Director, Shankara Avuryeda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center
With more than two decades in spa and wellness, Diane Trieste brings her talents and experience to Shankara Ayurveda Spa. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, N.C., the Spa is part of the Art of Living Retreat Center. As the Director of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, Trieste is responsible for spa and hotel operations and integrating both amenities into the offerings of the Retreat Center.

Shankara Ayurveda Spa is one part of the experience at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Including a boutique hotel with three spa suites and 27 rooms, vegetarian dining, an alcohol-free environment, as well as wellness and fitness activities, the Center is quickly becoming known as a great spot for retreats.

Trieste’s rich background includes serving as a sports massage therapist for the ’92 and ’96 Olympic Games and working for one of the best-known destination spas in the world, Canyon Ranch. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Trieste spent most of her career on the west coast in Arizona and California.

She held a corporate management position at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts for 13 years that included serving as director of spa and product development. A passion for education led Trieste to become vice president of employer and alumni relations for Cortiva Institute, which is a national vocational school. Trieste also led Bellus Academy in establishing a firm foothold at the forefront of education for beauty and wellness careers.

Trieste also founded the consulting practice, Spa Mojo, LLC. As a consultant she worked with many resort/wellness properties to expand their growth. She also contributed to a variety of projects as a collaborative member of the consultancy firm Under a Tree.

Very involved in the spa and wellness communities, Trieste has served on the International SPA Association Board of Directors, the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for American Spa Therapy Education & Certification Council. Trieste is a frequent speaker and lecturer, and contributes to a number of articles within massage, spa and hospitality publications.

This native New Yorker has a BS in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology. Trieste holds a New York State Massage License from The Swedish Institute, is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork, and is a certified sports massage therapist.
Trieste lives by the mantra “Live in the moment as all you need is Love”. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, reading, laughing and playing with her Airedale Terriers, Mojo and Lucky Lu.

To arrange an interview with Trieste, 
please contact Debra Locker – 859.536.0282 and [email protected]

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