Born into a family of academics, I became a high-achieving brainiac with a BA in French and history from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard. I thrived on knowing the answer in management consulting and international finance until I had three children and downshifted to teaching business to university students.
From the outside in, everything looked great. But at thirty-four, I ruptured a disc in my back playing a competitive tennis match and landed in the breakdown lane. I had surgery, thinking it would be a quick fix. But for over a decade, I struggled with intense pain, becoming ever more frustrated that I couldn’t get rid of it.
When doctors finally said there was nothing to do but anesthetize myself with painkillers, I began a journey to do just the opposite: to feel all that I was feeling. It included a lot of somatic healing practices—massage, yoga, yoga nidra, dance, meditation—plus learning to speak Italian and over fifteen years of living mostly in Italy.
One thing kept leading to another as I trusted in not knowing what would happen next.
I first went to Milan to teach university students at forty-seven. Four years later after a divorce, I launched myself onto a completely different path to train as a professional wine sommelier and join a writing group. Within two years, I was writing a monthly wine column for an online magazine out of Rome and four years, after that, I created my own blog about natural Italian wine, www.uncorkedinitaly.com.
In the meantime, I lived pain free, writing a memoir while I was learning another language—the language of my body and its vocabulary of sensation.
Nearly, thirty years after that ruptured disc, I earned certification as a life coach and completed Gabor Maté’s training course in Compassionate Inquiry, a body-centered approach to healing. And, I’m almost ready to publish my book.
I stand in wonder and gratitude for all the ways my life continues to evolve.
II changed my life and am here to hold space for you to change yours by connecting with your own body's intuitive wisdom.
That wisdom exists within you and already knows the way to the ease, joy, and creativity that is your birthright. But you can’t access that knowing through your busy brain. The way "home" to yourself is through the heart and the body.
I use a variety of approaches for "inquiry" that lead you within, to all that you are seeking:
- Gabor Maté's Compassionate Inquiry
- dance and movement
- yoga and yoga nidra
- meditation and stillness
The golden thread connecting all of these is breath.
Breath is both the anchor and the wind in our sails.
Breath both grounds us and gives us wings to fly.
Whether in individual or group sessions, I am present with you in the context of these guiding principles…
- Feel what you are feeling. All of it.
- Follow your pleasure...
and embrace your pain.
- Trust that you know...
even as you surrender to not knowing.
This approach to life coaching is radically different from most because it is heart- and body-centered rather than brain-centered—intuitive rather than linear and rational.
ody centered—intuitive rather than linear and rational.
More about Eleanor
Dartmouth, BA in French and history (1979)
Harvard, MBA (1984
Creator/Leader retreats at Castello Di Potentino (2017-2018)
Creator/Writer: UncorkedInItaly.com blog about Italian natural wine (2014-present)
Adjunct professor and on startup team: business/ESL at multi-disciplinary honors program for Italian university students. Collegio di Milano. (2004-2008)
Adjunct professor: Investments, Marketing. McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia (1986-1990)
World Bank: Washington and Africa.1984-1985)
Bain and Company: associate consultant (1980-1982)
Certifications and Trainings
Gabor Maté's Compassionate Inquiry: Course Completion
Certified Life Coach, Certified Coach Federation
Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms®
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra®, Kripalu
Yoga 200-hr, Kripalu
International Wine Sommelier, AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommeliers—Milan)
Università di Siena per Stranieri: Advanced Italian
Mom to three grown children born '85,'87,'89