During my glamorous (and painfully fast-paced) fashion career, I conducted endless research to find ways to add self-care to my precious few hours of downtime on business trips. Adding wellness to these trips was the only way to mindfully address the massive stress and tension in my working life.
Those wellness experiences changed my life: I launched Pravassa, the first wellness travel company, to connect other travelers with the incredible opportunities I found throughout the world.
Ten years later, Pravassa is the leader in global wellness travel. Today, as a wellness travel expert and consultant, I lead a team of experts who are continuously on the road; vetting hotels, cultural sites, and even the bike paths that we recommend to our travelers.
Creating wellness itineraries for people and companies who are looking to restore productivity and creativity is my passion, and I share it on every trip. This means finding exclusive experiences, sites, and opportunities that other companies miss, all while honoring sacred traditions and giving back to local communities.
Since Pravassa’s founding, the company has been recognized by the prestigious British Airways Face of Opportunity contest. We have twice been nominated Best Spa and Wellness Tours by World Spa Awards, once as a Global Spa and Wellness Standout for Embracing Local Culture, and won Specialty Tour Operator in the 2018 Solo Travel Awards
I have contributed columns to The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen, where I have written about wellness travel and lifestyle. I am also a regular speaker at companies and conferences around the country, including presentations at Google and the New York Times Times travel show. I have participated in international conferences in Colombia, India, and Spain in order to bring wellness travel opportunities to those countries. And somehow in between it all I found time to write a bestselling book, Living Well on the Road, with the foreword written by actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy, which is available to order now.
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Senior WELLNESS TRAVEL Director
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.