Furugh Switzer serves on the relationships and marriage faculty team. She is a Sociologist and an Inter-Cultural Educator who is also trained in Imago Relationship Therapy and Inner Peace Therapy. Furugh works with individuals with a variety of life issues and, together with her husband, Raymond Switzer, does couples therapy (www.livinginhealthyconnection.com). She and Raymond have co-authored the book Mindful Matrimony: Enriching Your Marriage for the Rest of Your Lives.
Born in Iran, Furugh lived as a pioneer in Swaziland, Lesotho, and Zambia for over 10 years and was the first director of the William Masehla Institute in Africa. She moved to Hungary in 1994, where she presently lives with her husband of 27 years. She has served on the National Spiritual Assembly of Hungary for the past 20 years.
Furugh is presently director of development projects for the Unity in Diversity Foundation in Hungary. In addition to receiving an “Arany Anyu Award” and “Superbrand Award” in Hungary, she has gained international recognition as Founder and Director of the Your Story (Meséd) Project, which works with Roma and other disadvantaged women to improve their literacy and life skills in order to become better able at educating their children. Watch Furugh’s May 2015 Ted Talk: Separateness left behind.
Furugh has given presentations to governmental organizations and agencies in Hungary, Brussels, Bratislava, Sofia, and the Hague on the subjects of women, early childhood development, and inter-cultural challenges. Together with Raymond, she has conducted workshops and led seminars on Conscious Courtship, Couplehood, and Parenting in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland, Malta, Spain, Kosovo, England, Portugal, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Canada, and Norway.