Alison Canavan is a UCLA trained Mindfulness Facilitator from The Semel Institute of neuroscience and human behavior. She is an award-winning author of wellness book “Minding Mum”, a health and wellness coach, Master NLP Practitioner and International motivational speaker. Having traveled the world as one of Ireland’s most successful international models for nearly two decades, in recent years she has devoted her time to her greatest passion: true health and wellbeing.
Helping people to join the dots with their health and wellbeing is Alison’s primary goal and passion. Her interest in nutrition began in 2009 when she started studying Fitness Nutrition Coaching under NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association), in the United States. She graduated with distinction in Nutrition and Health Coaching from Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH). She holds an Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition therapeutics.
Alongside that, she has a Raw Foods Mastery level 3 where she studied at The Life Change Health Institute.
She also holds a diploma in PR, Marketing and Sales management from DBS and has studied business in The National College of Ireland NCI. She is currently continuing her studies in mindfulness at UCLA.
Alison has become a highly sought after motivational speaker, regularly being invited to deliver talks and workshops on health, wellbeing, meditation, mental health and sobriety at conferences, festivals and events for both the general public and corporate clients. She spoke at The Mindful Life Conference in Washington in April 2017. She has lectured in Trinity College on the module of Motherhood and Mental Health. She delivers talks on stress in the workplace to CEO’s and business leaders across the country and in June 2014 she chaired and spoke at the first ever Barnardos Parental Mental Health Conference in Ireland at Croke Park.
Alison has a weekly wellness column called ‘NIRVANA’ in The Sunday Independent and a column in Positive Life Magazine. She has contributed to numerous publications through the years including You Magazine, VIP Magazine, The Daily Mail, pregnancy and parenting and many more. She is also a regular contributor to radio and TV shows.
Alison’s CV includes the prestigious Lux Soap Packaging Worldwide Campaign, Organics Hair TV Commercial, L’Oreal US campaign and commercials for Maxwell House, Bank of Portugal, Braun, Cadbury Aero, Paramount Pictures to name but a few.
She has also done photo shoots for many designers and catalogs worldwide and featured on a variety of magazine covers She has appeared in numerous music videos including Boyzone and Wet, Wet, Wet.
Alison has graced the runways worldwide for such renowned clients as Hermes, La Croix, Rochas, Paul Costelloe, John Rocha, Nicole Fahri, Hussein Chaylan, Hugo Boss, Episode, Marks and Spencer, BHS, Harrods, Selfridges, The Clothes Show, Igedo, Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop, and L.K. Bennett, among others. She has also made featured appearances at the British Fashion Awards and the British High Street Fashion Awards.
Her abilities in front of the camera, along with her people skills has led to appearances in productions/movies such as ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Let Me Out’(US) and ‘The Matrix’. Alison has been interviewed live on many programs such as the Late Late Show (Ireland), Off The Rails (Ireland), The Afternoon Programme (Ireland), Entertainment TV (U.S), Good Morning America (U.S) and Clothes Show (UK).