• Institut Florimont
  • Cressida Dawson
  • Simply Theatre Summer Camps
  • Key English School
  • International School of Lausanne

ceylan ayik

5% discount for knowitall.ch readers on coaching services booked before end of 2017!

In today’s high pressured, fast moving environment, it’s hard to imagine how anyone has the time to think about healthy living.  It’s all too easy to grab the first thing you find in the food cupboard and jump into the car to your next appointment, instead of investing the time in preparing something more nutritious or attending an exercise class.

To help you make this transition to a more healthy way of living, health coach and yoga teacher, Ceylan Ayik has created a new business whose aim is to empower busy women on their journey to becoming happy, healthy role models for their children, family and friends.  Indeed, she is passionate about helping them to transform their minds, health and bodies through optimal nutrition and yoga.

Ceylan’s journey from corporate marketing to yoga and nutrition coaching

So what inspired Ceylan to set up her own healthy living business in Geneva?  Ceylan explained, “Five years ago when I moved to Geneva, quit my job and became an “expat wife”, I took the time to reassess my approach to nutrition and living, and started the Fitgurme blog. Back then, I was beginning to understand how vital good food and exercise were to keep my family both healthy and happy.”

nanny 29April2017

A great opportunity for local families to help their nannies freshen up on skills!

On 29 April 2017, the Swiss Nanny Association is organizing National Nanny Training Day (NNTD) in Geneva to recognize the needs of young children and to raise awareness of the positive correlation between nanny training and quality care.

On this day, over 2000 nannies in more than 36 cities worldwide will gather in their local communities at training events designed to meet their unique needs. This grassroots organized event started in 2012 and has expanded this year to include events in Sydney, London and Geneva.

The Swiss Nanny Association (SNA) is a non-profit organization founded by nannies in February 2016. SNA aims to be the number one reference in Switzerland for in-home childcare by providing guidance education and a community to its members.

alovelyday 1
© Samonot Photography

When it comes to celebrating secular weddings, Marylin Rebelo, founder of A Lovely Day, knows just how important it can be for couples to create the perfect ceremony.  

When she married her own husband in 2013, she dreamed of having a personalized ceremony outdoors, reflecting their own lifestyle and representing their own vision of their commitment as a couple. While they had a fairly clear idea of what they wanted, it was nevertheless very difficult to find help preparing for a non-religious celebration, as secular weddings were still relatively unknown at that time.

However, not to be deterred, she set about organizing her own wedding ceremony and what a revelation it was! Not only did she succeed in creating her own authentic and original wedding, but she felt compelled to help others organize their own bespoke wedding ceremonies as well.


Jennie Chen Volet is a highly qualified and experienced hypnotherapist, who has recently opened an office in the Geneva Plainpalais area. Keen to spread the word about her new business, she offered a session to Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman last November. Lisa was suffering from unrestful sleep due to clenching and grinding her teeth. Would hypnotherapy help?

Before she went, Lisa asked those around her if they had ever tried hypnotherapy and what impression they had of it. Most had preconceptions involving losing control and being under the power of someone else... how wrong they were!

Jennie's smile, welcome, and calm disposition were a welcome sight at the rendez-vous. “Sit down, take off your shoes, put your feet up, and let's talk. I'll explain what I am going to do, that you will be conscious all the time, that at any moment you can scratch your nose if you like! Your mind has layers of conscious, preconscious, and subconscious. All I am going to do is lead you there. Once we are at the subconscious we will try to unlock the reasons for clenching and grinding your teeth. Once we have discovered the basis we can find alternatives. Understanding is the key.”

Wikipedia’s definition of “understanding” is “a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object.”

wiser humans hiba

Hiba Giacoletto, an experienced psychologist and coach - and long-time knowitall.ch guest blogger – has just launched a new business in Geneva and Lausanne aimed at teaching clients “skills for living”.

Called Wiser Humans, Hiba’s new business is targeted at all those people who sometimes find that life seems a little too crazy, either because they are feeling out of control, or stuck, or lost … or any number of other adjectives that describe that hopeless feeling you get when things are just not going right!

With a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Lausanne, and qualified as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), Hiba has, for the last few years, been running her own food-oriented coaching business called Healthwise.  However, as her individual and group session work has increasingly taken her in the direction of more general issues to do with psychology, she has now decided to set up “Wiser Humans” because, as she puts it, “being human is hard” and we could all benefit from being a little bit wiser!

Hiba told us, “I created Wiser Humans because I noticed there is so much unhelpful information out there like ‘just choose happiness’ or ‘just think positive!’. And then we are told there is something wrong with us if we can’t do this.”