Summer: an Exercise in Finding the Calm in the Chaos

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 03:02 Written by Donna Karan Friday, 19 August 2011 03:33

Karan Donna yoga1 Summer: an Exercise in Finding the Calm in the Chaos
It has been a restorative season and as summer winds down, I am spending my time enjoying the last moments of sunshine while I gear up for an exciting and full fall calendar.

My passion for preserving culture has been renewed and amplified by my recent trip to Haiti where I saw the results of months of work come to life. As I shared in my blog, it felt like Christmas to unpack boxes upon boxes of gorgeous artisan wares. Every item embodies the endless potential of Haiti’s future and it was an amazing thing to be able to touch and feel the passion that we’ve poured into every piece. I invite you to stop by the Urban Zen store or visit our tent at the Bridgehampton Polo Challenge to experience this passion for Haiti for yourself.

The cultural momentum borne out of my Haiti trip continues with Nomad Two Worlds in Berlin, timed to support the upcoming World Peace Festival. I am so excited to join my friends Russell James, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Jackman for the European premier of Russell’s new Nomad Two Worlds. It will be a fantastic exhibition and I am thrilled to share that you can experience the diverse richness of Nomad Two Worlds by tuning in to our live streaming on August 20th. I’ll be joining a paneled conversation with key representatives from Haiti, Native America and Indigenous Australia. The panel will delve into pressing cultural topics and we’ll open the floor to the online community during our question and answer period. So, start thinking of your questions now and join us online on August 20th!

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Celebrating Haitian Artistry In the Hamptons

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 04:56 Written by Donna Karan Monday, 8 August 2011 06:08

Over the last few months I have shared with you my heart for Haiti – my love of the people, the artisans, the creativity, the country. Well, summer is here and I am bringing Haiti to the Hamptons. We have so many extraordinary developments to share with you and I encourage you to come and visit Urban Zen in Sag Harbor. You’ve heard me talk about the magic of Haiti and now you can come touch, feel and be surrounded by the essence of Haiti. The Urban Zen Retail stores are filled with gorgeous Haitian product and 100% of the sales are used to continue the efforts of our HOPE, HELP AND REBUILD HAITI initiative.

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The Bridgehampton Polo Challenge: An Exchange of Inspiration

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2011 11:19 Written by Urban Zen Monday, 25 July 2011 08:15

PoloWeeklyNew3 The Bridgehampton Polo Challenge: An Exchange of InspirationIt continues to be a very exciting summer for Urban Zen. As we prepare for a new slate of programming for the fall, our July and August are dedicated to bringing our Hope Help & Rebuild Haiti (HHRH) initiative to the Hamptons. Each weekend of Bridgehampton Polo, pieces from the HHRH collection will be sold, from which 100% of the proceeds go back to supporting Haitian artisans as they build back their country’s future.

This weekend Jenna Bond-Louden, our Director of Development, attended the opening of the 15th season of Bridgehampton Polo. Here, she shares her experience with us:

Spending this past Saturday, July 23, at Bridgehampton Polo was a great occasion. The sun could not have been any hotter; even as late as 4 o’clock in the afternoon, the heat could not be escaped. However, as with new beginnings, the energy of the crowd was determined by the comfort of relaxed summer joy. Fewer hats and plenty of iced cocktails decorated the reception alongside the grounds as the match featuring Nacho Figeras, Marino Aguerre, Tomas Garcia del Rio and Christian “Magoo” La Prida proceeded. Friend of the foundation, Russell Simmons, was in attendance, as was actor Malik Yoba who spent time under the Urban Zen tent getting to know our work and sharing his experience, among a flock of vivacious event goers.

Along with three other members of the foundation team, including our executive director Myra Magaletta, I spent the afternoon connecting with attendees in conversation about the work of Urban Zen Foundation, while learning about the philanthropy that matters most to those enjoying the match. When people were not engaged in the sport, they dropped by our tent for Reiki therapy performed by one of our two Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZITs), infused with essential oil therapy. A moment of surrender proved, as the weather powered on, to be the best relief to the heat.

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