Gianna Vallefuoco


Peaceful morning on the lake with mountains in the background

Artist & mindfulness teacher 

As Co Owner of Vallefuoco Contractors since 1999, Gianna has spent over two decades helping thousands of clients manifest their creative 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 design decisions, and to create Intentional Spaces in their homes. In 2014, Gianna incorporated her mindfulness practice into her work, teaching it to clients and colleagues in the construction industry. 

Since then, her mindfulness courses have expanded to a global audience. Gianna now teaches how to optimize the brain for creativity, motivation, and thriving in our relationships and communities. Her client base spans diverse populations 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 tears. Mostly the healing and cathartic kind, but sometimes tears of belly-aching laughter too. Her unique method for skillfully navigating common human experiences (such as resistance, stress, shame, and self doubt) is based on areas of study she holds dear. She gently weaves art, neuroscience, and psychology principles into her programs as a means for making mindfulness accessible to all who want to “think and feel” better.  

Gianna is a science geek, 200 RYT Yoga Teacher, and certified 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 is currently completing her 2 year practicum as an MMTCP certified teacher through the Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Gianna sees herself as both teacher and student. She is also an inclusion advocate and a creative at heart. Her own passion projects include Beyond Gifted®; a mindful gift portal, and Disability Inclusion Guild®; a 501(c)3 dedicated to breaking social barriers for people with disabilities. 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


Companies, Schools, and Communities – Whether you’re looking for tools to regulate emotions, improve relationships, find motivation, or break unwanted patterns and 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 to harness your creative spirit. No art experience required. I believe we are all artists. In this small group session, we practice meditation, 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 April 20-26, 2022, join me for the RETREAT OF A LIFETIME in Tuscany, Italy. Spend 6+ life-changing days learning to manifest your ideal life in Montepulciano, Italy at the renowned Relais Ortaglia with Sandy Ferretti,  Sandy Abrams, Elia Nichols and me. Join us to learn concrete ways to optimize your life through breath, voice, posture, intuition, and creativity.

In addition to improving our lives, our extraordinary agenda includes a variety of unforgettable, interactive experiences. View the Tuscan countryside from a hot air balloon (or from the ground,) go truffle hunting for rare culinary treasures, sample Montepulciano’s divine wines, and learn to eat intuitively as we taste and cook some of Italy’s most cherished cuisine together. Enjoy movement and yoga (all levels) while looking out at the breathtaking Italian landscape. More info 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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Happy 19th birthday @biancavallefuoco_ You finally get to spend it in your dream city #nyc #nycbirthday
33 years later, and the conversations have changed to our adult kids and aging parents, but the connection doesn’t waver. Always so grateful for our #reunions #dormsisters #girlfriends #aephi #arizonawildcats

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