Deirdre Kovaci, Branford CT, USA
I have been working with Taru for the last 3 months and I am so excited to continue with her for another few months. I had initially contacted Taru to lose some weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. From our very first conversation I had no doubt that she was the Coach for me. She asked me plenty of questions, really listened to me and gave me a unique plan that suited me and my lifestyle. Since I've started following Taru's plan, I have seen significant changes, that have not only benefited me, but my children too. I have lost some weight, I have much more energy, and a clear and sharper focus of my priorities. She has truly made an impression on me by making me more aware of how everyday habits and food choices impact our lives. Taru is very knowledgeable, insightful and motivating. I am forever grateful to Taru for her steady guidance on lifestyle changes that will benefit me for the rest of my life. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Inge Kuse, Antwerp, Belgium
Hello Taru, Some years ago, when you were sailing around the world, I started following your Instagram-account and blog because I had been living on a boat too and I was interested in anyone and anything that had to do with living aboard. At a certain moment your blog posts became more and more about mindful living and healthy eating which appealed to me too. After a while I wasn't interested in the sailing any more but I was waiting for another inspiring post about conscious living and what you did to achieve your goals. Last year in spring I decided to take a break from work for some months and spend that time on a Greek island, just when you were moving to Paros. I used that time to do some research and read anything I could find with tips to make me feel more healthy. I wasn't exactly ill but I have Graves' disease, an auto-immune disease that affects the thyroid, which gave me some side effects like brain fog and a constant feeling of stress because of my heart rate being up all the time. Because of the medication, I took some weight and I didn't feel comfortable in my skin any more. No major unhappiness but I was looking for some natural ways to feel better. That same summer you got your certification as a nutritional health coach and, inspired by your blog posts, I decided to contact you to try to help me. First we had a free Skype-session for you to get to know me and what I wanted of this collaboration, to know more about my lifestyle and my mindset towards healthy eating and a mindful life in general. I expected it would be all about healthy eating but it was so much more! The first thing we tackled was my eating habits: I ate too much bread, pasta, cheese etc. so you sent me a personalized plan with weekly menu's and a shopping list. I had to omit gluten, dairy, sugar and meat from my diet and the two first weeks all I could think about was food: with everything I bought or ordered I had to think about the ingredients but after two weeks I was used to it. And I felt so much better! It wasn't about the weight I had lost after four weeks (which was nice too) but I felt more clear and I could concentrate a lot better. I was very focused on the food bit so with every Skype session I expected we were going to talk about my improvements concerning cooking and food but every time you came up with some more ways to improve my life and health and once I got my head around the plant-based diet, I could give some more attention to exercising, meditation and making mindful choices in other areas of my life. We talked about every aspect of life: love, friendship, creativity, exercise, food... Although I unconsciously knew what was good for my health and well being in general, I couldn't have done all this without your knowledge, support and compassion. The personalized diet was the easiest bit, the exercising was a bit harder for me, but the most important thing I learned from you is how to take some time for myself and contemplate if I'm going in the right direction for achieving my goals, even if I'm busy at work and I think I really don't have the time. We took a break now and I'm trying to do it on my own but I'll contact you again later this year after your baby is born, to do some fine-tuning.
Forever grateful for your time, compassion, knowledge and caring. Also for the useful information you sent me even after you stopped coaching me!
Louis Niemeyer, Miami, USA
Taru, I want to give you a big thank you for the great hospitality and great food you made for the yoga retreat in Paros, Greece. It was absolutely delicious. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the retreat and to get to know you and all the people who attended. It was a most wonderful experience and hope I have a similar opportunity in the future. I would highly recommend anyone interested in staying at your B&B do so and to attend a retreat. I feel honored to have had this opportunity. I wish you the very best and again thank you very much.
Christina Sinopli Pappas, London, UK
Last summer we visited an amazing Greek island. Paros Island. Looking for accommodation we were happily surprised to find Taru’s place. But even more excited with her warm welcome and her professionalism. Her relaxed balanced sweet idiosyncrasy was infused in us and we enjoyed relaxing holidays. Every morning we had breakfast prepared by her. She had chosen to lay the beautiful breakfast table on the pleasant gardens under the shade of a tree. Fresh juices, amazing omelettes topped with vegetables and herbs grown on the very same garden, freshly brewed coffee, bread, marmalades and many more. Everyone was pleased, and gave us a good start to our day. Simple pleasures that we just forget how important are for our happiness. Thank you Taru for being such an inspiring warm and pleasing host. Hope to see you again soon.