Growing up in France, Catherine started sports and outdoor activities only as a teenager. But she had a curiosity and passion for nature since her youngest age, simply because her parents and grand-parents had a garden. Later, she happily endorsed the nickname of “Mountain Goat with a Good Eye,” as she discovered her special connection with mountains. It is while traveling through the Himalayas, trekking and getting to know different cultures, that she found her calling.
As a photographer, Catherine’s desire is to bring more awareness of our natural world, how beautiful, yet in-danger it is. She is a trips organizer and leader. She shares her travel experiences with others. Time spent in different cultures and landscapes shapes our connectedness with the world and with ourself.
Catherine enjoys public speaking and regularly tells about her journeys in multi-medias presentations and photo exhibits. She believes that eastern philosophies convey the wisdom that is often lacking in our modern world. She is involved in developing meaningful links between the East and the West, as mutual enrichment will benefit each of us and make for a better world.
In 2008, when His Holiness The Dalai Lama visited Aspen. Catherine was honored to show a Tibet photography exhibit at The Aspen Institute with all proceeds going to the support of Tibetans in Tibet through the American Himalayan Foundation.
In 2012 she helped shoot a multi-media document in Nepal for Resurge International, a non-profit organization.
In 2015 she mounted several photo exhibits to support Nepal reconstruction.
Catherine’s career-long experience in training is based on regaining our natural movement. Her knowledge in Personal Training, Pilates and Yoga allows her to tailor her coaching to each person’s needs. She now includes meditation teaching and Ayurvedic lifestyle counseling in her work. She has found for herself that a daily practice of meditation/mindfulness is essential to counteract our super busy lives and stay connected to our true self.
Catherine completed two 200 hours Yoga teacher Training: June 2019 in Bozeman, Montana, with https://www.yogamotion.com/ and November 2015 in Rishikesh, India, with https://www.rishikulyogshala.org/ In 2014/2015, Catherine received her certifications as a Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor and a Perfect Health Instructor with the Chopra Center, https://www.choprateachers.com/Teacher.aspx?id=1720.
Catherine is a Personal Trainer certified with The American Council on Exercise and a Pilates instructor certified by the Pilates Method Alliance. She worked at The Aspen Club and Spa for 20 years after being a Physical Education Teacher in schools.
When not coaching and traveling, Catherine enjoys photographing nature around Colorado and Montana as well as quiet time at home, reading, writing and spending time with friends.
Member of the American Himalayan Foundation
Catherine gathered a great group of people to tour Kathmandu and Bhutan, places she knows well and as importantly, that she loves. Her enthusiasm for the culture, the people, and the landmarks was contagious….lots of laughs and fun, morning til night.
Catherine is all about mind, body and spirit. Her life is dedicated to learning and teaching. A world-class hiker, guide and athlete, Catherine introduced us to amazing parts of the Rockies and the Himalayas. Her photographic exhibits and civic presentations reveal a sense of awareness and empathy that comes only from serious study of the Eastern philosophies. She is a multi-faceted and fascinating woman.
Meditation has become an integral part of the way I approach things. My awareness of who I am, how I am, and how that may be affecting the world has profoundly increased since learning to meditate. I am deeply thankful for the exposure and expertise that Catherine provided.
I have been training with Catherine for about 15 years, doing both Pilates and weight training. Thanks to Catherine I have relieved my lower back problems. I feel strong in my core and flexible in my body. I highly recommend her methods of "working out".