Off grid for 40 days of silence, training triathlon and teaching herself Russian... one month water and 2-month juice fasts, thriving working 80 hour work weeks... hacking the system to create her own undergraduate degree, consisting of studying, working and traveling in 30 countries during the 3 years of her Bachelor’s. She hit 70 countries by 30 years old and gained fluency in 5 languages by the age of 25.
Fourteen years abroad and counting... therein lies Andi’s secret to rapid self development and growth : constantly throwing herself outside of her comfort zone. She’s far too renegade for Forbes’ 30 under 30 and surely the CIA’s biggest missed connection. Andi took a year of university classes while in high school and then graduated early from her bachelor’s degree. By that time, it was clear that it would be out of integrity to go work for "the man". Any position on the field of global capitalism was out of integrity for how she wanted to contribute to humanity.
HOW DID SHE DO ALL OF THIS SO YOUNG? So she did what seems to be her MO: she went off grid. Before a MSc (Ethnobotany) and Doctorate in Natural Medicine, Andi spent much of her early twenties incubating in a spiritual futurist enclave... The largest intentional community/eco-village in the world: Auroville. It was there that her growth in the areas of health and wellness (matched with what seems an extraordinary processing speed of information) took spurt. She worked four jobs (naturopathy, yoga teacher, ESL teacher and radio host) and her self development accordioned. At the ripe age of 21, Andi was trained to facilitate everything from conscious communication skills to community development. Her own upheaval of transformation went from hard-headed political economist to empathetic, self-reflective EQ Consultant. She came to understand that the real work is not about restructuring society, or the office or our marriage. But rather: the real work is inside.
“It’s an inside job, and only we can do it. We are the only ones haunted by the voices between our ears, and the world in which we live is a creation in our making. When we learn to re-frame life’s picture and tell the story differently, we gain agency, and we are able to offer more of ourselves. There is always a solution; we just haven’t found it yet.”Her first yoga class at age 12 guided her discovery of the parasympathetic nervous system. As she realized through experience how harnessing this could change our human experience. Andi set out on a quest: to share that deep sense of safety and calm with the world. For much of the past decade, Andi said her most fulfilling work was teaching yoga teacher trainings and off-loading consciousness hacking to a group of teachers who would then pass on the true inquiry work globally. “This was the time before synthetic yoga pants were all the rage...”
HER WORK TODAY Eternal optimism rings true through Andi’s work with clients. Lecturing at conferences, events, trainings and festivals worldwide and running two businesses and one non-profit, she works 1-on-1 with VIP clients. Of whom have included Hollywood and Bollywood actors alike, High-Level CEOs and political decision-makers, professional athletes and more. “The richest part of biohacking - taking ahold of our lives and truly reading the user manual for these bodies - is cogni-hacking: taking control over our state of mind. In today’s world of rampant distraction and sales-based emotional manipulation, it’s a tough feat to colonize our own brainspace. I teach the skills and practices needed to remain sovereign in a world incessantly telling us what to think.” She says she bases all practices - from health to meditation - on critical inquiry, “a long lost skill...” and logic. It seems the norm for clients, after doing inquiry work with Andréa, to go home and quit their job, file for divorce, go to rehab, get over a lifelong eating disorder or make some other long-procrastinated change to take their life back into their own hands. Currently she’s aiming her work towards “developing the developers” through Emotional Intelligence Consultancy. “We must do the work of deep introspection to calibrate who we are, how we’re showing up, why we act the way we do, and how we want to be. What we want to experience is in our hands if we do the requisite mindfulness work first.” She calls this process “induced self-inquiry”, whereby you’re not allowed to escape from yourself, and every action/habit/thought is compassionately scrutinized. It is a process of deep de-conditioning from dogma and re-conditioning with self, agency and benevolence.