About Me


I’m Mary-Anne Gradwell, the creator of Healthy Harmony. I was born on April the first, 1976, and grew up as a farm girl on the outskirts of Johannesburg. My teenage years where challenging and tumultuous. Change was constant but served as a great teacher. My upbringing was conservative and patriarchal and I left as soon as I could to see the real world.

I travelled extensively and lived in Israel, Paris, New York, London, Rome, Bogotá and Tokyo. I speak fluent English and Afrikaans, and understand conversational Hebrew and Spanish. I now live in Johannesburg and have a beautiful teenage daughter.

I entered the fitness industry in 1999 as a fitness consultant and group fitness instructor. In 2004 I did a diploma in exercise science, and worked as a personal trainer. In 2017 I renewed my qualification and successfully obtained an advanced certificate in Exercise Science.

I’ve been engaged twice but neither long term relationship had me convinced I was ready to be institutionalized. I broke hearts and had my heart broken – both sucked.

I know the joys of extreme poverty and having to work hard. I also know the boredom of financial comfort handed to you – neither were satisfying. I’ve made great decisions, terrible decisions and difficult decisions. I wouldn’t change a thing!

I recently experienced an ego-death and spiritual awakening. My dark night of the soul un-fucked the lies of the ego that preserved my self-image, self-identity and self-esteem.

I believe in karma, past lives, energy, soulmates, guardian angels, spirit guides, synchronicities, life purpose, empaths, healers and light workers. This makes me a sage burning, crystal collecting, tarot reading, moon admiring kinda woman.

I also believe in conscious living, gratitude, empathy, authenticity and integrity. Most of all, I believe in self-love. If love conquers all, then surely self-love gives it the fortitude to do so.

I love my body, I love my mind and I live my one life to the fullest. I love life! My next adventure is to make a difference:

Help unfuck the human condition and do my part to bring humans, animals and the planet into harmony. 

Join me. You’ll love it.


“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” – Childrenoflight