I’ve always squirmed at the thought of declaring myself completely done with certain things in my life. My old thought patterns and the less in-tune version of myself was a stage-five clinger to feelings of shame, guilt, and fear. The phrase “easier said than done” had truth behind it. I was saying it far too often. In conversations, I found it much easier to say I’m done when speaking indirectly, but declaring it out loud to the individuals directly affected was no small feat. We are a culture led by fear and too often make excuses as a way to... Get the full story

At this point, many of us have come to realize that digital media and smartphones in particular, have adverse effects on our mental and even physical wellbeing. For all the pleasures and conveniences of non-stop access to social networks, email, newsfeeds, and entertainment, there are an array of potential side-effects and setbacks to our relationships (loss of intimacy), quality of work (loss of productivity and focus), personal wellbeing (anxiety and depression), and potentially long-term health (cancer). As an anthropologist/yoga teacher/artist and now entrepreneur, I place great value on the rituals we uphold in our daily life, and the space we... Get the full story

Ever feel like the same thing keeps happening? Why am I attracting this behavior or situation?? Well, I have, quite recently. And it doesn’t feel good. Personally, I keep noticing people in my life who avoid discomfort and create hardships for themselves and strain relationships because of it. Somehow I’m that person in the way… I only recently came to the hard realization that maybe it’s me that’s attracting this unclear pattern of communication and avoiding the uncomfortable conversation. Then it hit me. It WAS me. It was a mirror of my own energy and my own fear to communicate... Get the full story

Spirulina? Chlorella? Tocos? Anandamide? Reishi? No these are not the names of exotic islands. They are the names of some incredible powdered power foods that are on the rise.  Power food powders and supplements are all the rage these days, and no wonder. They are an incredible way to get nutrients quickly into your system. But it can be really difficult to incorporate these somewhat puzzling substances into your daily routine if you aren’t used to them. Last year there was an article written about a certain wellness guru’s eating regimen that gained a huge amount of bad press because everything... Get the full story

SERENE has created a whole summer of programming in Montauk in partnership with One Roof and The Surf Lodge. Whether its hanging out by the pool/beach and catching some yoga, getting some work done in our co-working space or booking an appointment with one of our incredible well-being practitioners..Summer 2016 is waiting for you in Montauk. One Roof and SERENE have partnered to create an industry first co-working and wellness concept at the Surf Lodge in Montauk. Let’s change the conversation around how we work. IT’S NO LONGER ABOUT 9AM-9PM UNDER FLOURESCENT LIGHTS WITHOUT A BREAK FOR LUNCH. Imagine taking... Get the full story

“May you respond to the call of your gift, and find the courage to follow its path” – John O’Donohue Picture this… You’re getting off a plane in Marrakesh, Morocco, being collected by a 4×4 jeep, leaving behind the hustle and bustle, not only of your own city, but also one of Morocco’s largest tourist destinations and heading far into the desert in the knowledge that there is no more contact by mobile phone or internet for six days and five nights. Entering the Atlas Mountains, the home of the Berber Nomad Tribe, a huge vista with breathtaking scenery faces... Get the full story

What happens when friendship is fused with movement, music, and style? The result is RIE + RYN, a lifestyle clothing brand empowering women to accept themselves as they are. Founded by and named after friends Carrie (Rie) and Taryn (Ryn), the line captures their shared passion for freedom and comfort without sacrificing style. SERENE is delighted to partner with RIE + RYN to present a wish list for the month of May. Carrie reveals what kick starts her day, the importance of music, and how RIE + RYN has become a second skin for many women. What are some of... Get the full story

Every Sunday in Spain it amazes me and warms my heart to see families and friends gather inside or out, enjoying each other’s company, and actually sitting down to have a meal together. This week I share my experience of the European notion “Switch off Sundays” and how this S.O.S. has been life-changing for me, my family and can be for you too. “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a... Get the full story

We launched into May with five planets retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. Retrograde planets appear to move backwards in the sky from our vantage point on Earth. Mercury refers to how we need to think. Mars refers to how we need to take action. Jupiter refers to our need for expansion and reward. Saturn refers to our need for structure, ambition and necessary controls. Pluto refers to our need for perspective and transformation – like it or not, because with Pluto, resistance is futile. What do all these retrograde planets suggest? Mercury retrograde suggests a higher probability of... Get the full story

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