Yasmin Di Giorgio is an Entrepreneur and a supporter of consciousness. She has launched three sustainable brands and is the co-founder of Sanya, an Eco-Hub and Spa in Malta and a serial retreater.
There’s been so much joy around having these GITH Woman conversations over the past few weeks. One of the beauties of sharing at this level is that new connections are made and Yasmin is one of those for me. In the midst of the enlightening chat with Sarah Woods (SHE) a few weeks ago, Yasmin’s name came up, and then of course, like a female frequency illusion, her name kept reappearing. I heard the call and we jumped on a call not too long after.
Yasmin started her first business in 2013 after studying Economics and Politics. She admits to rejecting business early on in her career due to the amount of wrong surrounding it, but as she questioned whether she wanted to be a part of it, she came to the conclusion, if you want to see the change you have to be the change. She knew she couldn’t change anything from looking in from the outside.
Having always had the desire to do something that aligned with her beliefs, deeply rooted in wellness and caring for the planet, Yasmin understood from the outset, that change has to start from within. She knew that offering clients a positive experience would have the greatest impact on their lives and in turn those around them. She gave me a wonderful example with reference to recycling. “To get people to recycle, why not get them to love nature first?”
Indicative of this model of love in action, her first business was a healthy restaurant which pushed the message ‘healthy food can be delicious and enjoyable’ and that has led her to where she is now, at Sanya. A Wellness Centre, Eco-Spa, Yoga Hub, and Clinic with the newly opened Floatation Tank – that offers clients a truly magical and nourishing experience of mind, body soul connection.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I see my achievements very much from an inner perspective but I am most proud of the impact I have had on the people that have come to work, and my clients. Anytime you impact another human being’s life positively, that is a hugely fulfilling aspect of the job.
What drives you to do what you do?
I do have an entrepreneurial spirit. I love to build and create and I want to improve Sanya to be the best it can be, learn new things, and bring my vision to people in a better way. It’s a challenge. Striving to create a business model that works financially but is also of service.
We are in a world where there is such division in society. If I look at my grandparents generation, their community spirit and their integrity was a lot stronger than it is today. When you see some of the levels of anxiety, suicide and all the worrying sides of mental health, on a human level we are still getting so much wrong. I want to be part of the solution to that problem. It all starts with a human being, what kind of state of mind and state of being we are in, determines the societies we live in.
What or who inspires you?
My own spiritual journey is the biggest source of my inspiration. I had my Eat Pray Love moment about ten years ago where I started the path to my own self-enquiry. Through travelling I found out it that it all began with peace and love and from that love, then came the need to serve. Everything I am doing now at Sanya, is a product of that experience.
What keeps you sane?
Meditation is a big part of my life. As a teacher and as a student. We need an outlet for ourselves to de-stress and rid yourselves of the constant flow of challenges and things that are trying to throw you off centre. There are always things that are pressuring you as a human being but with the right tools and connecting within yourself, we have the tools to live harmoniously.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The first would be to be a bit more humble. Humility goes a long way. When you are young, there is an air of over-confidence which sometimes can make you miss valuable lessons. I wasn’t naturally an emotionally sensitive person. This is something that I have had to learn over time. Many people talk about being hurt, but not so much, doing the hurting. It’s been a beautiful thing to work on.
What’s your tip for life-work balance?
It’s important to reflect upon who we are beyond what we do. It’s so easy to identify with your business, but I always ask myself this..If my business had to bail tomorrow, would I be able to wake up the next day, happy and healthy and excited about other things. As human beings we have a tendency to get over-attached in general to the material things in our lives. Material things come and go. People come and go. Businesses come and go. What doesn’t come and go, is ourselves. If you do find yourself working too much, ask yourself why.
What book changed your life in some way?
There have been so many books that have affected me in a positive way, it’s almost impossible to choose one. Any book that pushes the boundaries between spirituality and business gets my vote but my most recent read that affected me positively was The Surrender Experiment by Michael A Singer.
It’s impossible to choose a favourite song, but I will take this opportunity to plug my sister’s new album. Her name is Amber Riya and I love the song from her album Guru Stotram.
“The gift of the multiple crises that confront the world is that we cannot overcome them and be the same people we are today. Not only must everything we do change, so must each and every one of us.” Paul Hawken
The Takeaway. Be inspired by Yasmin’s dedication to her own healing and how this has lead her on a path to helping to heal those around her. Champion her devotion to service and celebrate her achievements in this new paradigm as a heart-centred business owner.
These are some of the ways Yasmin shows up in the world: Website | YouTube | Sanya Facebook | Sanya Instagram