Andrea, I wanted to take a min to thank you for the wonderful weekend. I am not a big talker or always good at sharing what I’m feeling, but it doesn’t mean I’m not listening. I have used the beads I bought every day. I gave each color an intention and I keep them on the kitchen table where I see them multiple times a day. It really is a good reminder to actually have them in front of me. I also wanted to thank you for the great food. I know that I am not an easy person to feed. I have a hard time feeding myself! You went above an beyond and I greatly appreciate it. Thanks again for everything you did this past weekend. You truly are a special person and I learned a lot from you.
-C.M. (Private Hosted Retreat)
“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
"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."
~Lekshmi Santhos, Student Leader, Yale University
I attended the Women's Owning our Stories beach retreat this past January in Topsail, NC and would highly recommend it! Andrea thought of everything and it was so wonderful to be taken care of all weekend long. The food was amazing. I especially loved the lamb chops the second evening and her breakfasts were delicious. She was careful and conscious with Covid-19 precautions and took extra care in making sure we were all safe and healthy. Looking forward to future retreats hosted by this wonderful, remarkable woman!
Thanks to Anam Nostos House for doing the All Souls remembrance candlelight labyrinth walk. I have attended the labyrinth walks when I can and they are always a very meaningful and spiritual experience. When I saw the All Souls event I knew I had to attend. I lost my husband this year and I have walked many labyrinths this last year to deal with my loss and how to find a way to walk on without him. This event gave an even more important meaning to walk and then put his name into a candle in the middle releasing him. I cannot think of any other opportunity like this in our area or even in bigger cities near us. Andrea is such a unique and thoughtful spiritual leader, we are so much better off to have her here to lead us.
~ Kate Shockley
This book is a powerful testimony and source of encouragement. It tells the incredible story of Andrea's journey but is also rich with information, anecdotes, and resources that will provide hope for anyone dealing w related issues (or loving someone who is). In addition to its practical importance, Andrea's brave and beautiful heart shines through in her writing, and readers will find genuine comfort in addition to the wealth of information (& you can check out her organization Anam Nostos House as well, for activities and events and ideas that can provide opportunities for continued flourishing and development of self-love, remotely and in person!). HIGHLY recommend this lovely, impactful book!
~ Kayla Locklin
I was humbled, delighted, and honored to be able to become a small part of this retreat this past weekend. I can tell how much love, thoughtfulness, and intention Andrea puts into each and every aspect of a retreat- the location, space, meals, and spaciousness within sacredness that only a trusted retreat leader can provide. The journaling done while on a weekend retreat is notoriously deep and possibly, momentous, and I felt both safety and strength was present. I've attended many a women's retreat, and can't wait until Andrea's next one!
~Carolyn Koesters, Wordcatching
After attending one of Andrea's weekend retreats, I faced the following week feeling more confident, optimistic, and creative...and remembering to live in the moment. It was also a great opportunity to connect with other women in a safe space.
Loved our recent retreat in North Topsail. Everything was well thought out and planned, from the atmosphere, meditations, decorations and the delicious meals! I especially appreciated our time to create art mandalas. The weekend helped me center myself and make some commitments to selfcare!
“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
This past weekend, I had my first Anam Nostos House retreat experience, and it was phenomenal! Andrea thought of everything, and the retreat was both restorative and transformative. The balance between downtime and sessions was perfect! And the food. Lord have mercy, Andrea can COOK. Highly recommend one of her retreats to anyone wanting to get more in touch with themselves and the role they play in their own destiny.
~Victoria Sullins , Chillhowie, Va
"I really appreciated the honesty and rawness that was portrayed during the session. Andrea offered a perspective on things that are often very hard to talk about together—faith and struggles. It was nice to hear someone speak so authentically about their life and struggles to serve others."
Senior, Emory & Henry College, Emory VA
"Andrea's powerful story of healing and recovery is truly inspirational. She is resiliency and strength personified. I'm so thankful for her willingness to practice vulnerability and speak about her lived experiences in order to ignite a torch of hope for others."
-Todd D. Stanley, LPC
Director of Counseling Services, Emory & Henry College, Emory VA
"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
"The story of over coming life threatening anorexia, by learning to listen to the voice within, trusting yourself and never giving up. Bravely and genuinely written, sharing an honest perspective on her battle. Not only a good book, but a great tool for conversation and discussion."
-Michelle Marlborough (Amazon Review)
Andrea's book is filled with the heartfelt expression of someone who's been to the bottom and back. Anyone who has deeply suffered from eating disorders or depression will find solace and a friend within her pages. While the topic is intense, the book is an easy read. That is a true feat! And it drives home the importance of helping those whom you may feel are hopeless and defiant of your support. We never know when we are changing someone's life. To have the generosity to separate a person from their destructive illness is a gift we can offer each other. Andrea reminds us of this powerful role through the eyes of someone in pain.
`Elea Faucheron. Author 'Move Think Smile'
"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
`5 stars! Just what I needed! Peace - quiet - time! Set in the beautiful Appalachian mountains, coffee in silence as I gazed upon the fog infused mountains, I was spoiled by the wholesome meals and moments of movement in yoga. Andrea led a perfectly-paced, relaxing retreat, focused on mindfulness of self. I was thankful that I took the time to treat myself."
