Gianna Vallefuoco


ARtist, ENTREPRENEUR, & mindfulness teacher 

As Co Owner of Vallefuoco Contractors since 1999, Gianna has spent over two decades helping thousands of clients manifest their creative tile and marble projects in the Washington, DC area. Trained as an artist in figurative oil painting in Florence, Italy, she uses her art background and principles from her undergraduate degree in psychology to help clients make mindful construction design decisions, and to create Intentional Spaces in their homes. Construction is not her only gig! Gianna’s true passion is teaching mindfulness, and empowering fellow humans to thrive!

Her student base spans populations across the globe, including psychologists, law enforcement & first responders, non-profits, public and private schools and universities, trade associations, private companies, and retreat centers. Gianna‘s mindfulness workshops are known to bring her students to all kinds of tears; most often cathartic ones, and sometimes those from belly-aching laughter. Her unique method for skillfully navigating common human experiences is based on areas of study she holds dear. She gently weaves art, eastern wisdom, neurobiology, and psychology principles into her programs as a means for making mindfulness accessible to all who want to “think and feel” better.  

Gianna’s inspiration to teach started on a yoga mat, as a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher. However, teaching asana postures was just a stepping stone to the contemplative side of yoga, leading her to become a neuroscience-based Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She carries years of experience in compassionate leadership in the construction industry, and through mindfulness-based coursework with SIYLI, Beyond Om, and Thrive Yoga. She completed a 2 year practicum as an MMTCP certified instructor through the Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She is currently training in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr Dan Siegel. She sees herself as both teacher and student. Gianna is also an inclusion advocate and a creative at heart. Her own passion projects include Disability Inclusion Guild®; a 501(c)3 dedicated to breaking social barriers for people with disabilities, and Beyond Gifted®; a mindful gift portal she is revamping to specialize in gifts of compassion for late 2023. Gianna believes a conscious intention and a sense of belonging are the key to self empowerment.   

“To create anything, we must be intentional. Intention steers us from the heart & saves us from the ego.” 

Gianna Vallefuoco 

Services & Events

Gianna in a classroom talking to a group of people


Customized for your group – Whether you’re looking for tools to to regulate emotions, improve relationships, find motivation, or break unwanted habits, mindfulness can empower you to make long term shifts to navigate life skillfully. Expect to create deeper connection with yourself and others, and learn to thrive in each aspect of life. We each have the capacity to overcome challenges, fulfill our deep desires, and find purpose and joy in our lives.

Close up of wooden palette with some paints


Small Groups in the Art Studio Join me in my own home in my N Bethesda, MD art studio (or at your location) to harness your creative spirit. No art experience required. I believe we are all artists. In this small group session, we practice mindfulness, unleash your innate creativity, and help you discover your intuitive calling or purpose. You will create your own artwork to keep forever. All art supplies and media will be provided. Bring only an open mind and heart.

Farm in Tuscany Italy in the sunshine with fields to be harvested


Life Changing Retreats join me for the RETREAT OF A LIFETIME in different locations across the globe. This one is at Relais Ortaglia with Sandy Ferretti,  Sandy Abrams, Elia Nichols and me. Learn concrete ways to optimize your life through breath, voice, posture, intuition, and creativity.

 More info on future retreats to follow soon…

As humans, we tend to conform to social norms to be accepted. Often this means suppressing our innate calling in order to do what’s expected of us. This includes how we choose our friends, life partners, studies, professions, and our belief systems as a whole. We attach to the identity we create so we can feel like we fit in. Unfortunately, this can mean abandoning our intuitive calling, “our truth.” After years of feeling unfulfilled, despite a seemingly successful life, I was able to quiet the influences around me, to find my own truth, and reconnect with my calling. I found a way to weave my existing life into my new life as an artist and a teacher empowering others to create their own ideal lives. Join me to create your own truth, your purpose-driven life.

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My cup runneth over once again! This is what heavily MEDITATED police officers look like after an afternoon of mindfulness and a few lions breaths. Mindfulness training is now a core part of this police academy’s curriculum. Thank you Captain Barrett for letting me be a part of this culture-changing work over the last couple years. I am always humbled by the compassion, candor, and vulnerability of my students. I learn so much from you! #gratitude #selfcompassion #mindfulness #meditation #policemindfulness #changingcultures #dcpolice #commonhumanity #compassionatepolicing #wisdomontap
Tile friends, please join me April 18-21 at Coverings in Orlando, FL and prioritize yourselves! There will be some wonderful self-care opportunities for you.  Link in bio. The Coverings Lounge will focus on four key themes of Coverings 2023 – Sustainability, Outdoor Spaces, Timeless Luxury, and Health & Wellness. I’ll be offering mindfulness classes throughout the week, geared to optimizing the mind and body for thinking and feeling well. I will focus heavily on how to navigate daily life stressors, and how to shift from merely surviving to truly thriving. #mindfulness #coverings #selfcompassion #wellness #wisdomontap
Calling all my inspiring tile friends and colleagues! In honor of our industry’s commitment to wellbeing, this year’s Coverings Show will be offering a Wellness Lounge, promoting mindfulness. Join me in person April 18-21 in Orlando, FL for classes throughout the week, focusing on skill sets to make your work life better AND your life work better! I’ll be teaching 30-40 minute workshops covering how to be good at being human (with less suffering) We’ll cover resilience after setbacks, neuroscience of stress, meditation for fidgety over-thinkers, simple breathwork, growth mindset, grit, failure as fuel, and more! No mindfulness experience or yoga pants required! Join me in your finest suits or dirtiest work boots! All are welcome! Link in my bio for free registration for @coveringsshow - our big and bold tile conference of the year! #coverings #tileinstallation #tilelove #selfcompassion #mindfulness #meditation #resilience #selfcare #growthmindset #grit #perseverance #curiosity #presence #ntca #constructionlife #wellness #tiledesign #tileart #tiledistributors #artisans #artisanontap #tileinstallers  #interiordesign #wellness #workplacewellness
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