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 Gianna’s only gig. She is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with a passion for teaching fellow humans to thrive, and the science behind thriving.

Gianna 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 two year practicum as an MMTCP certified mindfulness instructor through UC Berkeley’s Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Recognizing the deep connection between mindfulness and neuroscience, she continued her studies in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr Dan Siegel.  She incorporates the “Mindsight Approach To Wellbeing,” to bring a multi-faceted approach to her teaching. Gianna works regularly with the police force and construction industry, focusing on compassion, crisis intervention training, and self care. 

Gianna’s student base now spans populations across the globe, including law enforcement and first responders, psychologists, non-profits, public and private schools and universities, trade associations, private companies, and retreat centers. Her mindfulness and creativity workshops are known to bring her students to all kinds of tears; most often deeply cathartic ones, and sometimes those from belly-aching laughter. Her method for skillfully navigating common human struggles is based on areas of study she holds dear. She gently weaves art, eastern wisdom, neurobiology, and psychology concepts into her programs. Gianna’s own passion project is Disability Inclusion Guild®; a 501(c)3 dedicated to breaking social barriers for people with disabilities. She believes a conscious intention and self compassion 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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Il Ponte Vecchio non si invecchia mai. It never gets old! Loving this local band @ragazziscimmia  #musica #firenze #pontevecchio #localbands  #firenzedinotte
Still savoring my last days in Florence after co-leading our morning retreat workshops with the fabulous @elianichols Photo creds to @isivallefuoco and @biancavallefuoco_  Grazie mille to the team at @palazzosanniccolo for your beautiful space and wonderful service! And to the amazing ladies with whom we shared these retreats, you made this moment unforgettable! 🙏🏼🇮🇹💜 #florenceitaly #italyretreats #mindfulness #wisdomontap #selfcompassion #meditation #selfcare #womenupliftingwomen #italylovers #firenze #
Lion’s breath with my amazing colleague @elianichols at our first morning retreat of the week in Florence 🇮🇹 Big gratitude to the breathwork guru and uplifter @sandyabrams who brought us together 3 years ago! #italyretreat #mindfulness #breathwork #meditation #selfcompassion #neuroscience #selfexpression #alexandermethod #wisdomontap #firenze #lionsbreath
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
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