Mary Jaksch

Community Steering Group Member
Age-Friendly Aotearoa New Zealand

Mary Jaksch is passionate about helping others enjoy the later part of life. Born in 1947, Mary is an author, a blogger, and a fitness enthusiast. Her book, Youthful Aging Secrets, is an international success.  Mary came to Nelson in 1983 and was (as Mary Grodd) the first female Director of the Nelson School of Music. After her career as a classical musician, she developed skills as a counsellor and a writer. Mary says, “It’s never too late to reinvent yourself!”

Mary trains regularly as a 5th Dan Blackbelt in Seido Karate and enjoys road cycling as well as CrossFit training. Spirituality is an integral part of her life. She is a Zen master with students in New Zealand, South America and Europe.
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