In January 2014, after working for over a half decade in medical sales, Amy left her job in Chicago to immerse herself in a yoga instructor training program at Pavones Yoga Center in Costa Rica. After a month of living in the jungle on the ocean’s edge, eating locally-sourced organic food and practicing daily yoga, she felt intense positive changes on her body, mind and soul. This realization led her to dedicate the next year and a half to traveling abroad in order to study sustainable food production, permaculture, yoga and holistic healing.
In South America, Amy taught yoga at a healing center in Peru’s Sacred Valley, where she learned about plant-based medicine and how to care for the center’s garden. Amy then traveled north of Lima, where she lived on a sustainable farm, sharing her yoga practice and learning their culture and unique farming methods.
In 2015, Amy moved to Southeast Asia, where she obtained her Permaculture Design Certificate in Thailand. She worked as a volunteer on a project focused on the production of sustainable food, as well as the education of the wellness of all beings.
Amy felt called to Detroit due to its need for mental, physical and spiritual healing, and as part of her mission to help revitalize the city, she joined The Garden Detroit. Amy sees yoga and food as critical and crucial tools for overall transformation. Her vision includes hosting yoga retreats at The Garden and building a wellness center/sustainable homestead-style farm.