"I just returned from the “Awakening Beauty, Embracing Body and Wisdom” retreat. It. Was. Amazing. I struggle with anxiety, and the ability to BE STILL. This weekend taught me to do just that. I met some incredible woman, whom I probably would have never had the chance to meet otherwise. And I learned SO much about myself. My mind, body, and soul needed this much more than I knew. I plan to attend as many of these retreats as I can, and I urge anyone and everyone to do the same if you get the chance. Take a chance, put your anxieties aside, do something for YOU. I promise, you won’t regret it " ~Tonya F. 1-29-18
"Andrea's talk at Yale University was brutally truthful, yet hopeful, painful, yet inspiring. Her story shocked us, moved us, helped us and taught us. Each person left the talk reeling with ideas on how to promote eating disorder awareness."
~Lekshimi Santhos, Student Leader, Yale University
“I am privileged to call Andrea a friend. Working with her during her tenure at Jubilee Retreat House in Abingdon, Virginia, I saw firsthand her commitment to helping others find and stay on their spiritual journeys. Andrea brings a powerful combination of discernment, compassion, organization, and spirituality to her life's work.”
~Cathy Reynolds, Marion, VA Archivist, Wytheville Community College
“I have known Andrea Kanelopoulos since the late 1990’s when she was on the leadership team of the Young Adults Group at St. Dominic’s Church. Andrea has a true gift for ministry. She meets people where they are, and gently guides them to spiritual growth. Andrea’s peaceful manner, acceptance of all people, and positive words of encouragement really set the right tone for a retreat or other spiritual gathering. I was always impressed with the way Andrea knew just how to set up the environment, for example, by lighting candles, selecting appropriate music, or displaying photos or other artwork. “
~ Maria Webster, San Francisco, CA Grant Writer, Educator
“...I have to tell you about my drive home with the girls Friday afternoon. They have hit the stage where you ask a question and get a one word answer. This day where they heard (you) talk they spent almost the entire drive home talking about it. They seemed to remember virtually every detail. I could hear them process (your) long struggle, the physical after effects, and idea of 'finding your voice.' It really made quite an impression. I am so grateful you are willing to share your story; it can't be easy doing so. Thanks again."
~A Mother of a Student, Berkeley CA
"I worked with Andrea in many different ministries at St. Dominic's in San Francisco. I witnessed her preaching which was always thoughtfully prepared with challenging insights that the congregation could take home to mull over. Andrea also has the gift of prayer and she made her mission to make certain that all God's children were looked after in healing prayer. She is also very centered person who knows how to bring people together socially as well as spiritually."
~Tiffany Hoover Pleasant Hill, CA Actor, Preacher
"Andrea was the office manager at the Jubilee Retreat House in Abingdon, Virginia when I attended a retreat there in the summer of 2010. She was so welcoming to me when I arrived for a five day guided retreat. Her thoughtful touches could be felt throughout the center: a lovely bookstore with carefully selected titles and gifts so beautifully arranged, homemade meals created with fresh ingredients from local sources in the community, prayerful nooks throughout the center, neatly kept rooms, and her quiet yet approachable presence underlying it all made for a wonderful and memorable experience. "
~Ronda Watts, Apex, NC Retreat Participant
"I just read your article in the about her magazine that was in my morning paper. I think it is wonderful you are reaching out to people who suffer with anorexia. As a psychiatric nurse I was upfront and close with quite a number of Young people with this disorder. One doctor described it as a disease from another planet. I hope the article influences young people in our area to take heed and find their voice as you did so that they can lead happier healthier lives. When I turned the page and found you this morning, speaking through the media, a feeling of hope welled inside me. You are doing so many good things. Best wishes as you touch more people's lives."
~Bunny Medeiros, Southwest VA, Psychiatric Nurse