Early on in my glamorous (and painfully fast-paced) fashion career, I realized the way I worked was turning me into a tightly wound little ball of stress and tension. So before every business trip I conducted hours of research planning for self-care in my few precious hours of downtime.
It changed my life.
Today, as a wellness travel expert and consultant, I lead travelers around the world on wellness tours with Pravassa. Creating group and individualized itineraries for the people and companies that are looking to restore productivity and creativity is my passion. Since having founded Pravassa, the first wellness travel company in 2009, I have been a winner of the prestigious British Airways Face of Opportunity contest. I contribute to columns in The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen where I write about wellness travel and lifestyle. I am also a regular speaker at conferences around the country including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times travel shows and have participated in international conferences in Colombia, India, and Spain in order to bring wellness travel opportunities to these countries. When not is not traveling the world, I am based in New York City.
My first book, Living Well on the Road, with the foreword written by famed actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy, is available to order now.
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WELLNESS TRAVEL MANAGER
While working in the stressful environments of advertising and finance, I started a yoga practice that benefitted my mind as much as my body, making me more patient and receptive. In an effort to help other people find this quality, I pursued a yoga teacher training and in 2005 received my 200-Hour certification from Alison West at Yoga Union. I have studied various types of yoga with numerous teachers in New York City, including restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, and meditation with Sharon Salzberg.
For me, travel is about being open to new experiences: new environments, new foods, and new people. I began to set aside time for my practice wherever I was in the world, and found I was able to more fully experience places like Nepal, Cambodia, South Africa, and Australia. Pravassa excels at providing the opportunity to be more receptive to everything travel has to offer. I am a Well-Being Travel Specialist, certified through The Travel Institute, and am thrilled to join the team and help people realize a vacation that energizes them.