Marieke grew up in the United States in New England. She has studied around the world, earning a BA in European History and French Language; Master’s in Environmental Education; and PhD in Sustainability Education. She studied classical piano for 13 years, abandoning music for several years of wandering in her 20s. In her time as a doctoral student, Marieke found a way back to her musical roots, co-creating a method of songwriting called Story-to-Song (STS), wherein a song is shaped from a person’s spoken story. After 10 years working as an Interpretive Park Ranger for the National Park Service, Marieke left government service in search of an independent, creative path, where she would be free to blend her skills and passions. She currently works as an editor, writer, songwriter, performing musician, and yoga teacher. Marieke has lived, worked, and studied all over the world. She is currently living in northern France with her husband, three indoor cats, and a big, white husky.