Simply, I am passionate about using my skills and knowledge to work with people to create positive change and suck the marrow out of this one life we get.
I am an entrepreneur and, at heart, a consummate student. I have a host of different trainings under my belt and in my toolbox, so to speak; all of which I use in my teaching and coaching practices.
I earned life coaching certification through The Coaches Training Institute. I received integrated nutrition counseling training through The Institute of Integrated Nutrition. I completed a 200-hour yoga certification with Stephanie Snyder and Elise Lorimer's excellent Deva Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco. I have studied and deeply integrate Pilates philosophy and actions into the yoga I teach too.
Gratefully, I healed myself from two herniated discs through yoga, pilates and of course, fresh, seasonal food. And I’m way wiser, so much deeper and much more compassionate for it.
When I was in my 20s and 30s I delved deeply into ontological study with Landmark Education, coaching dozens of students through the Self-Expression and Leadership Program and the Wisdom Course.
As the granddaughter of a Pentecostal Minister I have always had an interest in the spiritual and poetic and have studied many Buddhist, transpersonal, Zen, and mystical texts and doctrines. I continue to practice how to be grounded, kind and loving at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the San Francisco Zen Center. I also studied poetics privately with the esteemed Beat Poet, Diane diPrima. That's where I honed my rebellious streak.
I host gatherings, cleanses, support groups and retreats that provide space for women to discover how to love themselves and cook really simple, good food! I teach Seasonal Cooking and Healthy Cooking classes at colleges, community centers and on a YouTube cooking show called Farm Fresh Cook.
As a food movement professional, I continue to find ways to contribute as the Coordinator of the Mendocino Food Policy Council and as a marketing, communications and advocacy consultant on a number of grant-funded projects partnering with a host of incredible food projects as the Director of Kitchen Table Consulting. And, I continue to interview good food advocates and pioneers as the creator of the Faces & Visions of the Food Movement column and as Local Eats Editor of Civil Eats. I also worked as the Program Director of Slow Food Nation, a ground breaking experiential food and farming event held in 2008 and later co-founded Kitchen Table Talks—a trailblazing conversation about the Bay Area Foodshed.
I also learned the value of farmers, being a conscientious and present co-producer and the love of a strawberry-fed chicken egg as a Willing Worker on Organic Farms in Nuhaka, New Zealand.
And I’m just getting started.