Costa Women Meet … María Degen

Walking the Camino de Santiago was the trigger for Maria’s move to Spain. Now she is living in Marbella and helping people with her therapies. Read her story.


Why Spain?

Growing up in Switzerland, I needed a change in 1999. In the summer I did the Camino de Santiago. That’s when I realised I wanted to emigrate to Spain. I backpacked through Andalusia for a few months and finally settled in Cadiz, where I worked as a German teacher and shiatsu masseuse. After a year, I did the Camino de Santiago again and decided to move to Málaga. After a short time I met a Spanish man and fell in love. We had a daughter. After 4 years we separated and I returned to Switzerland with my daughter. But after just one year I was drawn back to Spain. Over the years I have continued to train in music therapy, gestalt therapy, family constellations, mindfulness counsellor and masseuse, and have found my calling. I give individual sessions and also lead groups. In November 2020 I moved to Marbella with my new partner.


Where are you based?

I’m based in Marbella and it’s a wonderful place to live. I love the international atmosphere. I live in Marbella now and it’s a wonderful place to live. I love the international atmosphere. The beaches are fantastic and the hinterland is great for hiking.


What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was moving to Spain in 1999 without knowing anyone and building a new life.


How do you spend your days?

I start the day with a long walk with my dog. Then I often have clients or prepare a new course. Besides, there is always enough time for Tai Chi in the park, yoga or a chat with a friend. At the weekend we often go hiking. In the evenings I love to read.


Something you have achieved during these Covid days?

The confinement coincided with my move to Marbella. So it was a good time for me to settle in and decorate the house.


If you arranged a dinner party in your new home, who would you invite?

Of course I would invite my friends and then also Eckhart Tolle, a llama, Isabell Allende and Alejandro Jodorowsky.


Your secret weapon?

My positive attitude. In every difficulty lies an opportunity


One thing you had to bring with you to Spain?

my passport and my credit card. Without that, nothing works.


Favourite childhood book and why?

Pipi Longstocking, because she was so free and wild.


One thing you are most looking forward to which restrictions are lifted?

To meet and hug my friends from Málaga.


Something you would tell your younger self?

Don’t worry! Everything has its purpose.


Where can we connect with you? and facebook María Degen or centro “el puente” on Facebook


Thank you Maria!


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