Nearly 40 years ago, Dr. Suzanne was introduced to meditation in her college class, World Religions. Her interest and curiosity in meditation, mindfulness and contemplative practices was then birthed. A licensed holistic psychotherapist, Duke University trained Integrative Health Coach, and trained meditation teacher, Dr. Suzanne founded Inspirational Journeys, LLC, a mindfulness-wellness-travel company. The intention and mission of IJ is to offer retreats that nourish, deepen, inspire and awaken individuals to their most authentic selves. A professional speaker since 1985, Dr. Suzanne has presented at international, national and regional conferences, local business and community events and government agencies on behavioral health, mindfulness, meditation, somatics and healing. Known for her embodied presence, intuitive knowing, skilled facilitation, dynamic speaking and ability to help people make transformational shifts in their lives, Dr. Suzanne is excited to be offering mindfulness and wellness retreats to the community at large. A lover of educational pursuits, consciousness & spirituality, nature, nutrition, physical activity and meditation, she will begin a 2 year intensive training with Dr. Tara Brach and Dr. Jack Kornfield, renowned meditation teachers in February, 2019, to become a certified meditation teacher. Dr.Suzanne's company Northern Virginia Integrative Therapy Center, offering holistic psychotherapy and contemplative seminars, has won the Best Of Loudoun, People's Choice, in (contact info blocked), 2018. She is the proud mother of two fully launched adult children, and the grandmother,“Gigi” of twin granddaughters.