Gabrielle Pelicci: Health, with Attitude!

Here is Gabrielle in her classroom, casual yet serious; interested in her students’ learning about themselves and their health.

I generally profile older women (or men on occasion), because I feel their years of experience can be useful to younger readers and inspirational to all ages. But when I met Gabrielle, I had to make an exception. While she has been teaching Holisitic Health for only four years, she seems to have the wisdom of someone much older than her 35 years.

We met at MANNA, the non-profit organization that cooks meals for 750 critically ill people in the Philadelphia and Northern NJ area. (Each person receives 21 meals {frozen} per week, delivered to his or her door.) Gabrielle and I worked side my side packing the breakfast meals on that day.  It was the only day she volunteered, because her real jobs take a great deal of time, so I consider Fate had a hand in our meeting.

Last week I met her in Center City Philadelphia, where she has an office and space to teach yoga, stress management, massage and other healing practices. While these health modalities were once considered New Age when I first became involved in health foods in the late 70s, many of these practices are now mainstream.

After finishing her morning sessions, she and I drove to Lakewood, New Jersey to Georgian Court University (GCU), which has a beautiful campus that was once an estate. Originally a school for women and still run by nuns, it is now open to men, but most of the students I saw were women.

This is a bridge in the Japanese Garden on the college campus. There are several gardens on campus.

Gabrielle drives about three hours round trip two to three times weekly in order to follow her passion: teaching holistic health.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she was working at a job she did not like in sunny California and came back to PA two weeks after she accepted the job.  While she teaches only part-time, she hopes the job will become full time.

Within six months she has networked so well that she is busy every day, either with her private clients, her teaching at GCU, or her online teaching from home. When she dropped me back in Center City, she told me that she was flying to San Francisco two days later for another possible teaching job that allows her to teach via the Internet. Her attitude about promoting herself and her passion is her best resume.

What impressed me about Gabrielle, or Gaby as her students call her, is her drive to do all she can to feed her passion for healing and health. While she is young enough to be my daughter, Gabrielle gave me advice on how to kick-start cooking classes in Philadelphia, something I have not been able to accomplish since moving here.

Gabrielle’s students also seem to be taken with their teacher, although she is young enough to be one of them. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Ph.D. in Holistic Health, Gabrielle is well qualified to practice her passion. I am awed by her motivation and inspired by her drive.

One of her students seemed to sum it up quite well when she said that their class is not just about learning, but about doing and finding out about yourself through body, mind, and spirit. Another student said that the class is really about finding out about yourself, especially from a spiritual viewpoint.

I feel fortunate to have met Gabrielle, because I believe that holistic health and complementary medicine (a combination of conventional Western medicine and Eastern Holistic modalities) are the waves of the future. And with teachers like Gabrielle, I know the future of Holistic Health is in good hands!

Trees in the Japanese Garden on the GCU Campus.


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