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Julia Child’s House in Provence Is Now a Cooking School and Yoga Retreat

Now it has changed hands again, bought by Makenna Johnston, a life and vision coach and business consultant. Like Child, she is a graduate of Smith College, and she plans to honor the previous owner’s wishes and continue to operate cooking schools at the home, but she’s adding a cool twist…

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YFS Magazine

Small Business Success Starts With Managing Outcomes

The Internet has made it possible for nearly anyone to start a business, hang their shingle and generate income. Yet, how many products and services in market replicate existing offerings and generate low sales? One of the underlying reasons is that there seems to be a distinct thought process gap between the small business world and that of larger enterprises. It’s called strategic management, or as I’ll call it – managing outcomes…

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Now You Can Rent Julia Child’s Home in Provence

It’s a story line fit for film: A 30-year-old American woman buys Julia Child’s house in the idyllic countryside of Provence on a whim and opens up her own cooking school. But that’s the reality for Makenna Johnston…

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Bravo | You Can Soon Spend the Night in Julia Child’s French Home

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast | Lessons in Life and Leadership from a Cooking School with Makenna Held

She Takes on the World | 5 Steps to Crafting Money Mantras that Work

People | Get the Butter Ready: You Can Now Rent Julia Child’s French Cottage (and Cook in Her Kitchen!)

MindBodyGreen | Meet The Woman Who’s Turning Julia Child’s Home Into A Cooking & Yoga Retreat

Elephant Journal | Finding Gratitude in Grief

Kitchn | Meet the Woman Making Magic in Julia Child’s French Home

Marketing Moxie Podcast | Breaking the Rules of Opt-ins

Today | You can now vacation in Julia Child’s former French home (and its iconic kitchen)

The Author Incubator | Success Stories

The Entrepreneur Way | The Entrepreneurial Journey is 80 Percent Action and 20 Percent Mindset

The Enoughness Revolution | Episode 31

Thought Catalog | 3 Horrible Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur (and One Incredibly Good One)

Unmistakeable Creative | Lessons in Life and Leadership from a Cooking School with Makenna Held

Truth Telling with Elizabeth Dialto | Wild Soul Story: How She Shifted Three Major Relationships and Made Two HUGE Life Decisions

Women for One | Claiming a New Paradigm in Leadership

Newser | You Can Now Cook in Julia Child’s Kitchen

Popsugar | People Have VERY Strong Feelings About How Julia Child’s French Home is Being Used

Reclaim Podcast | Empowerment, Money and Saviorism with Makenna Held

Why I’m Grateful for My Grandmother’s Death

LovePunch | Conversation with Makenna Held

Medium | Five Ways Marriage Can Still Work | #100StoriesWorthTelling: Out and Fearless

Boston Magazine | An Update on La Pitchoune

Epicurious | I cooked, drank, and partied at Julie Child’s House

Smithsonian Magazine | Julia Child’s Provence Kitchen Will Serve Up New Meals as a Cook’s Retreat

Soul Sparkle Radio | The Practical Side of Magic

TEDx Macon | TEDx San Antonio

Thrillist | You Can Rent Julia Child’s French Riviera Cottage

Wild Sister | The Bliss Break: How 5 Minutes Can Transform Your Day

Women for One | A Lesson in Letting Go of “You”

The Muse is In | Intention Generation

The Hummingbird Life | Dream Chasing Goes Wonky | She’s Turning Julia Child’s Home into a Culinary Retreat with a Side of Yoga

Chicago Tribune | Stay at Julia Child’s famous French vacation home

Green is the New Black | The Intention Generation

Where Traveler | You Can Live Like Julia Child at Her Former French Retreat

The Wine Atelier | Postcards from La Pitchoune: Day 1 of The Courageous Cooking School

Pauly Cast | What Matters Most with Makenna Held | Julia Child’s cottage is being turned into a culinary retreat

Fab Fempreneurship | Living the Dream: Buying Julia Child’s House!

Travel + Leisure | You’ll Soon Be Able to Vacation at Julia Child’s Summer Home

Media Bio

Makenna Held is the founder of the Your Leadership Recipe methodology, REAL Marketing, the Courageous Cooking ™ school, and an author, speaker, coach, and consultant. With experience spanning from Academia to Marketing to Non-Profit Work to Entrepreneurship, Makenna is uniquely positioned to support business leaders in carving their unique success path.

Makenna has led classrooms as a favorite professor for multiple years, directed the world’s largest (and most lucrative) online advertising funnel, founded a non-profit in rural Kenya that shattered ideas of how ‘development’ work could be done, and now operates as the CEO of over four different businesses. Really. She’s got a record label, a cooking school, this here leadership training company, in addition to a few other top secret projects brewing.


Applause, Impact, and What They Say ::

  • “If you are thinking about hiring Makenna: Do it yesterday. She will ask the hard questions and make you answer them. But she’s also assist you through the discomfort of those things.”

    — Monica Prince,
  • “I highly recommend that you run, not walk, towards anything that Makenna offers. Her impeccability, humor, wisdom, and vision combine to create incredibly powerful, practical, and profound experiences. Don’t miss the opportunity for Makenna to help you to grow yourself and your business from the heart of your integrity.”

    — Heather Ash,
  • “I’ve worked with Makenna for a while now (and have no plans to leave her circle) and she has helped me elevate and expand what I believe is possible in my life and my business. Every time I reach a new level (of income or satisfaction) Makenna finds a new angle to explore and expand. I especially enjoy her grounded, non-aggressive style. It’s never about pushing against myself, but rather about asking  “how good can I take it?” and then finding out that things can, in fact, get even better.”

    — Alejandra Ortega, Chief of Making it Happen
  • “She brings an eclectic mix to the stage and will challenge your audience to think bigger.”

    — Megan Hale,
  • “It’s been less than 2 weeks since I had my virtual intensive with Makenna and already my business has shifted dramatically. I’ve implemented new strategies in my life and company, and I really believe my big business vision can come to life–and sooner than I ever expected.

    The biggest shift for me has been the development of a stronger belief that my work is invaluable and that my life and business can support one another. I really appreciate the holistic view Makenna took toward our session, even as a practical, ‘just the facts’ kind of person. Despite my intentions to have a ‘one and done’ day with her, I plan to continue working with Makenna* on my business and my life.”

    *MakJo’s note ::  She signed up for on-going monthly coaching.

    — Mallie Rydzik,
  • “Her presence is powerful and passionate, and has you lean in for more. She’s an impassioned advocate for all things truthful and liberating and connects deeply with her audience.”

    — Keri-Anne Livingstone,
  • “Makenna’s transparency and authenticity in our business calls is refreshing.  Since hiring Makenna, I’ve raised my rates and tripled my income.  Makenna has helped me grow as an entrepreneur and as a person. She’s the holistic coach of my dreams.”

    — Isabelle Rizo