eastmeetswestEast Meets West

Friday, May 20th | 6:30pm-9pm @ The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art,

Saturday, May 21st and Sunday May 22nd @ The Center for Social Innovation

The Third Annual festival and conference will be a weekend filled with an array of offerings, including talks with world-class speakers, hands on workshops, wellness services, inspirational art, healthy bites, and amazing music. Intended to introduce New York City residents to Eastern and Western cultures, including modern and traditional forms of wellness, wisdom, wonder, and world culture, it will included over 40 speakers, presenters, musicians and DJs throughout the weekend. Speakers include Brian Chase, drummer from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Robert Thurman, buddhist academic, writer and founder of The Tibet House, Parvati Shallow, 3 time contestant and winner of CBS’s hit show Survivor, Lisa Park, Artist, Alexandre Tannous, Sound Meditation Researcher and Practitioner, and a number of surprise guests. Performers include DopeLeague, JoroBoro, and many more. Topics covered will include Meditation, Transformative Technology, Mindful Business, Yoga, Ayurveda, Sound Therapy, Sustainable Design and much more.

Tickets start at $90 | Get a 20% discount with code WESTFEST


kenneth2016 Kota Sustainable Style Fashion Awards

Wednesday, May 25 |VIP Reception and Silent Auction Starts At 6:30pm | General Admission 7:30pm – 11pm @ The Garage, 611 West 50th St.

The 2016 Sustainable Style Fashion Awards will showcase the work of fashion design students who have repurposed donated fabrics into “1930’s New York Art-Deco Inspired” Eveningwear. Their work will be featured alongside both emerging and renowned industry designers, and a celebrity judging panel will award prizes sponsored by EILEEN FISHER and GUDRUN SJODEN to the top three designers. Afterward, party with Mari Malek (DJ Stiletto), an honoree and beneficiary of the event, whose organization Stand For Education is bringing education to children in rural South Sudan, especially girls.

Tickets $125 – $500

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 1.22.10 PMConscious Beauty + Fashion

Thursday, May 26th from 7pm to 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm) @ Interface NYC, 140 W. 30th Street (between 6th + 7th ave)

An event aimed at forging new partnerships and pioneering dialogue with experts in varied aspects of aesthetics and creative expression, it includes as panelists makeup artist and natural beauty expert Rebecca Casciano; eco fashion designer Susana Colina; apothecarian and herbal farmer Dana Eudy; and NY Times coined “fashion world’s artisanal fabric dyer” Audrey Louis Reynolds. Apothecary Pop-Up founder Juliet Silva Yee will be moderating the conversation on sustainability in the beauty and fashion industries.

Tickets are $15

uncorked10th Annual Brooklyn Uncorked

Thursday, May 26 | 6 – 9 pm @ 26 Bridge St, 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn

Enjoy award-winning wines from New York State wineries and nibble on delicious food from some of the most popular restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Featuring Beecher’s Handmade Cheese • Brooklyn Winery • Bruce Cost Ginger Ale • Ellary’s Greens •Green Mountain Energy • GuS Grown-up Soda • Hunter’s • KRAVE Jerky • Les Trois Petits Cochons • Lombardi’s Market • Nobletree Coffee • Norm’s at the Brooklyn Museum • Orwashers Bakery • Palo Santo • Paulaner NYC • Red Tail Ridge Winery • Untitled at the Whitney • Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante • Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits • Wölffer Estate Vineyard and more…

Tickets are $60 to $80

veganVegan Modernist Cuisine: Cooking with Agar

Tuesday, May 31 | 6:30 to 10 pm @ Natural Gourmet Institute, 48 W 21 Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan

Derived from seaweed, agar or kanten is high in fiber and minerals and has amazing properties that make it popular in molecular gastronomy and other culinary applications, i.e. as a vegan gelatin to make “wagashi” – traditional Japanese sweets. Join Chef Hideyo Yamada to explore the wondrous world of agar and learn how to make gorgeous vegan and  gluten-free terrine, noodles, mousse, caviar, eggless custard and cheesecake.

Tickets are $125

montauckThe Path Retreat

June 2nd – 5th @ Montauk, Long Island

Join the meditation group The Path, and a community of twenty conscious intellectuals in a beautiful private home by the ocean. You’ll enjoy yoga and meditation each day, led by Ally Bogard. You’ll dine on breakfast, lunch and dinner each day prepared by vegan chef Daphne Cheng. The theme of the retreat is lila. What is lila? It’s creative play. It’s about releasing your limiting beliefs. Trying new things. And surrendering to joy. If you’re really into it, you can stay beyond the weekend and into the week.

2 spots left | $900 plus accommodations

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 6.02.10 PMBirds, Beers & Burgers!

Flushing Ave. & Clinton Ave., Brooklyn

Join Brooklyn Grange for a very special viewing on one of the last weekends of Creative Time’s Fly By Night, by artist Duke Riley, a meditative spectacle of a massive flock of trained pigeons lit up with LEDs, against the backdrop of the sun setting behidn the Manhattan skyline. BonBite Catering will be serving up a veritable feast of sliders, sides and more!

Tickets are $60

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 4.35.12 PMOutdoorFest

Saturday, June 11th 6 pm – Sunday June 12th 11:30 am @ Staten Island

OutdoorFest, is a 1- day festival working to get urban dwellers more connected to the outdoors and bring together the outdoor adventure community in NYC. It kicks off with a camping event on Saturday, June 11th on Staten Island. The campout includes beer, live music, yoga, stargazing with astronomers, a 5K-night trail race and more! Learn survival skills, compete in a 5K-night trail run race, stargaze, enjoy live music and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

Tickets are $50 (Early Bird price until May 31st)

scentScent of Summer Essential Oils Workshop

Wednesday, June 22 | 6 – 8:30 pm @ Rubin Museum Education Center, 132 West 17th Street

Inspired by Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual, learn what essential oils are and how they work on the nervous system and trigger responses in the limbic system of the brain, the place that evokes emotions and memories. Guided by Sharon Slowik, an essential oil therapist, experience the essence of summer through discussion, a relaxation exercise, and by sampling a variety of aromas. You will create your own personal formula from several essential oils, such as lavender, vetivert, bergamot, basil, cedar, and lemongrass, among others, to take home and savor throughout the season.

Tickets are $67.50 for Rubin members, and $75 for non-members

If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!