What a perfect day, on August 8, 2014a “cre8day” to debut our cre8CAFE and introduce the cre8MENU!
Here was a delightful, stimulating afternoon filled with culture, energy and food – experiential learning at its intimate best with a diverse group of old and new friends of different ethnicities and backgrounds, guided by teaching experts to reach within ourselves to go beyond our comfort zones.
Laura Conrad Mandel, Director of New Center NOW, led our cultural artistic experience. She chose Sumi-e for our artexperience. It’s the ancient Japanese art brush technique, deeply rooted in Zen Buddhism, that helps people express, emote and create simply.
While some of us have been artists in heart and more experienced than others, others were somewhat nervous and weren’t so sure. Nonetheless, we all offered our creative juices and boldly moved forward with our art projects. When we were done with our paintings, we all went around and described our artwork. The results were stunning and surprising. It was inspiring to see the smiles as the artists shared what was lurking in all of us. Check out our work!
Kate Haffernan, an award-winning yoga instructor from Down Under Yoga, led our yoga experience. Kate put together a well-crafted Vinyasa sequence and precise yoga moves. Kate had us moving under a sunny and bright blue sky on the rooftop. To some the hot yoga lent an authenticity to the tropical Pune heat experience. The private deck was filled with people – happy for some, cramped for others (just like India). With Cambridge skylines as our backdrop and fresh air coming through Cre8stay’s roof deck, it was relaxing yoga with a positive energy cre8flow experience. We followed by a meditative Savasana.
Debra Stark is a renowned pioneer in and authority on healthy, natural and local foods. She led us through dinner. She’s owner of Debra’s Natural Gourmet of West Concord (rated one of the nations’ top 100 natural food stores in the country. She gave us great tips on the kind of organic ingredients we should have in our kitchen, from celtic sea salt, coconut sugar, local vegetables to almond mill.
Debra whipped us up several dishes and dessert in no time – we made scrumptious beets and tomato salad, a yummy shrimp dish, to-die-for almond and pistachio cookies. We had a relaxing and animated dinner ending with Rabbi Oksana’s wonderful Shabbat.
We want to thank, no, express gratitude – as friends are encouraging each of us: 1. to all the leaders and volunteers for cre8ing our wonderful first cre8 environment.
2. to the participants, who came enthusiastic, curious and open-minded to take part.
To all those who are adept in looking into the future, as well as those in the past and present who recognize and embrace, creativity as a pursuit, and get that the life that loves creativity and learning, is a rich and rewarding life indeed.
We are looking forward to introduce our official cre8Cafe shortly, stay tuned.