~L.aura Williams, Ohio
Andrea puts it all out there in this honest and humbling tale of survival in today’s world. Life has struggles. Being able to understand those struggles as a process and recognize what it takes to successfully recover is what stops most of us from fully enjoying the beauty life has to offer. Andrea openly shares her most personal struggles and what it finally took for her to win at life. Highly recommended for those suffering from eating disorders, addictions, or just overwhelmed and losing hope. There CAN be a light at the end of your difficult journey!
~Cynthia L. (Amazon Review)
“...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
This book is a tribute to one woman's journey through the darkness of an eating disorder and and her strength of will to live, but also a guide to help all people struggling with life issues. The power of God and the human spirit shines in this book. Even though overcoming anorexia is a central theme, I believe anyone searching to find a sense of purpose and of their true self would find encouragement in Andrea's words.
-Tracy C. Weaver (Amazon Review)
"I attended the 'Hungry Souls, Starving Spirituality' beach retreat, and it was just wonderful. Andrea had every detail thought out and really made the weekend special. There were a variety of activities available along with some built in free time. The topics for discussion were meaningful, but there was no pressure to share more than what was comfortable. And I can't overstate how great the food was! All in all, it was a lovely experience, and I will happily attend another in the future."
~ M. Jesse
"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
I participated in a retreat at the beach recently, and I would highly recommend this style of retreat if you need time to think, talk, draw, paint, read. The sessions allowed time for personal exploration and intention setting under the nurturing but non pressured guidance of Andrea. The food was excellent, way more nutritious and interesting than regular retreat fare! The location was excellent, yoga and meditation on the beach also added a lot to the whole weekend. Go on the next retreat!
"This book, "Find Your Voice Project: A Journey Towards Healing," is a testament to the human spirit! As a school counselor this book offers a resource and an insight to disordered eating. The author takes the reader on her journey and provides a perspective that allows the reader to feel the struggle. Her ability to be genuine about her life experiences is an example of bravery that I can share with my students who have similar situations."
~Andrea, Brady Director of Guidance Counseling , St. Mary's High School, Berkeley, CA (Amazon)
This book is an amazing read! Having struggled with an eating disorder myself, I found a lot of myself reflected in the author’s words. Reading about her triumphs and trials gave me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all who have traveled or are still traveling a difficult journey. I can think of no better companion than Ms. Kanelopoulos.
~Brittany C. (Amazon Review)
Wonderful retreat. Peaceful, great food and very enjoyable reflective activities such as yoga, group sessions, mindfulness and thoughtful craft activities. I am definitely going back!! Great gift to myself....So glad I went!!
~ Becky J.
I attended the 2021 fall retreat held in the North Carolina Mountains. Women of different life experiences joined together to learn and share from each other. Andrea led several mediations and held space for us to talk and reflect over the weekend's experiences. In addition to Andrea's offerings we had a certified, experienced yoga teacher who created 3 specialized classes based on participants needs. Andrea also brought in a journaling expert to offer an additional workshop which was really insightful. Andrea served delicious meals full of fresh and nutritious ingredients, she easily adapted to my vegetarian diet. The food was a big part of the experience as Andrea also led us through mindful eating with each meal. For me the meals, yoga, and the community made the whole weekend special.
~Michele Glass, Bristol, Va
“I participated in a Book Club led by Andrea Kanelopoulos. She did an excellent job leading the discussion and enabling all the participants to share and examine their responses to the material from Brene Brown’s book. It was very helpful to in my relationships and self awareness. Thank you Andrea.”
T. Pratt Waters, Damascus, Va
"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
I just returned from a beautiful retreat, hosted by Andrea. I highly recommend this retreat as an opportunity to step back from your daily life and take a deeper look into your own important story.
Andrea creates such a peaceful and rejuvenating space for her retreats. Very insightful activities, wonderful food, plenty of time for yourself and social time if that is what you need. Everyone wanted just one more day! Excellent experience and will definitely join in on another!
"I loved (this book) "Find Your Voice Project: A Journey Towards Healing." It’s one of those books that you want to keep reading, and desire to finish all at once. Andrea has a unique voice, a way of expressing her inner world that jumps off the page. Her words allowed my heart to feel, my mind to see her story. And what a story it is! Hers is a journey of triumph in the midst of extreme odds and deep soul-pain. She met beautiful people along the way, but also courageously undertook the hard work to heal and to also understand every step of the healing process. This enables her to communicate the life-changing steps that anyone can take to heal our own souls and eating problems. As a Psychologist who has worked for 20 years with people who have anorexia and bulimia, I recommend this book to those who have a complicated relationship with food! This book can also be important for professionals in the field, because through it we can see the whole journey—from the depths of suffering to the days of flourishing—something we don’t usually experience when we work with people for only small parts of their journey. I am very glad I had a chance to Andrea’s beautiful Find Your Voice Project.
-Dr. Edward Cumella PhD, Psychologist, Professor of Graduate Psychology at Purdue University