Curated by The Wellness Agency, Further Wellness is designed to make easy a chance to heal, detox, and recharge physically and mentally, as well as provide direct access to the newest science and practices in wellness through an all-star lineup of expert thought leaders, including Robin Berzin, MD, Max Lugavere, Charlie Knoles, Ally Bogard, Travis Brewer, Biet Simkin, Daphne Cheng, Millana Snow, Rafael Casal, and many others. To help guide attendees through the experience, StyleSeat will facilitate booking one-on-one and small group sessions, and Pledge Music will offer an array of bespoke experiences. To help guide attendees through the experience, all programming will be available on a branded app, and a concierge service will be on-site to help guide attendees through the weekend. Pledge Music will also be on-site, offering an array of bespoke experiences. Take a look at our complete wellness schedule here.
Aaron Teich is a Kundalini yogi, meditation teacher, and healer. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Religion, he discovered Kundalini Yoga, studying with Yogi Bhajan - the Master of Kundalini Yoga - and with Guru Dev Singh - the Master of Sat Nam Rasayan® (SNR), the healing tradition of Kundalini Yoga. To deepen his training, he later earned a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and traveled for one year to 12 countries to study with international healers. For the past decade, Aaron has offered classes and workshops in Kundalini Yoga, SNR, and meditation, in addition to maintaining his private healing practice.
As co-founder of Gaiatri Yoga Teacher Training, Ally Bogard has been teaching yoga & meditation since 2004. Currently, she teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes and large scale events in NYC as well as retreats and trainings around the world.
Biet Simkin is the Founder of Center of the Cyclone, an immersive experience that weaves meditation, self inquiry, art, music and fashion, offering An explosive experience. Biet’s feeling was that the world of the intellect, fashion and art needed spirituality, and the world of spirituality was often missing the mark and needed some vanity and fire. Colliding these two worlds Biet has created events with Lululemon, SoulCycle, Summit Series, Vice, Sundance Film Festival, The Path, The Collective, Babel, Wanderlust Festival and more.
Currently she is working on her upcoming event At The Whitney and is the resident meditation leader at Neuehouse. Meditation with Biet is different in that it is more emotional, her work takes you through the emotional, intellectual, instinctive and moving centers to get to a place of equanimity and joy. Through private one on ones, corporate groups, parties, speaking engagements and pop ups in museums and art galleries, Biet is bringing this big work into the world and helping raise consciousness from the outside in. Her work is also unique as it is bringing the sound of her Music into the meditation experiences and giving music a new venue. Her newest album ‘The Lunar’ debuts September 2015.
Daphne Cheng has garnered a cult following through her renegade dinner parties. Using food to attract, she has curated a vibrant community of upcoming and established leaders, influencers, and successful entrepreneurs.
As a chef, Cheng is a pioneer in haute, vegetable cuisine. With her hyper-sensitive palate and creative vision, she focuses the culinary spotlight on fresh, seasonal vegetables.
Cheng most enjoys juxtaposing ingredients and flavors in unusual ways, defying her father’s repeated admonishments, “Don’t play with your food.” The resulting dishes are at once elegant, provoking, and even bizarre, but most importantly, they are delicious.
Dr. Nikki Starr Noce, M.D. is a Love Ambassador and Life Enhancement Practitioner. Dr. Nikki Starr went through medical school to realize that the ultimate prescription is self care, healthy eating and love as medicine. After appearing on the FOX reality show Utopia as #DrLove, Dr. Nikki Starr believes in using media as a platform to awaken consciousness in humanity. Through her writings, The Initiation Course™, worldwide retreats and workshops, Dr. Nikki Starr offers a whole-istic approach to healing and happy living.
Fabian Michael Piorkowsky is world renown alchemist, healer and thought leader in the field of consciousness.
He uses ancient healing modalities and sacred plant medicine in a modern and integrated approach to provide life changing experiences, healing and transformation beyond what each of those modalities and techniques are capable of on their own.
In his 29 years of conducting plant healing ceremonies he has been working with more than 5,000 people every year in individual sessions as well as small groups and retreats all over the world.
He is passionate about working with people and started his journey into the study and exploration of human consciousness more than 30 years ago when he discovered the Tibetan Book of the Dead in his parents book shelf at the tender age of 13. It immediately caught his interest and he wanted to know and understand more.
He has always used a multidisciplinary approach in order to get a more holistic understanding of reality, studying Chemistry and Physics as well as various systems of spiritual philosophy, including Buddhism, the Vedas, the Kabbalah, and several indigenous and Shamanic traditions.
Apart from his direct work with people on retreats and in one on one sessions he is also very involved in spreading information and knowledge about ancient medicine and traditional healing through talks on conferences and coverage in the mainstream press as well as spiritual documentaries.
