About Eleanor

Back pain, divorce, and sixteen years of helping to care for my parents before they passed away, forced me come to my senses. I had to let go of my career and start anew. Discovering yoga, movement meditation, and meditation as well as living for most of fifteen years in Italy was my path to finding the way to freedom, creativity and new possibilities. 

I began studying Italian in 1996 as a "pleasure" when I was home with three children, dealing with strains in my marriage, and managing the care for both of my parents, who had long term health problems. In 2004, I was invited to Milan to teach business to Italian university students and stayed.

From there, I started a journey of healing and transformation that liberated me from years of crippling back pain. I learned to relax and ground through disciplines such as the 5Rhythms®, yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® and meditation, but also through a deep dive into the pleasures of Italian food, wine and culture.  

 

Speaking fluent Italian, I became a certified wine sommelier. For years, I traveled around Italy to meet artisan winegrowers and write about their organic, biodynamic and natural wines on a site, Uncorked In Italy, that I created and wrote myself.

 

I'm still (and will forever be) on my creative journey, but I'm now ready to give back—empower others to live into their full creative potential by learning to slow down to experience beauty, joy, and ease in daily life, break up old patterns, trust their own inner voice, see new possibilities, and take an occasional (terrifying) leap of faith into the unknown.

Certifications

  • Teacher-In-Training 5Rhythms® (expected final certification May, 2020 now delayed)

  • Spaceholder 5Rhythms® Siena, Italy  (2017-2019)

  • Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® facilitator (2012)

  • International Wine Sommelier, AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier) Milano (2010)

  • Yoga Instructor 200-hour, Kripalu (2009) and member Yoga Alliance

  • University of Siena for Foreigners, Advanced Italian language (2002)

 

Education

  • Harvard Business School, MBA, 1984

  • Dartmouth College, BA, French literature and European history, 1979

 

Experience

  • Retreat leader & creator,The Goddess Uncorked at Castello di Potentino, Italy (2017-2018)

  • Founder of natural wine blog/site Uncorked In Italy (2014-present)

  • Wine writer for The American Magazine in Italia (2010-2014)

  • Adjunct professor of English/business and on start-up team for Collegio di Milano, a multi-disciplinary honors program for Italian university students (2005-2008)

  • Adjunct professor of investments and marketing at McIntire School of Commerce School, University of Virginia (1986-1990)

  • World Bank, Young Professionals Program—Washington, D.C. and Africa (1984-1986)

  • Associate at Bain and Company (1980-1982)

 

Personal

  • Mother of three grown children born 1985, 1987, 1989

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