Who says learning begins to slow down after 60? Surely they’re not talking about Janet Dunn-Davenport, of Tao of Delicious Health. At 62, she’s still doing what she loves and striving to educate those around her on the healthier side of life.
“As a little girl,” she said, “I wanted to be a teacher. I was always interested in educating, selling, speaking in front of any audience and getting people motivated about life.” While her audience may have changed over the years — from her grandparents, parents and classmates during her childhood to a whole array of people in her adulthood — Janet has kept one thing the same her entire life: her love for teaching.
In the early 1970s, she worked for the state of New York Johnson Hall Museum teaching area history to students. All the while, she was raising four children of her own, including home-schooling them up until grade 7.
From there she moved on to becoming a professional storyteller and involved herself in interactive children’s theater. It would be her next career movement – though staying with the theme of teaching — that would shape the rest of her life.
In 1972, she began to study yoga and became a yoga and meditation instructor.
“There is an underlying theme with all of them and that is about teaching. Whether it was about healthy food, yoga, educating children, creative expression, or living a well-rounded life it was always about teaching.”
And now, at 62, she is showing no signs of slowing down. Her spirit to continue teaching has spread further.
“I am healthy, excited about life,” she said. “And what is next as far as my career is concerned. I do know I will always be learning, sharing and living what I teach.”
When asked why she has kept up this healthy lifestyle over the past 40-plus years, she cites her two young grandchildren as giving her motivation.
“The boys are 5 and 8 and love to share their love of nature with me. One of the reason I stay healthy, eat well, do yoga, exercise is because I want to have fun with the boys.”
In terms of her business, she is a certified yoga teacher, certified health counselor, and certified life coach.
“I love learning. So I am taking classes and learning new information and new ways to teach and coach.” And from this continued learning, she has learned if you truly want something in life it will take “hard work, persistence, supportive people and a lot desire.”
There are many people in this day and age who are seeking to succeed in their goals and live a fuller life.
“I work with women who are tired of the struggle with weight, aging, lack of joy and finding energy for the next chapter of life,” Janet said.
Her business strives to help teach women to learn how to take better care of themselves and learn to accept and love themselves for who they are.
She looks forward to expanding this teaching venture further in July of this year as her and her partner open a new retreat center in Susquehanna County. The Tao of Health will offer programs for women dealing with health, yoga, creative, meditation and nature.
And what is just as exciting as the new retreat center?
“I am completing my degree form Goddard University this fall. Another lifelong dream.” So who says learning slows down with age?
To learn more or contact Janet Dunn Davenport, visit www.taoofdelicioushealth.com .
Donna J. Simpson is the Consultant Manager at The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center. Marina N. Orrson is a freelance writer.