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E D I TO R ’ S L E T T E R

From left: Me and my girls, Carolina and Bella; my son Mario ready to charge; loving up my Carolina; my favorite photographer Morgan Maassen, whose many images we feature in this issue, flying high.

As a native New Yorker who’s been on a lifelong path to good health, I am happy for the holistic conveniences that NYC offers today—where the wellness movement is in full force, and where the cures now outweigh the pace of stressful city life. After all, it was only five years ago that actress Jennifer Esposito opened the first gluten-free bakery in NYC. Ever since, the city hasn’t slept in its blitz of Juice Presses, Inscapes and SoulCycles. NYC is catching up to the ever-evolving self-care, as it’s known in L.A., where it’s a rite of passage to start keeping vibrational stones in one’s bag, or to learn the five pillars of yoga. There is a reason for the multiple pilgrimages we make to Aspen every year—it has always been a mecca for wellness-seekers. Perhaps it’s the serenity and grandeur of the Rockies and the cerulean Colorado sky above them that lures one to slow down, which is the topic of our first editorial in this Winter PURIST issue. Snowmass’ Father Thomas Keating, featured in our Aspen section, agrees: “Walking in nature and receiving the conscious sensation, the silence…the vistas…letting go of our attachments, to our security blankets… is a way of opening ourselves to the divine reality from which we came.” In an age of self-improvement, I am especially proud to have my NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been a stalwart voice against sexual harassment and assault, write in this issue of PURIST a push to Congress and all businesses to make good behavior a moral imperative in the workplace, and beyond. And there is no greater moral imperative than to create a future for our children that is optimistic, clean and focused. Read on for some more meditations on that. Good Health in the New Year,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 108 GLOW WITH THE FLOW Actress Naomi Watts joins her partners in an all-natural beauty line, ONDA, and Purist founder Cristina Cuomo to discuss upcoming projects, ONDA products and aging with grace.

“I’ve been drawn to healthy food and healthy living all my life,” says Naomi Watts.

WELLNESS CAPITOLS Purist-curated guides to exploring the latest trends in health and well-being. 118 NEW YORK CITY

The city that never sleeps offers wellness around the clock with haute vegetarian dining, cryo- and biomagnetic therapies, fabulous fitness classes and more.

128 ASPEN

Everything you need to know this season on and off the slopes, in a crisp, breathtak- ing land where culture meets conscious- ness: a new read, Aspen Style, by Aerin Lauder, sound advice from a monk, soul-stirring views, an update on the cannabis industry and more.

142 LOS ANGELES

Year-round sunshine inspires LA’s top-tier cultivation of the wellness spectrum, indoors and out, including fresh produce from biodynamic farm One Gun Ranch, new wellness-friendly hotels and restaurants, crystal healing and more. Plus, chef Julie Piatt’s vegan cheese recipe for the holidays.

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS STYLIST: GRETCHEN GUNLOCKE FENTON MAKEUP: ALEXA RODULFO FOR DIOR SHOW, ALEXARODULFO. COM HAIR: BENOIT KITON SUIT, $5,400, AT KITON, 4 E 54TH ST., NEW YORK, NY AND KITON.IT WEMPE NECKLACE, $9,375, AT WEMPE USA, 700 FIFTH AVE., NEW YORK, NY AND WEMPE.COM THIS PAGE PHOTOGRAPHER: MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS JOHANNA ORTIZ SWEATER, $595, AT MODAOPERANDI.COM AND OSCAR DE LA RENTA PANTS, AT OSCARDELARENTA.COM .

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MINDFUL

Aerin Lauder basks in Aspen’s natural beauty.

42 TIME OUT Learning how to slow down in the era of instant gratification 44 EARTHING Finding health benefits in the electromagnetic charge of our planet tktkt ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktk 46 FACETIME Sheryl Sandberg gleans life wisdom from primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

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48 RENAISSANCE MAN Historian and author Walter Isaacson’s latest subject focus: Leonardo da Vinci

Two NYC professionals share their private paradise in Aspen.

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76 SKIN Charged up over the latest trend in facials from coast to coast: electricity ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 78 SUPPLEMENTS Dr. Gabrielle Francis on how to stay safe with supplements

62  Flow harder at Y7 classes.

80 NUTRITION A trip to Golden Door to test the F-Factor diet, founded by Tanya Zuckerbrot ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 82 SPA Rescue Spa for skin recovery

58 COUPLES Esther Perel maps out the road to relationship recovery after cheating. tk t kt kt kt ktk tk t kt ktkt

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62 ASPEN HOME David and Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber’s peaceful Aspen escape ktk t kt ktk tk

70 LA HOME LA interior designer Janette Mallory works her highly edited, eclectic magic at a Calabasas compound.

84 RELAX Stepping into history, and the spa, at Baker House

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56 FLOAT Epsom salt baths in flotation pods offer physical and spiritual uplift.

66 PURE PROPERTY Luxe cabins in the mountains of Aspen; Saota Architecture’s first LA property; the Palm Springs home of Elvis, and more. ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 68 ART Tales of an art barn summer estate in Quiogue

72 HOME Unparalleled service at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt

50 TAPPING Exploring the beneficial effects of EFT therapy ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 52 CALM Holistic ways for combatting stress and anxiety 54 SEXUAL HARASSMENT NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addresses the hot topic. ktk

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Earthing invites you to get back to nature.

WEEKEND PEACEFUL DESIGN Supermodel Angela Lindvall shares the sublime philosophy behind her jewelry designs.

90 PURE PICKS Designer Dan Scotti and actress Shiva Rose share their winter necessities.

PLAY 158 EXPLORE Entering the grand glacial ice caves of Greenland ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 160 SNOWBOARDING Shaun White gears up for the 2018 winter Olympics.

94 LOVE LETTERS Leather goods stamped by calligrapher and stationer Bernard Maisner

FOOD IS MEDICINE 98 COCKTAILING Alcoholic—as well as deliciously healthy—concoctions made with kombucha, matcha and more 100 BOUNTY Seasonal picks and cooking from Aspen chef C. Barclay Dodge and New York chef Seamus Mullen tktkt ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktk 104 HYDRATE Get a boost of energy and anti-inflammatories with hydrogen-infused water.

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Herbal-infused cocktails

The unstoppable Jane Fonda

162 DAYBREAKERS Active, alcohol-free events on the East and West coasts ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 164 ADVENTURE Professional adventurer Doug Stoup pushes the limit, battling extreme conditions. ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 166 NUMEROLOGY Actress and activist Jane Fonda turns 80. 168 PURE LOVE Inspirational words from Marianne Williamson on the state of well-being.

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105 COACHES Tips from wellness mentors Emily Hightower, Melissa Garson and Nigma Talib. ktk t kt ktk tk t kt ktkt 106 FOOD BLOGGING Rich, vibrant and wholesome pies for the holidays


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EDITORIAL Founder + Editor Executive Editor Features Editor Associate Editor Beauty + Fitness Editor Contributing Beauty Editor Wellness Editor Mindfulness Editor Contributing Health Editors Copy Editor Research Editor Contributing Editors Aspen Editor Special Project Editors Fashion Editor Contributing Literary Editors Contributing Writers

Cristina Cuomo Ray Rogers Jim Servin Charlotte DeFazio Beth Landman Amely Greeven Fernanda Niven Mickey-Beyer Clausen, Mental Workout Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, The Morrison Center Tapp Francke, The Aegle Healing Center Michèle Filon Sara Vigneri Jamie Bufalino, Anne Marie O’Connor Hilary Stunda Jenny Landey, TR Pescod Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton Monique Millane, Alison Relyea Shannon Adducci, Katie Beckley, Marisa Belger, Lisa Blake Donna Bulseco, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, Matt Diehl Biddle Duke, Dimitri Ehrlich, Melissa Errico, M. John Fayhee Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Linda Hayes, Arianna Huffington Nancy Kane, Katherine Kims, Scott Lasser, David Masello Alex Matthiessen, Stef McDonald, Christa Miller, Laurel Miller Carolyn Murphy, Dipika Rai, Kelly Ripa, Hal Rubenstein Michele Shapiro, Brooke Shields, Hilary Sterne, Julia Szabo Abby Tegnelia, Tess Weaver Strokes, Shaun White Amiee White Beazley, Marianne Williamson, Dave Zinczenko

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Contributing Design Director Contributing Art Director Contributing Designer Web Designer Contributing Photographers

Ben Margherita Mikio Sakai Seton Rossini Tarin Keith Michael David Adams, Camilla Akrans, Burnham Arndt, Chris Burkard David Clifford, James Dimmock, Paul Domzal, Robert Erdmann Marili Forestieri, Morgan Maassen, Mary Ellen Matthews Sasha and Lisa Mazzucco, Pete McBride, Robert Millman Ryan Moore, Luki O’Keefe, Patrick O’Keefe, Nigel Perry Jack Pierson, Jonathan Selkowitz

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Publisher Chief Revenue Officer Chief Financial Officer Executive Director of Advertising Executive Sales Director Advertising Associate Aspen Publisher LA + Aspen Advertising Executive

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C O N T R I B U TO R S “I’m planning a trip to warm water to surf. I love Costa Rica, but am looking into Nicaragua this year. I also try to get outside with my dog to get us both moving in the cold months.”

“When the days are short and cold outside, it’s a great time to be warm and connect to the light within. I love taking baths and sitting by the fire in deep meditation and prayer.”

“A steam room or humidifier.”

“In the woods. It’s easy to get stuck inside, so I force myself to hike, mountain-bike and get outdoors.”

“Cozied up next to a fireplace with a good book.”

Mary Ellen Matthews,

Angela Lindvall, who shared insights about the power of intention

Shaun White, who wrote about mind, body, spirit and snowboarding

Seamus Mullen,

Marianne Williamson,

Throughout her career as a top model, actress and fashion consultant, Angela Lindvall has influenced the values of the industry through her commitment to ecology and spiritual growth. She is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor, and a founding board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Clean by Design, an initiative to green the textile industry in China.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, professional snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White turned pro at age 13, and at 16 became the youngest snowboarder ever to win the Burton US Open. He founded Shaun White Enterprises and launched a men’s line with Macy’s called WHT Space. White is now gearing up to train for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

who photographed Naomi Watts Cover photographer Mary Ellen Matthews started her career working in film production and music publicity. Since 1999, she has been the celebrated lenswoman for Saturday Night Live. She is a top entertainment portraitist, with clients including Warner Brothers Studios and Television. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Marie Claire and the Spanish edition of Harper’s Bazaar.

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who provides tips on healthy seasonal cooking Seamus Mullen is an award-winning chef, restaurateur and author. Having grown up on an organic farm in Vermont, Mullen learned early in life the value of eating whole foods, and with this knowledge conquered rheumatoid arthritis. He has opened the restaurants Tertulia and El Colmado in NYC, and written two cookbooks, including Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger + Stronger Every Day.

who penned Pure Love Acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne Williamson has been a guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live and Good Morning America. Seven of her 12 published books have been New York Times best-sellers. Williamson also founded Project Angel Food, co-founded the Peace Alliance and serves on the Advisory Board of the RESULTS organization.

Lindvall photo @angelalindvall; Matthews photo @atelierdore; White photo @gabe_lheureux; Williamson photo @mariannewilliamson.

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TIME OUT

Forget high-speed multitasking: for better production, connectivity and communication, try life in the slow lane. BY DIMITRI EHRLICH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN

They say patience is a virtue, but who has the time? When my mother left New York to attend college in Paris, she travelled by ocean liner: The Queen Elizabeth took a week to arrive in France. That was 65 years ago. Elon Musk recently announced a plan to develop commercial rocket travel, which will enable passengers to make the journey from any two points on Earth in less than an hour. Superfast travel is only one of the more dramatic ways in which the human relationship with time has undergone radical changes. A pot roast that for most of history took three hours can now be microwaved in minutes. We’ve gone from the Pony Express to high-speed internet in the blink of an eye. But all these exponential increases in efficiency raise questions: When everything can happen in a heartbeat, what happens to our sense of time? Do we end up feeling less hurried and harried? Or do all these time-savers end up having the unintended consequence of leaving us feeling ever more impatient and time-famished? As James Taylor once sang, “The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time.” Unfortunately, none of our scientific advances are about enhancing the experience of simply being present to what is happening now. All of them are about getting things done faster. As multitasking has become our national religion, we’ve turned time into a commodity—and cheapened it. Ironically, there’s a lot of evidence suggesting that slowing down can actually improve effectiveness and increase happiness. We’ve been conditioned to believe that time is money, but research proves that longer work hours often lead to less productivity. And often the quick way isn’t the best way: In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel laure-

ate Daniel Kahneman details the downsides of making quick decisions. He describes logical errors people make when they rely on what he calls “system 1” thinking—which is fast, intuitive and emotional. System 1 thinking is necessary for survival, but the problem is, it requires simplifying, jumping to conclusions and submitting to all kinds of irrational biases. “Research shows that being present in the moment is crucial for one’s ability to experience compassion, and that directly correlates with happiness,” says Anthony King, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan who has studied the use of mindfulness as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. “Being in the present is actually more important for your experience of happiness than whatever you happen to be doing,” says King. “You might experience more happiness when mindfully doing the dishes than doing something usually thought to be pleasurable in a distracted state of mind.” The problem is, as a culture we have become addicted to distraction and allergic to stillness. We crave the thrill of speed. There’s a myth we constantly whisper to ourselves: We’ll be happy when dinner arrives; but when dinner arrives, we’re thinking about dessert. While we’re enjoying the last taste of ice cream, we’re thinking about the ride home. On the ride home, we imagine being comfy in bed. As long as we indulge in this kind of low-level fever of constant craving, we’re always on the losing end of the race against the clock. We’re all getting burned by the microwave life. We may think we’ll fall behind in the rat race if we don’t maintain our frenetic pace. But stillness isn’t always a matter of being static. Sometimes, slowing down actually increases our efficiency. My meditation teacher, Gelek Rinpoche, was a Tibetan master who knew how to be fully in the moment, and yet he was also one of the most productive people I’ve ever met. He was never in a rush and yet he wrote dozens of books and established meditation centers all over the world. Rinpoche never rushed a conversation and because of that, he was able to truly connect and communicate powerfully. Once, during a meditation retreat, I came upon him sitting by a lake and asked what he was doing. “Just being,” he said, with a smile. 42


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EARTHING

Kicking off your shoes and strolling in the grass—the age-old pastime has become one of the newest health trends. BY HILARY STERNE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN

Studies show that having prolonged physical contact with the earth can aid in heart disease prevention and more.

Ober was a pioneer in the cable industry who experienced lifelong health issues as well as chronic back pain for much of his life. He became intrigued by the idea of grounding the human body much like the copper conductor in a TV cable, and in 1998, he created a device that he used to attach himself to a ground port (the third hole of an electrical outlet that connects to the ground) while he slept. Remarkably, his back pain dissipated and his sleep improved. Ober has continued to research and publicize the phenomenon, and there are studies published in scientific journals ranging from The Journal of Inflammatory Research to The Journal of Environmental and Public Health that indicate earthing may not only alleviate stress, reduce pain and help prevent heart disease, but decrease the effects of aging, increase the speed of wound healing and improve everything from the condition of your skin to your sleep. A recent study published in Neonatology suggests premature babies in the NICU have also benefited from earthing. Says Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., a cardiologist who has studied earthing for years, “The science has defied my imagination. As a heart specialist, I have seen how simply walking barefoot on the beach or the grass can thin your blood and prevent cardiovascular disease.“ Sinatra recommends earthing for 40 minutes a day. If being barefoot is impractical, you can walk in shoes with thin leather soles—which is how he practices earthing. Sitting on grass or a warm, concrete basement floor are two other ways that may help you find that the solution to your health woes has been right underneath you the whole time.

What if someone told you the secret to wellness lay right under your feet? That’s the claim made by proponents of “earthing,” who posit that the electromagnetic charge of our planet provides a wealth of health benefits that can be harnessed simply by connecting yourself physically to the ground. “Basically, Earth is like a battery, creating a negative charge based on electrons,” says Martin Zucker, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! “We believe that when this electric charge comes into our bodies because of physical contact with the surface of the Earth, it neutralizes free radicals.” Those unstable molecules can cause cell damage and inflammation and lead to a host of health woes. Additionally, a small research study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicates earthing lowers blood viscosity, which is a factor in heart disease, and a study in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal found that it combats stress by having a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system, which controls a range of bodily functions, including heartbeat, breathing and digestion. To understand the concept, we need to look at one big difference between ourselves and our ancestors, who sat and slept on the ground and walked barefoot, rather than in shoes with insulating rubber or plastic soles, as many of us do now. Clint Ober, Zucker’s co-author and the leader of the Earthing movement, recognized nearly 30 years ago that there might be a link between our disconnection from the Earth and the rise in modern-day health issues. 44


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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg interviews U.N. Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, in advance of Jane, National Geographic’s documentary on the preeminent primatologist. Another petal in her cap: Goodall recently had a flower named after her, a pink-yellow hybrid tea rose, shipping just in time for spring planting.

8 and then when I was 10, a tiny book called Tarzan of the Apes. Of course, I fell in love with this glorious lord of the jungle and what does he do? He marries the wrong Jane. SS: That’s so great. JG: When I read Tarzan, I decided, “I’m going to Africa. I’m going to live with wild animals and I’m going to write books about them.” That was the passion. Everybody laughed at me. World War II was raging, Africa was still thought of as the dark continent, we didn’t have any money and I was just a girl. Girls didn’t do that sort of thing back then, but my mother always said if you really want something then you’re going to have to work really hard, take advantage of opportunity and never give up. SS: Wow, that’s incredible. JG: I’ve taken that message to children and adolescents

SHERYL SANDBERG: You started in the 1960s in Tanzania, living among chimpanzees. You not just documented their behaviors, but won the animals’ trust, opened a window into their lives and revolutionized our understanding of both chimpanzees and the environment. JANE GOODALL: I was born loving animals. I popped out of the womb that way and I think the reason I was able to do what I’d done is because I had the most extraordinary mother. She supported this love I had. We were staying on a farm and I disappeared for more than four hours and the police were called, but when she saw me rushing towards the house with shining eyes, instead of getting mad at me, she sat me down to hear what I’d been doing, which was collecting the hen’s eggs. She found books about animals for me—Doctor Dolittle was a great one when I was about 46

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A passionate conservationist, Jane Goodall runs the Jane Goodall Institute, guiding communities to take care of animals, each other and the Earth.


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SS: The other thing you’ve talked about a lot is that peace, war, violence, poverty—these things dramatically impact the environment. What is your message on these broader issues of peace? JG: There are three huge problems that we have to somehow solve and one is extreme poverty. We have to do something about poverty, but then we have to do something about the unsustainable lifestyles of everybody “We have to find better ways of doing else and finally, human with less and living population growth. These in harmony with naare huge problems, but until ture,” says Goodall. we solve them, we’ll never have true peace. We have to find better ways of doing with less and living in harmony with nature because the population is going to continue to grow. SS: You spend 300 days of the year traveling and that’s an incredible thing to do at any age. JG: I care passionately about the environment. I love the rainforest. I find it very spiritual in learning about the interconnectedness of all forms of life, which you extend out around the globe. I care passionately about my grandchildren—I’ve got three—and their children and our program for young people, Roots and Shoots, which is now in nearly 100 countries. There’s a theme running through: We need to learn to live in peace and harmony with each other between nations, between cultures, between religions and between us and Mother Earth. SS: That’s beautiful. JG: I have to spread it. That’s why I’m rushing around. It’s making a difference. SS: It does. What’s a fun fact about chimpanzees most people don’t know? JG: Most people don’t know that they can be taught in captivity more than 500 of the signs of American Sign Language and use them in the appropriate context. SS: Wow, I certainly didn’t know that. What’s something from your work that makes you feel hopeful? JG: The youth. The shining eyes everywhere I go in the world wanting to tell Dr. Jane what they’re doing, what they’d been doing, what they plan to do to make the world a better place. SS: Thank you. Thank you for inspiring all of us. This is an edited version of a Q&A Sheryl Sandberg did with Dr. Jane Goodall as part of the Lean In Live series.

around the world. Many of them tell me or write, “You taught me that because you did it, I can do it too.” That is the best reward I could possibly have. SS: It’s inspiring. When you went to live with animals, your research showed us that chimpanzees were capable of rational thought, of emotion. What was the moment when you first realized that these animals were much more like us than people thought? JG: It wasn’t the chimpanzees who taught me that at all. They reaffirmed it and made it easier for me to get other scientists to believe, but I learned it from a teacher when I was a child, and that was my dog, Rusty. You cannot share your life in a meaningful way with a dog, a cat, a guinea pig, a horse—I don’t care what it is—and not know that of course they have personalities, minds capable of thought, emotions. SS: And it was a question of proving it to everyone else. JG: The chimpanzees helped me to prove it because 98.6 percent of our DNA is the same—the immune system, the structure of the blood, the anatomy of the brain, it’s just that ours is bigger. SS: The world owes Rusty a great debt. JG: My mother and Rusty and the one chimp, David Greybeard, who let me get close when the others were running away. Those three are very important in my life. SS: And to all of us. When you talk about the work of your institute, you think conservation is a clear issue everyone should believe in, but not everyone does. JG: Look back and think about the indigenous people. They would say, “How does this decision we make today affect our people seven generations ahead?” Today, huge decisions are often made based on, “How will this benefit me now? How will this benefit my next political campaign? I’ve got to get all this money.” Doesn’t matter if it’s harming the environment. Doesn’t matter if it’s cruel to animals. It’s the wisdom we’ve lost. We’re on a planet with finite resources, but we’re treating those natural resources as though they’re infinite. You can’t have a way of thinking that can be unlimited economic growth on a planet with finite resources. We have to rethink how we live, how we interact with the natural world. I truly believe only when head and heart are in harmony can we achieve our true human potential. 47


RENAISSANCE MAN

For 14 years, author, editor, and historian Walter Isaacson brought vision and vitality to the Aspen Institute. Now, on the cusp of his retirement from the Institute, he turns his brilliant mind to the life and art of Leonardo da Vinci. BY SCOTT LASSER

know what Toni Morrison, Bill Clinton or Condoleezza Rice thought about the issues of the day, Aspen became the place to go. At the same time, Isaacson’s various government posts included, among many others, a 2015 appointment to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, whose mission is creating opportunities for boys and young men of color, and a 2016 assignation to the New Orleans City Planning Commission. “I need the stimulation that comes from working with interesting people.…I don’t know if I’d be as fulfilled just writing,” he says. Da Vinci produced notebook after notebook—it is from these that we know so much about him—but little in the way of completed works. “His genius was in his conception,” Isaacson says. Alas, much of what Leonardo worked on has been lost. Fifteen paintings are known to be attributed to da Vinci; these include Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Had he not painted, says Isaacson, da Vinci would be known as an “imaginative, creative, but only mildly successful engineer.” His difficulty in completing projects “makes him more human. We can relate to a person who sometimes falls down and fails at something.” Has Isaacson failed at something? “I wish I were a great backcountry skier,” he admits. Da Vinci could have been a rich man, but, says Isaacson, “he was never driven by money.” Rather, he pursued what he had passion for. He liked to live well—he was, for example, a flamboyant dresser, publicly wearing satins and velvets of purple and pink at a time when no one else did such a thing—but he never worked solely for pay (to wit, another of ‘Leonardo’s life lessons’: “Create for yourself, not just for patrons”). For instance, he repeatedly turned down a portrait commission from Florence’s wealthiest matron, but worked for 16 years on the portrait of the wife of a local silk merchant, dying with the canvas still in his possession. Today this painting is known as Mona Lisa.

Where does creativity come from? Ask Walter Isaacson, the author of widely praised biographies of some of the world’s most creative men— Steve Jobs; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; Einstein: His Life and Universe—and he’ll tell you that you’ve got to stay curious, and work across different disciplines. Isaacson provides proof in abundance in his new biography, Leonardo da Vinci, which explores the life and times of history’s premier Renaissance man. Just as da Vinci worked across disciplines, developing scientific theories, producing political pageants (“The entertainments were even educational at times, like an ideas festival,” Isaacson writes), and creating some of history’s most iconic paintings, Isaacson’s day job as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute has made him the nation’s premier impresario of intellectual events, all while he’s worked on some of government’s most vexing problems (such as serving as vice chairman of the post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana Recovery Authority) and written his best-selling biographies. Tirelessly curious, Isaacson’s always considering his next thing. “I’ve been gathering string on Leonardo for 20 years,” he says. Five centuries after his death, da Vinci’s genius continues to resonate. In a section at the end of the biography called “Learning from Leonardo,” Isaacson lists lessons from which we could all learn, such as ‘Think visually,’ ‘Indulge fantasy,’ and ‘Collaborate.’ Isaacson announced his intention to step down from the Institute last March, leaving the Institute with the difficult task of finding a replacement of his caliber. Formerly an editor at Time and the CEO of CNN, Isaacson was relentless in his efforts to raise the Institute’s profile, gathering some of the world’s foremost thinkers at conferences such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Environment Forum and the Aspen Security Conference, all of which he created during his 14-year tenure at the Institute. If you wanted to 48


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TAPPING

Relief is a few taps away: EFT offers an easy, effective way to unblock energy and work through emotions. BY MICHELE SHAPIRO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN

EFT tapping helps reset the part of the brain that signals danger.

tory of at least 2,000 years, EFT is a relatively new practice. Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate and ordained minister, introduced it in the 1990s after he became interested in personal improvement via psychology. The practice is novel in its simplicity—unlike Craig’s predecessor Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which relies on tapping points throughout the body, EFT focuses on nine key points, which include the “karate chop” point on the outside of the hand beneath the pinkie finger; and the “crown,” located at the center and top of the head. “The points are really powerful and easy to find,” says Thorpe. “Anytime you tap, even if you do it in the wrong order, you’re getting the benefit.” What’s more, tapping exercises are easy to incorporate into busy lifestyles; you can employ them pretty much anytime, anywhere. “If you’re anxious before a phone call, you can tap just below the collarbone point,“ says Thorp. “Just by doing that, you lower the charge.” To learn more about the different styles and to find a practitioner in your area, check out eftuniverse.com, emofree.com, or thetappingsolution.com.

