continuing education, social pedagogy and music pedagogy at the University of Bamberg, Germany


MBFI certification
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