Building Zen Lot

A True Practitioner Collective +

Community Wellness Center

The Story

Born out of my passion for creating and equanimous Wellness Collective, Zen Lot had a two year run from January 2016 to December 2018. Based in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, the collective held space for many heart-felt offerings. From the incredible artists that contributed, the photographers that captured the process, and the practitioners that offered their hands, it was truly nothing short of magic in this sense.

Ultimately, there were underlying challenges, mostly with the location and external factors so outside of my control, that proved unfavorable to continue. Deciding to close was was one of the hardest things I ever had to do and yet… Choosing myself proved to be one of the most important decisions of my life. While, I knew continuing was a choice; it was one I knew it was one coming at a great cost. Acknowledging when something is over is never easy. And, yet the wisdom to know it, is invaluable. Celebrating the many “wins,” is important to me — having the opportunity to build this vision with my Dad, was incredible. Getting to support tween girls with our 2 years of yoga together — beyond amazing. Show casing artists like Amanda Giacomini, Jenny Feinberg, and Angela Tirrell as apart of this vision. A dream come true.

In my heart, I know collectives will be the way of the future for wellness offerings…I don’t know how far in the future that will be, but when it comes, I will always feel good that I offered my hat in the ring on the subject.

In walking away…I realized that the spirit of the offering was not in vain. Not only were many lives touched during this potent two-year run — much incredible art created (10,000 Buddhas alone was a huge boon for Napa) the spirit of collective healing will live on…waiting for the right time, and place, and people to resume forward with the notion that we can — and in fact, must, create something different than what we know. Bearing witness to the amalgamation of these efforts, in this sweet two-years was truly a gift. And, one so rare its magnificence is not lost on me. Whatever I do next, this love will continue on…And, maybe the spirit of Zen Lot will find a life of its own too. Who’s to know…

Artists featured from the top: Angela Tirrell, Amanda Giacomini, Megan Reeves, Emilie Bers, + Amanda Strauss and Jenny Feinberg

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