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Meet a Mustang: Tasha Sween Marvin '87

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Each month, the 123 eNewsletter features 10 questions with a member of our alumni community. This month, take a moment to get to know Tasha Sween Marvin ’87.

Tasha Sween Marvin ’87 currently lives in Ojai, Calif., with her three boys – Quinn (9), Hayes (11), and Earl (13) as well as their 12 year old Weimaraner, named "Wow." In addition to being a full-time mom of three boys, she is also a yoga teacher. She teaches weekly studio and private vinyasa flow yoga classes in Ojai, Calif., and leads purpose driven destination retreats in places like Nicaragua and Madeline Island, Wis.

After graduating Breck, Tasha went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Food and Service Management from New England Culinary Institute in 1994.

Today, Tasha is excited for the launch of her inaugural Camp Downward Dog this summer on Madeline Island. The camp is focused on offering families the opportunity to unplug and plug into nature. More information about Tasha and her camp can be found here:

Ten Questions

1. What was the last book you read?

I love listening to audiobooks! I found the The Awakened Family, by Shefali Tsabary to be an incredible resource to create deeper family connections and The Art of Money by Bari Tessler as a very approachable read around financial empowerment and financial literacy.

2. Why did you choose your profession?

My yoga journey began during the winter of 2009 in Minneapolis, Minn., with a hot vinyasa flow yoga class. After spending 25 years of my life as a gymnast and endurance athlete, I became an active mother of three boys now, 9, 11, and 13. I was searching for a way to balance the intensity of motherhood and still connect with my body, mind and spirit in a totally different way. The first few months of yoga was strictly with a physical mindset, but I soon began to see how linking my breath with movement & meditation were having an effect on me off my mat. I found yoga to be a calming foundational force to balance my life as mom.

3. What’s one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?

Moving to Ojai, Calif., felt like home the moment I drove into the Ojai Valley…20 minutes from the ocean and surrounded by beautiful mountains…Oak Grove School was also a perfect fit for Earl, Hayes and Quinn.

4. Tell us about your favorite Breck memory?

I was involved with gymnastics at Breck and our team competed in High School State Championships several times. It was thrilling to be a part of creating our team, to achieve success that we did, and develop bonding friendships.

5. Name three people – living or dead – you would have dinner with?

Mahatma Ghandi, Bono, and Alice Waters

6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

I would have a superpower laser that beams light from my heart into the hearts of others so they can immediately see their potential.

7. What teacher inspired you most?

I loved my 9th grade English teacher, Jenny Hutton. Her passion for poetry especially stands out. It was in her class that the powerful poem “Do not go gentle in to that good night” by Dylan Thomas quickly became one of my all time favorites and still holds to this day.

8. What words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?

Sleep is actually a good thing

9. Advice for recent Breck grads?

Never turn down an invitation…Be open to life experiences…Explore the World!

10. Why is it important for you to stay connected to Breck?

It is important for me to stay connected to Breck because it keeps me connected to an invaluable support network of lifelong friends.