raised by the beach in Florida, as a child I could spend hours making sand castles and was happiest being creative. Throughout high school I worked at a local shop painting glass gift items and spent summers interning at graphic design firms. I left home for Boston to attend The Museum School/Tufts university and eventually landed as a junior designer at a museum in New York.
Years later I lost several loved ones in a short amount of time including my grandmother, grandfather, aunt and someone very close.. my father. I could no longer be creative.
I was numb, disoriented and really sad.
After a helpful period working with a grief counselor, I decided to try a retreat at Kripalu in Lenox, MA. Unplugged in nature for two weeks with daily yoga, meditation and grief support I began to heal. I could see the value of this inner work and wanted to learn more.
I pursued a graduate degree in psychotherapy at Smith College and also joined a Kriya Yoga/meditation group for daily practitioners. My fascination with meditation and healing grew and I conducted an empirical study on "the impact of meditation on therapists clinical skills." I studied disciplined meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh/Deer Park Monastery and at Paramahansa Yogananda's Self Realization Fellowship/Encinitas.
After completing my masters I worked as a psychotherapist in Boulder, Colorado and on weekends practiced yoga, eventually becoming certified in Hatha yoga at the Shambhava School/Eldorado Springs. Yoga was the perfect balance for my professional career as a psychotherapist in medical clinics, at the University of Colorado/Boulder and
in private practice.
The next and most rewarding chapter of my life began when I became a mom. I was swept away by true, unconditional love! Each child with their own unique story and I was responsible for their health and wellness! I knew I had lots to learn and buried myself in books and courses in nutrition. I encouraged my children to cook with me,
for us to learn recipes and grow together. A place for us to share ideas, express feelings,
collaborate and celebrate!
The kitchen remains today as our family center, the best part for me is watching the kids (now young adults) cooking meals for each other!