I was born and raised in Siena, Italy, and started traveling at a young age to research the use of the arts for healing and well-being across cultures. For the last ten years, I have been coaching individuals, designing and teaching academic courses, presenting at international conferences, and leading on-line workshops. My expertise lies in facilitating change and transformation for my students and clients. I work with the power of breath, language, and mantra to shape our habits, beliefs and personality. My TEDx Talk, Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe (2018), explores the power of words to shape the perception of reality, and gain authorship over one’s life narratives.
In 2004, I received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where I studied theater, performance composition, applied theatre for social change, and multicultural communication. While in NYC I trained with Meredith Monk and Pauline Oliveros, two composers and performers whose work is still shaping my own aesthetics as an artist and teacher. I also embarked on a spiritual journey to become a non-denominational minister with the Ministry of Maåt, an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the ideal of a harmonious and balanced world community through the support of women and men's spiritual and physical well-being. In 2010 I received a Sound Healer Certification from the New York Open Center after training with musicians, doctors, therapists and healers. While in NYC I performed my work as a storyteller at New York University, the Judson Church, LaMama Theatre, the Gallery at Deep Listening , Vassar College, and the Casa Italiana Zerilli/Marimò.
In 2012, I traveld to India to study yoga and completed a Two-Year Residential Yoga Teacher Training at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, just outside of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu. I studied karma, mantra, and hatha yoga, pranayama, dharana practices (contemplation), Sanskrit, Bharatanatyam dance theatre, Carnatic singing, and an in-depth training in Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. As part of my seva (karma yoga service) at the ashram, I edited several of the Ashram’s publications, and helped with class teachings and program’s productions.
In 2013, I recorded, with my Yogacharya, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, the album Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, with chanting in the original Sanskrit. In 2013, Dr. Bhavanani and I published the book Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound, a multicultural project investigating the role of music in optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.
Since 2015, I have been lecturing at prestigious institutions such as Vassar College, New York University, The Theatre School at DePaul University, the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago and New York City, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Artist Coalition, Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the New York Open Center.
In 2016, I joined The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago as the Multicultural Faculty and, in 2017, I designed and taught Uplifting Voices: Storytelling for Social Change, the school's first course offered inside the Cook County Department of Corrections (Cook County Jail), as part of the international Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. In the summer of 2019, I co-designed and led, as Director, The Theatre Schools's first edition of the Summer High School Training Program, a three-week residential program that attracted students from all around the United States and abroad. In 2020, I co-designed the first Theatre School Virtual Summer High School Program in response to remote teaching through the COVID 19 pandemic.
In 2020, I founded MyWildest, a company that offers educational and coaching programs in the USA and Europe.