When a friend first showed Marta Szwedek a YouTube video on EFT tapping a few years ago, she found it funny—not ‘ha-ha’ funny, more like unusual. Szwedek, who sells antique and custom-made rugs to interior designers in New York City, was familiar with the Eastern philosophy of using acupressure points found along the body to open meridians, the pathways through which energy flows. But she had never seen someone tap on those points while also reciting an affirmation, as is done in EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. She found the physical act of tapping repeatedly on nine acupressure points fairly easy to master. “At first, you feel awkward, and you worry if you’re tapping the right points. But once you do it a few times, it becomes more natural.” The bigger challenge for her was mastering the accompanying “script,” which involves acknowledging that you have an emotional or psychological blockage that needs resolving and tacking on the affirmation, “But I love and accept myself anyway.” The verbal element is what sets EFT apart from other Eastern-rooted therapies that fall under the “energy psychology” banner, like acupuncture and acupressure. “The technique incorporates a Western psychology style, for which you talk about things that are causing distress,” explains Pamela Thorp, LCSW, a Manhattan-based integrative psychotherapist who often incorporates tapping into her treatment sessions. “With clinical EFT, you can go into old memory banks and open up things that have been stored and stuck for a long time.” (She also coaches clients who want to learn the tapping basics without the analysis.) What makes tapping such an effective healing tool, explains Thorp, is the calming effect that it has on the amygdala. “This part of the brain is like a smoke alarm. It will save us in emergencies”—but lots of times the amygdala’s danger signals are out of whack. Tapping helps to “reset” them. The practice has been used to treat a host of psychological issues, from anxiety and phobias (such as fear of flying) to emotional eating, depression and trauma. Unlike acupuncture, which has a clearly recorded his-

TWO TIPS FOR TAPPING

To go from beginner to master tapper, here are two tips from Marta Szwedek, a New Yorker who discovered EFT two years ago: THERE’S NO WRONG WAY: While tapping may feel awkward at first, don’t worry too much about doing it right. “For some people it takes a few days to master EFT, for others a few months. But eventually, you’ll get the hang of it,” she says. DO IT DAILY: Consistency is important when it comes to unblocking energy and experiencing those “aha” moments: “I try to tap at least once a day for 5 to 10 minutes. If you can devote 15 minutes, that’s even better.”

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CALM

Too tense to cope with the holidays? These natural, DIY techniques will help you de-stress without pharmaceuticals. BY KNVUL SHEIKH • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN

Peace of mind is six easy steps away.

You’re in the middle of spin class or on the way to an important office meeting when you’re suddenly overcome by a racing heart, shortness of breath and an intense desire to escape. You’re not alone. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, or nearly one in five people, according to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health. But if you don’t want to pop a Klonopin or another drug every time you’re under pressure, there are natural remedies that can help you reduce your anxiety. Bonus: These strategies will also benefit your overall health.

EAT A HEALTHY DIET Consuming regular meals of mostly whole foods will prevent blood sugar crashes, and is the first step to help keep stress from ballooning. Good nutrition “is necessary for keeping your mind and body functioning at the optimal level,” says clinical psychologist Adam Gonzalez, Ph.D., founding director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center at Stony Brook University.

UP YOUR OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID INTAKE Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon, tuna, sardines, walnuts and

flaxseed, can help alleviate anxiety. A 2015 review of recent research in Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience found that omega-3 supplements can help prevent anxiety disorders. Including them in your diet will help you every day as well as when you’re going through times of stress.

EXERCISE When you’re physically active, your brain releases endorphins that help elevate and stabilize your mood, improve your sleep and nourish your neurons. According to a 2013 analysis in Frontiers in Psychiatry, “exercise is associated with reduced anxiety in clinical settings.” Even one vigorous session can help reduce symptoms of anxiety.

GET MINDFUL Practicing meditation is so effective at reducing anxiety that many psychologists now include this ancient Buddhist technique as a vital part of mainstream therapy, says Gonzalez. For those who can’t sit still, he recommends more active mindfulness practices such as yoga or tai chi.

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breath” is the traditional go-to advice for calming yourself down. “We tend to take really short, shallow breaths through our chest because we are always on the go,” Gonzalez says, “but breathing from the belly, like babies naturally do, tells your nervous system to turn on its relaxation mode.” Deep breathing can help relieve anxiety and panic, which is probably why classes focusing on breathwork are popping up all over. Next time you feel like panicking, try this instead: Inhale slowly through your nose until your stomach sticks out. Then open your mouth and gently exhale, pulling your belly back in.

PRACTICE GRATITUDE Jot down at least three things you’re grateful for, either on your cellphone or in a journal, every night. “This positive thinking shifts your mind away from fear and from the stuff that makes you anxious,” Gonzalez says. If your goal is to feel better, building yourself a positive-thinking treatment toolkit with a variety of interventions, such as giving yourself pep talks and making lists of ways to address things you’re worried about, can also be very helpful.


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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tackles the tough topic of sexual harassment, which is pervasive across our society, regardless of industry, political ideology, age or gender. While addressing her backyard, Congress, Gillibrand reminds of us of the rules of engagement all work environments should employ, and the bill she hopes to set in motion. BY SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

All of us rely on extraordinary staff members to help us accomplish the work that our constituents elected us to do. They are talented, they are passionate about public service, and many of them are just beginning their careers. But over the past few weeks, more and more current and former congressional staffers are coming out and bravely

telling their stories about how they experienced sexual harassment while working here. This is shameful. There is a serious sexual harassment problem in Congress—and too many congressional offices are not taking this problem seriously. The inadequate policies that are in place today about sexual harassment in Congress make it 54

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very difficult for victims to come forward, report the incidents and seek justice. The system to address this problem is virtually unknown to most staffers, it is confusing to navigate, and it is tilted against victims. We have to fix this. Congress should never be above the law. Congress should not play by their own set of rules. As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards—not the lowest. This needs to change. We need accountability and we need transparency. We need reform, and we need it now. Congress should treat every person who works here with respect and dignity—and that means creating a climate where there is accountability, fairness, respect and access to justice if sexual harassment takes place. Our staff members should be able to feel safe reporting sexual harassment if it happens, without fear. If sexual harassment happens in one of our offices, we must immediately act to stop it, and show leadership, and make it clear that we won’t allow it to continue to take place. We should never tolerate a climate in our offices where our staffers face sexual harassment, whether it’s from a member of Congress or by a fellow staff member. We should never tolerate a climate in our offices where staffers feel uncomfortable reporting incidents that have hap-

wish it away, and we cannot simply train our way out of this problem. We must go further, and act now. The women and men coming forward are an inspiration, because they are changing our society in a way that is making it unacceptable for people to turn a blind eye to sexual violence and sexual harassment. They are showing that we can build a more just society for ourselves, our families and future generations, by shining a light on injustice and saying we will not accept it anymore. So we must ensure that Congress handles complaints to create an environment where staffers can come forward if something happens to them, without having to fear that it will ruin their careers. And we have good legislation ready to go that would bring us much closer to that goal. Our bill would modernize and streamline the process for sexual harassment victims to report within the Office of Compliance. It would create a designated person within the Office of Compliance to serve as a confidential advisor for victims of harassment. It would require mandatory annual antidiscrimination and harassment training for both members and staff—because there should be no excuse for any of us to not know how to deal with harassment in our offices. The bill would remove the current daunting requirement that victims go through mediation before filing complaint

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“Our bill would streamline the process for sexual harassment victims to report within the Office of Compliance. It would require mandatory annual antidiscrimination and harrassment training for both members and staff.” pened to them. We should never tolerate a climate in our offices where staffers feel that they can get away with sexual harassment against their colleagues. The entire Congress—every one of our offices—should be held to this high standard, and anything less is unacceptable and inexcusable. There are real costs to sexual harassment in the workplace. We now know that many people quit their jobs because of it, which can throw off the entire trajectory of their careers. They lose out on promotions. They lose out on raises. What we are seeing from the powerful #MeToo campaign is that sexual assault and sexual harassment are pervasive across our entire society, regardless of the industry, regardless of political ideology, regardless of age, and regardless of gender. What we are seeing time and again in institutions all around the country is a culture where power and fear keep sexual assault and sexual harassment in the shadows. Congress is not immune to this scourge. We cannot just

against an assailant, which no doubt has discouraged victims from filing a complaint. It would require a climate survey to give a comprehensive analysis of the scope of this problem in Congress. It would give the interns in our offices access to the same resources as staff members. And it would require that every office post notices that detail the rights and protections of our employees—so that there is no ambiguity about what is allowed, and what isn’t, when it comes to discrimination and harassment. So I urge all of our colleagues to join us in this fight. We must create a workplace climate where our staff members can come in and do their jobs without having to worry about being harassed. And when it does happen, they should be able to report the incidents without fear of retaliation, and without having to fear that it will ruin their careers. This is an important fight, and Congress needs to set a better example. 55


FLOAT

Salt-infused flotation containers offer physical and spiritual payoffs. BY MICHELE SHAPIRO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETE MCBRIDE

Floating is a great way to enhance your spiritual practice.

And the salt makes for effortless floating.” Frisselle suggests scheduling your float at the end of the day rather than in the morning, when you’re likely to be jacked up on caffeine or intent on getting through your to-dos. The benefits of flotation therapy go far beyond decreasing inflammation and pain. First developed in 1954 by John C. Lilly, M.D., a medical practitioner and neuropsychiatrist, sensory deprivation tanks have been shown to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and increase theta waves, the type of brain waves normally produced while transitioning between a sleeping and waking state. These waves allow the floater to reach levels of relaxation typically found only in deep meditation. “It’s a great environment to enhance your spiritual practice,” says Frisselle. “Depriving the brain of sensory stimulation is the best state for healing.” Since floating in a pod requires closing the lid and lying in complete darkness, Frisselle acknowledges that it may not be for everyone. He encourages claustrophobic clients to seek out float rooms that provide more space. You can also pod-float with the lid open. It usually takes a few sessions to get the hang of floating, but the benefits then begin to accumulate with regular use.

If you’re looking to decompress from the holidays, you might consider floating. Don’t worry: It doesn’t involve being in an oversize balloon like you’d see at a parade. You simply have to find a facility with a float pod, tank or suite. Regardless of the container used, “floating” is just as it sounds: You get naked, shower, enter a light- and soundproof chamber, and lie on your back partially submerged in skin-temperature water (around 95 degrees) mixed with up to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. Then you shower a second time to wash off the salt. (The skeptic in you should know that floating devotees include such elite athletes as Tom Brady and Steph Curry.) Floating regulars claim that spending between 60 to 90 minutes in a flotation chamber is just what the doctor ordered after a day of exertion. “The physical benefits are immense,” says Burt Frisselle, manager of the family-owned Fahrenheit Body Spas in Basalt, Colorado. Since it opened in April 2016, the spa has received a steady stream of Aspen locals and vacationers wanting to test out its Floataway Tranquility Pod. “When you take a bath with 1 or 2 cups of Epsom salt at home, it helps with aches and pains. Well, this is the richest Epsom salt bath you’ll ever take.

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equal, the one to inspire me in my career. I want you to be my anchor, my wave. I want you to offer me security and stability and predictability and I want you to give me transcendence and awe and mystery and surprise.” It’s one person to give us what once an entire village would provide. You say that there are three components to infidelity: secrecy, sexual alchemy—which would be a great name for a band, by the way—and emotional involvement. How do those components play out? Any infidelity is organized around secrecy. Emotional infidelity is about going to someone else to share parts of yourself. The most interesting one for me was the concept of sexual alchemy: When I asked people all over the world what they experience in infidelity, they said that they feel alive for the first time in a long time. They experience a sense of energy, of renewal, of vitality. The immediate pushback is, “You are so selfish. You don’t think that I wanted to feel alive? And now by the way, you killed me essentially, so now you’re alive and I’m dead because of what you did.” That’s right. It is selfish. Affairs are plots of entitlement, things that you give to yourself with a host of rationalizations for why you deserve it. Every organism needs to grow in order to thrive. If it goes stale, it will fossilize. In the beginning of a relationship, you live face-to-face and then you spend years living side by side. What this crisis of infidelity does to some people is it puts them back face-to-face, and shows them what they stand to lose. It’s part of the conversations that you wish people would have when things are good, not after a crisis. I imagine a world where people can experience a sense of vitality and aliveness in relationships because—more than anything else—the quality of our relationships determine the quality of our lives.

CHRIS CUOMO: I want to pose a question that you ask in the beginning of your book: “Where should we begin?” Taking people through this topic, where’s the right place to start? ESTHER PEREL: It’s a subject that is ubiquitous. [Adultery is] the only commandment that is repeated twice in the Bible—once for doing it, and once just for thinking about it. It has existed since marriage was invented, yet is often treated with judgment, in very polarizing ways. “The majority of people I see are not I thought, we can do better. chronic philanderers,” We need a new conversation says Esther Perel. that helps people deal with this crisis. How do you explain infidelity? I look at the relationship in its entirety. Two people are responsible for the relationship; one person chooses to have an affair, but sometimes these experiences have nothing to do with the relationship. How can they have nothing to do with the relationship? The majority of people I see are not chronic philanderers. They are people who have often been faithful for years, decades, who find themselves crossing a line they never thought they’d cross. One of the big assumptions that guides the conversation at this moment is that affairs are a symptom of a problem relationship—either there is something wrong in your relationship or there is something wrong in you. But in fact, sometimes the meanings and the motives have to do with loneliness, resentment, rejection and sexual frustration. And sometimes it has nothing to do with that.” Is marriage a hard thing for people to be in successfully over a long time? Our model today is, “I want you to be whatever I always wanted from marriage: companionship, economic support, family life, social status. I also want you to be my best friend, my trusted confidant, my passionate lover for the long haul. I want you to be the best parent, my intellectual 58

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“I wanted to follow the natural slope of this mountainous property,” says architect Blaze Makoid of this stunningly designed new glassencased project, “to take on the form of the encompassing mountains.” The result is a sculptural, abstract shape that preserves the natural features of the surrounding Carson Mountain Range in California. The black metal roof and black stained cedar siding were chosen for their ability to visually recede and blur the definition between horizontal and vertical surfaces. Mission accomplished.

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Even 2,000 miles away in their respective New York City offices, David Gerstenhaber and Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber can feel the calm of their beautifully crafted Star Mesa home shining through. BY LINDA HAYES • PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENT MOSS

The nine-bedroom home is settled into a rolling, 40-acre mesa. An entry gives a glimpse into the open interior.

and brought it inside.” To help them in their quest for total transformation, the couple enlisted Aspen architecture firm Rowland+Broughton, known for a clean, fresh aesthetic that addresses the client’s lifestyle needs while working in harmony with the surrounding natural environment. “We took the house down to the foundation, effectively flipping the front door from one side to another and completely changing access from the road,” explains R+B principal Sarah Broughton. “It really opened it up to the full 360-degree views.” Within a series of glass pavilions, interior spaces were designed with custom floorto-ceiling sliding glass wall panels that create a seamless connection to the outdoors, allowing fresh mountain air and the sounds and scents of nature to waft through when they’re open. “My husband knew that there’s nothing I like better than as much double-height glass as was humanly possible,” notes Kelly. “At any given moment you might see a herd of elk running through the property. It feels like you’re

“Whether you’re looking through glass or open doors, the view cuts across the entire landscape and you can see from one side of Aspen to another,” says Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, scientist, humanitarian and philanthropist, whose work as founder and director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project is helping to lower the suicide rate. Posner and her husband, renowned macroeconomist hedge fund manager David Gerstenhaber, find peace in their 15,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom home set on a gently rolling 40-acre mesa dotted with ponds and teeming with wildlife. “When we’re there, we spend so much time just walking from inside to outside and staring at that kind of transcendent beauty,” says Kelly. “It’s therapeutic.” In its original, more modest incarnation, a five-bedroom, brick-sided house, views of the untouched wilderness of the Lenado Valley were strangely neglected. “People used to call it the house where the garages have the best view in Aspen,” she says, laughing. “We envisioned a glass house that worked synergistically with the outdoors 62


barrier-free situation in terms of the living outside.” Standing in the expansive foyer, visual to the nature outside.” On the main upper level of the views can be seen from one side of Aspen to another. The family spends a few months home, the front entry is flanked by a year at the house, which David, a private master suite and family president and founder of Argonaut wing, connected by several large Capital Management, wryly points communal gathering spaces on out is “not enough.” In contrast to one side, and a string of bedrooms summer, when everything from for the couple’s four children and reflecting pools and waterfalls to guests on the other. From the family broad terraces and patios for enterroom and the main living room, taining and dining draw everyone both of which look straight out outside, winters are enhanced by to the Aspen ski mountains and indoor attributes. The ambience Roaring Fork Valley, one can see imbued by flickering fireplaces, straight through to the aptly called the spa-like nature of the master Lenado room on the other side of bathroom, which has unobstructed the home. “The whole living area views of peaceful, snow-filled fields opens in a very surreal way,” says and ski slopes from the freestanding Kelly. tub, and the possibility of a masComplementing the home’s sage in the dedicated treatment singular interior palette–a calmroom all combine to provide a true ing combination of porcelain tile respite for these hard-working New Yorkers. flooring, espresso-toned, stained-oak doors and cabinetry, “It was an inspirational house to design,” says David. and glass and steel detailing–New York interior design“Coming from our busy lifestyle, it gives us peace of mind er Andrew Sheinman of Pembrooke & Ives and his team when we’re there.” organized a relaxed furniture plan, which included many “To build a house that encompasses the spirit of the custom pieces. “We aligned the furnishings in context with place so beautifully is simply amazing,” adds Kelly. “It takes the surroundings, using a lot of organics and natural dyes,” you away.” he says. “With so much glass in the house, it creates a

A master bath with a view and a Zuma freestanding soaking tub.

Sliding glass walls subliminally separate xxx indoors from outdoors.

The furniture plan reflects the context of the surroundings.


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A new Gramercy building raises the bar for eco construction. BY RAY ROGERS

At 200 East 21st Street, gleaming new construction seamlessly integrates into the historic Gramercy Park area, balancing rock-star glamour (Anton Perich portraits of Factory-area Warhol and the downtown demimonde adorn the entryway) with earth-friendly elements in a luxurious 21-story building. From the lobby’s living green wall featuring indigenous plants to the green roof, which provides natural insulation and reduces “heat island effect,” meticulous attention has been paid to eco-details. Oversize double-paned European windows with tasteful bronze frames and high thermal performance bring in abundant natural light, while limiting noise pollution and heat gain. LED bulbs and movement detectors reduce energy use. The property, due to be completed next year and targeting LEED Gold Certification with green measures throughout, is the latest in a string of sustainable buildings from Alfa Development. “We felt a commitment to our children to build this way,” says Alfa Development CEO Michael Namer about the company’s focus on green building since 2007. The company’s philosophy, he says, is “to be sustainable, cognizant of our neighborhoods and part of the world we live in—not despite it.” That applies to the look of the structure—a SanSelmo Italian Corso gray brick façade provides a modern take on the brick-and-limestone architecture of the Gramercy area—and to its environmental impact. The use of solar panels to heat water, along with rainwater collection for the irrigation of garden areas, speaks to Alfa Development’s commitment to sustainability.

It’s perfectly eco-friendly—yet the 67-condominium apartment building designed by BKSK Architects doesn’t skimp one bit on luxury. Each apartment (pricing ranges from $1.5 million to $12.5 million) boasts gorgeous Turkish Lilac tiled bathrooms, top-of-the-line Miele kitchen appliances and views overlooking the tree-lined streets of Gramercy. Residents in search of further respite can head to the second floor, to the building’s very own skylit Wellness Suite. The elegant area, featuring a fitness center, private party space, massage therapy area and general room to chill out, was key for Alfa Development. The space was thoughtfully designed into the layout of the building with a focus on natural light, and the attributes of wellness in mind. 200e21.com 64

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The luxurious retreats on the market dazzle with A-list amenities and that most coveted feature of all: space for peace of mind. BY NANCY KANE

magical; classic bungalow-style beamed ceilings, wainscoted walls, stained glass windows, stone fireplaces and a medieval façade adorned with hand-wrought iron fences. For decades, Aspen has been a go-to place to get your holiday jingle on for folks like the Goldie Interior of one of Hawn-Kurt Russell clan to songseveral cabins on The Mountain in Aspen. bird Mariah Carey (who wrote her holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” there). This year the posh set welcomes Lachlan Murdoch, who just purchased Mopani—a 45-acre equestrian estate—for $29 million. The 13,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom home features a striking wood overhang and pivoting door leading to an open-concept interior. If you’re looking to buy in Aspen, $58.5 million will get you Four Peaks Ranch and the peace of a mountain sanctuary.

Home for the holidays takes on many meanings for house hunters this season—from prime Central Park frontage to ocean vistas and Rocky Mountain highs. Take the recent high-profile sale of Sting and Trudie Styler’s duplex penthouse at 15 Central Park West for $50 million. The Robert A.M. Stern address has been home to Robert De Niro and Alex Rodriguez; Ben Affleck was seen house-hunting there this fall. Amenities like a Theo Kalomirakis screening room and a 75foot skylit lap pool draw the A-listers. On the opposite end of the city in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the picturesque arts and crafts style home, known as The Gingerbread House, is for sale for $11 million. The fairy-tale six-bedroom home was built in 1917 by James Sarsfield Kennedy and has unique details that are described as 66

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A bath with a view at Mopani in Aspen. Walls of glass throughout the home at Mopani, Lachlan Murdoch’s new Aspen property.

The craftsman-style and LEED-built 18,000-square-foot home features a chromotherapy tub, vitamin D-infused sauna and steam room. For those with imagination, the property known as The Mountain is an opportunity to live on—you guessed it—your very own mountain. Available for the first time since 1986, this Midnight Mine Road compound has lots of potential at 450 acres. its asking price is $40 million. Rocky Mountain high, indeed. Heading west, Saota Architecture’s highly anticipated first L.A. property, 900 Stradella, sits on close to an acre secluded from the street for the privacy many Angelenos crave. An indoor wellness center features a massage therapy area, gym, sauna and steam shower bath. Outdoors, a zen garden and infinity pool overlook a blanket of city lights. The asking price is $45 million. Palm Springs has always attracted design-conscious home-seekers and this iconic house doesn’t disappoint. The former honeymoon home of newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley sits on just over an acre, with a tennis court and pool. A William Krisel gem, the unique design stacks four circular rooms on top of one another. Add the glass-and-stone walls and the house resembles a flying saucer that costs $5.9 million. Back in L.A., the Hollywood set is choosing turnkey living, the kind afforded to tenants of Ten Thousand, a 40-story luxury property in Beverly Hills. Catering to some of Hollywood’s most influential—Neil Patrick Harris stayed here recently—the all-rental building features amenities such as Botox on call and an indoor lap pool. But the best is Charley, the resident robot, who delivers artisanal cocktails from the mini-bar upon command. Monthly rentals start at $9K a month, peaking at $75K for the penthouses. 67

The pool in back of the William Krisel home in Palm Springs.

Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s former Palm Springs home is on the market.


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A summer estate in Quiogue has the added attraction of a legendary art barn and a legacy of creativity and family togetherness. BY NANCY KANE

The property’s art barn

“Necklace in the Forest” by Menashe Kadishman

On trails throughout the property, sculptures by Ann-Sofi Siden, David Hammons and Nate Loman mix with a silo by Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Horbelt, constructed entirely of water-bottle plastic crates, and Geoffrey’s favorite, a copse of pine trees garlanded with yellow panels by the controversial artist Menashe Kadishman, called “Necklace in the Forest.” Jerome Stern passed away at age 93 in the spring of this year. His home is up for sale for the first time in half a century, asking $23.45 million and listed with Tim Davis of The Corcoran Group. Mr. Stern bought the home from its original owner, Lucius Beers, who built the house around 1910 as a gentleman’s farm. The arts and crafts-style home features 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, six fireplaces, several sitting rooms with views of Quantuck Bay and a widow’s walk. There are 2 three-bedroom guest cottages, a three-stall horse barn, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a pool house and a dock. “The home was a magnet for our families every summer,” Geoffrey says, referring to Friday night get-togethers with artists, politicians and social activists.“There is just this cohesiveness and flow to the place.” In a speech at Mr. Stern’s funeral, one of his grandchildren said: “Camp Jerome was our Camelot.” In short, you couldn’t find a more congenial spot for a happily-ever-after than here.

