Plant Based Chef, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Nutrition and Health Coach.
During a year spent a year living in France, I discovered my passion for both cooking and travel. When I returned to Ireland, I studied classical cookery at Cooks Academy in Dublin before returning to university to complete my degree,
I had the most incredible time at Cooks Academy. I had always been inventive in the kitchen but my time there really taught me how to modify and build my own recipes through understanding the cooking techniques behind each dish and how to balance flavours to perfection. I went on to study plant based cooking with Rouxbe cooking school, studying part time while I completed my degree in International Commerce,
After a stint working in kitchens in Chicago, my desire to travel and a lifelong interest in yoga then led me to India where I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Goa. I studied Ashtanga yoga under the expert tutelage of Yogacharya Lalit Kumar. Our broader training also included Ayurveda, yoga philosophy, meditation, anatomy and physiology.
It was a magical experience. Every morning, we woke at dawn to practice meditation in the yoga shala, to the sound of birds chirping and waves crashing in the distance. I’ve never been somewhere so peaceful or felt so at peace in my life – not something a lot of people imagine about India! My time studying in Goa changed my perspective on life, something I hope to recreate for my students.
From Goa, I moved to Vietnam where I found myself teaching English in a small Vietnamese City in the north of the country. While still teaching, I picked up an online job as a Virtual Assistant. This new found freedom to work from anywhere gave me the option to travel as I pleased, and so I decided to move to Bali. It was there that I started my first business, My Travel Tribe. The goal was to connect the female digital nomad community, which we thought we could through co-living and co-working retreats. While we no longer run retreats in SE Asia, we achieved our goal of connecting the community through our Facebook group, Canggu Nomad Girls, which now has 5000+ members from all over the world. This community is still very close to my heart.
After the wind up of my first business, I began to study Nutrition and Health Coaching. This was a long term ambition of mine. After spending so much time devoted to cookery, I wanted to understand how different ingredients could impact our health for better or worse. I completed my studies with the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health in 2019. I learned so much and have so much appreciation for the wonderful team at the IINH.
Eventually I found myself in Chiang Mai, where I met my wonderful boyfriend, Chris, a designer and tattoo artist. These days I spend my time between Chiang Mai, Dublin and Bali. I’m travelling less and this relative stability helps me to stay focused on my work and spend time with the people I love.