Julie has a deep personal connection with Tibet, Buddhism and the Himalayas.
She has studied and practiced Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, for more than 20 years. Connected to this is a long-held fascination with the interplay between language, mind and physical reality, which is woven through her graduate and postgraduate studies in literature, memory/trauma and Tibetan studies.
Julie has spent a number of years living in the Indian Himalayas and in Tibet. She has worked at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) and with the Men Tse Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute) editing translations of speeches and teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She taught translation ethics in the context of translating spiritual works at LTWA workshops for two years, under Geshe Lhakdor la, former translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
She has had a career as a writer/editor and is also a trained dancer.
Julie is married to Dr Karma Chungdag Marron (Chin. Med). Together they run the Karma Healing Centre in the Adelaide Hills, dedicated to bodily, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Julie teaches yoga, facilitates meditation, and runs a philosophical book club. She also coordinates the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind translation project.