Amanda is an ex-college athlete with degrees in both psychology and sports psychology, a seasoned brand and growth leader across corporate, political, start-up, and non-profit industries, a HeartMath™ Certified Organizational Trainer, a Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher, and is on track to graduate from a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in early 2021. Amanda’s passion for CIVANA comes can be most easily recognized when one of our many giftworkers contributes to the personal development and transformation of another, be that a guest or a fellow colleague. When not at the property, Amanda can be found adventuring with her beloved dog, Tashi.
Q: What is your specialty?
A: Curiosity. I am endlessly fascinated with human potential and the capacity for change, be that social and/or individual. On a practical level at CIVANA, that is expressed through meditation classes, intention burning ceremonies, full moon rituals, our evening gratitude circles, 1:1 sessions, HeartMath™ resilience training workshops, team building activities, and informal inquiry with our amazing guests.
Q: How long have you been doing this and how did you get your start?
A: My entire life. I was fortunate to grow up in large, extremely athletic family that was fueled by love, competition, and an inquisitive spirit. As a college athlete, I was able to study Sports Psychology, Peak Performance, and Human Behavior under my mentor Dr. Ralph Vernacchia. My professional path finally led me into the non-profit space where I was able to participate in developing curriculum and training programs related to contemplative practices and scientific approaches to mindfulness, kindness, and compassion.
Q: Why did you choose this as your career path?
A: What I do now is not a career path – it is a life path and it chose me. My professional career up until roughly 2013 was a rat race of achievement, disembodiment, and busyness that did not feed my spirit. When I realized that I didn’t need to be two different people in my personal and professional life, my purpose became crystal clear.
Q: Why is this work important to you?
A: Because it matters.
Q: What are your hopes and goals for 2020?
A: To continue to do that good that is in front of me every day.
Q:Are there any trends you foresee in your industry for 2020?
A: One of the elements of CIVANA that is so powerful in contrast to the broader wellness space is our focus on the idea that wellbeing does not need to be prescriptive or restrictive. Each of us are our own gurus and have the ability to design a journey that is ideal for our needs. The trend I foresee growing throughout 2020 and beyond is that wellness or wellbeing arises from a mindset of abundance and contentment as opposed to lack.
Q: Do you have anecdotes regarding a client and how your work impacted them?
A: Fundamentally, we all just want to be seen, heard, and appreciated. My hope is that anyone who I cross paths with feels this offering in an authentic way.