About Marla

marla4-bwMarla Estes, M.A., teacher, workshop facilitator, writer, founder of the School of the Examined Life and Adjunct Faculty at Southern Oregon University.

My brief bio: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. The year I turned 30 was a big one. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, got married and moved to Paris, France. I spent the next 15 years raising three sons and then moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2001.

What became more and more clear was that my burning desire since I was very young was to understand myself and others.

This lifelong passion for self-exploration, self-awareness and transformation ultimately led to me to earn a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California in 2005.

Now in the mid-stream of my life, what most makes me want to get out of bed in the morning is finding creative ways to empower other people in this process through teaching and mentoring.

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