Our Tribe Leaders

We choose experts in their field to offer quality services and events that will help you to move in the right direction in your new life!

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Nathalie Barberis

Founder of Marypop

Nathalie is the founder of Marypop, a multilingual babysitter service. As a mother of 3 Franco-Dutch children and a frequent traveller she often found herself in the need of a trusted babysitter abroad. That’s how the idea started. Travelling with children is certainly one of the most challenging experience but also the best way to show them the world and teach them how to become a global citizen. With Marypop, find a babysitter you can trust, wherever you are.

Crina Diaconu

Founder of Inventum Aventures and Sojourn 

After working in the luxury travel industry for almost two decades, Crina developed an in depth understanding of this industry, and the ability to manage and exceed her clients’ expectations.

Inventum Aventures was founded in 2015. Following the success of Inventum Aventures in Chile, and a desire to expand the Inventum brand, she founded Inventum Sojourn in Lyon, who offers travelers the chance to engage in authentic experiences with locals, and to take a deep dive into the history, religion and gastronomy of the country.

Juliette Potin

Life Coach

Juliette is a French life coach specialized in helping expat women to find their balance in a new country, in a new culture. She shows them how to take advantage of the situation and find their mission in life. She lived in Italy, Turkey and the USA and experienced having to reinvent herself after working 15 years as an engineer. She offers group workshops as well as individual coaching programs. Juliette’s ikigaï – purpose of life – is to share her optimism and confidence.

Nina Coates

Yoga Teacher

Nina is Lyon's main yoga teacher for expats. With over 16 years of teaching experience and 12 years living in Thailand she wants to share her passion and knowledge. She created Yoga in English with Nina and set up her studio in Parc de la Tête d’Or. In the Far East she immersed herself in the Asian approach of yoga and culture. She teaches in English to all levels so everyone can enjoy the benefits that yoga brings to the body and mind.

Martina Buchal

Award-Winning Leadership Coach & Speaker 

Martina as a multiple award-winning internationally recognized speaker and leadership coach, as well as Founder of Start Within. Her background in law and peacebuilding, as well as a 3 year professional world tour, have had her learning from and working with prestigious world leaders.  For years she has been traveling and studying  leadership, ethics, and human behaviour and empowering others to rise to the occasion of starting within to live their best life. Today, she stands as #34 on the Global Visionary Leaders List. Her message of personal responsibility and empowerment has made it to major international stages, including the United Nations and the Summit of the Americas.

Sarah-Lena Smutny

Nutrition Consultant

Sarah is a certified nutrition and lifestyle coach originally from Germany. She had health problems nearly all her life until she started to question her own diet. She enrolled to the world's largest nutrition school, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition NY and learned that food can be medicine. With her experience and knowledge, she offers one-on-one and group coaching sessions to help you reach your own personal health goals. She wishes to raise awareness about low waste, seasonal and local consumption.

Christy Velasquez


Christy is a trained chef from California. She went through a career change before getting her degree in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She worked in product development and research for major grocery stores and test kitchens. She fell in love with France during her travels and finally decided to move to Lyon, the capital of gastronomy. She is building her network in catering with Sunnset, but she is also available for private events and pop up restaurants.

Greg Murray

Executive Coach

Greg is a trained coach and professor from Philadelphia. With a master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard, he developed a systematic approach to coach expats. He has years of experience with issues like language and cultural barriers, social isolation, work and relationship problems, health or childcare. He understands the roller coaster ride of the expat lifestyle. He can help you make the necessary changes so that you enjoy the excitement of living in a new country.

Myriam Giri

Healthy food creator

Myriam is a true lyonnaise who started her career in finances but soon realized that her true calling is in food. She founded Dopamine Dealer and challenged herself to change the way we think about a healthy diet. She prepares paleo, gluten-free and vegan snacks and desserts with low natural sugar level without compromising on the taste. A plant-based diet plays a major role in combating climate change too. She also organizes private brunches, workshops and running sessions in the city.

"Sojoourn is on a mission to be the driving force that makes France the best place in the world for expats. We foster an environment that creates the greatest opportunities for expats to succeed."

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