Maria Pelufo

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish; learning Catalan, Valencian, Dutch, Portuguese
  • 55, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • Manager, PM, Translator, Psychotherapist, Mom. I am a "M...
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  • From Montevideo Dept, Uruguay
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About Me


We are getting married later this year, and going to Burning Man. First time for Tarver!


-Couchsurfing has been part of my life since its beginnings in 2005, and I was a member of V.1 and watched the team put it together when I broke and everything had to be reinstalled. That is why I have a "Pioneer" badge. -I hosted events, and had surfers in at least three different countries, and had the honour to be hosted a few times too. They were all treasured, wonderful experiences, that made my life richer.
-I have now a joint profile with Tarver, my fiance, but he hasn't written anything yet. You can get to know him a bit however, through his own Mindfulness page. He is a philosopher and absolutely passionate about "naked food" (no SOS) and most of all in this life: human consciousness. I have to warn you that he will NOT shut up if you ask him. He is a member of the Mankind project, a coach, facilitator and mindfulness meditation teacher. You will like him :). Check out: www.
-We are both extroverts, and this year, for the first time he is going to Burning Man, and I am terrified. You see: we can promise that your space will be meticulously clean if we visit not just because of the ethics "leave things better than you found them" (and Tarver is extremely talented building, and fixing things), but because he has been battling with OCD all his life, and although now functions pretty normally, some thing... are not so easy to beat! And not all of it is bad. An orderly environment is very nice to live in, I find.
-My long term plans are to become a totally obnoxious, eccentric old lady that wears non-coordinated neon colors, and feather boas, and dyes her hair shocking pink, (perhaps with stripes?) and says whatever she pleases while drinking melon martinis.
-Why am I called "SinfulWays"? Because my daughter embraced a very strict brand of Christianity (jokingly I call her "the black sheep" of our agnostic family), and she recommended me to mend my sinful ways... I won't. Thank you very much. I always say, like that famous author that: "For an Atheist, I am a very good Christian". My values include more ethics, love, and care than those of many of the very holy. Besides, I am a "pastafarian", a believer in the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) blessed be his noodly appendage. For more info about his holy noodliness, see here: Ramen.

I left the rest of my profile for now as it was... Tarver will write something some day... I am thinking... Blue Moon at 8.00 PM, probably.


Whatever you are, whatever you have, life gets richer through meaningful personal connections. Take the plunge, and open-up! We are meant to connect...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


As an Ambassador since 2007, formerly Country Ambassador for Canada, I hope I can really have an active role promoting the project. I love welcoming people, helping in any way I can, organizing events, (specially those related to languages), but also hopefully convincing the locals that it is such a rewarding idea to share our city with the people that visit... and becoming a generous and loving host!


I am a pioneer, I was a member of CS I. I started with CS in 2005. I was a host in Vienna as well with my then husband, Thomas -note that he is one of my friends- but by then, I still had children at home and it wasn't so easy to organize schedules. Now three of my children are also part of CouchSurfing! (and they left me good references! :D)


Improv (my GREAT love), Burning Man, Theatre, Cooking, Museums, Art, Traveling (obviously), Multiculturality, Religions (Atheism, Pastafarians), Music (love concerts of small blues and jazz groups, Opera, Bossa Nova, Ballet, very eclectic tastes!), Soccer, Singing (no fears: i will spare you). Movies. Siamese and Oriental Cats, although currently, due to the traveling, I cannot have any!Professional interests:
I work as a Project Manager and RRHH Consultant, and I have my own counseling practice in the field of sexuality. My practice is LGTB friendly, as well as my home.

My training in psychotherapy includes: Gestalt therapy, Enneagram, Sexologist(trained both in Austria, and in Uruguay). My interests are varied, but lately I am focusing very much on Claudio Naranjo's Enneagram. Other interests include: Transactional Analysis, Systemic Therapies, Salutogenesis, and Naturopathy. My post-degree training and doctorate were in Gestalt, Sexual Counselling , and Social Psychology. Right now, I am cultivating an interest in Tantra, and Deeksha. Zen is also important, and part of the Improv theatre!

Music, Movies, and Books

It changes. If I have to name general directors or movies that come to mind: Woody Allen, Almodovar, Scorcese. Some of my favorite films of all times: The Usual Suspects, The Shawshank Redemption, As good as it Gets, Chocolat, Le monde d'Amelie, Nikita (the French one), The Big Lebowski, the Indiana Jones series, loved the Bourne ones and good action movies. And too many more to list! Last I saw and liked: The Golden Compass. Didn't like: American Gangster and No Country for Old men or Lions to Lambs. Books: Grisham, Lescroart, Ian Rankin, Nelson Demille, Forsyth...Lately I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Life of Pi, and of course Harry Potter, and the Outlaw Bible of American Literature, and the latest from Paulo Coelho, and some books from Dawkins. And too many psychology books and author to list. I loved studying and my career is still a big passion. Music: you won't know it for sure! Joaquin Sabina, Mecano, Brassens, Zitarrosa, Rada, Jaime Roos, Charlie Garcia and such...and jazz and Brazilian music in general. When I fell in love, it was because I realized that he knew so much about Bossa Nova!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Not everyone's destiny in life is to do amazing things by climbing mountains or visiting exotic sites. My path was simple but rewarding. I had left this space blank but one day i realized: "hey! I have a PhD, and raised 6 kids working full time in a foreign country where I arrived almost without speaking the language...Doesn't that count as something pretty "amazing" too?". So I decided to write just *that*. And now, life gave me an extra gift... in the form of a new child!! So I have 7 kids. :)

Teach, Learn, Share

I think I have been a teacher forever. I teach languages. And lately I have been sharing recipes, and cooking little tricks. I realized I am privileged having grown up vegetarian with my amazing Nonna, and that many people have just converted, and don't know how varied vegetarian cuisine can be.
I do believe in "being the change you want" so I would like that my life is some sort of demo for my values, and what I would like to transmit.

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Canada, Uruguay

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