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ABOUT US

Meet our founder and learn more about who we are behind the scenes. Besides the faces below, EPM wouldn't be possible without the amazing team of hosts, chefs, tour guides and local experts at each of the locations working together to carefully select the best experiences, healthy cuisine, exotic excursions, and daily itineraries for an unforgettable, restorative, and explorative for body and soul.

 
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our mission

EAT.PRAY.MOVE is an experience-creator, provider, and guide using the medium of retreats and mindful holidays through yoga - both on and off the mat.

We believe yoga can be experienced in a healthy, physical practice.
but also in
a cup of tea,
a walk through the forest,
the creation of a travel journal,
even the pure sense of presence while doing and seeing something new for the first time.

We believe travel is one of the best tools for learning how to be truly present.

We believe one can do good + travel well; that’s why we began our Give Back Initiative program where we work with and donate at least 10% of profits to our humanitarian partners around the globe.

Come do some good - for your self and others - while you travel well with us.

 

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ERIN LEWIS, Founder

Now on the eighth year of retreats, EAT.PRAY.MOVE was born from Erin’s love of yoga and travel, and a passion to share these two loves with others. Various locations around the world beckon her for some reason; it's a draw that has only grown stronger over the years. This feeling is similar to the love she feels for yoga. Studying various practices since 1998, she’s experienced her personal practice deepen and passion for the entire discipline grow stronger, leading to her certification as a yoga instructor and daily renewal of the ongoing practice. Throughout the years she has deepened her study with ongoing education and certifications and finds there to be truth in what Sri K Pattabhi Jois famously stated: "Practice, and all is coming." She’s been blessed throughout her yoga practice to be surrounded by beautiful teachers who grow with their students, adjust lovingly, and practice what they teach...and continues to strive to be such a facilitator of yoga herself.

She maintains an ever-present sense of gratitude for the EPM family which continues to grow through the years - from hosts, guests and the team below which make it all possible!


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SARAH ROSEBERRY, Assistant Coordinator

Currently living in Brooklyn, Sarah is a health and life coach and an overall amazing woman who just teems with positivity. Sarah serves as an important off-site assistant, handling many of the behind-the-scenes customer relations, social media, press, and outreach of EPM. Sarah met Erin in NYC and quickly became interested in the retreats, later joining a group in Ischia, Italy. As a past or future guest, you may hear from Sarah from time to time and maybe even meet her on a future retreat!


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JULIAN HYZLER, Form+Focus Collaborator

From his home base in Italy, Julian leads many art retreats each year and is our host for the EAT.PRAY.MOVE Tuscany retreat weeks as well. In 2014, we began to collaborate outside of Italy and now co-host our FORM+FOCUS retreats which combine yoga, meditation, and movement alongside art, photography, and creativity. Julian is the founder of EASEL&LENS where he leads painting and photography courses around the world and online. Looking ahead we’re excited to offer this unique balance of skills to our guests in Iceland, Marrakesh, Goa, Venice, and future locations as well! If you join us on a retreat, you’ll be sure to stay entertained with Julian’s witty banter and knowledgeable, artistic anecdotes.


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MICHELLE LEE - Move+Manifest COLLABORATOR

After leading a successful 13-year career in the corporate world, Michelle transitioned her career into a wellness & business coach, retreat leader and internationally certified yoga instructor - following her passions and sharing this with others around the globe. She now leads our Move+Manifest retreats which, besides yoga, adds workshops for life development, manifesting your dreams, and vision board creation. She holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology, as well as her MBA in Finance, and became a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor in Florence, Italy. Her deep inner work in the field of psychology, as well as an extensive career in the executive corporate world, has given her a wisdom and awareness that encompasses all areas of development. Through her extensive studies and committed personal growth rituals, she has created a therapeutic practice offering soulful transformational guidance.  Michelle is a travel maven, animal lover, and planet Earth worshipper.  She lives part of the year in Florence, Italy, part in Los Angeles, and part wherever her heart takes her.


