Urban Zen at Bridgehampton Polo
Beth Ostrosky Stern tosses out the ball in style.
Aside from the excitement on the Circa Field, Bridgehampton Polo draws an interesting and eclectic crowd – both spectators and sponsors. Getting their inside story is half the fun.
We had the chance to catch up with Janera Soerel Program Director and Myra Magaletta Executive Director of Urban Zen which has a tent next to the Blue Star Jets VIP lounge. They are using the opportunity for the foundation’s Hope, Help & Rebuild Haiti initiative. “We’re combining retail with philanthropy,” explains Soerel. She recounts that founder Donna Karan actually goes down to Haiti to work with the local artisans to create beautiful jewelry like the paper mache beads they were selling which believe it or not are made from things like Corn Flake boxes. All of the proceeds go back to supporting the Haitian artisans.
The goal, explains Soerel is to not only give aid to the women in Haiti but help them become self sufficient. Urban Zen which also has a store in Sag Harbor sells these artisanal wares be it jewelry, clothes, or furniture.
Along shopping guilt free for the items for sale you can also enjoy a moment of Zen peace at the Urban Zen lounge. Reiki practitioners will take a moment to work with you and some amazingly powerful Young Living essential oils to get you grounded. The calming effects can be seen on people of all ages.
Another of the goals of the Urban Zen Foundation is the Integrative Therapy Program which brings back integrative health and focuses on the patient and not just the disease. It’s personal for Donna Karan whose husband Stephen Weiss died of cancer. The program was established to train healthcare workers and yoga and massage and Reiki therapists on eastern healing techniques, yoga therapy, essential oil therapy and nutrition.
Check out their Sunday healing sessions in conjunction with Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor and upcoming fundraiser on August 28.
The sport of polo sees its fair share of thrills and spills and you have great respect for the athletes both two and four legged. No doubt after a hard game, they could benefit from some of these healing techniques as well.
Bridgehampton Polo continues on Saturday afternoons through August 31st.