After more than a decade in Europe, I returned to the U.S. in 2011 with a desire to make a more personal and meaningful contribution to the world, to take care of a family member who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The intensely personal and sacred task of serving others to make the same journey to authenticity and wholeness, inspired by my own experience, is what called my spirit back to this side of the pond.
Spiritual Fitness Coaching is my offering to the world that was borne from the crucible of a complicated, rich and meandering life, perhaps one not unlike your own.
I have nearly 20 years of experience in the broader space of sustainability and international development, at the World Bank in Washington, DC, the European Union doing post-war reconstruction in Serbia, and as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Greece on issues related to international economic development. For years, I also consulted and coached companies on the triple-bottom line of people, planet and profit: empowering large and small companies to develop comprehensive solutions to operational and strategic issues through the prism of sustainability.
Today I work with individuals, organizations and companies to use the principles of mindfulness and emotional intelligence, in work and in life.
A dual-national polyglot (I can speak up to five languages when I've had my coffee), I wrote and published my first book several years ago on sustainable and socially responsible investing. I am an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Coaching, at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. I've also taught on issues related to spirituality and meditation at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the Betty Ford Center, Two Bunch Palms as well at a weekly meditation class in the Coachella Valley (Palm Desert/Palm Springs) in Southern California.
Currently I offer classes and coaching exclusively at The Golden Door spa, the #1 destination spa in the world, and support a number of non-profit social justice organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Off the Mat, Into the World, Gilda’s Club, Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety, the Dharmachakra Buddhist Center and others dedicated to creating a more sustainable, just, inclusive, peaceful and trauma-informed world.
I’m especially proud that a portion of all revenues from private coaching goes to supporting social justice organizations and making it possible for those in social impact spaces to access the support they need through coaching scholarships.
To serve clients with the most proven results-based coaching, my dedication to exceptional results also includes training with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the oldest and largest in-person coaching training organization in the world, with nearly 40,000 coaches worldwide. Moreover, about a thousand lifetimes ago, I was graduated magna cum laude with a BS from Georgetown University in International Relations and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Like many, notwithstanding a respectable academic and professional pedigree, I've also suffered from the same self-doubts, insecurity, negative body image and faulty self-esteem that are rampant in our society. After reaching my own personal bottom when I witnessed a traumatic car bombing, with the intensive love and support of a variety of teachers, mentors, therapists, coaches, fellows and friends, the principles of mindfulness, lots of steady, sustainable action (the “doing” that goes along with the human “being”) and grace -- I have arrived at this moment.
A little bit seasoned, a little bit more lived in, a whole lot more grateful. Perhaps like some of you.
I'm happy to call Palm Springs, California home today (getting back to Greece whenever I can, as you'll see from this site). When I'm not working, I love hiking, yoga, finding great scented bubble baths, meditating, exploring the incredible national parks, reading everyone from Thomas Merton and Rumi to Brene Brown and Pema Chodron, visiting friends and family in Europe, listening to Baroque music, cooking Greek food and diving deep into the delicious questions of meaning and purpose.