Anna Maria DeFreitas
Anna Maria moved to San Juan Island in 2005 to retire and escape her crazy 9-5 life. Prior to her move to the west coast from Maryland, she worked 20 years in public broadcasting traveling the world producing radio documentaries for a nationally syndicated program. After moving to Friday Harbor, her and her husband worked tirelessly to renovate and run two historic Inns, the Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn. In 2008, they added the Coho Restaurant to their portfolio.
Fitness has always been an important component to Anna Maria’s life to maintain physical and mental balance, manage stress, and to be able to eat guilt free. She loves sharing her passion for farm to fork cooking and healthy eating with those around her.
Shortly after her move to San Juan Island, she was recruited to teach group spinning, strength and core and aerobics classes. For the past 10 years she has taught a core basics class at Skagit Valley College and most recently at a local studio in town. She loves sharing her passion for a strong healthy core with a mature population that wants to stay active into their golden years.
She is excited to join The Studio to continue working with “the ladies” who are her role model. She looks forward to continuing her personal pilates training to not only further her own practice but to share with others. Coming from a family of bad backs, Anna Maria is steadfast not to follow in their footsteps. She is a firm believer in the Pilates method and a devout disciple for the past 15 years. She could not imagine her body without pilates and loves the challenge that a perfect practice is always out of reach.
As a NAUI and SSI advanced scuba and scuba rangers’ instructor, you will find her underwater blowing bubbles in her free time. She is in her element in blue water surrounded by sharks and manta rays or exploring historic wrecks. In addition to diving, she enjoys biking, hiking, and downhill skiing. Anna Maria is a classically trained flutist.