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JEN CARTER - Mindful Movement Collaborator

Recently named New York City’s most in-demand yoga instructor by Manhattan Magazine, ZenJen, Jen Carter, teaches yoga and meditation at top New York yoga studios and to large corporate clients such as Calvin Klein, Pinterest, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt Andaz, Weight Watchers, Lululemon, and Estée Lauder Companies. She has been practicing yoga since the 90’s, but it wasn’t until 2010 that Jen realized her true calling to teach. After years of working in the corporate world, her life shifted dramatically when she suffered a traumatic head injury during an accidental fall. The fall and subsequent road to full recovery was Jen’s awakening to a deeper journey into yoga and meditation.  Her inspirational journey has been featured in Self Magazine, New York Yoga and Life and others.

Jen holds advanced yoga and meditation instructor certifications from NYC yoga studios Ishta Yoga, Pure Yoga, Yoga Vida, and It’s Yoga based in San Francisco. She crafts her yoga asana classes with mindfulness and approaches her meditation teachings with a beginner’s mind. She views her purpose in life is to bring mindfulness and joy into every aspect of life, not just on the yoga mat. You will find Jen’s retreats with EAT.PRAY.MOVE crafted to challenge our guests, but also to make it easy and fun for them to incorporate both asana and meditation into their daily lives back at home. She sees EAT.PRAY.MOVE as an amazing opportunity to explore new lands and culture while simultaneously exploring new levels within. You can keep up Jen on ZenJenYoga.com or through Instagram @zenjenyogi


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Sarah Scarborough - RITUAL+RENEWAL COLLABORATOR

Sarah Scarborough, of Tea Huntress, has devoted the last a twenty years of her life to discovering the history, agriculture and culture of tea. She has followed tea’s journey around the world to learn the ancient traditions of tea and source high vibrational, ancient and ceremonial varieties. As a registered yoga teacher, she offers yin, restorative and vinyasa classes. Join her on a RITUAL+RENEWAL retreat to combine the soul and ceremony of tea with daily yoga as well as learning how to infuse daily ritual into your life.


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MINDY JOHNSTONE - COLLABORATOR

Living in the ever inspiring Canadian Rockies, Mindy has a love of the outdoors, travel, all things artistic and yoga related. Her home town of Banff is an International destination that brings in over 4 million visitors per year. Having founded Banff's Yoga studio, Rocky Mountain Yoga in 2009, Mindy is able to share in the delight of people's first visits through the practice of yoga. In recent years she has taken her teachings and the love of travel on retreats abroad to places like Italy and the South of France. 

Having began her practice 20 years ago, Mindy's style of teaching is rooted in the Ashtanga tradition. A love for the fluidity is deepened with Vinyasa Flow and the more restorative Yin & iRest Yoga Nidra. On retreat prepare to be inspired and nurtured as her strength lies in the ability to cater to groups and individuals needs. The yoga community offers a family in all parts of the globe and Mindy is grateful for the guidance and shared wisdom she receives from students and teachers. She looks forward to inspiring people to see the delight in travel and where we can feel at 'OM with the world.'

When she's not traveling, you can find Mindy painting,  reading cards or going on adventures  with her husband and 13 year old daughter, Charly. 



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EMILY O’HARE - VINO+VINYASA COLLABORATOR

Now living in Siena, Italy, Emily O’Hare was the head sommelier, wine buyer and WSET tutor at London’s River Café, where she worked for over seven years. She also writes about Italian wine for various publications and sits on the judging panels for Decanter. In May 2012 O’Hare won the Harpers Wines & Spirits Sommelier of the Year Award, and in her spare time she runs a women’s tasting group Women, Know Your Wine! and The London Wine Sessions, a bi-annual wine festival which includes talks, tastings, music and food. O’Hare was first a DWWA judge in 2009.


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EUGENIA ESQUIVAL - GIVE BACK COORDINATOR

We first met Eugenia on on of our retreats to Provence, France where she attended as a guest and now are happy to announce that she's joined our EPM family. Recently hitting the pause-button on a lucrative corporate career, Eugenia has turned her focus to more humanitarian outlets and joined our team as our Give Back Coordinator. She is our go-between with our non-profit partners around the globe and helps to keep us and our guests updated on how our efforts are being moved forward. She also recently received a yoga teaching certification and leads volunteer classes for trauma patients as a type of therapy in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.