Anyone who’s attended a wellness retreat knows that it’s pricey—destination events can cost upwards of thousands of dollars in order to provide a safe, quality experience. But unfortunately, cost can be a prohibitive barrier to entry for many.
Enter Commune, the affordable, inclusive retreat we’ve been dreaming of. Masterminded by Serge Berliawsky and Amber Lee, the four-day retreat tucked into the Malibu Mountains was meant to unite like minded individuals who wanted to explore multiple aspects of the healing world. “We're weaving together a community of friends who are grounded, creative, spiritually-centered, diverse, and passionate about life,” says Berliawsky.
We sat down with Serge to learn more about the retreat experience—and how we can make the most of the incredible programming they’ve curated.
Sah D'Simone lives IRL.
ALEXANDRA CARELLI IS A SPIRITUAL ACTIVIST. THE FOUNDER OF MOON MOUNTAIN GATHERING, CARELLI IS BRINGING AWARENESS TO THE CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AND LACK OF DIVERSITY INTO THE “CONSCIOUS” WORLD, WHERE TIE-DYED DREAMCATCHERS HANG FROM THE FRONT MIRRORS OF THEIR CARS, PALO SANTO PERFUMES YOGA CLASSES, AND TRADITIONAL TRIBAL SYMBOLS ADORN CAUCASIAN SKIN.
CARELLI POINTS OUT THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION—AND BELIEVES IN A FUTURE IN WHICH WE CAN GRACEFULLY APPRECIATE OTHER CULTURES, INSTEAD OF CLAIMING THEIR RITUALS AND PRACTICES AS OUR OWN WITHOUT CONTEXT.
SO, SHE CREATED MOON MOUNTAIN GATHERING, A THREE-DAY RETREAT, TO HELP EDUCATE WOMEN ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CULTURAL APPROPRIATION VERSUS APPRECIATION, TO CELEBRATE ALL SPIRITUAL CULTURES, AND TO CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED SOULS. WE SAT DOWN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MOON MOUNTAIN GATHERING, AND TO GET EDUCATED ON HOW TO APPROPRIATELY ENGAGE IN RITUALS FROM CULTURES THAT AREN’T OUR OWN.
Find Your Breath with Keith Mitchell
A meditation expert, transformational coach, and author, Sah has spent years mastering the art of true presence. Sure, he's heavily meditated, but Sah gets that not everyone has days to sit in Vipassana or even an hour a day to get quiet.
“I’m not distracted in what happened or what will happen. My mind and body feel at ease—I see beauty in everyone and everything.“
ALCHEMIZE BEAUTY WITH KARLA DASCAL OF THE SACRED SPACE MIAMI
Keith Mitchell understands the power of breath. A linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Mitchell’s life was dramatically altered with a mid-game spinal injury left him partially paralyzed. In an instant, his hard-earned career was gone—and his life was changed forever.
After a spinal injury which left him partially paralyzed, Keith dove headfirst into the world of meditation and pranayama—”Breathing and movement are the core principles of yoga. They allow me to feel strong,” he says. Now, spends his time traveling the world teaching yoga, meditation, and mindful breathing.
BYO @ Anima Mundi
KARLA DASCAL, THE WOMAN BEHIND SACRED SPACE MIAMI, HAS COMBINED WELLNESS, PLANT-BASED FOOD, AND COMMUNITY ALL UNDER ONE GORGEOUS ROOF. TO KARLA, THE PHYSICAL BEAUTY OF SACRED SPACE MIAMI IS A MANIFESTATION OF THE BEAUTIFUL SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATIONS THAT HAPPEN INSIDE THE VENUE. "HEALING MYSELF SO I CAN HEAL OTHERS AND PLANET IS HOW I BRING BEAUTY INTO THE WORLD," SAYS KARLA.
ANIMA MUNDI’S TONIC BAR AND APOTHECARY IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK IS A VERITABLE WELLNESS WONDERLAND—AND THE PERFECT PLACE TO GRAB MAGICAL BOTANICALS IN BULK, FLEX YOUR LEARNING MUSCLES, AND BRING YOUR OWN TRAVEL MUG!