Geoffrey Stern has a memory from childhood of an August day. His grandmother is turning 102. It’s a big celebration at the 16-acre family compound; everyone is there, lining up to take the annual photograph. His father, Jerome, sets up a whimsical replica of the Statue of Liberty along the driveway. The statue still stands, a testament to the freedom, expression and enlightenment that continues to pervade Camp Jerome. Geoffrey, his three brothers and sister (and later, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren) grew up at this summer home in Quiogue, a tiny hamlet wedged between Westhampton Beach and Quogue. The kids frequently played on the basketball court. One day a neighbor complained, insisting that a wall be built to block the noise. Jerome Stern complied, commissioning Chilean graffiti artist Nelson Rivas, aka Cekis, to paint a mural across it. Unlike the cranky neighbor, Mr. Stern welcomed people onto his land, into his home, and into the structure he built in 1999, dubbed the “art barn.” “My father said, ‘Farmers have potato barns and milk men have dairy barns, why shouldn’t I have an art barn?’” says Geoffrey. Modern and contemporary paintings and photography, as well as surrealist and Israeli works, were housed in the climate-controlled, two-and-a-half-story galvanized steel structure. 68

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Interior designer Janette Mallory brings her sophisticated West Coast style—with an eye to comfort, serenity and eye candy—to a Calabasas compound. BY JIM SERVIN

Mallory’s mix includes sculptures, wood and plants.

with her trained eye for comfortable sophistication. “This home is true to my personal taste,” Mallory says. “It’s a mix of traditional and contemporary, classic and sophisticated California style.” Opting for a palate of neutrals, mixing whites and creams with dove gray—“but I didn’t want to do it too muted. I like to bring in color on the rugs, pillows and accessories”—Mallory anchored rooms with striking graphics and statement pieces (like the sea urchin chandelier in the breakfast room and backgammon-inspired stair runners, both by Kelly Wearstler) and well-curated antiques and artifacts. “I don’t like clutter,” Mallory says of her highly edited

Tailored yet relaxed Malibu chic was the order of the day when a hedge fund manager and his wife celebrated a newly empty nest by making a surprising move into a larger, grander home. The couple declared that for their next act, their five-bedroom, six-bath, 7,000-square-foot compound at The Oaks, a gated community in Calabasas, would offer a clean slate, design-wise. “They didn’t want to take any furniture with them from the old home, which was done in more traditional burgundies and browns. They wanted something lighter. They wanted to start an art collection,” says Malibu resident Janette Mallory, who for 21 years has built a loyal following in the Greater Los Angeles region of the Golden State 70

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Backgammoninspired carpet by Kelly Wearstler.


rooms, where natural elements like the bonsai tree in the living room, in a vintage planter from Vietnam are juxtaposed with antiques from her sojourns to Europe and, closer to home, trips to La Cienega Boulevard. In the music room, a selection of pillows in vintage fabrics on leather and linencovered chairs from Peter Dunham’s Hollywood at Home mix harmoniously with porkpie hats and musical instruments, all assembled with great care. “I agonize over this,” says Mallory of her editing process. “I will not put anything on a shelf or in a room unless I love it. Along with focal-point pieces, I like to add in the natural, whether it be a plant or a crystal, with unique books, artwork and sculpture. I mix it up so it makes sense, is well balanced, and makes people feel good.”

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screened for their jobs, care for homeowners like family. They deliver the legendary service every day at The Residences to ensure that owners are not just well looked after, but delighted. It’s a tall order that Mandarin Oriental staff achieve easily, and with sophistication. “Our hotels and residences provides 21st century luxury in the most modern sense, but we’re also steeped in the heritage of the Orient,” says Wong Ettelson. “Understated discretion and privacy are in our DNA.” Consideration above and beyond the call of duty comes to the Residences staff naturally. They send flowers on special occasions. They help out in emergencies— including accompanying residents to the hospital. For a couple’s baby gender reveal party, a concierge arranged pink and blue macarons and a last-minute gluten-free vanilla cake to be delivered to the party. “Owners count on me to ask the right questions when their needs arise and act on their answers. For me, delight is in the details,” notes a Las Vegas residential concierge. At The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton, located at Via Mizner, a new urban resort in downtown Boca (each of the 85 units has ocean, golf course or city views), residents who place a premium on golfing will have access to Via Mizner Golf & City Club, a private club that features a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Certainly, the tranquil infinity pools in each villa at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bali, will offer a great way to unwind, and the English Meditation Garden at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, invites respite and rebalancing. Inspired design combined with unparalleled personalized service makes The Residences at Mandarin Oriental a transcendent living experience. mandarinoriental.com/residences; residences@mohg.com

Wellness the world over—from New York to Taipei, London to Las Vegas, Boston to Boca Raton—is being perfected 24/7 at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, a five-star living experience which brings the perks, luxury and services of the acclaimed Mandarin Oriental hotels to private residential living. Design is healing. The best-made products bring peace of mind—they function better, they last longer. In addition to elegant architecture and calming interiors, each residential property is built to support, soothe and invigorate, both within the home and the nearby amenity space. Residents have access to Mandarin Oriental’s world-renowned holistic spas, which feature signature therapies developed in conjunction with traditional Chinese medicine specialists. Entrée to the Mandarin Oriental’s Residences Elite program, for owners only, confers VIP recognition, room upgrades and many other benefits at Mandarin Oriental hotels around the globe. There are currently four Residences nationwide, in Boston, New York, Atlanta and Las Vegas, and four Residences globally in Bodrum, Turkey; London; Macau and Taipei. Future Residences are planned for Bangkok, Boca Raton, Honolulu, Bali, Dubai, Munich and Melbourne, Australia (the latter, designed by the late, great Zaha Hadid, will feature a massive 17,220-square-foot spa). “Luxury is about time, having time to do things that are meaningful to you. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental create the seamless lifestyle that offers that freedom, around the clock,” says Adelina Wong Ettelson, global head of residences marketing at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Need to find the best dog groomer for your beloved Cookie? Organize a movie night for your grandchildren? Hire a private chef to whip up a gourmet meal for lastminute guests? The Residences staff, rigorously trained and 72


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Shock of the new: The current trend in facials is electric. BY BETH LANDMAN

microcurrent, and finishes with a medical-grade Swiss collagen mask used in burn units to calm skin. As a finale, she applies frozen cryo sticks and delivers a flash of LEDs. 30 East 60th St., suite 709, 212.355.3919, karinanyc.com

If you’ve ever noticed women on the street who seem to have particularly perky skin and an almost celestial glow, chances are they’ve discovered the “remodeling’’ facials developed by Parisian company Biologique Recherche. The combination of active products with electrical current, which tones muscles in the face and helps those products to penetrate, takes years off and imparts a healthy radiance. Below are five top estheticians, each of whom has customized the remodeling treatment to make it her own, along with Christine Chin, the go-to facialist for cleansing and ridding skin of imperfections.

KAREN HONG AT SIA’S BEAUTY All facials at this pretty oasis that opened in February come with complimentary 30-minute reflexology for extra relaxation when you book a facial, and clients can also opt for a manicurist to be brought in. In addition to the classic 90-minute remodeling ($225), Hong offers Swiss Deluxe Brightening Treatment, good for sun damage or post-laser treatment ($100 for 30 minutes); hydrofacials that exfoliate, extract and pump with the use of a high-pressure stream ($225 for one hour; $295 for 90 minutes); Micro-Puncture Treatment to improve skin’s texture ($385 for 90 minutes with collagen mask, $325 without); and Oxygen and Vitamin Therapy Facial, a deep hydrating treatment that aids in both acne and post-laser resurfacing patients ($175 for 90 minutes). 145 Grand St., 347.247.6381

AIDA BICAJ Bicaj began as a trainer for Biologique Recherche and her luxurious boutique spa looks like the kind of apartment you wish you lived in. Her facials start with manual lifting before the electronic work, and she is the only one in New York to carry the MBR eye serum, which has dramatic results, and Future’s beauty drops that light up your face, both of which she incorporates into the treatment and can be purchased via her site (aidabicaj.com). Bicaj also has a professional pedicurist on staff who brings along a special softening solution, surgical tools and a foot sander. 30 East 67th St., 212.861.1007

MICHELINE REBOH AT PAUL LABRECQUE

KARINA FREEDMAN AT KARINA NYC

It’s the full-body experience at one of the city’s best-known salons, where classic Bio Sculpt Lift & Firm Facial begins with a thorough cleansing, and has just been extended to include a full body exfoliation using the French products that contain lemon, sage, horseradish and some alpha hydroxy acids (from $230). An alternate body add-on is a slimming wrap with algae

The “Triple Crown’’ Fire and Ice Collagen Treatment ($395 for 60 minutes; $470 for 90 minutes) at this jewel box of a spa combines technology with European expertise. Karina starts with a microencapsulated mask that resurfaces, tightening and removing fine lines without actually peeling skin. She then moves on to work the muscles with

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marine salt and a heating blanket ($240), which sweats out toxins and makes a cozy winter cocoon. Reboh’s facials use serums with placenta, amniotic fluid and colostrum, and have the option to finish with a cooling refrigerated collagen mask for extra glow ($85). 171 E. 65th Street, 212.986.7861

drating antibacterial Love My Face treatment ($210). The package includes microdermabrasion, an enzyme or acid peel, microcurrent, red LED light therapy, an oxygen spray and a skin-specific mask. 420 West Main St., Unit 102, Aspen; 970.429.8350

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For deep cleaning and purification, nobody beats this Lower East Side skincare guru, who has a reputation for her strict no-nonsense approach, and methodically removes bumps and other imperfections that she fondly refers to as “doughnuts.” Chin’s Glow Facial incorporates shiatsu with a mud or whitening mask, followed by a ginseng mask ($250); the AHA treatment ($250) uses a glycolic acid-rich lilac mask to exfoliate; the collagen facial ($250) employs a brightening mask of pure collagen. Add-ons include a whitening pearl mask ($40) or healing green tea mask ($40). 82 Orchard St., 212.353.0503

DiNoia’s “3 D facial” begins with dermabrasion to exfoliate, and moves on to dermaplaning with a fine blade to remove even fine peach fuzz from the face for extra luster. After the microcurrent does its lifting work, DiNoia adds microneedling to tighten pores. Two-hour smoothing and tightening, $500; $390 for the 90 minute version. 800B Fifth Ave., 646.251.6622

ANGELA CAGLIA Radio frequency adds the extra oomph to Caglia’s $350 “La Vie en Rose Power” facial. It begins with a cleansing,and instead of a steamer Caglia uses a French mister that emits an herb-infused vapor. After a relaxing neck and shoulder massage, she performs extractions, followed by lymphatic drainage with the help of two rose-quartz rollers, intense pulsed light, a resurfacing peel, and microcurrent to chisel before the radio frequency, which tightens. The last step: LED lights, said to promote collagen production 2924 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air; 310.990.2424

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SUPPLEMENTS

with a low dosage, then work From 2000 to 2012, there were your way up to the recomnearly 275,000 reports—one mended amount, Dr. Francis every 24 minutes—to U.S. poison says. And only add one new control centers about adverse supplement at a time. reactions to dietary supplements, a new study from the AVOID HORMONAL SUPPLECenter for Injury Research and MENTS. “I don’t think anyone Policy and the Central Ohio Poishould be taking any kind of son Center found. The biggest hormone unless they’ve been culprits were dietary suppletested, they’re low in it and ments, botanicals, hormonal the doctor has recommended supplements, amino acids and them, especially with all the energy products. But does that hormonal-based cancers,” Dr. mean you should toss everyFrancis says. thing but your multivitamins? No, but do replace ineffective SKIP THE ENERGY DRINKS. One and dangerous products with of the biggest culprits in the better choices, according to Dr. study, “energy drinks contain Gabrielle Francis, a naturopath, very potent stimulants,” she acupuncturist and chiropractor “Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s totally safe,” says Dr. Francis. says. “They stimulate the adrein New York City and the author nal glands to produce adrenof The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock aline and cortisol, so you feel an energy boost. They may & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life. also have ingredients like ephedrine, ginseng and amino Here, she offers no-nonsense advice on how to stay safe acids like tyrosine and phenylalanine, which are also very with supplements. stimulating.” But be forewarned: “I actually think they’re dangerous for a lot of people,” Dr. Francis says. They’ve STOP SELF-DIAGNOSING USING DR. GOOGLE. ”People been known to cause heart palpitations, insomnia, anxiety search for information on their conditions on the internet, and even panic attacks, she notes. then they choose a supplement based on a symptom,” such as fatigue or a slow metabolism, Dr. Francis says. “But STAY AWAY FROM YOHIMBE. Known as herbal Viagra, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s totally “yohimbe can be dangerous for some people as it can safe or good for a specific individual.” cause too much blood to flow from the central core to the extremities,” she notes. BE CAUTIOUS ORDERING ON AMAZON. “A lot of the supplements being sold on Amazon aren’t being sold by legal STICK WITH SAFE SUPPLEMENTS. These include omega- 3s distributors, and they may change the label or the expi(Dr. Francis recommends one tablespoon a day of flax oil ration date, so we don’t know the quality,” she points out. or fish oil) and food-based multivitamins. “You can tell it’s “Amazon also ‘suggests’ products for you based on what food-based because you need to take three to six pills a other people have bought. But they’re not recommending day,” Dr. Francis explains. “If it’s a one-a-day multivitamin, it because it’s good for you—they want to make money.” it’s not food-based.” DON’T OVERDO IT. “Americans have a ‘more is better’ philosophy,” she says. We think if 2.4 micrograms of Vitamin B12 CHECK WITH A HOLISTIC DOCTOR. If you’re interested in alternative therapy, a holistic practitioner or naturopath are good, 1,000,000 micrograms are better. “Supplement can do a thorough exam and prescribe what is best for you companies know people think this way and they cater to as an individual, she says. that.” Be cautious when taking a new supplement. Start 78

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How do you stay lean and healthy when your lifestyle involves dining out, travel and entertaining? Temptations are everywhere; good intentions get tested, and even the strongest-willed person can yo-yo between indulgence and repentance. New York registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot, founder of the cult-favorite weight management and nutritional counseling program F-Factor, set out to solve the quandary by creating an immersive wellness experience for women at Southern California’s legendary retreat Golden Door. This haven of tranquility, modeled after a Japanese Edo-period estate, helps harried globetrotters knit themselves “Honor your health back together, mind, body and spirit. by setting your Any anxiety about deprivation melted standards high,” says away as my 30 fellow F-Factor initiates nutrition counselor Tanya Zuckerbot. and I stepped through the golden portal and onto Golden Door’s floating walkway. This five-day getaway was not your average boot camp. Amid the soothing environment of Zen-garden waterfalls and koi ponds, the irrepressibly motivating Zuckerbrot guided us on a journey designed to revamp our relationship with food. Step One: A reframe. Tanya says we live in an obesogenic environment where food is everywhere and portion sizes are distorted, yet we’re obsessing over the wrong things—counting calories and doing endless cardio. With awareness and skills, Tanya promises, we can healthfully “dine out, enjoy a drink or two, and make no food taboo.” All ears prick up. Step Two: A solid foundation of nutritional science. The mantra? “Carbs are not the problem. It’s eating carbs in excess of what your body can burn that is the problem.” Intake more carbs than the liver and muscles can store as glycogen, and your body converts the excess into fat. Using food journals, we eager students mastered the math of a daily carb threshold for both weight loss and healthy weight maintenance, while learning to cut oversize protein portions in half. Step Three: Make fiber your new BFF. Consuming more of this nondigestible plant matter—a lot more, as it turns out—revs the metabolism, triggers satiety signals, slows 80

down digestion to increase absorption of nutrients, builds a healthy microbiome, absorbs excess cholesterol and cancer-promoting estrogen (and yes, delivers liberatingly regular bowel movements). F-Factor’s secret weight-control weapon, the high-fiber GG crispbread cracker, was dutifully choked down in copious amounts. “This really works,” encouraged one attendee who had lost 25 pounds in six months “effortlessly” under Tanya’s supervision. Eureka! I felt full between meals and my problematic, all-day grazing habit was squelched. Step Four: Strength-training sessions in Golden Door’s airy gym to build muscle mass, which increases storage capacity for carbs, boosts metabolism, abets restorative sleep, and is especially important for women as we age (we lose half a pound of muscle per year, unfairly contributing to “menopause middle”). Theory was put into practice at every meal, as we savored small portions of delectable protein and fresh vegetables from the estate’s organic garden. Tanya, an admitted foodie, insists that meals look, smell and taste fantastic because suffering to lose weight is not sustainable. In the Golden Door’s nurturing continuum of care, from exhilarating pre-dawn hikes to private fencing classes (a “physical chess game,” according to my teacher, and a highlight of my stay) to in-room massages and pre-bedtime sound-healing sessions, F-Factor’s nutritional know-how helped us connect to a deeper commitment to self-care. By week’s end, our sensei had shared all the skills we needed to continue on this path, but it was up to each one of us to stay connected to our intentions. “Honor your health by setting your standards high—be exceptional, not average!” urged Tanya as she tied a green string on each wrist as a mindful-eating cue, then ushered the group to a farewell dinner under the stars at Golden Door’s enchanted labyrinth. I felt renewed and clear-minded, ready to navigate the complex, delightful, and totally exasperating modern food milieu waiting for me outside those shimmering golden portals. $5,250; ffactor.com

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A destination for a day of beauty in the Flatiron District, the spacious Rescue Spa is the go-to for world-class facials and heavenly rejuvenation. BY BETH LANDMAN

“My motto is take care of the body head to toe,” says the owner of Rescue Spa.

“My motto is to take care of the body head to toe,” says Mieloch, who also offers massage, manicures, pedicures, hair care and scalp treatments. “We don’t think of it, but our scalp needs exfoliation and oxygenation as well,” she explains. Rescue sells a well-curated collection of potions to keep the spa vibe going after your visit. “We focus on natural, result-oriented products,” maintains Mieloch, who favors hand-rolled Gounjae soaps from Korea, and Vintner’s Daughter all-organic facial serum. She hopes her clientele will view Rescue as a destination rather than simply a beauty stop. “You can come with a date, or friends can come here together and make it a one-stop for your day,” she suggests. “Get a facial, followed by a blow-out and makeup; then have lunch at ABC V across the street. You will save on time and Uber fares.” 29 East 19th St.; 866.772.2766

Most Manhattan spas are cramped affairs with small treatment rooms and no real space to unwind, so walking into the new Rescue Spa in the Flatiron District is a jaw-dropping surprise. An outpost of the super-successful beauty oasis in Philadelphia, this sprawling 9,000-square-foot retreat, which opened in late September, has 14 treatment rooms, a relaxation area, a sauna, Vichy shower, as well as hair, nail and makeup areas. “I was frustrated in other places working as an aesthetician because I didn’t have the right space, equipment or products, so I decided to open my own,” explains owner Danuta Mieloch. The cornerstone of Rescue is the facial; they offer 12 different varieties, ranging from $150 to $500 and including the “Bio-Lift,” which incorporates electric current, and the “Oxylight,” involving microcurrents, ultrasound, oxygen therapy and LEDs. But the menu is not limited to treatments for the face. 82


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RELAX

Snap out of winter hibernation: A brain and body recharge awaits at the Baker House of East Hampton. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO

full bathroom. It can be reserved for private use or for the variety of spa menu offerings, which include massages, reflexology, facials and Body Polish—aka heaven for dry, cracked winter skin. For two-day couples retreats, there is a new Romance Package (from $865) which includes a couple’s Swedish massage, one hour of private spa use, a later check-out time and more. While wading in the pool or lounging in the bath, you might notice subtle structural details that evoke history: The brickwork was discovered during excavation of the foundation to create the spa. And the glass-enclosed showers sit within two brick arches that support the building’s south chimney. So, despite the all-modern facilities, a piece of the past lives on. If you prefer to keep active, all guests are provided free passes to the East Hampton Gym (a short walk away), though in wintertime you’ll also find exercise—and fun—at the Buckskill Ice Rink (a five-minute drive). Or just grab a new read from Bookhampton on Main Street and cozy up next to the Baker House fireplace. Two-night minimum room stay from $1,150. 181 Main St., East Hampton, New York; bakerhouse1650.com

What would you expect to find walking into a home from the 1600s? Exposed wood, brick chimneys, classical molding—all the details of early colonial settlement in America. The Baker House, built in 1648 by sea captain Daniel Howe, still typifies Cotswold-inspired architecture almost 370 years later, but there is something starkly juxtaposed with that old-world charm—the exquisitely modern spa facility. It’s almost a shock to find such a pristine, contemporary state-of-the-art setting hidden beneath (take that literally, since the spa is located in the basement) the floral drapes and démodé couch cushions. Innkeeper Antonella Bertello-Rosen, who runs the B&B with her husband, Bob Rosen, says, “Unlike most spas where you are confined to a small room, ours provides the entire large room for guests to be transported to another place mentally, physically and spiritually. The noise of daily life washes away, and it’s easy to find your true self. I find that I can meditate beautifully here. We are also fortunate to work with some of the most qualified therapists in the Hamptons who love to work in our space.” That large space, complimentary to all guests, contains a swimming pool, sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi, changing room and 84

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PEACEFUL DESIGN

Supermodel, yogi, certified health coach and environmentalist Angela Lindvall talks about the power of intention and her jewelry designs promoting peace. “The inward journey is the answer to our deepest healing,” writes Lindvall.

daily grind. Many of us on a personal level feel the pressures of the outside world, to the point of adrenal fatigue. There is so much focus on the external—the way we look, other people, social media, TV, phones, computers, etc. These have become addictions, and a way that we identify ourselves. 88

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war in the form of cluster bombs and landmines, melts it down, and creates jewelry with a message of peace. I decided to collaborate on a jewelry line with Article 22 and in doing so, start a campaign for peace, “Peace Begins In Me.” My pieces are engraved with the message “I Am Love, I Am Light, I Am Peace,” and then overlaid with sacred geometrical designs in sterling silver or 14K gold. How do we create peace in ourselves, and peace in our world? Politically, socially, environmentally, economically—there is a lot that we are up against, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. We may ask ourselves: How can I, as just one individual, create change? Especially when we can barely keep up with the

My life has always been a strange dichotomy of contrast. I was a tomboy from Kansas City who was called to the world of makeup, fashion, and runways. Who would have thought? In the midst of a high-fashion consumerism career, I became an avid environmentalist wanting to save the planet. When my life hit rock-bottom due to the sudden death of my sister and a devastating divorce, I realized that the only way I could heal the planet would be to heal myself first. A rock ’n’ roll rebel then became a yogi. I got my Kundalini yoga certification, and became a certified health coach. It is through contrast that I have learned the most: seeing through appearances, and not over-identifying with labels. Through contrast, we are able to be clear about what we do not want, so we can truly know what we do want. Today I am simply an advocate for humanity and the planet. Through my jewelry collaboration with Article 22, the contrast of war becomes a message of peace. Article 22 takes shrapnel from remnants of the Vietnam


energy, we just have to tune back in and remember how. So where do we begin? Right here, right now! It A necklace from starts with you. And it’s not Lindvall’s jewelry outside of you. We no lonline—part of her ger have to search outside “Peace Begins In of ourselves. It all begins Me” campaign. from within. The inward journey is the answer to our deepest healing, both individually and collectively. You hold the power of the universe within you. It all starts with where you place your attention. What thoughts are you holding throughout the day? Are they of lack and limitation? Judgement? Anger? Hate? All of our thoughts generate energy in our feeling body. From our feelings we then create our reality. So how do we heal these wounds in our feeling body when so many of us have been betrayed, hurt, attacked, manipulated? What if we ourselves are beating ourselves down the worst? This is the cycle of the human condition of pain and suffering. But we can get out of this torture and illusion through love, mercy and forgiveness. First, we must tap into our Highest Self—the core of our being, the light within us. We must ask this aspect of ourselves to take dominion over our human mortal mind. Then we must connect with our hearts...the purity of love. With this simple daily practice of remembering the love and light within us—the truth of who we really are—we begin to dissolve the pain. This then begins to unfold in our daily lives through healing our physical body, mental body, and feeling body—the trinity of our human makeup. By healing ourselves, we collectively heal together. We then can take this generated love and light within us, and project it out into the world and to others. It sounds so simple, and it is—yet also the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves and our world. Remember these mantras: “I am love, I am light, I am peace;” “Peace begins in me.” By starting here, we can tap into our greatest human potential and use our creative life force energy to imagine and implement our greatest visions yet.

We live through judgement and comparison whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Yet simultaneously, we are living in times of great potential. Comparable to the industrial revolution, when we were alive with invention and promise of new opportunities, we are at a time of great technological innovation, cutting-edge science, and greater understanding of the body and mind. We can fear a future of robots, ecological wastelands, war, and domination, or we can live in the space of vision and possibility. Imagine a world where we use technology to replace the mundane tasks so that we can focus on rebuilding our biosphere. Imagine cities teeming with life, agriculture, mind-expanding experiences, art, music, performance, and time to invest in our families and ourselves. There are many possibilities. We are the generation to implement our genius for a new future, and many solutions are already here. I am an optimist and believe in our potential. We are only using a very small fraction of our brains. Science hasn’t even cracked the potential of these built-in computer systems. If we are only using 10 percent of our capacity, imagine what we can do with the other 90 percent! This is exciting. It is known that whatever we focus on, we create. The question is, what are we putting our focused attention on? Can we use our imaginations to unlock our highest potential to evolve as a human race? I believe we can. We have forgotten many of our truths and the wisdom of the ancient past. We have dumbed ourselves down in the modern world. We have forgotten that we are master creators in so many ways. We are conductors of pranic life force energy waiting to be generated and projected inward and outward. We have energetic structures within our being—a capacity to tap into the greater web of life. The sacred geometrical structures of the Earth and universe are right here within us. Like a short circuit that needs to be rewired to produce 89


PURE PICKS

Coast-to-coast designer and tastemaker Dan Scotti shares a few essentials for kicking back and binge-watching in comfort and style.

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“In a media room or other TV-watching space, I always recommend using a large tray to protect the surface of the coffee table or ottoman.” Large Greywashed Aero Tray, aerostudios.com, $1,200

“One of my favorite sofas is the Da Bomb by Dune. It has clean lines, is super comfy, and has a beautiful brass base and light-stitched tufted cushions with hand-rolled edges.” Da Bomb Sofa (96”), $15,150, by Dune, dune-ny.com Follow @danscottidesign on Instagram for more of his elegant style.

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“Bloodline ticks all of my boxes for marathon-viewing perfection—a clever story line, superb acting, suspense and the Florida Keys as a beautiful backdrop.” Bloodline, netflix.com, $13.99 per month (premium subscription)

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Shiva Rose, Iranian-American actress, activist, blogger (The Local Rose) and founder of Shiva Rose toxin-free beauty products, reveals her winter necessities.

“I practice tea ceremonies and drinking this in the morning transforms my whole day.” High-Mountain Snow Chrysanthemum Flower Tea, $20, at Living Tea, livingtea.net

“I wear Dôen dresses almost every day. They are effortless and chic— perfect for days of work or leisure.” Faye Dress, $355, at Dôen, shopdoen.com

“I have created this bath soak made from goat milk and amber resin to truly bring the bath ritual to a moment of self-care and love. It’s also to honor the goddess Venus.” Venus Amber Milk Bath, $65, by Shiva Rose, shivarose.com 92

“I love the handmade jackets by visionary designer Milena Silvano. I feel like they are luxurious bohemian cloaks we can wear as protection from the world.” Diamond Kimono, $1,932.70, at Milena Silvano, milenasilvano.shop

“Pretties’ bras are truly amazing in the way they make your silhouette sexy and lovely. They are crafted in the old Parisian way—a true find.” Pretties bras, available in-store only, 1415 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach, Calif., pretties.studio

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“This new face roller is so divine and you can add a battery for extra antiaging abilities. I use it when I massage my face with oil or creams.” Golden Skin Roller, $22, at The Local Rose by Shiva Rose, thelocalrose.com

“Winter is energetically a time for going inward and creating cozy moments. Lately I have been gravitating toward products that are created with ethics in a more crafted way.”


