Meet Our Team

Karthika Gupta

Karthika is a professional photographer specializing in weddings, family portraiture and lifestyle editorials in the Chicago area since 2010. Her work has been published in magazine and online wedding and lifestyle blogs. She also publishes photography related articles on several online photo schools as well as teaches in-person workshops in the Chicago area. But her heart is in documenting travel adventures with her family and friends.

When not photographing for her clients, she can be found plotting her next adventure escape to the mountains with her husband and kids and pet. Having lived away India for over two decades, the lure of this amazing land still tugs at her heart strings. She tries to visit as often as she can. This retreat is a way for her to showcase India – the popular and the lessor known. Visit Karthika’s website.

Meeta Singh Rao

Meeta was born and brought up in Mumbai but has always felt the lure of the mountains calling out to her. She spent several years traveling all over Northern India looking for a place to live and finally built her lovely home in the mountains. She now splits her time between Mumbai and Uttarakhand and considers herself an eternal wandered, forever traveling the back roads of India.

Meeta also hosts retreats and travel journeys in India for folks looking for a unique perspective to a well known place. Her retreats focus on a wholistic immersion of the mind, body and soul.Visit Meeta’s Facebook page.

Special Guests / Retreat Leaders

The heart of this retreat are these amazing ladies who will be joining us, teaching us and making themselves available for engaging conversations and business expertise.

Katie O’Selvidge

Katie O. Selvidge is the publisher of Cottage Hill and business coach to creative entrepreneurs. Named after a road in her hometown and inspired by wholehearted living, Cottage Hill started as a successfully-funded magazine. After four internationally-distributed sold-out issues, the company has grown towards a multimedia platform launching new, exciting content coming fall 2018.
As a former ballerina and choreographer, Katie coaches creative professionals in a unique way, utilizing her self-developed curriculum Editor’s course to ensure creative authenticity and financial sustainability. Katie with her husband and daughter reside on their peaceful farm in Oklahoma. Website: www.cottagehill.co and www.katieoselvidge.com.

Ja Soon Kim

Ja Soon Kim is a photographer, art director, painter and certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She was an award winning art director in Honolulu and a world traveler. Her formal education is in philosophy and fine arts.
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Ja Soon has lived all over the world, now calling Santa Fe, New Mexico home.
Website: www.jasoonkim.com/

Major Dr. Meeta Singh

Major Dr. Meeta Singh who served the Indian Army for 10 years and is now a social activist and chairperson of the NGO – Dignity Of Girl Child. She has worked tirelessly since 2005, in some of the most remote villages in Rajasthan, to establish the value of the girl child so that no tears are shed at the birth of a girl child.
She has been also awarded Outstanding Woman Achiever Award by the National Commission For Women in 2012.
Website: http://www.girlchildfoundation.org

Ujwala Jodha

Ujwala Jodha, the chairperson of Dastkar Ranthambore, has been working with the women of Ranthambore and Sawai Madhavpur for the past 25 years.
Through a long association with Dastkar and the Ranthambore Foundation, today Dastkar Ranthambore is an autonomous, profitable social enterprise that gives livelihood to over 300 women in five villages across three districts in Rajasthan.
Website: www.dastkarranthambhore.org