I’ve always been inspired by connections that transcend the self. At 4 years old, I discovered my first love: horses. Down the line, that love and admiration led to competing and eventually teaching therapeutic riding for individuals with special needs. The grounding elements of connecting with an animal beautifully contributed to positive cognitive, physical, and emotional wellbeing of all my students. Those lessons riding and teaching showed me that a relationship with a horse is intimate and all encompassing. They act as teachers and friends.
Horses are a reflection of the range of individuals that come into our life - anyone can act as a teacher and guide, even your greatest challenges and challengers.
As all paths are non-linear, I dove into the world of the creative arts as an actor and model. During the beginning of my creative career, I was hit with a series of health issues. The stillness I found during treatment led to the realization that I didn't want a career dependent on how I looked. I spent over a decade leading corporate training in the automotive industry where I combined my penchant for performance with a love of connection and empowerment. During this time, I found Kundalini Yoga, a practice that focuses on the power of breath as a tool for focus.
Programs focused on hitting numbers and quotas, not shaping a culture or creating a space where employees felt empowered. These experiences led me to create The Inner Collective a transformative experiential learning development method that generates increased inner awareness through a blend of leadership coaching, equine assisted learning and practical energetic philosophy and techniques. Where I facilitate experiential sessions, workshops, courses and retreats for individuals and teams to develop a deepened sensitivity of their internal and external worlds.
A Long Island native, I currently reside in Manhattan, New York. When I’m not working with clients virtually, I spend my time traveling the globe, facilitating on-site workshops and retreats.
I received an Advanced Diploma in Leadership Coaching from New York University where I studied self-directed coaching models informed by systems in science, psychology, neuroscience, and change principles. I am also Master Certified by The Association for Talent and Development as a Trainer, Facilitator and Coach.
As a life-long learner, I have extensively studied human behavior through DiSC Behavioral Assessment, Emotional Intelligence, Yogic Science and Philosophy. I have deeply studied Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for over 7 years. My training includes Level 1 Teacher Training (220 hours), Level 2 Teacher Training in Authentic Relationships, and Kundalini Medicine Yoga Therapy Training (800 hours in process).
My love for horses inspired me to become a volunteer and later obtain a PATH International Riding Instructor Certification to teach therapeutic riding to special needs. As an Equine Assisted Learning Therapist, I have received training with and am a Certified Level 1 Trainer (in process for Level 2) with the Natural Lifemanship Institute where I studied nuerobiology of trauma and relationships.
Education is an ever-evolving practice. As I continue to create paths for clients to identify their power, I continue to educate through traditional courses and self-learning. I aim to accomplish mastery across many disciplines, and bring those lessons to my work.