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LOVE LETTERS

Bernard Maisner puts his elegant stamp on leather goods BY DONNA BULSECO

imprint: luxe leather accessories done in partnership with OM Designs, a line co-founded by Olympia Kyriakides and Michael Thomson. Embossed on fine Italian leather, a butterfly takes flight and a sinewy snake curves its sleek shape on structured bags. Wallets are also adorned—there’s one with an ornate spider based on a photo Maisner took of one on the Jersey Shore. The effect? “Beautiful and edgy, at the same time,” says Maisner. Precious, too, yet satisfyingly practical: carrying one brings the power of his pen into one’s daily routine. bernardmaisner.com; om-nyc.com

Calligraphy is an ancient visual art that elicits an “ahhhh” response with its hand-done lettering and graceful fonts. That emotional connection, says New York-based calligrapher and fine stationer Bernard Maisner, can be traced in part to the “beauty and balance” one feels looking at any art. “Beautiful artwork is a spiritual experience, one that’s meditative and healing,” he says. “The word ‘calligraphy’ itself means ‘beautiful writing.’” Acknowledged as a master (people line up at Bergdorf Goodman during the holidays for his on-the-spot ‘performance art’ cards to give as gifts), Maisner’s elegant craft has found a new

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Maisner will be at Bergdorf Goodman on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

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Samira Kazan, the famed @alphafoodie blogger, shares her fully loaded blueberry-pomegranate breakfast smoothie bowl that will help you power through your morning mountain runs. INGREDIENTS:

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For the breakfast smoothie bowl base: 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup plus a few extra tablespoons almond milk (or your choice of milk) 1/4 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup spinach 1/2 cup rolled oats (for added nutrients) 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) For the toppings: Your favorite toppings (pictured here: pomegranate seeds, cranberries, black berries, cherries, edible flowers, puffed quinoa and a sprinkle of freeze-dried blueberries)

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You’re getting vitamins and minerals in your juices. You’re adding supplements to your smoothies. Maybe you’re even loading up your Bulletproof coffee with boosts. So why not toss back a cocktail with good-for-you ingredients? Drink up! BY STEF MCDONALD

A healthier take on Egg Nog from Rouge Tomate (left) and the Sour T-iesel from Gracias Madre.

LOS ANGELES HARDBUCHA AT VENICE ALE HOUSE Ingredients: Kombucha, soju (a Korean liquor), organic seasonal berries, orange Drink it for your dose of: Kombucha, a fermented tea to support gut health. “Kombucha is a natural probiotic,” says bar manager Robert. If you’re going to drink alcohol, “you might as well do it the best way possible.” They also serve Longbucha, kombucha combined with beer. venicealehouse.com SOUR T-IESEL AT GRACIAS MADRE Ingredients: Tequila blanco, lime, agave, mint, matcha, aquafaba, cannabidiol oil Drink it for a dose of: Matcha. “This powdered green tea is a powerful antioxidant that aids in cleansing your body,” says Maxwell Reis, beverage director at Gracias Madre. “Its flavor also adds to the cocktail and interacts with the mint. And even though you don’t taste the cannabis, it creates a flavor profile that conjures plants. It also has a little caffeine, so it gives you

a little pep in your step. Plus, CBD oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory.” graciasmadreweho.com

NEW YORK THE HONEYBEE MIMOSA AT BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER Ingredients: Grapefruit, turmeric root, yuzu, kumquat, anjou pear, honey, bee pollen with cuvée brut Drink it for a dose of: Turmeric, a root that contains the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant curcumin. It’s being studied for possible cancer-fighting properties. The fruit juices in the drink are no slouches, either. And bee pollen contains a combination of minerals, vitamins and enzymes that stimulate immunity. thebutchersdaughter.com EGG NOG AT ROUGE TOMATE Ingredients: Coconut milk, honey, yams, walnut chartreuse, rum Drink it for a dose of: Yams. “We substitute egg yolks with yams and cream with coconut milk and we use honey that comes from the beehives on our roof,” says Cristian Molina, head bar98

tender at Rouge Tomate, of the vegan cocktail. “Yams have the right kind of sugar and nutrients and vitamins. We cook it with apple juice for the right texture and flavor.” rougetomatechelsea.com

ASPEN GARDEN OF ASPEN AT KITCHEN ASPEN Ingredients: Spinach, cucumber, green apple, carrot, ginger, fresh lemon, Breckenridge vodka Drink it for your dose of: Fruits and vegetables. Eat—and drink—the rainbow for good health. Most vitamins are covered here, plus the revitalizing ginger and lemon combination boosts the immune system. kitchenaspen.com BEET-LIME MARGARITA AT MI CHOLO Ingredients: Suerte Blanco, Elevated Elixir beet lime juice, lemon Drink it for your dose of: Beets, a superfood that contains vitamins C and B, potassium, magnesium, nitrates and folate and helps circulation. aspenchola.com


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The culinary mastery of chef C. Barclay Dodge lies in his use of seasonal and local ingredients at his noted Aspen eatery Bosq. BY HILARY STUNDA TOP 6 LOCALLY SOURCED SEASONAL INGREDIENTS DELICATA SQUASH, Osito Orchard, Hotchkiss The thin skin of this fall squash is edible, unlike many other hard squashes where the skin is thick and not palatable. Roast it naked in a hot 400˚F oven for 20 or so minutes and the flesh is soft with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and the skin has a beautiful crunch. SYLVETTA ARUGULA, Thistle Whistle Farm, Hotchkiss This excellent arugula is far from the commercially grown variety. Dark green, thin and spindly with a wild aesthetic, the rich flavor supersedes any arugula I have eaten. You taste and feel the intensity of nutrients. Locally grown cardoons taste and cook much like the artichokes they resemble.

What inspires the dishes on your exceptional menu at Bosq? Using wonderful products that are full of flavor. Products that do not require a myriad of other flavors to take away from their natural beauty. In the David Lean movie Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence was asked, “What is it that attracts you personally to the desert?” His answer, “It’s clean.” This has inspired me from the moment I heard it. Presenting the true naked beauty of a product is the height of execution and presentation. Of course, we cook seasonally and we cook with what is available locally. Also, I am deeply opposed to serving asparagus in December. It doesn’t belong then, your body doesn’t need it then. Is Bosq farm to table? I do not proclaim to be farm to table. I buy from these sources (preferably local) because they taste the best. Flavor is king, and fortunately, great flavor is a byprod-

uct of clean food and farms and ranches where it is grown without hormones, pesticides and chemicals. I have to mention the products we get that are not grown on farms and ranches, but rather truly from the wild, right outside our doors. We love to forage for watercress, cattails, berries, rose hips, mushrooms, pine needles, as well as stinging nettles, dandelion greens and hollyhock—the list goes on. What makes these foods so good? The high-altitude soil and grass play a huge role in the flavor profile of the animals raised and slaughtered, but more so, I believe, are the passionate farmers that seek to grow the best products they can. We cook with the best products obtainable, and with that you get healthy food. To take these products to the peak of their beauty and flavor, we do not use inferior food products and cooking techniques. We are craftsmen dedicated to our craft. 100

CARDOONS, Zimmerman Farms, Hotchkiss It looks like a prehistoric celery from the wild. In actuality, it has a flavor profile much like an artichoke. ARIZONA CITRUS, Armistead Farms, Mesa It’s not local, but it is conscientiously farmed using responsible methods. Farm Runners, our greatest link between the plantations of Crawford, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Aspen bring wonderful citrus crops to our doorsteps. FRESH GREEN CORIANDER SEED, Sustainable Settings biodynamic ranch, Carbondale It has such deep, fresh flavor, of course, resembling cilantro but more sweet and spicy. 9-YEAR-OLD DAIRY COW from a biodynamic pasture, Sustainable Settings biodynamic ranch, Carbondale You have no idea how amazing it is. The fat is pure gold in color, the meat is tender, flavor rich and well marbled—it tastes like no other beef you’ve eaten.


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Chef Seamus Mullen, the force behind New York favorites Tertulia and EL Colmado, gives Purist an easy way to ratchet up the flavor on a multitude of dishes. etables, instantly making your dish of choice so much more compelling and delicious. Setting yourself up for success means having a well-stocked pantry, as it’s hard to make bad (eating) decisions when you don’t have bad options. Seamus Mullen is the author of the cookbooks, Hero Food and Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger + Stronger Everyday.

Winter on the East Coast is a notoriously difficult time and place to navigate a healthful diet. Fresh farmers market produce is extremely limited, the season is laden with calorific holidays (Thanksgiving! Hanukkah! Christmas! New Year’s! Super Bowl! Valentine’s Day!) and, as a popular time to travel, we often find ourselves writing off the months of November through March entirely with the shared understanding that it’s “just too hard” to keep up with a healthy eating routine. Instead, we find solace in sequestering ourselves away from the shrinking daylight hours and dropping temperatures, and indulging in our cravings for decadent, soul-satisfying foods—cravings we often identify with “comfort foods.” But the term “comfort food”—a category defined by carb-heavy dishes like macaroni and cheese, pies and casseroles—is a misnomer that needs to be reappropriated. Comfort, by definition, is “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint,” which could very well be the polar opposite of how most people feel after gorging on any comfort foods we know. So why don’t we label the wholesome foods that make our bodies feel their best as “comfort foods”? Most likely, it’s because people often consider “healthy” food to be tasteless, unsatisfying—and ultimately a chore to eat. And that’s because most so-called healthy food is. So first, we need to take a step back and redefine our understanding of what “healthy eating” means. It’s not about deprivation or calorie-counting or remaking unhealthy dishes with gluten-free/vegan/soy substitutes. It’s about embracing a positive relationship with real foods—fresh vegetables, good fats and pastured proteins—which are the powerhouse staples that form the foundation of a truly nutritious diet. Second, it’s about learning some of the key tricks chefs use to make these foods so delicious and so satisfying, that they become the comfort foods you crave. One of my favorite tricks to amping up any weeknight meal is to keep a selection of homemade vinaigrettes and sauces on-hand at all times. They add depth of flavor to otherwise simply prepared proteins, salads and veg-

CHIMICHURRI My twist on the classic Argentinian herb sauce has a bunch of toasted pine nuts thrown in for extra protein, good fats and terrific nutty flavor. I love to Seamus Mullen keeps healthy make a big batch of it because it can sauces on hand to keep in the fridge for up to a week, and amp up flavor. great to use on a plethora of different dishes. A few of my favorite ways to use it are on a grilled hanger steak, roasted vegetables or fish. It’s also easy to thin out with a bit of oil and vinegar, and use it to dress a wild greens salad.

Ingredients: 1 bunch cilantro 1 bunch basil 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley 1 garlic clove 1 tsp. red pepper flakes Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar 2 cups extra virgin olive oil ½ cup pine nuts, toasted Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: In a blender or food processor, combine the cilantro, basil, parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lem on juice, vinegar and olive oil, and pulse until the herbs are coarsely chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper. 102

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Hydrogen is essential for life, and it is present in nearly all the molecules in living things. It’s also the most abundant element in existence. According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, hydrogen makes up more than 90 percent of all atoms, equaling three quarters of the mass of the universe. As a research scientist, I have been studying therapeutic interventions for decades that can halt, as well as reverse, the negative effects of chronic subclinical inflammation. When I was introduced to hydrogen water and learned of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, I recognized an affordable, available, nontoxic solution to many of the chronic, debilitating diseases and accelerated signs of aging that currently plague the human population.

When hydrogen is infused in water, at measurable therapeutic levels, it provides instantly available benefits, positively affecting gene regulation and gene expression, while silencing negative genes. It has beneficial effects on all organs, including the skin. I have never seen anything with so much activity: Hydrogen water promotes increased energy on a cellular level and restores intercellular communication, which is vital in keeping cells young and functioning, while providing superior protection from free radicals. Hydrogen water enhances our physical and mental performance, while increasing feelings of well-being. To reap the optimal benefits, chill before drinking, and drink immediately upon opening. Sip directly from the can—do not pour into a glass, or drink with a straw. To your health. 104


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Benefit from the divinely practical wisdom of the most tuned-in guides on the planet. BY JULIA SZABO

EMILY HIGHTOWER: PRIME MOVER When we lose our way, it’s easy to reach for GPS. It may be less convenient to look within for direction, but Emily Hightower promises, “breath is a powerful built-in compass.” Breathing consciously (pranayama) “lets us navigate with the most accurate information. It puts us on the map.” Hightower’s Aspen Valley practice, Ondalu, is positioned at the intersection of yoga, holistic nutrition and the great outdoors. An avid skier and kayaker who worked for years as a river guide and mountain medic, Hightower insists that her clients get outside to play, often. Her sports cred easily converts skeptics who, eyes once rolling at the word yoga, now join their coach in converting others—like veteran Green Beret Josh Lindstrom, a gold medalist in archery at the Invictus Games. “A year ago, Josh took my breathwork class,” Hightower says. “He went from reluctant participant to sitting up and saying, ‘Why don’t they teach this at the VA Hospital?’” Hightower helps all her clients achieve true aim. ondalu.com

MELISSA GARSON: THE POWER OF POSITIVITY Ever wonder how the most charismatic coaches come by their resolutely upbeat attitude? Accentuating the positive isn’t always easy—“as human beings, we are wired for negativity,” explains Melissa Garson—but seeing potential rather than pitfalls is a rewarding practice anyone can learn. This is the lesson of Positive Psychology, also known as the science of happiness, what makes people flourish. Garson holds a master’s degree in psychology, and uses it to help clients feel “genuinely happy; they gravitate to Garson from as far as Australia (she consults by phone and offers speaking engagements) or as near as her block on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “I provide tools to develop positive habits of thought and action,” she says. One tool is gratitude: If you fall and scrape your knee, try being grateful that nothing broke. Garson’s book, The Recipe for Real Happiness, is due in January. In the meantime, her Instagram feed, @mgmelissagarson, dispenses daily doses of positivity. melissagarson.com 105

NIGMA TALIB: GUT INSTINCT Shuttling between her clinic in London’s Notting Hill and office hours at Beverly Hills’ Four Seasons Hotel, naturopath Nigma Talib prescribes bespoke skin treatments beloved by Penélope Cruz, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth and Stella McCartney. Much younger-looking than her 45 years, Dr. Talib is world-renowned for leading patients to their own private fountain of youth, located in a surprising place. The title of her best-selling book tells it: Younger Skin Starts in the Gut: 4-Week Program to Identify and Eliminate Your Skin-Aging Triggers— Gluten, Wine, Dairy, and Sugar. Of course, it can’t hurt to use Dr. Nigma’s signature skincare products, available for purchase on Net-a-Porter. But achieving optimal digestive wellness, she says, is the real key to improving any chronic ailment, from infertility to arthritis to, yes, aging skin. Before undergoing any invasive procedure, whether joint surgery or Botox injections, she advises, “Start with a dietary change. I always say, fix your gut first, and then we’ll consider everything else.” healthydoc.com


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The Holidays is dessert season for Instagram food bloggers who bake with blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, pomegranates, cranberries and apples—all high in antioxidants—to bring fresh, healthy flavors to the feasting. The color red, associated with passion and love, and most visible in the winter months through the holidays leading up to Valentine’s Day, is also metabolism-enhancing. Here are some pulse-quickening favorites: berries paired with almond, coconut or cashew cream “mylks” and cacao, chestnut and matcha. BY CRISTINA CUOMO

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GLOW WITH THE FLOW A partner in the all-natural beauty line, ONDA—which means wave in Spanish—actress Naomi Watts is helping women everywhere do what she does on screen: radiate, naturally. BY CRISTINA CUOMO PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS

Among three friends in their forties, all-natural beauty has become a religion. For actress Naomi Watts, nourishing her skin is as much a part of her life as nourishing her mind and body. It was only befitting that she partner with childhood friends, fellow Aussie Sarah Bryden-Brown and New Yorker Larissa Thomson, on their quest to make healthy products a part of every person’s daily regimen.


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SARAH BRYDEN-BROWN: For me, it was approaching 50. My 18-year-old daughter was already on the wellness track; she was already way ahead of me, so I think that made it a lot easier for us to do it as a family. CC: What about you, Larissa? LARISSA THOMSON: I’ve always been attracted to the wellness lifestyle. I’ve been trying to exercise, eat right and continue down that path for a long time. First everyone started changing the way they ate, and then it was changing their cleaning products. It just seems like a natural progression to move into other areas—right now, it’s beauty products. NW: These products, in all the different variations that they come in, feel nice, smell nice and my skin has been responding really well to them. That’s not to say that I don’t ever want to put another chemical on my face again—if something feels right, then I’ll do it. But going off the set and into my bathroom, and putting on these three or four—maybe more sometimes, maybe less—products after that kind of day of bright lights, heavy makeup, applied over and over again, it feels good to strip it away and put on something that you know has been living, and it’s just there on your skin. It feels good. CC: That’s a good point. How long have you all known each other? LT: I met Naomi about 12 years ago. She had just started dating Liev, and Liev and I went to high school together here in the city, at Friends Seminary, where my son goes now. I remember the night we met. They were on a date at Da Silvano. SBB: Naomi and I met when we were teenagers, about maybe 15, 16. NW: We went to school together in Sydney, in Australia. CC: And how did you two meet? NW: Larissa had been in the industry for a long time. LT: Yeah, I was in fashion magazines for 24 years. I knew I wanted to do something in the wellness arena and I decided that natural beauty was the direction I wanted to go in. About a year and a half into it, I realized that I really needed a partner with an opposite skill set—I’m the creative and product person. One night, out of the blue, Naomi texted and said I think you should really come over and meet my friend Sarah, so I ran over there and had a drink. SBB: And she ate Vegemite. LT: I did, and loved it and that was the night… SBB: I had been a magazine editor in Australia and then moved into digital and to startups—I was working on my third, and had been talking to Naomi about it. We took what I had built and we turned it into Onda Beauty. The infrastructure of everything that I created became the bones of this business. NW: And I was looking for a side passion. SBB: You’re a very good connector. CC: Yeah, that’s very impressive.

CRISTINA CUOMO: Tell me about the indie film that you’re starting next week. NAOMI WATTS: It’s called Luce, and it’s about a family who adopts a 10-year-old boy from West Africa, a child soldier. There are so many important themes going on in the film. It’s about trust, identity, adoption, racism, refugees...it’s a very timely, provocative conversation. CC: And you are doing another one on the tail of that? NW: Yes, another tiny, weeny film called Wallflower, about a woman who has agoraphobia. It’s tricky, tense stuff. She never leaves the house, which I can identify with at times. [laughs] CC: Well, everything comes to your home now, so you don’t have to leave your house. NW: Exactly. But that one’s set in the ’70s, where you really did need to leave the house. CC: True. I find that wellness is pervasive in every decision we can make, and I was thinking about how you’ve chosen to shoot films and TV series in New York—you’ve spent a lot of time here. Is that a conscious choice? NW: Absolutely, and it’s predominantly guided by the fact that I have kids in school, and it’s really difficult for me to travel and it was important to Liev [Schreiber, the father of her boys] and I to create structure and routine as much as we could. CC: And roots. NW: And roots, yeah. Both of us come from a background that was relatively unrooted, which meant lots of moving around and a lack of structure. And now, of course, our family dynamic is a little different, but we’re still trying to keep it together in the most regular possible way, and that means co-parenting, staying in one city. The kids go to public school for now, which is great, and they’re exposed to a lot—exciting, adventurous and privileged things—so it feels good. The public schools in New York are fantastic. CC: A big part of our conscious choice to be wellness-focused is because of our children. That certainly is how it was for me. What was the defining moment for you? NW: I’m someone who’s been drawn to healthy food and healthy living all my life, but I like to have fun as well. And I’m not here on a soapbox saying this is how it should be done, by any means. That said, my mum—I grew up in the ’70s—was making brick bread and crunchy food, and I actually crave that kind of food. That’s the way I’ve always loved to eat, and they didn’t call it organic or wellness food—it’s just how we lived. The same with exercise. I like to keep healthy and yeah, approaching this age, you do start feeling like you want to take the best possible care of yourself. We start off fairly pure…why not try and end it as close as possible? Not that I’m saying, by any means, that we’re at the finish line now. I feel energized by the fact that we are able to look back on how we’ve lived—now let’s take care of the way we look forward. 110


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I saw a sign that said “onda” and I just liked the way the letters looked together graphically. A friend of mine who lived down there said it means “wave,” but not really like ocean wave. More like flow or flow of energy, flow of events or ripple. It seemed to resonate with me, because my life was transitioning and flowing forward. It felt right and I liked the way the word looked, to be honest. SBB: And sounds. CC: When you think about the genesis of viruses, disease, from what we’re ingesting, what we’re putting on our skin, isn’t it important to steer people down the right path? SBB: You can’t go wrong with natural. No matter what it is, if it’s all natural, nontoxic, clean, everything’s worth trying. CC: What does the daily skin care routine look like for you? NW: It changes because my needs change. I find myself getting dry, and then I can be oily depending on what’s going on with the elements and where I am: traveling, sleeping, working. If I’ve got makeup on, I love ONDA’s African Botanics oil cleanser, my everyday cleanser. I love the May Lindstrom Skin honey masque. CC: You put that on every day to remove makeup? NW: Not every day. It’s special, like, I’m gonna give myself a facial and feel really nice. SBB: It’s exfoliating when you add the Clean Dirt. NW: You add the Dirt and you mix it up, make a nice paste. And the retinol. CC: Gets rid of the wrinkles? NW: It does. It helps boost collagen and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. There’s a Glow powder—just throw that in a smoothie with some kale and banana, some blueberries. I also put it in a glass of water as much as I can. CC: You have some all-natural makeup brands, which are great. Can you speak to the fact that what goes on your skin goes into your bloodstream? LT: Your skin is your largest organ, and it absorbs what you put on it. SBB: Skin is not a barrier—it’s actually porous. And will absorb faster… LT: And will go straight into your bloodstream. A lot of women use a lot of makeup and don’t always wash it off. NW: Oh yeah, remember those days? CC: Going to bed with all of your makeup on. LT: Waking up with all your makeup on. CC: I still wake up like that sometimes. What is that one thing you think that a woman should be taking every day? SBB: Glow Inner Beauty Powder. It’s got 26 superfoods. Even in one day, or over a week you wouldn’t get as many nutrients from those 26 foods as you do through Glow, because the ingredients have been fermented prior to production, for faster absorption into your body. CC: Like you were saying, you are what you eat. What is the one thing that you drink every day besides Glow? Is there a green juice elixir you like to make at home?

