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Renee Baribeau is an Award Winning Hay House author of Winds of Spirit: Ancient Wisdom Tools for Navigating Relationships, Health, and the Divine. She is a wind whistler, soul coach, inspirational speaker, and workshop leader, known and respected for her down-to-earth approach. During her life, the wind gods have steered Renee’s recovery journey in many directions. A former chef, in 1987 she opened the first farm-to-table restaurant in Central New York, Brown Bagger’s, in Syracuse. In 2005, Renee established the Desert Holistic Network in Palm Desert, California, an online regional resource directory. Since 2013, Renee has worked for Foundations Recovery Network, a national system of residential treatment facilities.
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use? A. Cocaine 1987
Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most? A. All of them, College, All the Courses Since, Film School, Cooking School, Shamanism School
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born? A. born and bred
Q. Which film have you watched the most? A. Pretty Woman
Q. Who is your favorite celebrity in recovery? A. It is an anonymous program
Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse? A. two homes, one in the desert, and one on the ocean
Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort? A. Wilka Tika in the Sacred Valley of Peru
Q. Where do you go to “get away”? A. Skiing in Park City Utah
Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve? A. Biggest Pet Peeve is people in Recovery who judge addicts for using. It is easy to forget that it is more natural for an Addict to use, than to recover.
Q. How do you measure success? A. Passionate about life, your needs are met, you obtain measurable results, and you experience a sense of fulfillment by contributing to humanity.
Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?A. SafeHouse of the Desert
Q. Who was your biggest influence throughout your life? A. Girl Scouting
Q. What is your current hobby?A. Writing
Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, Living or dead, who would they be? (choose 4 if you think one might be too drunk or stoned to attend.)A. May Sarton, Anais Nin and Louise Hay. Wow what a conversation starter
Q. What is your FAVORITE Radio show, news show? A. Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen
Q. What is your FAVORITE APP, or Podcast?A. The Shamans Cave
Q. What is your FAVORITE TV/cable/digital series? A. Grace and Frankie
Q. Who is your FAVORITE Director?A. One of my Coaching Client
Q. What is your FAVORITE Museum?A. The Louvre
Q. What is your FAVORITE Band/composer/musical artist? A. Snatam Kur
Q. What is your FAVORITE Broadway musical/play?A. Kinky Boots
Q. Who is your FAVORITE Psychologist or what school of thought as related to psychology? A. Carl Jung
Q. What is your FAVORITE Sport to watch? To play?A. Skiing
Q. What is your FAVORITE Snack?A. Green Juice
Q. What is your FAVORITE Cuisine? A. Fresh Market Cuisine
Q. What is your FAVORITE City?A. New York
Q. Have you ever been arrested and, if so, what for?A. NO Escaped that Thrill
Q. Do you have any children? A. Cat
Q. Do you think the U.S. should adopt the Portuguese Decriminalization Model? A. not sure
Q. What books are you reading now?A. Wild mercy
Q. Do you take work home with you? A. Yes
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? A. The Food will Always Go Out (not to stress in the kitchen)
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve given? A. Every Experience Counts
Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, a disease, a choice, or a wicked twist of fate? A. Combination of the above
Q. What are five things you always carry with you? A. keys, a couple of dollars, water, my integrity, and my gratitude
Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken? A. Opened a Restaurant at 30
Q. What is the proudest moment in your life? A. When Hay House published my book, Winds of Spirit
Q. Is there a favorite “Quote” you would like to share? A. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford
Q. What is your favorite Weekly News Bulletin? A. Addiction Recovery E Bulletin
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