Its amazes me to witness the personal development and growth of the people that come into my life. My work is such a great honor to practice and it is with a glowing heart and great gratitude that I share the below words.
“Gemma radiates unconditional love in every sense of the word. My spiritual journey started on her Fall retreat -- she cultivates a safe and nurturing space allowing deep emotions to activate that I could not previously fathom. I'm continually amazed at how Gemma always know what I need, whether that's a hug, a smile, the space to release energy or to sit side-by-side.”
"Taking Gemma's class changed my life. I had tried meditating over the years, downloaded a few apps, practiced at my yoga studio, listened to a podcast, but it never clicked. From these trials, I concluded that mediation was either a hoax or something I was terrible at and would never learn.
After my first class with Gemma, my world flipped. I saw clearly how simple mediation is and how to integrate it into my daily life. Through her teachings and making meditation a priority, I have found profound calm. I listen more intently to both others and myself. Thank you, Gemma! I only wish that I were able to repay you for this gift!"
“Gemma and I meditated together twice a week for two years. Hers is a stripped-down, raw method that would work in the 42nd street subway platform if she had to. Gemma is: A natural charismatic leading with humor, grace, and intention. Gemma is not: Following the fad of mindfulness or coming at you with a “candles & crystals” vibe. Her peace is real and hard won, just like yours will be.”
“I always had a strong curiosity about meditation, but I never believed I would be able to do it. My fear was that being a Type A, constant thinker - there was no way my mind would ever slow down enough to meditate. But after 20+ years of traditional therapy I started to feel like I had plateaued. I had learned the skills of how to define my issues, recognizes them, discover where they were rooted from, but I still had this feeling of “....and now what?”. There was no closure. I knew (almost) everything that was wrong with me and my life, some of it fixable some just forever woven into the fabric of who I am.
That’s when Gemma came into my life. Both hailing from Buffalo, NY, there was an immediately familiarity and feeling of comfort between us. But I think regardless of where we were from, Gemma senses what makes someone feel their best, at their safest and in their comfort zone. I warned Gemma that I didn’t think I could meditate, not to get too “hippie dippy” on me, and that I needed to get back to work soon. I promptly told her it was really hard for me to not be checking my email. Gemma had no demands of me. She asked me not to heap expectations on myself. She assured me that one doesn’t have to be good at this...there are no rules to perform, no one is grading, some days are better then others...just keep doing it.
We spend an hour together every week. I talk, she talks, we mediate. All the sudden, I stopped feeling the need to resolve everything in my life and felt very at peace. How did that happen? These wonderful conversations that Gemma secretly seemed to have layered in with all of these beautiful spiritual and mindful tools along with my guided meditations, had changed my life. I had never really known what it felt like to be so at peace with myself.
This initial euphoria did have me wanting to move my family to a commune and live in a meditative state- ha! That idea lasted a week and the reality was it wasn’t exclusive. I could live on the UES, have a career, husband, kids and still be a mindful, at peace person.
I think the most important thing that Gemma has taught me, in her own words, is “you go, girl”. There is no right or wrong, there is you and your self love. Be kind to your insecurities, flex your strengths without shame, forgive yourself and others, don’t explain yourself and love a lot.
I am humbled to have learned under Gemma and honored to call her a friend.”
“Gemma's retreat was transformative on every level, enabling easy connection to my higher self and clearing stagnant energies. From my personal life to my business, her gentle, fun meditation practice was the game changer I've always longed for! Her vibe is peaceful, receptive, luxurious, beautiful -- which is generously passed to her beloved students with Grace.”