DEBBIE TRAVIS is an international television icon, a bestselling author, a newspaper columnist, a sought-after public speaker and the centre of a small business empire. Her shows, Debbie Travis' Painted House, Debbie Travis' Facelift, From The Ground Up and All For One and, most recently the six-part documentary, La Dolce Debbie, have been seen in Canada, the United States and 80 other countries. She has authored ten previous books (eight on decorating); Oprah has called her "the master of paint and plaster." Having stepped back from TV producing, Travis renovated an ancient property in Tuscany into a luxury boutique hotel. Here she hosts unique retreats where guests can experience the Tuscan lifestyle. Debbie shares her journey with her husband, Hans, and two sons, Josh and Max.
JACKY BROWN is a graduate of the London College of Naturopathic Medicine, a qualified Nutritional Therapist, Dip CNM, registered with BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists), CNHC and the ANP. Jacky lives with her family in London, England.
STACEY VAN BERKEL is a passionate creator of beautiful images who has travelled all over the world in search of them. Her work has been featured in numerous international magazines and ad campaigns. She lives in North Carolina.
Looking for the keys to a vibrant, joyful, vital life? Lifestyle pioneer Debbie Travis has found them in the Tuscan hills. And in her lively, inspiring way, she shares how to bring all that healthful magic home in Joy, a glorious book infused with the warmth and colour of life at the Villa Reniella, the thirteenth-century farmhouse retreat to which she welcomes guests from around the world.
For more than ten years, Debbie Travis has watched the guests who come to her Tuscan retreats transform over the course of a single week of talking, walking, and eating together, until even the most driven and stressed-out feel so much better about themselves. When it's time to leave, they tell her it's the simple priorities of Tuscan life-the way the village locals, from young to old, take time for each other every day-that hit them in their hearts, and they pepper her with questions about how to retain what they've experienced when they get home.
In Joy, Debbie offers the answers she gives them to all of us, capturing the essentials of the Tuscan lifestyle in a series of ten engaging and practical lessons-on everything from how to get a good night's sleep, to how to find community and rediscover purpose, to how to eat and drink like an Italian-designed to make our lives sweeter and healthier. Delightfully down-to-earth, Debbie draws on her own life experience, the example of her Tuscan neighbours, whose fabled longevity springs from the wisdom she captures in her lessons, and the expertise of her long-time friend and colleague, nutritional therapist Jacky Brown. Whether you wish to hit the reset button, start a new endeavour, regain your confidence, turn a page in your relationship, make changes to your worklife or your community, or simply reboot your vitality, these lessons will help guide you to a life filled with joy.