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 my story

 

raised by the beach in Florida, as a child I spent days making sand castles. I loved the creative process! Throughout high school I worked as an artist painting ceramic and glass gift items and spent summers interning at graphic design firms. A profession in the Arts was thrilling to me! i went to college in Boston at 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 including my grandmother, grandfather, aunt and the person who was dearest to me, my Dad. Suddenly I could no longer create anything. I was numb, disoriented and really sad.

 

I decided to get away with a friend for a retreat at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA.

Those 2 weeks of Daily yoga, plant based food, meditation and tears awakened a part of me I never knew. A deeper awareness developed which supported my grief process and initiated my desire to help others.

I pursued a graduate degree in psychotherapy at Smith College and also joined a meditation group. Fascinated by this ancient practice, I completed my thesis on "the impact of meditation on therapists clinical skills." I attended retreats and studied meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh, anandi Ma, and at Paramahansa Yogananda's Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, CA. 

When I completed my masters I moved to Boulder to work as a psychotherapist. My love of yoga and meditation continued and I became certified in Hatha yoga by the Shambhava School/Eldorado Springs. for the next decade I worked as a therapist in local clinics, at the University of Colorado/Boulder, and practiced yoga/meditation daily at home. 

At age 30 the 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 left to support their wellness! I knew I had lots to learn and buried myself in books and courses in nutrition. I encouraged my children to cook meals with me, for us to learn and grow together! Mealtimes became our reconnect after busy school days which has now grown to include college and professional careers.

 

The best part of parenthood: watching the kids (now young adults) cooking meals for each other!