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October 25, 2020

Wilton life coach looks to expand nationally by catering to health care workers

A well-being and stress management expert in Wilton hopes to expand her reach nationally with a stress relief program geared specifically for health care workers.

“I’d had the idea for a long time,” Christina Dufour, founder of the Carnelian Connection, told the Business Journal. “I come from a family of caregivers, all women who worked in health care as nurses or nurse’s aides. And I’ve watched them struggle – it takes a lot of out of them emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.”

Specializing in corporate clients – she also conducts

September 09, 2020

Wilton mindfulness educator, coach teaches meditation to health workers

Christina Dufour grew up in a family of health care workers.

Dufour, 35, of Wilton, says her mother was a nurse’s aide and all of her aunts were either nurses or nurse’s aides. “I am kind of the stray one who followed a different path,” she jokes.

Her ‘path’ is that of a mindfulness educator, motivational speaker and performance coach. In 2015, she founded the Carnelian Connection, and has worked with both corporate and individual clients to help reduce stress, boost their productivity and achieve at their highest levels. 

August 24, 2020

Fox 61 News - Family First: Tips to relax your child's anxiety

With kids (and parents) feeling a lot of amplified stress this back-to-school season, what can you for yourself, and your kids, to alleviate the tension? Christina Dufour of “The Carnelian Connection” knows all about stress relief and mindfulness – she teaches it to corporate groups and students young and old.

January 13, 2017

Wilton Woman Teaches Mindfulness To Help Battle Modern Stress

WILTON, Conn. -- Ancient wisdom holds the secret to a modern-day problem — how to balance work, family, and still have time for yourself without being a stressed out disaster most of the time.

December 26, 2016

Carnelian Connection Teaches Mindfulness

The carnelian is a stone that is said to be helpful to people learning about themselves in the meditation process, and that is why Christina Dufour has named her new business in Wilton the Carnelian Connection.

Carnelian Connection services corporations in greater New York and Fairfield County, as well as families and individuals, with instruction in mindfulness, the way of being present in the moment and balancing work and life issues.

Dufour has provided her services in large-scale international meetings, such as the 2015 World Business Forum in New York City, and is currently...

Christina Dufour of Ridgefield, founder and president of the Carnelian Connection, was honored by Westfair Communications as a recipient of the first annual Milli Award. Dufour was recognized as one of Fairfield County’s millennial entrepreneurs whose business is making an impact on the community and in the lives of others.

Millennials in Fairfield and Westchester counties are running their own businesses, making an impact through volunteer work and contributing innovative ideas to transform companies.

High school athletic teams and corporations have signed up.

Local entrepreneur Christina Dufour decided this spring to bring fitness to where people need it the most — in their homes. This past spring Dufour launched Carnelian Connection, a company that provides fitness, yoga and other services to the residents of housing developments in the region. She started the operation recently at theRivington Club, which was created by Toll Brothers as an amenity to the Rivington development on the city’s west side.

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Mindfulness Education by The Carnelian Connection

"Mindfulness should no longer be a 'nice-to-have' for executives.
It's a 'must-have': a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress."
Harvard Business Review
Christina Congleton, Britta Holzel, and Sara Lazar. Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain. (2015)

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