NW: I have got a good track record in certain ways. CC: Well, Malcolm Gladwell says there are connectors and influencers in the world. I know that you mentioned to me before that once you started using the all-natural products, everything changed—your skin changed, you felt different. NW: Yeah, and again, I’m not poo-pooing other brands or chemicals. Dr. Colbert does my skin as well. Every now and again I go; he has a three-step process called the Triad Facial, and it does really brighten and lasts for a while. My skin is really sensitive, probably because of my age, and I really abuse it by putting makeup on. I find that it just can’t handle things that it used to be able to handle. CC: Do you think that working in films, being in hair and makeup everyday, is taking a toll on you? NW: 100 percent. LT: One of the important things that people don’t realize, and probably what Naomi is experiencing, is they often don’t look at products that they put on their skin as food, and really it is food for your skin, food for your hair. So if you nourish your body and nourish your skin properly with nontoxic products, you’re going to see the benefits by having radiant skin and fuller hair—because really, what you’re doing is feeding your body from the outside and you’re feeding it properly. CC: Like with those unpronounceable ingredients—if you can’t say it, you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin or in your body. But what are some of the ingredients that you are finding to be beneficial? LT: Hyaluronic acid, which we all produce naturally—but as we grow older, it breaks down and we don’t produce as much of it. NW: Retinol. LT: The gentle retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, is very effective. The one ONDA carries is safe. NW: I swear by that one. LT: Vitamin C for brightening and feeding your skin is also really effective…it’s an antiaging powerhouse when mixed with ferulic acid. And as you get older, you don’t produce collagen as much. SBB: The Beauty Chef does that. CC: And The Beauty Chef is one of your brands? LT: Yes. SBB: All of us love The Beauty Chef. Your body produces collagen, but the Beauty Chef elixir is fermented. All of the ingredients in the collagen elixir help your body produce more collagen faster. CC: What’s the philosophy behind the name ONDA? I know it means wave. As a surfer girl, I get it. LT: The beach is my religion. I’ve been going to Tulum [Mexico] for about 24 years. It’s a very calming, special place for me. When I was about a year into this business and trying to think of names for it, I was walking down the beach and 116


Onda founders Sarah Bryden-Brown and Larissa Thomson with Naomi Watts at Onda’s brand new TriBeCa store. Photographed by Lucia Engstrom. Hair and makeup by Angelo David salon, 420 Madison Avenue.

get handed happiness. It’s never anyone else’s responsibility, unless you’re a child. LT: Taking risks too. SBB: And female friendship. LT: I think it’s also really important to open the doors that you’re hesitant to open in your life, and take a really good look at who you are and what you want and what’s important to you and be honest with yourself and everyone around you. Honesty is the gateway into clarity and peace. NW: And owning who you are. LT: 100 percent. Being almost 50, I’m planning on owning that in every ounce of what I have because what’s the choice? SBB: Yeah, we’re all about to turn. Well, Naomi just turned 49 and I’m in January. NW: I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m in my 30s. [laughs]

NW: I love making my smoothies with kale, with one of those NutriBullets. Starting the day with green juice, throwing in whatever I’ve got berry-wise, fruit-wise, bananas... SBB: I’ve been putting a tablespoon of almond butter into my smoothies—not only does it make it taste nuttier, but that almond butter is really good for you. LT: I’ve been making the same smoothie almost every morning, with almond milk, almond butter, kale, and dates. I also like drinking turmeric elixers, with turmeric and honey, sometimes cayenne. CC: Anti-inflammatories. LT: Anti-inflammatories are cleansing, but like Naomi is saying, it’s all about balance in life. CC: What is your secret to happiness, and how does this all fit into it? NW: Feeling good about yourself—that’s a start. And happiness is a choice. You have to work for it. I don’t think you just 117


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8 ways to find mind-body bliss in the Big Apple Whether you’re ready to face the holidays head-on, or need to ease into them gently, recommendations from What Should We Do’s experts will help you refresh and renew mind and body for the busy season ahead. The recently launched app, founded by Tony Award-winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover (Dear Evan Hansen), offers a 24-hour personalized concierge service. whatshouldwedo.com

Higher Dose The owners of this “not your mother’s day spa” claim that after 45 minutes in one of their infrared saunas, you’ll be buzzed—no substances required. Featuring light displays in various colors tuned to your chakras and a state-of-the-art sound system (bring your own music or listen to one of their playlists), these saunas will relax your body and mind. higherdose.com

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ENERGIZING OUTINGS

Nuurvana What distinguishes this “clairvoyant healing” service from just a regular old spa? Nuurvana offers massage, acupuncture and cupping, but along with these fairly mainstream treatments, you can also get a psychic reading from one of six spiritual advisors, including owner Deganit Nuur, an herbalist and acupuncturist who will intuit your physical and energetic needs as she works on you. Expect healing, relaxation, kindness and maybe an emotional breakthrough. nuurvana.com Aire Ancient Baths The candlelit ambiance of this beautifully appointed space, centered around thermal pools, steam and other watery spa treatments, is pretty transformative on its own. Add a massage and you’re guaranteed a day’s worth of bliss. For a major splurge, try the Red Wine Experience, which is exactly what it sounds like: a good, long soak in red wine, which is said to leave skin exceptionally soft. ancientbathsny.com

Tone House Considered by many fitness fanatics to be the most challenging workout in New York City, Tone House will put you through a grueling wholebody class that will leave you sweaty and spent. It sounds a lot like a boot camp-style workout, but there’s a difference: At Tone House, instructors don’t belittle you. The focus is not on breaking you down but rather on building you up. Think of a Tone House class as a sports team practice, with instructors and fellow participants cheering your successes. After a challenging workout, you’ll feel like you’re part of a team. tonehouse.com Homegirl Yoga When super-fit, super-chill Halle “Homegirl” Becker isn’t leading spin at SoulCycle or hot vinyasa at Pure Yoga, you can find her in her Upper East Side apartment, teaching her signature drop-in yoga class. Held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the class attracts a friendly group of moms, local yoga teachers and the

Also try a brisk walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. occasional celebrity. Expect a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack on the stereo and some frank (and often hilarious) “real talk” from Halle about her life and struggles. Don’t forget to stick around for coffee afterward. homegirlyoga.com The Class A cathartic mind-body experience, the Class provides release through calisthenics, plyometrics and unconventional techniques like running in place with your eyes closed while yelling as loudly as you can. Set to upbeat music, each session also challenges you to connect with your mind, delivering you to a state of emotional euphoria. taryntoomey.com 119

The Alchemist’s Kitchen Whether you’re bellying up to the tonic bar for a plant-based energy drink or attending a seminar on the effects of cannabis on inflammation, this shop, “celebrating the power of plants for conscious living,” is Manhattan’s new one-stop spot for all things herbal. thealchemistskitchen.com Aqua It was only a matter of time before the Spinning Industrial Complex took a long hard look at indoor cycling and concluded that what it needed was water. At this fitness studio, you’ll sit on your state-of-theart spinning bike waist-deep in water, for added resistance. aquastudiony.com


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PURIST: Can you recall the first time you tried a cryotherapy session, using extreme cold exposure for better health? JOHN HOEKMAN: I felt like a superhero. I got out, and immediately felt a rush. It was like a supernatural high. How has cryotherapy helped you? Cryotherapy gives me more energy immediately, as well as more focus and clarity. I played ice hockey and football my whole life, and was a very aggressive, extreme skier ripping around in helicopters in Alaska, doing things that you really shouldn’t do,

hurting myself, trying to get as much air on a wakeboard as I could. I’m 50 now, and have had a lot of surgeries—both shoulders operated on, hip and knees. I have a lot of body pain. Cryotherapy has taken a lot of it away. What makes Quick Cryo different? As I researched this around the country, I found that invariably cryotherapy was a very clinical experience, people in esthetician’s jackets and scrubs trying to do a lot of different things at the same time. It wasn’t very clean. If you’re paying that much for a service, it really has to be a super-luxury experi-

TUNE IN, LET GO The Montauk Salt Cave brings a serene space to Manhattan. By Amely Greeven

Sound healing is poised to be the next aromatherapy: The vibrations of sound waves are said to shift stress, recalibrate the nervous system and promote a state of calm and renewal. While there are plenty of digital tracks you can plug into, nothing compares to lying with others in a bath of sound waves intentionally designed to restore harmony and clear and quiet the mind. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more restorative place to do this than

ence. I wanted people to feel like they were coming into the Four Seasons or the Mandarin Oriental instead of a Holiday Inn. One of the reported benefits of cryo is better sleep. In addition to whole-body cryo, we have local cryo, which is great for people with plantar’s fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or spot injuries. Dancers love it on their feet; boxers love it on their hands and wrists. We also have compression, which is great for lymphatic drainage and for stimulating your circulatory system. Everyone who comes in really enjoys the cryo facial or “the frotox.” $85 per session; quickcryo.com

the Montauk Salt Cave, where tons of pink Himalayan salt create an environment of rosy serenity and an extraordinary forum that amplifies the healing frequencies of quartz crystal singing bowls and Kundalini meditation with a gong sound bath. Now, New Yorkers don’t even have to travel to the tip of Long Island to bask in the seductive space of the Montauk Salt Cave—a new branch recently opened at 90 E. 10th Street. Owner Shannon Coppola says that the effects of surrendering to this sanctuary of sound are profound. “The combination of doing breathwork and meditation in the salt-infused air with the mesmerizing sound leaves me floating to the point where I can’t drive my car for 20 minutes.” Sounds...heavenly. montauksaltcave.com

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Cryotherapy, the coolest wellness trend that fights inflammation, increases metabolism and lifts moods, finds a home at Quick Cryo in Tribeca. Fernanda Niven checks in with founder John Hoekman.


PEACE OFFERINGS Looking for a special spot to meditate in the city? Here are five urban sanctuaries that will blow your mind. By Jamie Bufalino Quiet Mornings at The Museum of Modern Art On the first Wednesday of every month, MoMA opens its doors at 7:30AM to give bliss-seeking art lovers an opportunity to view works— like Claude Monet’s Water Lilies—in a serene, crowd-free environment. The museum also throws a guided meditation session into the mix from 8:30 to 9AM; on December 6 the meditation will be led by inspirational speaker and best-selling author Agapi Stassinopoulos. 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan (enter at 18 W. 54th), moma.org Admission: adults $15, seniors $12, full-time students with current ID $10, children (16 and under) free. The C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum For a mix of zen and nature, head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s beautifully tranquil Bonsai Museum, which boasts

one of the biggest collections of bonsai trees (approximately 350) outside of Japan and features specimens that are more than a century old. 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, bbg.org/collections/gardens/ bonsai_museum Winter Hours: Open 10AM4:30PM Tuesdays through Sunday; Closed Mondays, except Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day. Admission: Free winter weekday admission starting December 1. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine The 125-year-old cathedral— which welcomes visitors of all faiths—provides a majestic place to do some soul-searching or to simply quiet the mind. If you’d like to meditate to uplifting music, every Sunday at 4PM the church offers a “Choral Evensong” featuring the cathedral’s celebrated choir. 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St., Manhattan. info@stjohndivine.org Open 7:30AM-6PM Admission: There’s a suggested donation of $10 per adult and $8 for students/seniors for visitors not attending church services.

Find peace through sound and movement at Inscape. Urban Garden Room Tucked inside the Bank of America Tower in Midtown, this glass-walled indoor space features large garden sculptures—made of living mosses, ferns, vines and lichens. There are plenty of chairs provided, which makes it a perfect place to take a quick time-out from the hectic pace of the city. Avenue of the Americas at 43rd St., Manhattan Open 8AM-8PM Admission: Free

Inscape Opened last year by Intermix founder Khajak Keledjian, this 5000-square-foot studio offers immersive guided meditations using sound, movement and breathing exercises to help you stay focused during the inward journey. 45 W. 21st St. #1, Manhattan; 646.952.0706; inscape.life Fee: $22 for a 35-minute session—various discount packages are also available.

MEDITATION FOR KIDS

A new generation is discovering the benefits of balance, awareness and mindfulness BY DIMITRI EHRLICH self-awareness and self-regulation. The challenge is, tweens who have been raised on screens aren’t easily coaxed into sitting still and watching their breath. So I devised a combination of reading the Jataka Tales (ancient Buddhist parables for children) with gentle movement including yoga and tai chi, and brief periods of guided meditations and sensory awareness experiments. Each of these is just a few minutes long: alternate-nostril breathing, a short guided visualization, and— the consistent favorite—mindfully eating a grape. I remember when my parents first taught me to meditate, sitting still for 20 minutes seemed like an eternity. So when I have young students who would rather build a fort out of meditation cushions, I fully understand. After all, the Buddha said meditation was like taming a wild monkey in a temple. And he didn’t teach kids.

When I was 7 years old, my parents wrote an article about teaching kids to meditate and made me their guinea pig. The experiment was a success: I stuck with it, and 40 years later, I am teaching a course for Jewel Heart in Tribeca, where, in a room painted exactly like the traditional monasteries of Tibet, I attempt to get children aged 7 to 12 to sit down on burgundy-colored meditation cushions and focus their minds. I’m not alone in this endeavor. Other options for parents looking to raise mindful children in New York include the Kadampa Meditation Center, the Shambhala Meditation Center of NYC (both in Chelsea, both on Sundays), MNDFL in Greenwich Village and Vajradhara Meditation Center in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. The benefits that meditation and mindfulness may offer kids include increased attention span, better grades in school, relief from trauma, improved mental health, 121


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The fitness sensation broadens. BY ANNE MARIE O’CONNOR SoulCycle has lost the bikes but kept the cult-favorite instructors, innovative workouts and jamming playlists

for its latest venture, SoulAnnex. Many SoulCycle instructors teach other types of non-cycling classes, and SoulAnnex was a way to give them a venue to offer them— and give clients a place to round out their workout regimens. Three categories of workouts are available: Define, which includes strength-training classes such as Torch’d, combining dance car-

FLOW HARDER The ancient practice of yoga gets a 21st-century makeover. By Jamie Bufalino When Sarah Levey and her husband, Mason, decided to open their first Y7 yoga studio in 2013, they had a specific vision for how to improve the modern experience of the millennia-old practice. “We worked really hard to create a nonjudgmental space that no matter where you are in your practice you have the freedom to work on you,” says Sarah. Instead of bright lights and mirrored walls, Y7 opts for a candlelit space

dio and muscle-sculpting moves using body resistance and free weights. Align sessions emphasize core strength and the mindbody connection, like The Finery, an intense yoga class that also incorporates weights. Want to Move? Cardio Kombat features choreographed MMA-inspired fight sequences set to an energizing beat. 32 W. 18th St., soul-cycle.com

that encourages inward-reflection rather than competitive eyeballing of the yogi across the room. Another Y7 trademark: hip-hop music—featuring artists from Beyoncé to Fetty Wap—to help you power through their “We Flow Hard” vinyasa and slow-burn workouts. When the flagship Y7 Studio in Brooklyn proved that the Leveys’ formula was popular, they added seven more locations in New York City and Los Angeles (an eighth studio in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood opens January 1). “Self-care is becoming more and more important and people want variety,” says Sarah, reflecting on the reasons behind the success of her studios. “And ultimately yoga is about empowering yourself and opening yourself up to everything the practice has to offer.” y7-studio.com Hip-hop music keeps the energy up in Y7 classes.

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The new SoulAnnex offers a variety of fitness classes. Also look out for a SoulCycle pop up in Aspen from Dec. 21-Jan. 1.

DETOX Breaking a sweat at Shape House is about all that’s required to achieve optimum wellness. by Peter Davis Imagine burning calories, achieving glowing skin, sleeping better at night, improving circulation and feeling healthier all around while lying in bed watching Netflix. Welcome to Shape House, the urban sweat lodge in Los Angeles, which has finally opened on New York’s Upper East Side, with locations soon to follow in the Flatiron District and Dumbo. Founded just over five years ago by Sophie Chiche—“I have a mission to have people sweat all over the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had hundreds of Shape Houses in the next five years,” Chiche says— Shape boasts a cult celeb following in L.A. with fans like Selena Gomez and the Kardashians. Recently, James Corden sweated on his show alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. Visitors to Shape House don a cotton T-shirt, pants and socks and then are wrapped in an extra-large heated blanket. While watching TV, they sweat out toxins for 55 minutes. (It sounds grueling, but some people actually doze off during the session.) Using FAR infrared energy, an increased core temperature loosens toxic subcutaneous deposits which are then released through the skin, resulting in the ultimate detox. theshapehouse.com

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BIOMAGNETISM

Opposites attracting through magnetic charges can balance pH levels and speed healing, says Dr. Luis F. Garcia about the latest wellness trend. BY FERNANDA NIVEN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN How does biomagnetism work for someone who is ill? The precise placement of high-strength magnets over specific areas of the body can reenergize and balance a patient’s internal pH in areas which often become overly acidic and dysfunctional in ill patients. In reestablishing the optimal pH alkaline balance to organs and areas of the body that have been thrown off, these areas can recharge, stabilize and begin working optimally. What have you seen biomagnetism treat the most effectively? Lumbar pain, sciatica, respiratory issues, chronic coughs, asthma, growth hormone deficiency in children, gastrointestinal issues like IBS, heartburn, loose stools, immune system stimulation, vertigo, migraines, herpes and many others, including Lyme disease. Even though biomagnetism can treat a majority of Lyme patients effectively, it is one of the conditions that takes the longest, because every case is different, yet patients feel the improvements and begin moving forward with each session. Would you recommend biomagnetism for general health upkeep, even for those who are not sick?

Absolutely. Even people who think they are not sick already have certain pH imbalances and low-grade inflammation and acidity in different areas of their body that sooner or later will predispose them to certain health conditions. By detecting and balancing these areas of imbalance, biomagnetism may correct and often times prevent them from occurring down the road. Husbands are usually the ones who come in and say, “I am healthy and don’t suffer from anything.” But once I begin testing and analyzing their bodies, and ask them very specific questions regarding their health, their responses turn into, “I thought that was normal for my age” or “I just got used to it all of these years.” Simple issues like waking up to pee in the middle of the night once or twice, which someone might explain as “I drink liquids after 9PM,” or “Yeah, my bladder is falling,” may actually be due to different pH imbalances in the ureter or the bladder, which—with the proper placement of magnets—may be corrected so that the individual can drink after 9PM and sleep through the night without having to awaken to use the

bathroom. It’s also preventative maintenance for those who become balanced and healthy using biomagnetism or other modalities to stabilize the ph of the body. Is there anyone who should not do biomagnetism? There are no real contraindications to receiving biomagnetism, just precautions. People with insulin pumps, pacemakers or other installed electronic devices can receive the therapy; however, no magnets can be placed directly on the electronic components of the devices, because magnets tend to drain batteries. Any downsides, or known side effects? As with many powerful detox therapies and treatments such as exercise, oftentimes people may feel exhausted or wiped out after a session. It’s just like going to the gym has hundreds of benefits: You’ll feel great after getting into a good routine, but in the beginning, you may feel sore or exhausted for a day or two. The same applies to biomagnetism. The majority of people feel good immediately after a session, but some may experience tiredness and detox effects as the toxins and inflammation leave the body. When this happens,

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the body simply needs a day or two of good sleep or rest to heal. To minimize the intensity of the detox, the best thing to do is drink extra fluids and eat light, nutritious foods to help flush the toxins from the body faster. What is the best change you’ve seen in your most challenging patient’s illness? Many Lyme disease patients who were once practically homebound because the brain fog and fibromyalgia were so bad are now able to lead normal lives again. One young female Lyme patient longed to get an MBA, but her fibromyalgia, weight gain, endocrine issues, anxiety and gastrointestinal issues had her feeling it would never be possible. Within a year of biomagnetism and detox, she was accepted at the Wharton School of Business. She graduated and is now working at a top finance firm in Manhattan, enjoying a healthy life once again. I could go on. There are so so many amazing cases. For Dr. Garcia’s blog, go to beyondbiomag.io; Dr. Garcia is at The Morrison Center, 461 Park Avenue South; 212.989.9828, morrisonhealth.com


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VEGETARIAN PARADISE

From fine dining to fast food, sophisticated vegetarian palates never go hungry in the Big Apple. BY RAY ROGERS newly Michelin-starred farm-to-table proponent has consistently thrilled with seasonal menus (boasting favorites like the mushroom tartare with garlicky slivers of fingerling potatoes) that put equal weight on health and flavor. 126 W. 18th St., rougetomatechelsea.com

VEGAN COMFORT FOOD: By Chloe—The rapidly expanding chain (with outposts throughout NYC, LA, Boston and Providence, Rhode Island) offers high-quality vegetable-based versions of fast-food staples: The Guac Burger wows, as does the tangy seitan and smoky portobello-based Whisky BBQ sandwich. Various locations; eatbychloe.com

Delicata squash and mushroom dumplings at Nix.

HIGH-END EATS: ABCV—Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s almost entirely vegan sister to ABC Kitchen celebrates nature’s bounty across the entire menu with devastatingly simple preparations (like the market carrots with nut and seed butter, chilies and lime) designed to thrill even the staunchest carnivores. 38 E. 19th St., abcvnyc.com Nix—Former Condé Nast

Buddha Bodai—Jonesing for Chinese? The menu features all manner of vegetarian, kosher renditions of Chinese favorites; when General Tso’s Veg. Chicken cravings call, this is your go-to. 5 Mott St., buddha-bodai.com Dirt Candy—For a more gourmet experience, but still with comfort in mind, Amanda Cohen’s downtown institution now serves tasting menu-only options for dinner. It’s all about the sides: Her jalapeño hush puppies are served with a maple butter that is to die for, and the Korean fried broccoli more than lives up to its menu description: “crack in broccoli form.” 86 Allen St., dirtcandynyc.com

JUST DESSERTS: Hu Kitchen—The Paleo-minded chocolatiers have revolutionized the game with their tasty bars, which come in an array of flavors. Order a four-pack for holiday treats. As one of their sumptuous bars calls out by name: Why The Fig Nut? 78 5th Ave., hukitchen.com Fennel rice pudding at Dirt Candy.

Editorial Director James Truman turned his impeccable taste to vegetarian cuisine and the results are as quietly alluring as the best of his more refined page-turners. The cauliflower tempura with steamed buns, for one, is a revelation. 72 University Place, nixny.com Rouge Tomate—Since relocating from the Upper East Side to Chelsea, the 124


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For Scott Conant, healthy eating isn’t just about clean, organic ingredients. It’s also about making sure your food is infused with positive energy, which he says enhances both the taste and the wellness benefits. BY ANNE MARIE O’CONNOR

Scott Conant knows it sounds “woo-woo” when he says he puts positive energy into the food he cooks. “So I want to be cautious saying that, because I don’t want to sound like Tom Cruise when he’s going off on Oprah!” says the chef, whose newest venture, Fusco, an upscale, new-school Italian restaurant, is in the Flatiron District. But he believes that positive energy and good vibrations have a profound effect on the food you cook (a theory known in wellness circles as high-vibrational cooking). “I’ve done a lot of energy and spiritual work, and one of the main takeaways is that energy is an important aspect of our life,” he explains. He tries to meditate daily, does yoga whenever he can and always wears at least a couple Awaken the Peace bracelets, which have gemstones said to attract good vibes and repel negative ones. (He owns 50 of them.) For him, generating positive energy means “surrounding yourself with positive people, creating a positive environment, and instead of focusing on negative things in a conversation, focusing on the opportunities inside it.” Adds Conant, “It’s my intention to always have that positivity with the food I cook as well.” And he believes that guests at his restaurants (including Mora Italian in Phoenix and The Ponte in Los Angeles) can sense that when they dine there. “I’m always trying

has literally happened to me while I’ve cooked.” He believes that even nonprofessionals can experience the same transcendence when cooking at home. Of course, starting with fresh, clean ingredients is key. “I also think it’s important to just be present with your food,” he says. “Then watch the transformation of the food while you’re cooking it, whether you’re sautéing something or boiling something. See how the flavors intermingle. Be cognizant of what you’re building,

to surround myself with the most positive team, because that has a direct effect on the food we’re cooking.” In his latest project, an online pasta-making master class he developed for craftsy.com, he describes the process of cooking as a sort of meditation, even a spiritual practice. “When I’m in the moment of cooking, everything else goes away,” he says. “I’ve read a lot about Buddhist monks and how, during meditation, they feel like time stops. And that

Conant imbues dishes like this stromboli and the pea Caesar salad (above) with good vibes.

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of what you’re eventually going to consume.” Showing gratitude for the food, and for your life, is also vital. “It’s really hard, but important, to take yourself out of the minutiae and insanity, especially with life in New York, and say, ‘I have a pretty good life and I’m blessed.’” Finally, a little indulgence is essential. “I think it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that indulgence makes us happy as well. Everything in moderation, even moderation.”


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TASTEMAKER

Joël Robuchon, the chef with the most Michelin stars in the world, launches a delectable new vegetarian menu. BY RAY ROGERS

The wrap-around bar gives optimal viewing of the open kitchen.

A work of art: the saffron-flavored risotto at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

from my personal health issues,” Robuchon tells Purist. “I constantly had a headache and felt very tired, so I went to the doctor and learned that I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.” A complete dietary overhaul lead to Robuchon dropping 60 pounds over the past year. “I don’t enjoy working out, so I relied on a change in my diet to help lose the weight—I cut out butter and sugar,” he says. “I continue to eat foods I enjoy, but make sure they are prepared in a healthier way, and use a lot of spices to add flavors.” Seasonal, local, organic produce now inspires his offerings at the restaurant, and in his daily life: “I begin each day with the same breakfast—an organic tomato and avocado with fleur de sel.” 85 10th Ave., joelrobuchonusa.com

After a five-year hiatus from New York City, venerated 72-year-old French chef Joël Robuchon returns with a boon for plant-based culinary seekers: his first all-vegetarian tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Meatpacking District. From the pops of red along the 34-counter seating overlooking the open kitchen to the artful plating and presentations (to wit, the ceremonial removing of Seussical glass dish covers) there’s no shortage of “wow” moments in this most Instagrammable of restaurants. Of the five courses on Robuchon’s new vegetarian tasting menu, the delicate, roasted baby artichokes with chickpea cream and the mini eggplant confit with vegetable curry alone were worth repeat visits. “My newfound focus on health and wellness stems 126

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Wine and dine: bottles line the restaurant’s walls.


AT A GLANCE

Ten NYC events to delight the senses and keep you on your toes during the chilly months. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO DECEMBER 14-16

Winter Solstice Concert Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration has become a favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular with performers from all over the world. It’s a modern take on ancient solstice rituals, when people gathered together on the year’s longest night to welcome a new year. Tickets from $40. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.; solsticeconcert.com

DECEMBER 15

Winter Wonderland Ball Witness the New York Botanical Garden’s incredible transformation as you step into what seems like a sparkling snow globe. Each year, this black-tie soiree is one of the city’s most fashionable parties of the holiday season, and it’s for a good cause: proceeds support the Garden’s world-renowned Children’s Education Programs. Tickets from $500. NYBG, 2900 Southern Blvd.; nybg.org

JANUARY 10-17

Maynard, one of today’s most celebrated garden designers, will share his work behind the Allt-y-bela medieval renaissance tower house in Monmouthshire, Wales. And von Gal, sought-after landscape designer and founder of the Perfect Earth Project (a nonprofit that promotes toxin-free land maintenance), will discuss her Marsh House overlooking the Accabonac Harbor in East Hampton, New York. Tickets from $35. NYBG; nybg.org

JANUARY 26

MusiCares Person of the Year Radio City Music Hall welcomes Fleetwood Mac as the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award for their charitable work. Fleetwood Mac, John Legend, HAIM, Lorde, Keith Urban and Harry Styles will all perform. Tickets from $356. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave.; msg.com/radio-city-music-hall

FEBRUARY 8-14

Fashion Week Beautiful clothes make you feel good, so if you’re unable to catch designers unveiling

their Fall 2018 collections in person at their runway shows across town, scope out the new crop of must-haves in a live stream from home. Locations vary; nyfw.com, nyfwlive.com

FEBRUARY 10

The Art of Food What’s better than an art show complemented by gourmet, art-inspired food? More than 25 top chefs of the Upper East Side will create mouthwatering culinary masterpieces whose muses are works of art specially curated by Sotheby’s. This year’s event will be hosted by Claus Meyer, the Danish chef behind Grand Central’s upscale new restaurant, Agern, and best-selling author of The Nordic Kitchen. Tickets from $120. Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Ave.; artoffoodny.com

FEBRUARY 25

NYC Fermentation Festival This inaugural festival celebrates all things fermented, and benefits The NYC Brewers Guild and Just Food, a nonprofit working to increase access to healthy, locally grown food, especially in the underserved neighborhoods of New York City. The one-day event will have more than 30 vendors, fermentation seminars, workshops for children, tasty pickled treats and more. Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St.; nycfermentationfestival.com

Winter Jazzfest Opening night of this anticipated event features a U.K. jazz stage hosted by Gilles Peterson. The rest of the week’s schedule includes the signature Winter Jazzfest Marathon (January 12-13) with more than 100 groups performing, and a celebration of the life and work of innovator Geri Allen, who passed away in June of 2017. Tickets and locations vary. winterjazzfest.com

The Armory Show Don’t miss one of New York’s top fairs for 20th- and 21st-century art from around the world. More than 200 leading international galleries and innovative artist commissions await tens of thousands of visitors. Piers 92 + 94, 12th Avenue at 55th St.; thearmoryshow.com

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NYBG Lecture Series The 2018 winter lecture series highlights three renowned gardeners: Dan Hinkley, Arne Maynard and Edwina von Gal. Hinkley, a famed plant hunter, nurseryman and author, will talk about his Windcliff project in Seattle, which houses wild specimens from more than 20 countries.

