Lifestyle Wellness Programs, Reiki Energy Therapy & Yoga
By Jennifer Rizza
Jen has been on a personal journey to restore health and wellness in her life, and she is passionate to support and guide others on their unique paths to living in greater balance.
Jen is a Connecticut native, growing up between Norwalk and Trumbull. She attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Through her college years, Jen lived abroad in Strasbourg, France and also became a professional Level II ski instructor. With skiing as her passion, she moved to Vail, Colorado in 1999 and worked as a ski instructor with Vail Mountain’s Ski & Ride School, teaching group and private ski lessons for 6 years.
In addition to skiing and spending time outdoors, one of Jen’s great passions is gastronomy! Also in 1999, Jen began a professional career in hospitality, with a focus on fine dining food and beverage. She has worked at and been the General Manager for several of Vail’s culinary gems, including the Wildflower (now closed), Beano’s Cabin, Game Creek Club & Restaurant and The 10th, Vail’s premier on-mountain fine dining and event venue. In 2020, Jen shifted into a stronger leadership role and served as the acting Director of Dining for Vail Mountain until she moved back to Connecticut in 2021. In her time as a General Manager and Director, Jen always led from a place of compassion and understanding, taking a vested interest in the people on her teams, and mentoring her senior managers and executive chefs to stronger personal and professional growth.
Jen’s decision to leave Colorado after 23 years did not come lightly, but she felt a deeper calling to come into her purpose to support others on their individual and collective wellness journeys. Having begun her personal awakening to richer spiritual and mindful living in 2008, Jen’s own journey has been one of reconnecting into her more authentic Self, releasing limiting beliefs and societal conditioning, and redefining for herself what her unique life looks like. She took a leap of faith to come into herself fully and moved to Connecticut in 2021 where she could finally formalize her Reiki Master path, pursue studies in integrative nutrition & whole wellness, and complete yoga teacher certification.
In 2022, another leap of faith called Jen to establish the Newtown Wellness Collective. This community wellness space is located in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and immediately spoke to Jen as a place where holistic and alternative wellness practitioners from all different practices and modalities could meet with clients. The Newtown Wellness Collective is currently home to 4 practitioners, offering Reiki sessions, spiritual therapy, sound healing, restorative yoga, intuitive readings and hosts events ranging from sacred moon circles to yoga flow & restore, private yoga & sound workshops, Reiki trainings, women’s circles and experiential sessions to explore holistic wellness.
Jen enjoys working with her clients to support guiding them to overall greater health and wellbeing. She sees clients for traditional Reiki healing sessions, personal wellness & lifestyle coaching, private or group yoga classes, and leads workshops in collaboration with other Newtown Wellness Collective practitioners. Jen is consistently evolving and expanding her breadth and scope – she is currently studying Energy Medicine Yoga with Lauren Walker, authoring books to support awakening to whole wellbeing, designing an online-based holistic wellness program, and will be completing a Shamanic Reiki Master program later this year. Within all her practices, Jen deeply hopes to continue her own healing journey, while supporting her clients and community to find greater peace, light, joy and satisfaction in life.
Join Jen for a Reiki for Life session, blending Reiki energy-healing with supportive coaching to empower you and your energies to shift habits and foster deep personal transformation. She will also be teaching Reiki I & II sessions this summer at Sticks and Stones Farm with Newtown Wellness Collective contributor Tracy Mignone, as well as teaching yoga classes and workshops at the studio. Jen lives in Southbury, Connecticut and enjoys hiking and skiing in the area, practicing yoga in her outdoor space, paddle-boarding, participating in Southbury Women’s Club to support her community, exploration and travel, and taking retreats to Omega Institute and Kripalu to recharge. She follows a primarily whole foods-based gluten-free and dairy-free diet and loves to create new, creative meals & recipes all the time, forever a foodie, in all the ways that support her!
With special thanks to:
Jane Manchon of Juniper Moon Healing Arts, Boulder, Colorado – Reiki Level I, II, ART & Master Training Mentor
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York, New York – IAHC-Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Aline Marie of Modern Hatha School of Yoga, Newtown, Connecticut – RYT-200 Training Mentor
Liz Glover Wilson of Stone Wave Yoga, Gardiner, New York – Yin & Restorative 50-hour Training Mentor
Jacqueline Fitch & Lauren Walker of Energy Medicine Yoga – Energy Medicine Yoga Teacher Training Mentors