Creative Retreat: Journey to Discover

Surfers Journey at Jade Retreat

I don’t surf. I play tennis and run religiously. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the ocean. I dream dream of endless summer days full of waves and sunsets.

Two years ago my life changed forever after a trip to Jade Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica. Created by architect Donald Loria Prendas, the five free standing master suites are arranged around the covered Yoga pavilion and large swimming pool which also serves as a soothing water feature.

I have not started surfing (yet…). This past week we designed a creative retreat at Jade with Dr. Don Kennedy author of the Surfers Journey. What an incredible week of discovery.

The Surfer’s Journey is a personalized symbolic book melding the sport of surfing, Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, and Bass and Burn’s principles of transformational leadership into a mythological story that teaches readers, students, educators, and leaders how to become and develop others into transformational heroes; individuals who are cause-driven, who inspire followers to achieve beyond their present capacity, and whose life purpose is to improve the human condition.

We were lucky enough to wake up and play tennis every morning on the red clay courts, just a few minutes down the jungle path from Jade.

One of the highlights for me was the art therapy session with Belle. The principle of the Surfers Journey addresses the need for mentors, those that see who we are before we do.

Working out while I am away from home is always a priority. Our custom itinerary was complete with daily workouts and wellness in mind. Long walks at sunset, foundational training, tennis and pilates, fresh coconuts courtside, tumeric tea, plus private chefs.

As they say in meditation, when the thoughts & distractions come in, begin again. “Changing places, changing time, changing thoughts, changing future.” -Peggy Guggenheim

Here is to a new beginning…

For more information on how to design a creative retreat email info@jaderetreat.com

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A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

Looking to help their kids navigate the pressures of social media — without pulling the plug on the positives we spoke to Dr. Michelle Maidenberg who maintains a private practice in Harrison, NY, and is the president and clinical director of Thru My Eyes Foundation. She is an adjunct graduate professor of Mindfulness at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and author of Free Your Child From Overeating.

Is social media really the cause of all this anxiety? It’s complicated. Recent studies have noted a significant uptick in depression and suicidal thoughts over the past several years for teens, especially those who spend multiple hours a day using screens.

Twenge’s research found that teens who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71 percent more likely to have one risk factor for suicide. And that’s regardless of the content consumed. Whether teens are watching cat videos or looking at something more serious, the amount of screen time — not the specific content — goes hand in hand with the higher instances of depression.

A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

I have read articles recently describing how we are becoming immune to all the chaos. Although coping by way of cutting off my feelings could come in handy right about now, I’m finding it impossible to ignore or distract from them. Just as an atrocity passes, it seems like another follows soon afterwards. In the past several weeks our news has been flooded with attempted terrorist attacks, mass murders, hate crimes, raging forest fires, among other things. I find myself and my patients relying on a combination of coping skills including ignoring, distracting, or being dismissive of our feelings. Along with feeling profoundly saddened and mournful, and becoming considerably anxious about the possibility of these atrocities directly impacting us, our families and those we know and love. Read more.

Have a mindful and Happy New Year. Guided Meditation For Mindful Parenting (click to listen). Sit comfortably and gently close your eyes. Mindful Meditation

Dr Michelle Maidenberg

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Coffee Talk with Beke Beau

There are few things better than coffee and conversation which is why we try to set up a coffee date with a different person every month. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends and chat with people we’ve been dying to meet.

We had a chance to sit down with Beke Beau, Philadelphia’s renowned makeup artist in her Manayunk studio. Beau who is getting ready to launch her latest endeavor  “Paint School of Make Up” this fall says, “I continue to evolve. I’m committed to the idea that makeup is a tool, not a toy, and I’m taking the opportunity to develop what is really an agenda to help women.”

I quickly realized this was going to be both a fun and inspiring conversation because Beau, much like her studio, is full of life. Passion flows freely when you follow your dreams, and to hear Beau tell her story, is proof in the pudding {or, in this case, makeup}.

Beke began her journey in beauty in New York City, as an assistant to cosmetics mogul Laura Geller. She later freelanced for makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. High-profile events Beke has worked on include the weddings of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, author Jennifer Weiner, and pop star Joey McIntyre. VIP clients include actresses Gemma Chan, Ali Larter, Karla Souza, Kelly Preston and Jordana Brewster, tennis legend Billie Jean King, actors John Travolta, Martin Short, and designer Nicole Miller.

The concept and design of the school have evolved naturally over time. “I wanted to create a practical curriculum for people who want to work in the field of makeup.  There’s way too much out there on social media that confuses the idea of beauty with what is essentially entertainment. Real women aren’t going to benefit from thinking that piling on layers of makeup is going to be useful or flattering and I want my students to carry that message.”

Her weddings have been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Wedding, People Magazine, The Knot, and Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.

Photo: Lorraine Daley

Beke goes beyond just gorgeous wedding makeup – book a workshop or take a class! Her beauty blog, the beautysagist, is cosmetic wisdom for the frustrated, overwhelmed and confused. REAL LIFE ADVICE to help you look better. Follow Beke @bekebeau. @bekebeaumakeup @paintschoolofmakeup

Coffee Talk With Makeup Artist Beke Beau

1. How do you take your coffee? With soy creamer.

2. Favorite coffee shop? Shout out to Pilgrim Roasters Coffee, right down the street from my studio.

3. What makes you smile without fail? Poetic justice.

4. What’s your guilty pleasure? Saying “no.”

5. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tough one. Either The Black Stallion for its sheer beauty or Gone With the Wind – it’s long.

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? What’s a weekend?

7. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, for free, where would you go? If it’s free, then New Zealand.

 

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Power of Pink: Nicole Miller Philadelphia

Nicole Miller boutique owner Mary K. Dougherty and Jefferson University Hospital Radiologist Dr. Annina Wilkes invite you to embrace the “Power of Pink” October 25th at their Center City location in Philadelphia.  An amazing opportunity for inspiring conversation and an evening of shopping to raise money and awareness for women affected by breast cancer.

Breast cancer touches nearly every one of us in some way or another. Most of us know someone, whether it’s an aunt, mother, cousin, sister, or friend, who has battled breast cancer. About one in eight U.S. women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer in their lifetime — over 260,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases in 2018 alone. But there are also over 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.

Anita Grossberg has been with Nicole Miller Philadelphia for three years. “I was drawn to work here partly because of their commitment to philanthropy. Nine years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily she was able to catch her cancer early,” says Grossberg.

This unfortunate circumstance brought our family closer together and introduced a group of extraordinary women called the River Sisters. My mother discovered the DRAGON BOAT TEAM River Sisters, a diverse group of fierce cancer survivors from various backgrounds. They compete in races all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania, even traveling as far as Italy. This group has provided a major support system for my mother, proving to her cancer is not a reason to give up, but a reason to fight harder. My Aunt was diagnosed three years ago, her cancer was more complicated. We once again realized the importance of family, resilience and the power of a positive attitude. All of these incredible women have given me strength to always remember and to never give up and be grateful for family and friends.

Nicole Miller Philadelphia

Please share your story: #powerofpinkPhilly

10% of event sales will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to help women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Nicole Miller limited edition pink umbrellas will also be for sale, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the cause.

Meet artist Nataliya Yermolenko who will donate 10% of her sales through the month of October to LBBC. Please RSVP to Nicole Munoz: NMunoz@nicolemillerphiladelphia.com.

 

 

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