Get deliciously pickled at the NYC Fermentation Festival.

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Angels in America on Broadway Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield will co-star in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winner, now in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre. Marianne Elliott is directing the 18-week-long landmark show, which portrays gay life and AIDS in 1980s America. Tickets from $99. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.; angelsbroadway.com


ASPEN Amid all its Rocky Mountain splendor, Aspen represents the holistic chic side of wellness. Self-care is second nature here, and in this Aspen section we showcase a myriad of higher-vibrational, less-toxic, less-stressed practices of easy mountain life.

Photos from Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Style, courtesy of Assouline/Assouline.com.

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“I have traveled to many ski destinations, but no place has mesmerized me the way Aspen has. There is such balance here of community, arts and days spent outdoors.”

—Aerin Lauder

Bomber Ski’s Artist Series skis are All Mountain 77mm underfoot, full woodcore and titanal construction. In all ski conditions, Bombers are for fun, arcing turns, with superior turn initiation and float, excellent edge grip, or off-piste powder. These licensed Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation skis are available at Performance Ski.


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RECHARGE

Aspen’s most inspiring and innovative treatments, trips and retreats. BY LISA BLAKE

MASSAGE ON DEMAND

SERENITY SANCTUARY

NEXT-LEVEL WELLNESS

The popular app Zeel kneads its way into Aspen. You already had us at massage, but anytime, anywhere? Absolutely! Booking a time for relaxation has never been easier—simply create a membership on the Zeel app or website and voilà! You’ll have a spa-quality massage delivered straight to your door whether at your home, hotel or ski chalet, without booking in advance. Any day of the year from 8AM to 10:30PM Zeel sends over a therapist from your preferred gender ready to provide your massage of choice. For those outside of Aspen, don’t worry, Zeel is available in various locations throughout the region. Use code PURIST25 for $25 off your first massage. zeel.com

What began in 2007 as a 500-squarefoot bare-bones yoga studio on Main Street Carbondale has since blossomed into a one-acre downtown sanctuary. True Nature Healing Arts, created by Deva and Eaden Shantay, offers daily yoga classes, an Ayurvedic spa, an organic kitchen and tea room, an eco-friendly boutique and a public peace garden. In March 2018, a new kiva and spa building is set to open within the peace garden, providing additional space for lectures, seminars, retreats and performing arts (traditionally, a kiva was a cylindrical underground space used by Southwestern Native Americans for spiritual ceremonies). The expanded spa will feature wraps, scrubs, facials, steam showers and four luxurious rooms equipped with Japanese soaking tubs for two. 100 N. 3rd St., Carbondale, 970.963.9900, truenaturehealingarts.com

The St. Regis Aspen Resort’s Remède Spa has rolled out new wellness offerings, with innovative services that include the CBD Healing Massage, (60 minutes, $250; 90 minutes, $325), a favorite of athletes and those seeking deeper healing. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a non-psychoactive component found in cannabis that can be used to alleviate pain and tension and decrease inflammation. The Holistic Healing and Mindfulness Package (beginning at $11,975 with a three-night stay) explores spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness over multiday treatments that include a Kombucha Cleansing Facial, Tibetan Singing Bowl Massage, daily sessions with a master shaman, physical trainer, herbalist and more. Luxury turndown Sleep Amenity services deliver an in-room massage, bath butler, Cava ceremony and 400-thread-count bedding, customized for the St. Regis Aspen Resort in collaboration with Frette ($850 per person). 315 E. Dean St., Aspen, 970.429.9650, stregisaspen.com

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Indulge in the Holistic Healing and Mindfulness Package at the Remède Spa.

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PEAK PERFORMERS

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Why does Aspen rank among the top in the nation in longevity? BY M. JOHN FAYHEE It is hard on the psyche to walk around Aspen sporting even the slightest paunch. Aspen is a town where almost everyone looks like he or she could easily complete a marathon while simultaneously pushing a fully occupied two-seat Thule baby stroller uphill and sipping a super-green smoothie. It’s one of the few towns in America where yoga pants do not elicit grimaces. This is more than a superficial observation made by someone who could stand to drop a few pounds. Objective data backs up the assertion. No matter how you define it, Pitkin County, of which Aspen is the seat, is one of the healthiest places in the nation. The same can be said about neighboring Summit and Eagle counties. It appears there is something about the environment and lifestyle of the Central Rocky Mountains that translates to optimum well-being. To wit: According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Pitkin County ranks fourth in the entire nation in terms of obesity—or, more accurately stated, lack thereof—while Eagle and Summit counties rank first and second, respectively. In Pitkin County, only 15 percent of the population is considered obese using the standard body/mass index measuring system. (The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention soberingly state

that nearly 40 percent of Americans are not just overweight, but obese.) Pitkin, Summit and Eagle counties also lead the nation when it comes to low rates of heart disease and diabetes. The end result of those captivating factoids is a biggie. According to Ali Mokdad, Ph.D., Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Pitkin, with a life expectancy of 86.5 years, ranks third nationally in longevity, behind only Summit (86.8) and Eagle (85.9). That’s a seven years above the national average. It would be easy to point to yet another statistic as the underlying cause of a health-and-well-being formula that is beyond enviable. Summit, Pitkin and Eagle counties are, respectively, the first, and tied for second least physically inactive counties in the country. Obviously, active lifestyles are physiologically beneficial. But there is more to the equation than cross-country skiing, jogging and squats. “Genes and biology play about a 10 percent role in overall health and longevity,” says Karen Koenemann, Pitkin County’s public health director. “Access to quality health care and the built physical environment—stuff like a good public transportation system and bike trails—each play an additional 10 percent role. Healthy behavior—eating right and exercis131

ing—plays about a 30 percent role.” The remaining 40 percent of the health-based puzzle comes from social and economic conditions and where you live, says Koenemann. “If you look at the healthiest counties in the country, you will see there is a culture of health, of eating right and exercising,” she says. “Then there is location. The healthiest places are generally found where there is an incredible natural environment, with skiing, hiking and biking easily accessible.” “In this area, we have created flexible work schedules so we can do what we love before, during or after work,” says Amanda Wagner, owner of The Aspen Clinic, a cutting-edge fitness emporium that offers everything from free weights to nutritional counseling to corporate retreats. “We have created more access to our wilderness. We have made it easier to commute from work using other means of transportation.” Thin air may even play a role. “There is some evidence that living at a higher altitude can result in lower rates of cardiovascular disease,” Koenemann says. So, all you need to do to lower your cholesterol and increase your longevity in the Aspen area is breathe. And push a fully occupied twoseat Thule baby stroller uphill while sipping a super-green smoothie. Daily. Until you die, at age 86.5.


ASPEN An aerial view of the Colorado River.

In June 2017, Richard Kilstock formed 215 Partners—a private equity investment fund focused on the worldwide cannabis industry. Here, he shares a few words and statistics about the miracle plant. In 2010, I read an article about the history of medical cannabis in California. I was fascinated by Proposition 215 and how it became law in 1996 as the Compassionate Use Act, superseding the federal Controlled Substance Act at the state level. A subsequent understanding of the 10th Amendment convinced me that cannabis was an

230,000

Approximate number of full- and part-time workers employed by the cannabis industry.

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Percentage of the nation in favor of medical cannabis; 60 percent are in favor of recreational use.

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Number of states that have legalized medical use only. Eight have legalized recreational use.

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The estimated economic value injected into the economy for every $1 consumers spend at cannabis dispensaries and stores.

CANNABIS COOK

Founder of Aspen Culinary Solutions and Dope Sauce, Inc., private chef Randy Placeres is one of the pioneers in upscale cannabis dining. Purist catches up with the tastemaker. How do you cook with cannabis? What’s your process? The way I cook with cannabis today is very different from four years ago, when I was one of three chefs who helped start this movement. Oils and butters were the main components that would carry THC into food. Oils and butters—that’s essentially the base of French cuisine (vinaigrette and beurre blanc). I would sear a brie and Port Salut grilled cheese sandwich with cannabis butter then wrap it with prosciutto and drizzle it with an infused pomegranate syrup. Today, I am all about the terpenes, which will change the culinary dynamics in many kitchens around the world. A terpene is the essence or fragrance of a cannabis flower. CBD is also something very important to the wellness and medical world. I usually do a CBD course at every dinner. And aqua drops are cool to play with. This is a water-based THC and xxx

CBD liquid created by progressive companies like Ebbu based out of Evergreen, Colorado. The decarboxylation process is when you add heat to cannabis to release the THC and psychoactive element. After I decarb the cannabis, I infuse it into something lovely. But my basic process includes quality cannabis, beautiful food and love for what I do. What do clients typically look for out of these cannabis-infused dishes (aside from getting high)? My clientele varies from super gangster to the multibillionaire CEO. The one thing they have in common is the mutual respect for this amazing plant. My most important dinner to date was cooking for a friend of a friend who flew into Colorado from North Carolina with stage 4 cancer. All this gentleman wanted to do was come to a state where he could enjoy legal weed. I did six courses of super-medicated food with THC, CBD, THC-A and tons of love. What’s your go-to, signature cannabis-infused dish? A Chilean sea bass soaked in my sweet Thai ginger magic DopeSauce™. It’s Heidi Klum’s favorite seafood dish, or so she flatters me. randyplaceres.com

Photo by Peter McBride

FLORA FUNDING

industry that could proceed at state level without any change to federal law. With this legal understanding in place, I looked at the moral and health matters, and soon became convinced that cannabis is significantly safer for human consumption than alcohol. The product is unique as it represents two parallel paths to market that have rarely been found together elsewhere, claiming to be medically good for you while being recreationally enjoyable. Popularity will grow as more adults are exposed to appropriate strength and dosing, which will accentuate positive user experience while diminishing the likelihood of negative experiences reminiscent of the pre-legal market era. 215partners.com


WEARABLE WELLNESS

Get a lift with gemstones and wellness charms.

High-vibrational jewelry line Awaken The Peace elevates the spirit. BY KATIE BECKLEY

As a little girl, I used to play dress-up with my grandmother’s jewelry. I loved the feel of the metals; the color and scintillation of the gemstones. I was acutely aware that I felt different emotions with each piece. I was drawn to her Navajo turquoise pieces and some of the Asian jade carvings and antique Italian carnelian intaglios. They certainly weren’t the pieces of most “value,” nor the ones I found most aesthetically pleasing, yet I could hear them speak. I could feel the emotions of the artisans who had carved and co-created the pieces and the tribes that had adorned them. That’s when I was awakened to the inner and outer beauty of the gemstones; to the frequencies within them. The first stones I collected were river stones my grandfather had polished. I used to close my eyes and hold the different pebbles, trying to intuit which was which. It taught me calibration. I could feel the different energetic currencies in each stone. I connected with the inner heartbeat of Earth and learned how to value the extraordinary within the ordinary. It’s been amazing to see how people are drawn to Awaken the Peace

energetically. I have always been fascinated by the relationship of energy transfer and how quickly someone can change their state of being from being upset to a state of joy. When you walk down the street and you smile and someone smiles back, that’s a powerful energy transfer. I knew that combining different gemstone and mineral properties with sacred geometrical formations created different frequencies and that higher vibes meant easier access to joy. After many iterations, together with a very skilled scientist, we developed an effective recipe to use within our wearable wellness charms. The proprietary blend assists with increased strength and balance, and has a calming effect on our body’s central nervous systems. Much like attuning to a radio station, once we quiet the surrounding static, we can hear the rhythm and enjoy the melody. Awaken the Peace enhances our ability to do this internally. Our line combines our wellness charm with gemstones to further customize your healing. Similarly to raising a dimmer switch, increasing our inner vibrations (energy) increases our ability to see and

feel more light, which makes us feel connected rather than separated. In that vibration, we can experience all the good things—love, compassion, joy and deep connection to self and others—even to the Divine. The more you start shedding your own layers to arrive at a transformative moment, your wearable wellness charm will also transform. It will peel. I call it peel, heal and reveal. Only after you make massive shifts—when certain patterns no longer serve you— will your charm start to change. It’s like a personal barometer of your progress. The minerals within the outer layer of the Om gradually peel away as you awaken your inner peace. Once peeled, the charm reveals an engraved Om. It continues to work from there. The bracelets are a visceral experience of energy and vibration beyond what we can see. Available at Remède Spa, stregisaspen.com; awakenthepeace.com

TOASTING THE SEASON

More than four years after the legalization of cannabis in Colorado, there’s buzz about an all-natural, tobacco-free cannabis cigarette. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO It’s designed to mimic the effect of one glass of champagne, minus the hangover. Meet Toast, the first professionally manufactured cannabis cigarette, which contains a tobacco-free cannabis blend of curated strains, both low in THC (the euphoria-inducing chemical compound) and high in CBD (cannabis’ calming compound). “We wanted to design a strain, product and experience that both compliments and enhances social occasions or

gatherings,” says Toast’s CEO and co-founder Punit Seth. “A pack of Slices [their name for a single cigarette] is meant for sharing with friends or family, much like sharing a bottle of wine or fine scotch.” The Slice can be recognized by its regal purple-colored filter and gold butterfly insignia perfectly packaged into size-varied boxes. Available in two-packs ($20), five-packs ($45) and 10-packs ($85) at select authorized dispensaries in Colorado. wetoast.com 133


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Guests commune with nature at Cedar Ridge Ranch.

STAYS

Cedar Ridge Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado, introduces glamping to sustainable agriculture.

Horse photo by David Soldano @dsoldano3317; tent photo by Draper White Photography; alpaca photo by Tricia Vondrasek

BY AMIEE WHITE BEAZLEY far more than just food production; We had all arrived at Cedar Ridge it could also inspire others to live a Ranch, a 67-acre ranch and organic more sustainable, more creative and farm high in the Elk Mountain Range integrative life. near Carbondale, Colorado, for differ“This land lends itself to being visitent reasons—one of us, to finish writing ed,” Merrill says. “I envision the ranch a novel; another for peace and solias an educational experience. You will tude; a young, newly married couple learn about the necessity and imporfrom Saudi Arabia on their first trip to tance of local food production and Colorado. The draw: Sweeping views the environment just from being here.” of Mt. Sopris, simple but elegant farm After a bonfire beneath the stars, accommodations—a yurt full of family each of us returned to our accommoheirlooms, a safari-style tent with a dations. Warmed by an electric Frankfour-poster bed and a well-appointed lin stove, I dove beneath the down cabin at 6,700 feet—and, ultimately, covers and read until my eyelids were for connection with nature and the heavy. The next day there were plans people around us. for breakfast of pork from the farm’s For cocktail hour, we gathered in a own ethically raised Large Blacks, a converted horse stable, now home to The alpaca is one of the many animals cared for at hike from the property through the sura dozen or so artists’ studios for local Cedar Ridge Ranch. rounding mountains that frame Cedar artists—weavers, painters and potters. Ridge and some time with the horses The evening’s hostess, Merrill Johnson that board on the property. (along with her mother, Pam, and father, Randy), arrived “I want guests to wake up and see the chickens and with a platter of local cheeses and an ice-filled bucket of gather a basket of colorful eggs, tend to the garden, beer, wine and cider—many from small producers just over practice yoga in the field, be in nature, paint, learn about nearby McClure Pass. small farms and become stewards of the land,” says Merrill. At age 28, Merrill has long been involved in sustain“You can connect with these things and bring these easily able agriculture. Fifteen years ago, she moved to Cedar integrated practices back to your hometown. We want this Ridge Ranch from Chicago when her parents bought their to be an inspired experience to change your life.” mountain property, and dedicated her studies and lifestyle cedarridgeranch.com to the practice. Merrill realized her farm could be used for 135


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IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT…GET ONTO THE MOUNTAIN.

Being outdoors revives and inspires.

Being a chef is stressful, mentally and physically. Long hours of standing, lifting and performing repetitive tasks, and irregular eating habits and mindless snacking take a toll. For Aspen Skiing Company (SkiCo) Culinary Director Jim Butchart, 45, it was his recovery from back surgery several years ago that compelled him to make a lifestyle change. “It started as a means of taking care of my aging body and rebuilding strength,” he says of his decision to start working out at Aspen CrossFit, along with his executive chef, Andrew Helsley. After morning CrossFit classes, the pair would ski up to one of the restaurants. “It’s a fantastic way to get in some exercise, catch up on operations and clear our heads,” says Butchart. On days off, Butchart skis with his family or takes in a backcountry hut trip. “The 10th Mountain Hut System is incredible, and I love every aspect of it, from planning the logistics to melting snow for water. It really brings out my inner kid.” Butchart’s emphasis on wellness extends to on-mountain dining options. “We’ve made a special effort to include healthy items. Cliffhouse at Buttermilk has fresh juices; Elk Camp at Snowmass has local vegetables at the salad bar.” For Mark Hardin, chef/owner of Basalt’s Field2Fork Kitchen, the backcountry offers year-round respite (dark chocolate and candied “pocket bacon” he makes himself provide energy; he hydrates from a thermos of tea—such as Basalt’s Two Leaves and a Bud—with local honey). To refuel after skiing, Hardin has effervescent probiotic tea from Basalt’s Dragonfly Jun on tap. “The lemon ginger elderflower helps with recovery,” he says. For chef/restaurateur Mark Fischer of Carbondale’s Phat Thai and The Pullman in Glenwood Springs, a love of food is balanced with a passion for extreme sports. Although he’s nearly 60, Fischer was until recently a CrossFit competitor, and remains an active participant in long-distance bike races like the Leadville Trail 100 and Breck Epic, as well as the notoriously gnarly Elk Mountain Grand Traverse ski race. When he’s not off-piste or in the backcountry, Fischer fills up on the Blue Plate Special (artisan bread, housemade ricotta, kale, egg) at Silo in Carbondale, or cooks his own cold-weather fare, like cage-free eggs from Sustainable Settings. “The flavor is better, but there are other benefits, too, like a smaller environmental impact and supporting the local economy,” he says. “I also feel it buys me a certain amount of good karma— and who doesn’t benefit from having that?” 136

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Local chefs muse on how they stay fit, outside the kitchen. BY LAUREL MILLER


YOGA WITH A VIEW

Juice photo courtesy of Tonic Juicery; 02 rendering courtesy of Neda Farbod/The RAD Corp.

The new incarnation of O2 Aspen is downtown’s next one-stop wellness destination. By Tess Weaver Strokes

A Fritz Benedict-designed historic building next to Wagner Park gets an enlightened makeover when yoga studio and spa O2 Aspen moves from its former Victorian digs on West Main St. in the new year. O2 owner and Roaring Fork Valley native Brittany Van Domelen has been working with her father, Bill Pollock of Aspen’s Zone 4 Architects, and friend Kristin Dittmar of Kristin Dittmar Design on the renovation. The bright, modern sanctuary will welcome visitors with 1,550 square feet of street-level retail space that doubles as a gallery for popular local photographer Kate Holstein (whose prints will grace the walls of the Pilates studio and spa). The lower level will include a new mini store called O2GO, selling organic delectables and beverages.

The modern and sun-drenched ambiance at O2.

“Aspen caters to athletes, but we all realize that being active isn’t the only thing that makes you ‘healthy,’” says Van Domelen. “I have clients of all ages coming through our doors seeking much more than a toned physique— they are digging deeper to find contentment in the present moment.” The yoga and Pilates studio will open to stunning views of Aspen Mountain, while the storefront facing Wagner Park beautifully frames the colors of each season. “In the summer and fall, all you will see is leaves,” says Van Domelen. “It’s incredibly calming.” The yoga studio includes a rope

wall—the “mother of all yoga props”— to help yogis lengthen and align. Two or three classes per day at the new space will have added humidity, and, once a month, studio pop-ups will feature cult fitness instructors. Van Domelen, a trained yoga instructor, mother of 1-year-old twins and a fashion buyer, is also launching her own activewear and loungewear line, ARTEM, named after the Greek goddess Artemis. “She’s the goddess of childbirth, nature and the mountains—the same things that have changed my life and inspired me. And, she was a twin.” 408 S. Mill St., O2aspen.com.

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Get in slope-shape at these local juice joints. BY LAUREL MILLER es to extend their growing seasons, and the Western Slope is Colorado’s “banana belt,” providing a year-round supply of crops like root vegetables and greens. The benefits of juicing include better absorption of Nature’s elixirs. vitamins and minerals, boosted immunity and increased energy and hydration, says Lindsay Mills, holistic health coach and co-owner of Carbondale’s Tonic Juicery (320 Main St., #102, tonicjuicery. com). All of Tonic’s juices are raw, cold-pressed and made from organic ingredients, using Colorado crops like Paonia apples whenever possible. This winter, after a day on the slopes, try the warming

The juice trend is hardly new, but winter in a remote ski town like Aspen means a dearth of locally grown ingredients. Happily, more family farms in the region are utilizing hoop hous-

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Golden Mylk (Brazil nuts, turmeric, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, dates and vanilla). In Aspen, locals’ favorite juice joints include Spring Café, which does organic beverages like the Spring Shake with kale, avocado, almond butter, dates, fresh coconut and housemade almond milk (119 S. Spring St., springcafe.org). At Jus Aspen (501 E. Hyman Ave., 970.710.7063) grab a cold-pressed bottle to go, like the Charcoal Lemonade (alkalized water, activated charcoal, lemon juice, wildflower honey). The Little Nell’s Element 47 restaurant (675 E. Durant Ave., thelittlenell.com) makes breakfast juices, some with ingredients grown at the hotel’s garden. Try the Green Machine—kale, celery, cucumber and apple—for crushing a hangover.


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ZEN

Just now is enough: a Zen student and veteran ski patroller continues to develop the practice of mindfulness. BY TIM COONEY twin landed on my forearm and bit me in the same spot. Again I swatted, and watched the fly corkscrew to the roof. Aghast at my instinctual repetition, I wobbled before stepping off the spar and flicking the motionless fly with my index finger. Damned if the fly didn’t just shake it off and zoom away. I stood gobsmacked in the moment. Sometimes junctures ring our bell louder than logic when acute particulars shoehorn us into the moment without background mind commentary. These flashes are doors to understanding what some call enlightening moments. In Zen this is mind before thought arises. Popping out of the “white room” in deep powder snow between ski turns, watching a trout nail your fly on still water, or noticing refreshed mountain air after a rain

Thoughts arise and disappear as fleeting as butterflies.

shower are examples of uncluttered mind experience when we are present without any baggage of affirmation or negation. Yet unconditional “isness” connects all moments. Being in this continuity of each moment’s arrival without competing thought-chatter is mindfulness practice. The unexpected takeaway of this attentiveness is fathoming our variable mind views, as opposed to defaulting to patterns without circumspection. The miracle is that any-

thing exists at all. To tame the willful mind and improve everyday concentration, join a Zen meditation (zazen) group. Pay attention. See moments as they arise.

ZEN MEDITATION IN COLORADO Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Crestone, CO; dharmasangha.org Boulder Zen Center, Boulder, CO; boulderzen.org Mindfulness meditation at Aspen Chapel, Aspen, CO; waspenchapel.org

Finding OM From the seated cushion to the solo gondola ride, top picks for places to meditate. The Yin/Yang compass at the Snowmass Rim Trail

Snowshoe the 1.3mile switchback to the Snowmass Rim Trail to arrive at the iconic and sacred giant marble Yin Yang platform, otherwise known as Spiral Point. The nearly 360-degree views showcase the panorama of the majestic Elk Mountains, the white-striped Mount Daly and the alluring

14,137-foot Capitol Peak.

Aspen Chapel

Every Monday morning, Nicholas Vesey, the Minister at the Aspen Chapel, leads a guided meditation from 8:15-9:15AM. Meditation cushions provided. Free to all. 77 Meadowood Drive, 970.925.7184, aspenchapel.org

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tered with this mindful community through a variety of offerings for many paths of interest and abilities. 535 E. Hyman Avenue, 970.925.1655, aspenshakti.com

Smuggler Mountain Platform A local favorite and for many a lunchtime ritual, hike the Smuggler trail during the “off” hours of the day (sunrise and sunset) straight to the

top, where a wooden platform with benches await. Take a seat and a deep breath. Revel in the vista before your eyes.

Solo Gondola Ride up Aspen Mountain Nothing beats a solo gondi ride. Enjoy the 15-minute silent ride to the top of Aspen Mountain as you gather your thoughts and find gratitude above the treeline.

Top photo by Burnham Arndt; left: Aspen Skiing Company

Under a razor-blue Colorado sky, the visiting Tibetan lama directed me from the ground below how to hang prayer flags on the roof of our summer ranger and winter ski patrol headquarters on top of Aspen Mountain. As I straddled an antenna spar, stretching an arm to attach one end, he beamed and nodded affirmatively. Just then a lazy fly bit my forearm and I managed to swat it. The fly dropped in a death spiral to the flat roof. Uh-oh, I thought, I’ve just killed a fly in front of the lama. Unfazed, he continued radiating with happiness. “Yes, yes,” he said, “good idea to put up more flags soon on Dali Lama’s birthday, July six. Very favorable.” A few days later on the sixth, there I was astride the same spar, stretching the same arm to tie more prayer flags as he watched from below. Lo and behold the dead fly’s


A MONK’S MUSINGS

Father Thomas Keating reflects upon the liberating essence of gratitude. BY HILARY STUNDA

Top photo by Robert Millman; Father Keating from St. Benedict’s Monastery.

Walking the grounds of St. Benedict’s Monastery welcomes reflection.

