Travel should always be special. I delight in creating adventures and retreats that become inspiration on how to live well every day. My passion is to create wellsprings that nourish you long after you return home - wellsprings of knowledge for your mind, of awe for your spirit, and of nourishment for your body. I love when my clients feel pampered, ease and joy. And my goal is to ensure that while you travel, you feel centered, full and delighted.
love dinner parties where the food is astonishingly good and good wine and good stories flow?
feel a bit like the walking dead and wish to feel more energetic and vital?
delight in learning something new or hearing music that tingles down your spine?
ask questions and are curious about the world?
wish to restore ease, sophistication and glamour to your explorations?
we believe in Planet Preservation
Sustainable travel preserves the globe. Places have meaning beyond postcards and selfies. Our choices are forces that can conserve natural resources and archaeological sites. Everyone can explore the earth in ways that safeguard ecosystems, preserve wildlife and secure geographic wonders. Overcrowded destinations suffer from over-tourism and adversely affects these beautiful places.
we believe in Balance
Every individual has their own sweet spot between scheduled events and open time; between activity and rest, between popular sites and local experiences, between escorted tours and open exploring. A tailored trip ensures your adventure strikes just the right balance for you. And helps to ensure your investment of time and money enlivens and excites you - for whatever you need at this time.
we believe in Exceptional Service
The best hospitality and service remembers you personally and anticipates your needs. Top service is attentive to details because details matter. Expertise in resources and best practices make for a seamless, stressless trip. Service should be as efficient and effective as a butler from 100 years ago. And yes, such things are still possible.
we believe in Glamorous Treatment
Sophisticated travel is an art that makes you feel like a star every step of the way. Worthwhile people and quality experiences define luxury - and often those are free. The most alluring schedules mix space for magic and appointed grand tours. Delight and surprise are the foundations of pleasure. Everyone deserves luxury, leisure and delight. And to experience the extraordinary when they travel.
we believe in Health Mindset
Wellness is a mindset that is kind, attentive, nimble and forgiving. One can thrive while traveling and return home renewed and motivated. Amazing food is healthy food. Locally sourced meals are delicious and nourishing, and draconian food regimens have no place in the discovery of what makes you feel best. Deep rest is an accelerator that boosts all other lifestyle habits.
we believe Nature Heals
Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese tradition of walking in the woods inhaling good bacteria and plant essences. Water waves, flowing water or falling waters emit negative ions that benefit our health. Local, luscious and natural food is an integral part of sensuality and inhabiting a place fully. Flowers are said to reduce stress and physical pain. Time spent outside in nature is one of the most powerful assets for health and wellness.
we believe Stories Matter
Journeys matter because stories matter. The best lived life is a collection of magical stories. Awareness of the histories, myths and tales of a place and of peoples enhances our encounters along our journey. Curiosity moves us to ask questions and to learn. Slow travel allows us to enjoy intimacy and closeness. And some of the best stories are of those lost in translation.
we believe Art Transcends
Powerful art magnifies life’s meanings. Learning, literature and culture enhance human connection - across time, across cultures, and across spaces. Architecture, interior design, and spaces affect our wellbeing and our health. Music especially is an international language that enables us to talk and listen in 10,000 ways or more. Art moves us, connects us, changes us. And helps us see anew. It’s why we travel.
A 2002 yoga retreat changed everything for me - my health, my body, my diet, my sleep, my habits, my priorities, my design aesthetic, and even my taste in chocolate (from milk to dark).
I love manifesting such changes for others. Remarkable places teach us how to live every day, so your holiday never truly ends.
As former PBS attorney, I’m meticulous and even read footnotes. A Vassar history major, I love how travel unfurls history’s richness. I adore good storytellers, so I also secured an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins. Through travel design, I get a kick out of providing riveting and raw material for other aspiring raconteurs.
I’ve lived in DC since 1988, which I adore because this city reminds me of Paris. And I get to meet fascinating people from all over the world and argue politics with well-informed immigrant taxi drivers.
Other loves :: pasta (I’m Italian!), reading, ballet, theater, music, poetry, medieval history, biking, rowing, swimming, dancing, tennis (watching and playing), knitting, needlepointing, cooking fabulous meals and hosting amazing parties where everyone after goes home to get busy.
I’ve been a fan of The Great Courses back when their classes were distributed on cassette tapes. Yeah, I’m a perpetual student. And I’m a huge fan of films - especially those sexy ones by Almodóvar!
Because of that 2002 trip, I became a yoga teacher in 2003 and a certified yoga therapist in 2017. In fact, I started practicing yoga in 1994 because of someone I met while living in Italy. Through yoga therapy, I showed clients how to befriend their bodies and used essential oils to shift emotions and promote healing.
Looking back, I now know that trip saved my life. It’s when I learned about Ayurvedic medicine and discovered the power of food to heal. It’s where my first meditation teacher showed me how meditation creates space for change.
And it’s why I’m a big believer in travel as a catalyst for change, wellness, new eyes and fresh starts!
Bucket List Achievements
Skinny dipped in the Mediterranean, beheld Kenneth Branaugh in Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, experienced the Palio in Siena, crossed the North American continent on the Canadian rail, made a pilgrimage to the medieval shrine of Walsingham, witnessed the Soviet border via a train ride from Helsinki to Leningrad, sunbathed nude all day alone on a secluded Caribbean beach, danced the tango in Buenos Aires, ascended above the tree line somewhere amid the Seven Mountains in Norway, visited the site of the Battle of Evesham.
Bucket List Goals
Stroll at dawn through Luxembourg Gardens still in an evening gown, soak in a bubble bath on South Africa’s Blue Train, attend the Edinburgh Theater Festival, make love on the Orient Express train, buy a book at both the Shakespeare & Company in Paris & London’s Hatchards, view the solstice at Stonehenge, visit Angelsey to see Joan’s, Princess of Wales’ burial site, hear evensong at Reims Cathedral. And, of course, to see Highclere Castle (a.k.a. Downton Abbey).
My writing has been featured on Teach.Yoga, MindBodyGreen, and The Mighty. A contributor to HuffPost, my pieces were regularly picked up to highlight in their Health Section. There, one of my pieces went viral with over 17,000 likes and 4,500 shares.
I would love to connect with you and get social. I mostly hang out on Instagram but am also on Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. I’d love to see you there.