Maria Hawranek

An independent reporter, born in 1987. She works alongside Szymon Opryszek, with whom she published the books “Tańczymy już tylko w Zaduszki” [We Only Dance on All Soul’s Day Now] (2016) and “Wyhoduj sobie wolność. Reportaże z Urugwaju” [Grow Yourself Some Freedom: Reportage from Uruguay] (2018). A lover of Latin America and life in the countryside.
Do the ‘Write’ Thing (for Your Brain)
Soul + Body
Wellbeing

Do the ‘Write’ Thing (for Your Brain)

Do our brains work differently when we’re writing by hand as opposed to when we’re typing? Why do our brains enjoy physical activity and challenges so much? Maria Hawranek discusses these questions with Audrey van der Meer, a Norwegian neuropsychologist and neurobiologist.
Maria Hawranek
Shake It Off
Soul + Body
Wellbeing

Shake It Off

Krzysztof Karauda—a trainee Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) trainer—explains how the body uses movement to release tension after stressful experiences.
Maria Hawranek
A Chance for Gifts of Fate
World + People
Dreams and Visions

A Chance for Gifts of Fate

Non-traditional teaching approaches that integrate serendipity and social emotional learning can greatly aid the development of children in the classroom.
Maria Hawranek
Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
Soul + Body
Breathe In

Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas

Ayurvedic therapist Patrycja Sadowska explains what doshas are, and how we can practice Ayurveda, far from its native India.
Maria Hawranek
A Dip in the Ice Feels Rather Nice
Soul + Body
Wellbeing

A Dip in the Ice Feels Rather Nice

Andrzej Hrycaj, a cold water swimming instructor specializing in the Wim Hof Method, explains what we can gain from taking an ice cold dip.
Maria Hawranek
Turn Off Your Autopilot
Soul + Body
Good Mood

Turn Off Your Autopilot

Psychotherapist Paweł Malinowski talks about good and bad habits, as well as how to give them up or shape them.
Maria Hawranek
Between Control and Hallucination
World + People
Science

Between Control and Hallucination

Neuroscientist Anil Seth talks about hallucinogenics, artificial intelligence, and how our perception of the world might not be consistent with reality.
Maria Hawranek
The Intentional Life
Soul + Body
Wellbeing

The Intentional Life

Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions.
Maria Hawranek
The Anxious Heart
Art + Stories, Soul + Body
Opinions, Wellbeing

The Anxious Heart

Metaphorically, we love with our heart, our heart can feel full, our heart can be broken—everyone knows this. But few know that it also can literally, break. Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar discusses broken hearts, how to nurture a healthy one, and the impact of stress.
Maria Hawranek
Dr. Fungus, M.D.
Soul + Body, World + People
Good Food, Science

Dr. Fungus, M.D.

Mushrooms may hold the key to treating a number of diseases, including cancer. In Poland, mycologists are exploring the medicinal potential of fungi in Białowieża Forest.
Maria Hawranek
Jungle, Our Healer
Soul + Body
Wellbeing

Jungle, Our Healer

In the Indigenous communities of Panama and Suriname, botanical decoctions are effective in treating a number of health ailments.
Maria Hawranek
Sun in a Jar
Soul + Body
Good Food

Sun in a Jar

Kombucha is easy enough to make at home. All you need is to order a starter kit with a SCOBY, wait for it to ferment, and then experience a new, healthier life.
Maria Hawranek