There’s a different rhythm and pace in Aspen. Just being surrounded by mountains and hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, gazing upon snow-capped peaks and quietly observing nature, brings an awareness of something larger than yourself. Father Thomas Keating, the 94-year-old Benedictine monk and one of the founders of Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer, has lived at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass for 36 years. He reminds us that we’re all one on this journey called life, and that gratitude is everywhere. You once said that your

You can’t change people just by talking to them. First of all, they might not want to change. Some people like feeling angry about the way they have been treated—a certain ugly compensation. But if they can look for a chance to be quiet, and see if they can contact some of the good things they have received in their lives and just be. Being present and trying to share what we have with others and meet their needs so they can concentrate more on their becoming. Because being is becoming. It’s not static. It’s always changing,

definition of sin was someone who refused to grow, to change. FATHER THOMAS KEATING: Yes. And gratitude is one of the fundamental dispositions of acceptance of the transforming process. Wanting to change means being authentic, present. Yes, to be there all the time, or at least more and more of the time. That’s what the process is about. It can’t be done all at once. There are very rare exceptions. What advice do you have for those who feel overwhelmed or embittered by life’s challenges? 139

dynamic, growing. Aspen gives us so much natural beauty. It’s a gift. Yes, walking in nature and receiving the conscious sensation, the silence, the interesting sounds of the birds and animals, the vistas. Letting go of our attachments to our security blankets—material, or spiritual or religious, even—is a way of opening ourselves to the divine reality from which we come. Even if you have a lot of suffering, there are so many experiences wonderful and expressible. Man has to begin with a radical acceptance of gratitude for being here and who we are It’s the foundation for a relationship of truth.


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THREE MUST-SEE SHOWS

ASPEN ART MUSEUM

BALDWIN GALLERY

THE ART BASE

Photographs by Thomas Struth

Ross Bleckner and Matthew Ritchie

Paintings by Ian Fisher

Acclaimed German artist Thomas Struth takes over Gallery 1 for the first time with 18 monumental photographs of Israel and Palestine, depicting street views, sites of technological research, and family portraits taken between 2009 and 2014. Vivid and emotional, the works are set against the political climes of East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Nazareth and other locales. Jan. 19-June 10, 637 E Hyman Ave., 970.925.8050, aspenartmuseum.org

The two-level exhibition space features ten small (10” x 8”) oil paintings by Ross Bleckner as well as ten larger paintings (50” x 52”) by Matthew Ritchie, an artist who bases his paintings on equations and diagrams that he constructs, involving history, science, mathematics, and cultural ideas of all kinds. December 26, 2017–February 11, 2018; opening reception, December 26, 6-8pm, with the artist Matthew Ritchie in attendance. 209 South Galena St., Aspen, 970.920.9797, baldwingallery.com

GOING SOLO

Throughout art history, the sky has been a frequent subject, depicted in all its multi-varied hues and textures. Ian Fisher’s sky paintings resonate with idealism as well as the sublime, attempting to capture the elusive nature of our celestial mantle. Jan. 12-Feb. 3; 99 Midland Ave., Basalt, Colorado, 970.927.4123, theartbase.org

lift tickets, as part of their “Art in Unexpected Places” program that’s been ongoing for 12 years. “Like all Art UP projects, I hope the images will provide viewers with moments of pause and reflection, and enlighten conversation, whether on the ski slopes, in the lodge, or in a living room,” says Crown. “For the lift tickets, I composed abstracted views of the sculptures to reflect Aspen’s mountain terrain.” Not unlike Andy Warhol’s fixation on the Campbell’s tomato soup can and Marcel Duchamp’s fascination with the sculptural qualities of a bicycle wheel, Crown celebrates the symbolic import of the Solo cup. “The cup represents my attempt to be faithful to the material realities of the present day,” Crown writes in her artist’s statement, which accompanied her show of the works, “Solo Together,” at London’s 10 Hanover Gallery last June. “Solo Together” is a proj-

Multimedia artist Paula Crown gets a lift this ski season in Aspen. BY DAVID MASELLO the artist, who is based in Chicago and Aspen. “I had the idea to elevate this humble example of contemporary mass production to the status of sculpture.” She fashioned 150 hand-painted, true-to-size plaster sculptures of cups in various states— A crushed and some flattened as if crumpled plastic stepped on, others red cup is elevated stacked or turned to high art. upside down. Paula Crown seems to notice While the sculpeverything she touches and tures exist on their own and interacts with in life, including as an assemblage, images something as mundane and of those works now inspire prosaic as a plastic cup. skiers in Aspen. The Aspen “A disposable plastic cup is Skiing Company is featuring alive with art-historical and color images of five versions creative resonances,” says of Crown’s sculptures on their 140

ect that’s timely, given our contemporary shared concerns with the environment,” Crown stresses. She admits, too, that with a world awash in plastic she felt it her duty as an artist to “not close my eyes to the situation.” Crown emphasizes that the red of the cup symbolizes not only good luck and celebration in Chinese culture, but also danger and alarm in Western culture. “This insoluble tension is what first drew me to this seemingly straightforward gesture of crumpling one and casting it in plaster.” In keeping with her penchant for personalizing the works, Crown has named each sculpture, as a way to reference the very act that might have led to the cup’s state. “We ascribe human characteristics to inanimate objects,” she states, “and the title of each cup reads into this natural instinct. The plaster interior is organic in form, like the inside of a person.”

From top left: Thomas Struth, Silwan, East Jerusalem, 2009, courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery; Ross Bleckner, untitled ; Ian Fisher, Atmosphere No. 84, Oil on Canvas

This winter, Aspen lures heavy-hitters as well as the best and brightest of the contemporary art scene.


Players at the annual Aspen Snow Polo Championship.

AT A GLANCE

Nine active and cultural events to look forward to this season in Aspen. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO DECEMBER 15-17 50th Anniversary of Snowmass Ski Area Hit the slopes and join the weekend-long celebration of Snowmass where lift ticket prices will be the same as opening day in 1967. Expect to find a kids zone, retro party, fireworks and more. Lift tickets from $6.50. 120 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, gosnowmass.com

Tickets from $350-$500. 315 E. Dean St., Aspen, 970.429.9650, stregisaspen.com DECEMBER 19-30 Aspen Academy Screenings Get the popcorn ready! This film series highlights at least 20 acclaimed films actively campaigning for upcoming Academy Award consideration. Tickets from $20. Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 N. 3rd St., aspenfilm.org DECEMBER 27 + 30 Audi Ajax Cup The Cup kicks off at Casa Tua on the 27th with a party, live auction and Pro Draw where each team randomly selects a pro racer to race with—2017 pros include Chris Davenport, Alice McKennis, A.J. Kitt and Casey Puckett. Bode Miller of Bomber skis will also be present during the event. Tickets from $500. Casa Tua, 403 S. Galena St.; Aspen Mountain, 601 E. Dean St. audiajaxcup.wordpress.com JANUARY 11-14 67th Annual Wintersköl The 2018 celebration’s slogan, “Together We Move Mountains,” is a tribute to the community. Among the many games and events there will be an incredible snow-sculpture contest and the announcement of the 2018 Wintersköl King + Queen. Pricing and locations vary. aspenchamber.org

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Bode Miller will attend the Audi Ajax Cup. Aspen Snow Polo Championship Kick off the tony 5th annual Aspen event with the Mountain Social at The St. Regis Aspen Resort. Friday marks the first round of games at Aspen Valley Polo Club Arena in Carbondale. On Saturday and Sunday, join spectators at the Rio Grande Park, where fans will get a chance to meet the players before the final and subsidiary games, along with the trophy presentation.

JANUARY 20 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Arabesque into the one-night only compilation of ASFB’s top performances including acclaimed ballets Alejandro Cerrudo’s Silent Ghost, Cayetano Soto’s Huma Rojo and Fernando Melo’s Dream Play. Tickets from $36. 0245 Sage Way, aspensantafeballet.com JANUARY 25-28 ESPN X Games Ski, snowboard, snow bike and snowmobile athletes gather to compete in 17 different disciplines amidst a four-day entertainment event. This year, X Games will introduce the Snow Bike Best Trick competition and feature performances by LCD Soundsystem, Marshmello, Martin Garrix 141

and Method Man + Redman. Four-day general admission from $150. Buttermilk Ski Area, 38700 CO-82, xgames.espn.com FEBRUARY 11 Owl Creek Chase On your marks, get set, Nordic ski! Langlaufers will go ski-to-ski in the 21K Classic and Nordic Ski races for prize money in the top three overall men and top three overall women Classic divisions. Registration fee from $45. Snowmass Cross Country Center, 446 Clubhouse Drive, Snowmass Village, aspenspecialevents.com FEBRUARY 17 Ascendigo Blue Aspen Party for a good cause at Ascendigo Blue Aspen’s annual autism benefit. Proceeds go to raise both awareness and funds for children on the autism spectrum. DJ entertainment, prize drawings, celebrity guests and more. Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, 199 Prospector Road; Belly Up, 450 S. Galena St., ascendigo.org


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Health and wellbeing have always defined LA culture. Here are the latest discoveries in self-care from downtown to Malibu.

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WELLNESS STAYCATION

From a Malibu beachside escape to the swanky 90210, here’s where to check in—and stay for dinner—now.

A room designed for peacefulness at the oceanfront Nobu Ryokan.

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BY KATHERINE KIMS

NOBU RYOKAN

WALDORF ASTORIA

ACE DOWNTOWN

This oceanside gem features sixteen rooms modeled after a ryokan, a traditional, minimalist Japanese inn with teak soaking tubs, tatami mats and Eastern art. Garden rooms feature a private sitting area in the palm- and fern-dotted courtyard; beachfront and ocean rooms, and outdoor patios with either a fireplace or soaking tub. Once a 1950s motel, the hotel— post-renovation—opened at the Carbon Beach address in April 2017. It’s the first hotel from the Nobu restaurant group—that means meals come from chef Nobu Matsuhisa at the next-door restaurant. Another perk for hotel guests: Access to nearby Malibu Racquet Club’s tennis courts, clubhouse, sauna and gym. noburyokanmalibu.com

How luxe is the newly opened Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria? The 12-story, bronze-and-marble hotel features 119 rooms and 51 suites, including a palatial presidential suite—3,000-plus square feet, including a 1,459-squarefoot private terrace, kitchen, dining room and media room. In-room dining is on speed dial from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His trio of eateries includes the lobby-level dining room, a bar and a rooftop lounge (and pool, separated by a living green wall). Need more reasons to visit? Celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham has her salon here, and Spa by La Prairie offers the Swiss beauty brand’s caviar-and-platinum body treatments. waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com

The 182-room hotel—opened in 2014 in the original Spanish-Gothic United Artists building—unveils a new destination restaurant, Best Girl, which launches all-day dining from chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Connie & Ted’s fame. Start the morning with overnight oats with coconut milk, toasted almonds, dried apricots, banana and acai butter; or try avocado “alligator pear” toast on seeded country bread with Aleppo pepper and olive oil. Also expect seafood from the fish-centric chef, such as oysters on the half shell and daily-changing crudo. Many of the hotel’s rooms come with a turntable and vinyl records, and all feature the exotic Pearl+ soaps. acehotel.com/losangeles

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WILD FLOWERS AND BIG FLAVORS Carbon Beach Club’s new executive chef, Cody Dickey, embraces California living. BY KATHERINE KIMS

Cody Dickey, like other New York City transplants, is adjusting to life in Los Angeles. “I came to the West Coast to have a healthier lifestyle—the food, outdoors and more space,” says Dickey. And he’s embracing his newly adopted home: He starts his day with a hike in the mountains of Calabasas, where he lives, and forages for wild herbs and flowers. But developing a connection to nature isn’t anything new to Dickey. After forgoing college and traveling the world, he found himself at Cordon Bleu culinary school and then

at Malibu Beach Inn, he’s created his own California-Mediterranean menu. “California is amazing in that so many things you have to search for on the East Coast are abundant here. I can get California taleggio [cheese] and espelette [chili flakes].” He uses the bounty of his new home to adorn his menu— from California olive oils and local honey to the obligatory avocados and, of course, foraged flowers. “I use a lot of wild flowers. They provide flavor and elevate any dish,” says Dickey, who employs cucumber-flavored borage on his crispy striped

working as an accidental executive pastry chef in Virginia. That’s where he got his first lesson in the joys of forging great farmer-chef relationships. “Off the bat, I had an amazing introduction to farm to table. I got connected to the farmers, who literally delivered to our doorstep.” This connection led him to Virginia’s Batten Bay Farms, where he worked as a farmhand. Later, he worked in the New York City kitchens of Narcissa with John Fraser and Gato with Bobby Flay. Now, as the executive chef of Carbon Beach Club, the oceanfront restaurant 144

bass and citrus-tinged coriander and fennel blossoms or peppery nasturtiums in his seasonal salads. He also works closely with the local biodynamic farm One Gun Ranch, incorporating their produce into his menu. Dickey keeps his health-conscious diners in mind. But, as the self-proclaimed “young, new guy from New York,” he also tries to expand their culinary comfort zones. “Healthy food doesn’t mean lack of flavor,” he notes. “I like challenging that, while maintaining the sense of wellness in the dish.” malibubeachinn.com

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“So many things you have to search for on the East Coast are abundant here,” says Chef Dickey.


LA-raised Pilates guru Erika Bloom returns to the West Coast.

PILATES WITH A VIEW

Cult favorite instructor Erika Bloom tells Purist about her West Coast expansion. Where did your quest for the ideal West Coast location lead you? I knew LA’s Brentwood area would be the perfect neighborhood for our first West Coast outpost, and searched endlessly for a space that reflected our signature light-and-airy aesthetic. We worked along with our team of talented architects and designers at KGBL in New York to create a beautiful, serene space for our clients to focus on mindful, healing movement. The studio is perched on the 10th floor, with vistas of the Pacific. It’s an incredibly tranquil and private oasis. What classes can both loyal and new clients expect to find? We’re offering private Pilates and Duet Pilates in our Brentwood studio. Instructors craft in-studio sessions, utilizing our gorgeous equipment and props to be both unique and effective. Outfitted

with extensive training, my team is able to totally transform bodies with corrections, cues and exercise choices that create lasting change. What made you decide to expand to the West Coast? For years, our bicoastal clientele has been asking us to open a studio in LA. They craved the personal attention and hands-on corrections offered in

POD GOALS

founder Joseph Harounian. “Near infrared light penetrates the body deeper, so it’s great for healing and reducing pain and inflammation.” Unlike traditional saunas that users step into, the roomy lie-down pods stop at the neck. Your head is left in fresh air, allowing longer sessions. If that’s not accomodating enough, the futuristic-looking pods are each lined with 440 jade stones, which, Harounian says, “are known for their healing, cleansing and balancing properties.” SaunaBar, which also offers Lymphatic Compression Massage, Whole Body Vibration and Magnetic Resonance Therapy, boasts that the pods burn up to 600 calories per 30- to 40-minute session, and can lower blood pressure and improve sleep, among other benefits. “This specific process of heating,” says Jourdan Rystrom, SaunaBar’s director, “helps to release toxins on a cellular level, which then get disposed of via sweat or elimination.” saunabar.com

LA’s latest hotspot, SaunaBar, is a one-stop destination for healing, cleansing and balancing. By Abby Tegnelia

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our customized private sessions on the East Coast, and weren’t finding it elsewhere. I flew to LA to offer support for clients as they prepared for events and photo shoots, or had weekly Skype sessions with them to stay on course. Also, I was raised in LA. Opening a permanent studio on the West Coast felt like a very organic progression. 11611 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 1030; erikabloompilates.com

LA detox worshippers are seeing the light at infrared saunas, which use light to create heat for deep, sweaty healing. Leading the pack: SaunaBar, which pairs cutting-edge technology with one-on-one care for tailored detox, healing and weight loss programs. Celeb fans such as Brie Larson and Ryan Seacrest have been seen at the LA’s infrared OG, which has pioneered the movement on the West Coast after years of popularity in Europe and Asia. While many trendy infrared saunas offer only far infrared light, SaunaBar’s SaunaPods are “full spectrum”: far, near and mid. “Far is used for heating the core and getting a good sweat, which is a great way to detox the body,” says 145


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RESTORE AND REVIVE BY MARISA BELGER

CRYSTAL POWER

These days everyone seems to have a rose quartz crystal tucked under her pillow or placed on her home altar. It’s the crystal of love, after all, and its mysterious benefits are perpetually enticing. But though crystals can be found in most bohemian shops, crystal healing is a vast and complex universe, best explored with a seasoned guide. Enter Azalea Lee. The force behind Place 8 Healing, the Los Angeles-based crystal expert is the go-to source for harnessing the transformative power of these special stones. “When consciously worked with, crystals have an affinity for healing that in the soul which needs deep shifts,” Lee says. Services include crystal intuitive readings by phone, where Lee recommends specific crystals for your unique challenges; crystal pulls, where she guides you to the right crystal for you or a loved one via an email; and flower essence consultations via phone or Skype, in which she creates unique flower essence formulas for each client. place8healing.com

A PLACE OF ONE’S OWN

Paula Mallis has combined her expertise in spiritual psychology and her first-hand experience as a doula— and mother—and channeled it into a gorgeous space geared to healing and restoration. WMN Space presents the women of Los Angeles a respite from the stressors of modern life by offering a wide range of services— body work, therapy, counseling— plus opportunities for community building through women’s gatherings and events. “We’re really a sacred space,” says Mallis. “It’s a refuge, a place to come to as women to deeply connect on a heart level. We’re geared toward women of all ages.” Take your brows to the next level with “conscious beauty brows” (not your average threading), or arrange a meeting with a therapeutic skin coach. In 2018, the services will expand to include a teen girls’ circle, and a course titled, “How to Live an Intentional Life.” 10764 Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor; wmnspace.com

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HERBAL UPLIFT

LA-based Ayurveda practitioner Johann Helf of Lotus Blooming Herbs discovered the Himalayan treatment shilajit (shee-la-jit) while studying meditation and Tibetan medicine in India. The gooey black substance produced profound effects—boosting his energy and mental clarity—and he was determined to bring it to the U.S. “I’ve been obsessed with shilajit for 17 years,” says Helf. “It’s an extremely rare substance, often faked or mixed with other things, so I went on a mission to locate the real thing. I ended up on a motorcycle in the Himalayas, located it, and brought it back to LA. I began giving it away to people and soon started getting calls from celebrities.” In Ayurvedic medicine, shijalit is considered a rejuvenation medicine and is believed to imbue a person with strength and stamina. Lotus Blooming Herbs is currently the only outlet for highest grade, genuine Himalayan shilajit in the US. Helf provides both shilajit and chyawanprash—an herbal formula used for rejuvenation that must be prepared for 21 days to produce one precious, powerful batch. authenticshilajit.com

Ayurvedic herbs can boost energy.

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LA’s sacred spaces, healing herbs and crystal therapy


WANDER INWARD

A guide to the best places to do some soul-searching.

Yoga and nutrition empire Wanderlust has become an epicenter for health and wellbeing in the LA community and beyond. By Charlotte DeFazio

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Founders Jeff Krasno, Schuyler Grant and Sean Hoess have created a safe, healthy space for Angelenos that seems to keep expanding. Aside from the yoga classes and teacher trainings typically offered at any other studio, Wanderlust Hollywood supplies healthful cuisine at the Wanderlust Cafe; supports local charities with its Trailblazer program; and hosts a variety of events and workshops. In November, the Cafe’s kitchen was taken over by professional vegan chef Rachel Carr, who has been whipping up delicious items to add to the menu like vegan, gluten-free waffles. There’s outdoor and indoor seating options available, unless you’d like to grab a Wake Up Kale or Cocoa Motion juice for on-the-go. For an added supplement to your yoga practice, participate in the meditation and breathwork sessions offered, or check out the monthly sound bath and tapping workshops. Follow your bliss to the Kundalini Workshop, Invoke the Giver in Us All, hosted by famed yogi, author and pioneer in the field of prenatal yoga Gurmukh Khalsa and her daughter, Wah (January 15). Wanderlust first-timers should check out the new student special of one-month unlimited yoga and meditation for $45. And for those outside of the LA area, visit wanderlust.com for all upcoming Wanderlust Festivals held around the world. 1357 North Highland Ave.; wanderlusthollywood.com

NAMASTE, LA

Five places to quiet the mind in California’s most populous city. PEACE AWARENESS LABYRINTH + GARDENS Geometric walking paths called labyrinths are said to assist one’s consciousness and promote relaxation. With an outdoor stone labyrinth, serene meditation gardens and wellness workshops, Peace Awareness is a true sanctuary for city dwellers. 3500 W. Adams Blvd., peacelabyrinth.org POINT DUME STATE BEACH Some people are better able to silence their busy minds while staying active in nature. The Point Dume bluff-hiking trail provides just the right blend of beauty and physical exertion—and from December to April you might witness the whale-watching season. For ocean therapy, head two miles down to neighboring Zuma Beach, one of L.A.’s best surf spots. Cliffside Drive and Birdview Avenue, parks.ca.gov/pointdume SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP LAKE SHRINE TEMPLE The temple, founded in 1950 by Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda, is home to the world’s first monument 147

erected in honor of Mahatma Gandhi—a portion of his ashes are even enshrined there. After viewing the monument, visitors may attend monastic-led meditations or Satsanga. 17190 Sunset Blvd., lakeshrine.org SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER OF LOS ANGELES Shambhala tradition practices what it calls “Basic Goodness: the inherent wisdom, compassion and courage of all beings.” The Center is a safe haven for people of all faiths, offering retreats, dharma gatherings, open meditation sitting, group schedules (family/ children, addiction recovery, queer pride, people of color) and more. 963 Colorado Blvd., la.shambhala.org UNPLUG MEDITATION Unplug claims to be the world’s first drop-in, secular meditation studio and has clients ranging from 6 to 96 years old. Add the benefits of meditation to your child’s life while you explore the variety of classes (such as sage-healing breathwork, stress-relieving hypnosis and tapping). 12401 Wilshire Blvd., unplugmeditation.com —CDF


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IN SEASON: CITRUS

Come December, farmers market stalls are bursting with the oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits of the season. Some of Los Angeles’ best-loved chefs share their favorite winter citrus preparations. BY KATHERINE KIMS

“I love blood oranges just the way they are—nothing but stained fingertips and a pile of peels—but if there is one left come dinner or lunch, I make a blood orange dressing: two tablespoons blood orange juice, two tablespoons fruity olive oil, a pinch of salt, and one clove of grated garlic. Then I gently toss the dressing with purple kale—massage with oil and salt gently—and blood orange, which I peel, slice in half, and cut into super-thin half-moons. From here, I toss in whatever I find in the fridge: some pomegranate seeds with crumbled feta cheese, goat cheese, or chunks of sharp Parmesan cheese, maybe some cooked black quinoa or lentils.” malibu-farm.com

JASON NERONI, ROSE CAFÉ

“Moro, Sicilian blood oranges, which have a deeper flavor, are incredible. A fun preparation is a soufflé: Take the tops off, scrape out the insides, squeeze the juice into the soufflé batter, and fold in some blood orange segments. Bake inside the whole orange skin, then dust with powdered sugar. It tastes just like a creamsicle.” rosecafevenice.com

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ZACH POLLACK, COSA BUONA/ALIMENTO

“Strawberry jam can get boring, so I often gravitate to citrus jams like orange marmalade. I like using Seville oranges because they have less pith, and are more bitter and hardier, so they retain their structure with more citrus peel in their own syrup. At Cosa Buona, we make bitter orange marmalade for our cannoli, which I love in the filling or on bread with ricotta or butter.” cosabuona.com/alimentola.com

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NEW YEAR’S RESET

Malibu’s juice king, Khalil Rafati of Sunlife Organics, gives Purist actionable tips to kick off 2018 in good health. Khalil Rafati knows a thing or two about detoxing. The owner of Sunlife Organics— launched in 2011 in Malibu, there are now six outposts around the Los Angeles area—and Malibu Beach Yoga is also the author of I Forgot to Die, in which he chronicles his multiple heroin overdoses, his road to recovery and how he built a wellness empire. Here, the clean-living guru schools us on the ultimate smoothie, goat colostrum and kick-starting the New Year. WHAT TO NIX: “Take out anything that’s processed, especially processed sugar or high fructose corn syrup—that’s straight-up poison,” says Rafati. For a complete overhaul, Rafati recommends nixing wheat. “What we have been eating

for thousands of years is predominantly plants and animals. I doubt that our ancestors were eating bagels or croissants.” But, no need to take it to an extreme: “Every now and again, I have some f’ing pizza.” KICK THE ADDICTION: Rafati assures, “Once you stop eating junk, you won’t want junk. You won’t have any cravings after a few weeks.” Another habit he’s kicked: social media. “I got off all social media except on Sundays. That alone will change your life.”

“Once you stop eating junk, you won’t want junk,” says Khalil Rafati.

MORNING RITUAL: “Right now, I’m big on matcha, which is a cleaner way to start your day than coffee.” Sunlife Organics’ matcha latte begins with a ceremonial-grade variety from Kyoto and is layered with steamed oat milk (Rafati prefers it for the creamy

WHAT TO EAT: “I’m eating organic plants, vegetables, fruits and some animal products mixed in there for some protein,” says Rafati, who sticks to his eating regime of 15 years.

texture), local honey from rescued beehives, and raw organic coconut cream. SECRET WEAPON: Rafati swears by goat colostrum, which he discovered during his drug recovery. The mother’s first milk is full of nutrients, antibodies and protein. “If you see how fragile, weak baby goats transform into majestic creatures that can run straight up a mountain, you think of the phrase, ‘We are what we eat.’ You put it in your smoothie, and you feel like a beast.” SMOOTHIE SENSATION: The Million Dollar Smoothie ($15.95) is Khalil’s daily go-to of banana, cashew, sprouted brown rice protein, hemp milk, raw cacao, maca, chia, flax, Himalayan sea salt, raw honey, and, yes, goat colostrum. Or go for the ultimate Billion Dollar Meal ($28) that one-ups with chlorophyll, collagen, E-3 live and a mushroom blend. sunlifeorganics.myshopify. com —K.K.

