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.
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.Read More