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SWEET FARM O’ MINE A bounty of goodness awaits at One Gun Ranch By Charlotte DeFazio It isn’t hard for clean-eating power couple Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece to maintain their healthy living next to Malibu’s One Gun Ranch (once owned by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum). The biodynamic farm boasts a nutritious bounty of crops while also providing an educational space for the community to experience composting, harvesting, cooking and consuming clean food. Owners Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring published a cookbook earlier this year called One Gun Ranch Malibu: Biodynamic Recipes for Vibrant Living, in which readers will find much more than recipes. It’s a bible in a sense—a complete guidebook to a holistic way of life supported by closed-loop agriculture. Ranch visitors are bound to meet a few of the property’s assorted inhabitants like the infamous donkey, Waffle, or Lady Gaga (in goat form), but those strolling the Malibu Pier can check out One Gun’s lifestyle store and market, Ranch at the Pier. 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California; 1gunranch.com 149


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THE NATURALS

These LA-based celebrities are making brisk strides in the wellness world. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO

Goop’s Gwyneth Paltrow

(pineapple, banana, mint and avocado) and Mama Bear Blueberry (blueberries, apples, sweet potato, coconut oil). onceuponafarmorganics.com “We are going to work our tails off to bring your family fresh whole foods, from our farms to your table.” —Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner, co-founder of Once Upon a Farm

HILARY SWANK champions positive body image, which she made clear with her 2016 launch of “aestheticwear” line, Mission Statement. The clothing couples high fashion with high performance, providing flexible, crossover wear perfect for transitioning seamlessly from meetings to flights (the leather and cashmere are hand-washable, so you can skip the wait on dry cleaning). Swank and her team have personally met all the artisans at the factories in

serves as creative director of makeup for Juice Beauty, a certified organic, clinically validated line of skincare and plant-pigment cosmetics. Don’t miss out on the 2018 Goop Health Wellness Summits held in NYC on January 27 and LA on June 8-9. goop.com JENNIFER GARNER serves as co-founder and chief brand officer of Once Upon a Farm, an organic brand of baby food that produces nutritious, farm to table food for little ones with no preservatives, concentrates or processed purees. Most ingredients are sourced from local farms in the USA, with 80 percent from California. The fully recyclable packaging uses fewer resources to make than standard plastic containers or glass jars. Kids will love cold-pressed fruit and veggie blends like the Wild Rumpus Avocado

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Italy producing her line of high-quality fabrics, which use green techniques and adhere to fair trade practices. Follow her social media accounts for inspiration and a boost in self-esteem. missionstatement.com KATE HUDSON has been an advocate for women’s health, even before the 2013 launch of Fabletics, her globally successful line of activewear for women and men. She is also the author of Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, a women’s guide to finding wellness inside and

Paltrow photo courtesy of @goop; Garner photo courtesy of @onceuponafarm; Swank photo courtesy of @hilaryswank.

GWYNETH PALTROW hatched Goop out of her home as a weekly newsletter in 2008. Nearly a decade later, the brand has evolved into a high-profile lifestyle website focusing on six categories—Wellness, Travel, Food, Beauty, Style and Work. There’s also an e-commerce division offering a curated array of products: Choose from Goop’s own line of luxury organic skincare, vitamin regimens (try the “Why Am I So Effing Tired?” package), natural fragrances and fashion labels. When she’s not running Goop, Paltrow


JESSICA ALBA’s The Honest Company, founded in 2012, is a one-stop shop for health-conscious home and baby products, such as stylish, eco-friendly diapers, NSF-certified rash cream, organic infant formula and vitamins for the family. Alba continues to guide The Honest Company’s creative marketing, strategy and product innovation. In 2017, the brand launched a new line of home products featuring plant-based soaps and detergents. honest.com “My mission when I started Honest is to empower people to live healthy, happy lives. So proud of my team for raising the bar in formulating safe and effective products!” —Jessica Alba

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Kate Hudson, creator of Fabletics activewear, author of Pretty Fun

out, published in 2016. Her latest, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition, is an entertainment guide filled with healthy recipes, advice on how to be in the moment, and reflections of appreciation for friends and family. fabletics.com “After Pretty Happy, I wanted to share a part of my life that brings me joy. I love a party, and the reason I love them is to connect, to laugh, and to celebrate with old friends, new friends and the people I love most.” —Kate Hudson

BEYONCÉ states that her Ivy Park activewear and athleisure collection, co-founded with Topshop in 2016, has the word ‘park’ in its moniker because “park is our commonality… anywhere we create for ourselves. It’s the place that drive comes from… we go to when we need to fight through something.” Linked to this inspiring message, based on Beyoncé’s memories of her frequent visits to Parkwood Park in Houston as a child, the garments offer even more than just impeccable stitching and superior flexibility for the everyday active woman. ivypark.com

of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body in 2013, followed three years later with the publication of The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time. Online, Diaz’s The Body Book site features healthy recipes, fitness articles and more, all focusing on sustaining a wholesome life. ourbodybook.com MIRANDA KERR launched Kora Organics, her cruelty-free, organic skincare in 2009. The line has been growing ever since, available in more than 400 stores in Kerr’s native Australia, almost 400 Sephora stores across North America, and was recently launched in China. In addition to her continued work with Kora as managing director, Kerr has written a self-help guide, Treasure Yourself, (published in 2010), encour-

aging young women to embrace their individuality. Kerr is a graduate of New York’s School of Integrative Nutrition. koraorganics.com “Not everyone knows this about me, but I’m actually a certified health coach. My love and genuine passion for health and well-being is what led me to create Kora Organics.” —Miranda Kerr Miranda Kerr, founder of Kora Organics skincare

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Innovative cookbook author Julie Piatt says “cheese” with almonds, cashews and other nutmeats. BY JULIA SZABO

“I’m blown away by the tastes and textures,” says Piatt.

Mentioning holidays and cheese conjures visions of party cheese balls: creamy dip rolled in nuts. But to lactose-intolerant partyers—that’s 65 percent of the world’s population— cheese balls spell S.O.S. Best-selling cookbook author Julie Piatt (The Plantpower Way) can relate—cheese, particularly her favorite bleu, was a blueprint for indigestion—yet she refused to go without. Determined to reclaim the dairy

delicacy herbivores hate to give up, Piatt dedicated two intense years to culinary innovation. Yield: This Cheese Is Nuts! (Avery), her crazy-delicious collection of recipes for transforming almonds, cashews and other nutmeats into “Cheese 2.0,” then creating decadent appetizers, entrees (lasagna!) and desserts. “I’m blown away by the tastes and textures: everything we love about cheese,” she says. “Also, to my great joy, I never had 152

a stomachache and never gained weight.” Holiday options include Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread, Classic Gorgonzola Blue Cheese, and Cashew Bleu (the very convincing veins come from nutrient-dense spirulina). “People have asked me, does it taste exactly like blue cheese? I say no; it tastes better!” Whether you choose to roll it in nuts is entirely your call.


AT A GLANCE

Upcoming LA events to scope out that will expand your mind and supplement your body. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO DECEMBER 1-10 Los Angeles Auto Show Founded in 1907 and spanning more than 870,000 square feet, the LA Auto Show is one of the most-anticipated and attended events each winter. Visitors will participate in test drives and discover the latest vehicles from the world’s leading automakers including more than 50 vehicle debuts like the eco-friendly, all-electric BMW i Vision Dynamics and the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Child tickets from $5, adults from $15. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.; laautoshow.com

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DECEMBER 8-JANUARY 21 Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico Enter a waking dream state at Luzia where light (“luz” in Spanish) and rain (“lluvia”) beautifully entwine with surrealistic visuals and acrobatic performances. The introduction of water adds a level of complexity for the performing artists that has never been done before at Cirque du Soleil. Get ready to see hoop-diving (a traditional circus move from China), trapeze-flying through pouring rain showers and two giant treadmills used to generate speed. Tickets from $50. Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave.; cirquedusoleil.com

ities and families in need as concertgoers are expected to bring an unwrapped toy or “gift of joy.” Tickets from $159.50. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St.; staplescenter.com

contribute to the evolving and thriving art market of Los Angeles. This is one of the world’s largest shows with leading galleries from more than 18 countries taking over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space. Tickets from $25. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.; laartshow.com

JANUARY 6 The Yoga Expo This one-day yoga extravaganza offers a wide array of classes from kid- and beginner-centric to advanced. You can custom-make your schedule, leaving time to visit the sound-healing stage and marketplace of yoga apparel, accessories and nourishing vegan food. All-day pass from $35, free for children under 12. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.; theyogaexpo.org

FEBRUARY 24-25 Chinatown Firecracker Get fired up and celebrate the Lunar New Year with a charity run for local elementary schools and community nonprofit organizations. Festivities kick off with the 10th anniversary bike ride on the 24th followed by a 5K, 10K and Kiddie Run on the 25th. Registration from $35. 943 North Broadway; firecracker10k.org

JANUARY 10-14 L.A. Art Show Art aficionados, collectors and galleries come together to view, purchase, exhibit and

MARCH 10 Enormous Elephant Run Suit up in your best “ellie” outfit

and join the herd for the West Coast debut of Enormous Elephant, which supports conservation programs of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It is a 5K run or walk through scenic Griffith Park and while you won’t see a 4-ton gray animal stomping the grounds, you’re bound to come across some interesting getups and entertainment. Child registration from $20, adults from $44. Crystal Springs Trail and Picnic Area, Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive; enormouselephantrun.com MARCH 17-18 Nature Fest The beauty of L.A. is in its topographical diversity of city streets, desert mountains and Pacific Ocean beaches. Visit the Natural History Museum for an in-depth exploration of the city’s varied wildlife population, where scientists will be available to answer all your flora and fauna questions. The festival will have more than 30 exhibitor booths, hands-on activities, live animal presentations, nature walks and more. Child admission from $5, adults from $12. Natural History Museum of LA County, 900 Exposition Blvd.; nhm.org MARCH 18 Los Angeles Marathon Thousands of athletes from more than 63 countries will race to the finish line in five divisions: Wheelchairs, Handcycles, Elite Women, Elite Men and Full Field. In addition to marathon registration, you can better prepare by signing up for the L.A. Road Runners training program ($100). Entry fee from $190. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave.; lamarathon.com

DECEMBER 10 Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Concert Stevie Wonder is hosting his 21st annual benefit concert for the We Are You Foundation with special guests Tony Bennett, Andra Day, Savion Glover, Dave Matthews and Pharrell. House Full of Toys helps children, people with disabil-

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MARCH 25 Vegan Street Fair Everyone from strict vegans to foodie explorers will enjoy this bustling fair of local restaurants and vendors set up to serve $4 bite-size tastes of vegan cuisine. Free admission. Chandler Boulevard between Tujunga and Vineland Avenues; veganstreetfair.com


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Two of Los Angeles’ most anticipated (and ambitious) openings BY KATHERINE KIMS

EATALY

VESPERTINE

WHERE: Culver City WHO: Chef Jordan Kahn of Destroyer and formerly Red Medicine, architect Eric Owen Moss WHAT: The 22-seat space reads

Sculptural table settings at Vespertine.

more like a modern-art museum than a fine-dining restaurant. What the owners describe as “sculptural table and seating,” suspended from the ceiling, is just one aspect of this dining experience that spreads over 18 courses and four levels, starting with a rooftop amuse-bouche and ending with a digestif in the outdoor garden. MAIN COURSE: Reservations must be prepaid, and are accepted for up to four guests ($250 per person); you may need to book up to two months in advance. Expect a changing tasting menu of dishes such as Turnip Banana, Mango Redwood, and Burnt Onion Black

Currant artfully plated on Ryota Aoki ceramics. GARNISH: The Eric Moss-designed architecture was not only preserved—the steel-andglass façade was untouched during the remodel—but also an inspiration for the creation of Vespertine. Explains Kahn, “For most restaurants, you get a black box, and you design around it to create a certain feel. Vespertine began with the building, which already had an energy and feeling. So, the dining room is minimalist. The tones overall are soft glowing light with neutral greys. There were no direct external aesthetic influences.” vespertine.la 154

Vespertine photos by Jeff Elstone

WHERE: Westfield Century City WHO: Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, Michael Cimarusti WHAT: The Turin-based food emporium opens at LA’s Westside shopping mall with a 60,000-plus-square-foot food hall containing three restaurants, cooking school (there are hands-on pasta classes and demonstrations on classics including lasagna alla bolognese and arancini) and a market featuring all things Italian. MAIN COURSE: Taste and stock up on olive oil: Shoppers can sample and buy olive oil in glass-carafe bulk. If dining in—no reservations—don’t miss Neapolitan- and Roman-style pizzas from the wood-burning oven and the crudo bar at seafood-focused Il Pesce Cucina from the chef behind Providence. GARNISH: Eataly thinks local, using local producers and flour mills for its homemade mozzarella and burrata (handmade on-site daily) and breads. They’ve also teamed up with Dock to Dish to source sustainable seafood from small-scale fisheries. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., eataly.com


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EXPLORE

Freeze frame: Italian geologist Francesco Sauro documents the otherworldly majesty of Greenland’s glacial ice caves. BY RAY ROGERS

The Greenland icecap is an incredible place in and of itself, because it’s so huge and everything around you is ice. And because there are no mountains in this area we explored—the west of Greenland—even the ice is very clear and very clean; there are no rocks in it. When you arrive in the helicopter, it’s like landing on another planet. And then to get to go down inside this glacier, which can be thicker than 1,000 meters—in some places it’s even more than 2,000 meters—it’s really impressive because you are in something that is alive. The entire icecap is continuously moving and you hear a lot of noises from the ice; cracks are forming and the same caves you are exploring are changing day by day. With ice cave exploration, it’s not about conquering, because what you are exploring will change and disappear. We need to look at the planet as something special. Expeditions like this one in Greenland and others that I’m organizing around the world in other cave systems have the objective to really look to this part of the Earth, the underground environment, and to learn something about it that is connected to our water and our lives in general. These kinds of studies are really important to link exactly what we are looking at in terms of climate change, evolution of the past and then to the future, of course. In my mind, exploration also always means protection. If you have the very rare privilege to enter into these spaces, and see how beautiful and how important these environments are, you also feel responsible for what could happen to them. So we feel the need to protect them from destruction, contamination and any kind of human activity that could damage them.

“You are in something that is alive,” says Sauro of exploring the depths of the Greenland Icecap.

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What lies beneath? This is the question that spurs the work of Italian geologist Francesco Sauro, who has been exploring the terrain of caves for years. In his recent Moncler-sponsored expedition to Greenland, Inside the Glaciers, he went deep into a glacial ice cave to document the majesty of the pristine environment to understand how the planet is evolving, so we can better protect it. Here, Sauro tells Purist about the experience.


SNOWBOARDING

“Going into this Olympics, my eyes are open and I’m ready for everything,” says White.

Snowboarding completely consumes my focus, so it’s a curse and a blessing at the same time. There’s always anxiousness to win and to be the best. And everything else going on in life tends to get pushed aside because of snowboarding, so when you come home you realize, ‘Oh man. I haven’t spoken to this good friend of mine in months.’ There’s a good and bad side to everything, and it wasn’t until after the last Olympics that I saw the bad side of snowboarding. Sochi was a big loss for me. What always used to happen suddenly didn’t work out as planned. And it wasn’t my physical body that I was concerned about. It was more the mental game. I had just kind of checked out. So afterward I took the time to to get right with myself before getting back on the board. I focused on other things I like to do but never had the time to—like playing music. I also took the time to just talk, and my family was there for me. I was like, ‘Well, the worst thing I could have imagined happened and I’m still here.’ I just assumed— because of the crazy way I approached things—that the medals and everything I’ve done would be erased by this one monumental loss. But people afterward were like, “No man, you’re a champ. Deal with the ghosts. You’re a hero.” It was a beautiful realization. Going into this Olympics, my 160

eyes are open and I’m ready for everything. I realized I needed to take my physical training up a notch. It was like, Why not be kind to yourself and start working out on a regular basis? You do feel better about yourself when you work out. You feel accomplished for the day. So that was a big change in my life. And then I switched coaches. I switched business managers. You name it, everything changed around me. And each change led to a more positive state of mind, which has now helped me come back to snowboarding and feel excited again. Unlike certain traditional sports, with snowboarding you have to be inspired to do it. So when I’m out on the mountain it’s all about creating those circumstances where you can get inspired. You surround yourself with people who motivate you. So I’m excited for this Olympics—to have that world stage to perform on. There’s so many times where I just stop and I say, “Thank the stars that I get to do what I do.” I mean, literally, the stars will be out during a competition while I’m riding from the chairlift drop-off point down to the halfpipe and it’s just me riding down icy trails on a closed mountain. All I can think about is how amazing the stars are, how amazing it is to be in this situation and maybe I’m in first place and maybe I’m not, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m just happy to be there.

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After earning gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, Shaun White was looking forward to snowboarding back to the top of the podium yet again at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. But White came in a disappointing fourth. Now, as he prepares for February’s Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, White writes about how he bounced back from the loss and reconnected with his love for the sport.


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Rave’s next wave: Sober social events on both coasts are healthy and happening. BY MATT DIEHL

alcohol-free “inspirational variety show” featuring film screenings, meditation and healthy cuisine. When asked what he considers the hub of L.A.’s sober social scene, Moby—the pop icon, vegan activist, and a pillar of sobriety for a decade—cites Café 101, a late-night diner in a Hollywood Best Western. His own excellent vegan restaurant, Little Pine, serves wine but is a magnet for those with a passion for wellness. “Los Angeles just isn’t a drinking city like New York or London,” he says. “Social life in L.A. revolves more around farmers’ markets and hiking.” To that end, you’re likely to find sober meetups at the hiking trails of Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park, or the trendiest restaurants and coolest watering holes. Though they still serve alcohol, many of L.A.’s most esteemed restaurants like A.O.C., All’Acqua, Paley, The Wallace, Delilah, Connie and Ted’s and Cassia have adopted ambitious “mocktail” programs. Even LA’s original temple of the new mixology movement, The Varnish, offers enticing craft mocktails like its famed artisanal pineapple ginger beer. In New York City, the curated alcohol-free event series Club Soda NYC came about via a partnership between meditation guru Biet Simkin and Ruby Warrington of The Numinous (a self-described “Now Age” platform for “where Céline shoes and the Celestine Prophecy could exist in beautiful harmony.”) Club Soda offers various gatherings as a “social experiment” to fill the dearth of “high-end, highvibe events where alcohol is off the menu”—a distinct rarity in the city that never sleeps.

It’s 6AM, and the dance floor is jammed to capacity with Hollywood’s beautiful people—hands in the air, sweaty and clearly loving life in the moment. But for once the ecstasy isn’t methamphetamine; there’s no ear-blasting EDM coming through the speakers. Instead, the room is eerily quiet, with the partygoers all wearing headphones, lost in music only they can hear. Here, the energy comes not from drugs or alcohol, but the collective embrace of wellness, spirituality and sober living. It’s the kind of scene you’ll find at one of the boozefree “silent disco” events thrown across America’s major cities by the Daybreaker collective. It’s more proof of the dynamism of the new “sober social” scene—buzzworthy alcohol-free events and environments that even merely “sober-curious” tastemakers are embracing for their coolness. The wittily named Bender—another purveyor of wellness events—offers “an urban playground for body and soul” creating “experiences that blend yoga, dance, fresh music, art and culture.” The group’s hipster-healthy happenings are designed in collaboration with top DJs, yogis and wellness gurus. Meanwhile, for LA’s woke foodies, there’s also the booze-free, spirit-nurturing Conscious Family Dinner series. Sober social events seem to have a hybrid slant to them—possibly influenced by their founders’ experiences at multifaceted communal celebrations like the Burning Man. The Shine Movement (in LA, New York and London), for instance, is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, semi-quarterly, 162

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Wild for wellness: Inside the underground “sober social scene.”


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ADVENTURE fell in the Arctic Ocean and I had to break back through the ice to get to where my friend was,” recalls Stoup. And wait until you hear the tale about his most harrowing polar bear encounter. “It was day two of a 52-day expedition to the North Pole,” recalls Stoup, who was accompanied by two other trekkers—one Norwegian, one Dutch. “I was in the tent boiling water and the Dutch guy, Mark, was outside doing his morning business. All of a sudden I hear Mark scream, ‘He’s going to kill me!’ I unzip the tent and about 10 feet away, there’s a 12-foot-tall polar bear standing on its hind legs with Mark trying to keep the bear at bay with a shovel—all while Mark’s pants are down by his Stroup spent 62 days trekking ankles.” A shotgun blast 787 miles in subzero weather to the South Pole. into the air ultimately scared the beast away. Although Stoup—who’s married and has three sons— thrives on overcoming such dangers, these days the main goal of his expeditions is to help out charities. “I have nothing to prove anymore, unless we’re raising money,” says Stoup, who’s raked in more than $17 million for various causes, including childhood cancer and education. He’s also raising awareness about the impact climate change is having on the regions he’s grown to love. “I’ve seen a huge difference at the North Pole,” he says. “When I first started going, I saw a lot of multilayer ice; now the ice is super thin.” So as he guides clients through the beautiful terrain, “I’m trying to get people to become ambassadors for these places,” he says. “To help make sure they remain clean and pristine.” iceaxe.tv/expedition

Doug Stoup likes to refer to himself as “bi-polar.” It’s a cheeky bit of shorthand to sum up monumental accomplishments—being one of the few hardy souls who’ve trekked hundreds of miles over grueling, ice-hardened landscapes to make it to both the North and South Poles. For Stoup, 53, his career as a professional adventurer started with an urge to engage in some extreme sports. “Back in 1999, I wanted to ski and snowboard the highest peak in Antarctica,” says Stoup. “That’s when I fell in love with Antarctica. I was fascinated by the pristine-ness—and the continent is teeming with penguins, seals and whales. Since then I’ve been back 43 times.” After his second trip to the region, “I was asked to guide a blind gentleman and a deaf gentleman from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole,” says Stoup, who now heads up his own adventure firm, Ice Axe Expeditions. “That’s when things really came together.” “You learn a lot about yourself,” says Stoup of spending 62 days trekking 787 miles in sub-zero conditions. And though you’re in the middle of nowhere, Stroup describes the experience as a “very civilized” way of life. “You get up, boil ice and snow to get water to be able to eat and drink,” he says. “Then you get out of your tent and start getting your miles done. You don’t think about paying bills or the things you’d focus on in normal society. You just think about survival.” On that front, there are plenty of terrifying scenarios to ponder. Once, while making his way to the North Pole, “I 164

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The Cold Warrior: Extreme weather, punishing terrain and menacing polar bears are all in a day’s work for professional adventurer Doug Stoup. BY JAMIE BUFALINO


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NUMEROLOGY

Nothing is slowing down two-time Oscar-winning Queen of Aerobics Jane Fonda. Here, we take a by-the-numbers look at the actress and activist, who turns 80 on December 21.

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Age at which Fonda made her Broadway debut in There Was a Little Girl (1960), for which she received a Tony award nomination. She also made her screen debut that year in Joshua. Logan’s Tall Story.

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Number of children Fonda has: Vanessa Vadim, Troy Garity and Mary Luana Williams.

“Perfect? It doesn’t exist. What matters is that you’re whole.” —Jane Fonda

HOROSCOPE: Dec. 21, 1937 Jane Fonda is full of fire! She is a Sagittarius with a Leo moon, which shows her to be youthful, vibrant, adventurous and willing to take risks. She also has Mercury in Capricorn, giving her a savvy head for business. There is still more success and accolades to come for this actor—Sagittarians always remain relevant because at their heart, they are all wisdom seekers. —Horoscope by Karen Thorne

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Year Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem founded the Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit organization working to raise the visibility, viability and decision-making power of women and girls in media.

Fonda’s age when she taught dance at Fire Island Pines, New York.

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Number of Golden Globe awards Fonda has won. She also received two Academy Awards (Klute, 1971, and Coming Home, 1978) and one Emmy (The Dollmaker, 1984).

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Year Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda was born in NYC to screen star Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Seymour. She was named after Henry VIII’s third wife, a distant relative on her mother’s side.

Number of times Fonda meditates each day for half an hour. She practices Zazen meditation and yoga.

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Number of years Fonda has been an activist. She protested the Vietnam War, stood alongside Black Panther Party members, fought next to Harvey Milk and advocated for women’s rights—to name a few.

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Approximate number of copies sold of Fonda’s first exercise video, Jane Fonda’s Workout (1982), making it the highest-grossing how-to video of all time. She went on to make 29 more workout videos and DVDs.

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PURE LOVE

At the Aspen City of Wellbeing conference Lead with Love, inspirational author and speaker Marianne Williamson urged attendees to love with conviction. For Purist, she shares her thoughts on the importance of exploring mind, body and spirit towards an optimal state of well being.

do—evolve humanity—and that resonates with me. I urge people everywhere to love with conviction, to get involved to change our world, to be taken seriously. The ideas of manifesting my dream and seeking spirituality in some rarified atmosphere for one’s own sake on a holy mountain somewhere is not spirituality. We cannot ignore the ugly underbelly of life, because it exists. It gets us to the next level. Yes, life is ugly, and will sometimes get you down, but that’s where the work comes in. While we aspire to that place of spiritual freedom of oneness and love, we have to live in this empirical world of duality. No amount of green juice and gluten-free meals can fix our world. It is time to enquire how we can be of use and service to the wider community. We cannot get to the resurrection without the crucifixion.

More than ever, the symphony of the collective is what is important now, not the tune of the individual instruments. Take a look at nature, its intelligence engulfs us—synergy and collaboration all the way. It is a time for society to come together and create a new reality. Beyond the material there is an ultimate reality in the mind of God, but in the meantime, we’ve taken what could be a divine experience of humanity and produced horror. The only things we have to affect our present are the choices we make in every moment, and that defines our life. Our engagement in our world will determine if we will or will not make it on this planet. The only sustainable option is to evolve. Because hope is a moral imperative, I am glad for initiatives like Lead with Love. It is doing what we are trying to 168

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The Purist - Winter Issue 2017  
The Purist - Winter Issue 2017  

Featuring the All Natural Naomi Watts with Jane Fonda, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Shaun White and many others.