He has recently been featured in the documentary "The Reality of Truth" which explores the relationship between spirituality, religion, and psychedelics. Featuring first of its kind interviews with the top thought leaders in the world including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Ram Dass, David Lynch, Fabian Michael Piorkowsky & many more.
With the soul of an advocate and the mind of an entrepreneur, James Maskell has spent the past decade sparking debate and encouraging a shift away from conventional western medicine and toward a wellness-centered, functional medicine model—starting with the doctors themselves. To that end, he created Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference with record-setting participation online and growing physician communities around the world. He’s also the founder of the Evolution of Medicine, a community e-commerce platform which provides highly curated and customized resources, tools, products, and services, making it easier and more affordable for conventional doctors to embark on a new way of managing healthcare.
An in-demand speaker and lively impresario, with a broad and thriving network in the functional medicine space, James lectures internationally, and has been featured on TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more, and contributor to Huffington Post, KevinMD, thedoctorblog and MindBodyGreen. He serves on the faculty of George Washington University’s Metabolic Medicine Institute, and speaks regularly on the integrative medicine conference circuit. He graduated with honors from University of Nottingham with a degree in health economics.
He lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife and daughter.
Max Lugavere is the 33-year-old director of an upcoming documentary titled BREAD HEAD, the first-ever film to document the science of dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle. He's become a leading voice in health after just a short time since launching his Kickstarter for the film which drew support from thousands of people around the globe. He has hosted content for WebMD, Vice’s MUNCHIES, and Yahoo Health and is a recurring “core expert” on The Dr. Oz Show. His Facebook vlogs have garnered thousands of fans across social media where he delivers bite-sized blasts of easily digestible information on health science topics ranging from intermittent fasting to the microbiome. He has spoken at the NY Academy of Sciences, the United Nations, and most recently at University of Illinois' Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory.
In late 2013, he created and hosted Acting Disruptive, a web series viewed by millions online, dubbed “two parts big ideas, one part late night talk show” which featured the entrepreneurial passion projects of A-listers like Jessica Alba, Adrian Grenier, Jared Leto and more. It was called one of the "Best Streaming Shows of 2013" by Entertainment Weekly.
He was a prominent producer and host of Al Gore’s Emmy-nominated Current TV from 2005-2011 and was featured in Gap's "Icons" campaign worldwide in 2008.
In his spare time, Max explores his musical interests, and released an EP called "One Year Later" which can currently be heard aboard Virgin America airplanes nationwide.
As Pure Yoga's founding teacher Patrick Creelman is and continues to be a pillar in the Yoga community throughout Asia. Since the opening of PURE YOGA in Hong Kong in 2002 Patrick has taught 1000's of students and 100's of teachers from across the world. His teaching is informed by a long study of classical philosophy, Tantra, and yoga's history, while his practice and classes focus on the transformation of mind and body through intelligent alignment in the tradition of modern Hatha Yoga.
Robin Berzin, MD is the founder/CEO of Parsley Health, and a practicing functional medicine doctor. Her mission is to make functional medicine affordable, modern and data driven, so that more people can access this holistic approach to health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin went to medical school at Columbia University - where she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr – and later trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Robin is a digital health advisor to the Institute for Functional Medicine and a startup advisor. She is also a thought leader in the wellness space, and speaks regularly for organizations including the Clinton Foundation, Health 2.0, Summit at Sea, and the Functional Forum on how we can reinvent health care.
Rosemary Vandenbroucke began her yoga journey in 2004. Inspired by the gift of her practice, it is her honour to get to teach, study and share yoga in different parts of the world.
Most memorably, at the legendary music sound camp Robot Heart at Burning Man, accompanied by a live performance by HÄANA followed by Diplo and her sunset session at the family friendly eco festival “Wonderfruit” in Thailand.
The variety of different trainings has added to the shaping of the teacher that she is today with strengths in precise, clear instruction of physical and energetic alignment and a light hearted, playful sense of curiosity. Creating a flow for all levels, her desire outcome is to support first-time yogis to kick-off their yoga journeys through cultivating clarity, fascination and confidence.
She is an active philanthropist and supports many diverse initiatives.
Notably, she took on Oxfam’s 100km Trailwalker challenge on two separate occasions, with the mission of raising as much funds possible to help provide a way out of poverty for families, particularly in western China Provinces, such as Yunnan, Gansu and Guizhou, by building them sustainable livelihoods. She was part of the filming of a summit climb expedition up Mt Kilimanjaro, to document the effects of climate change. And has raced 3 day Ultra Marathons in Nepal and Mongolia to help The Child Welfare Scheme with their disaster relief projects.
She hopes to keep expanding her reach and continue to find the time, money and effort to give back and raise awareness for important causes.
In 2012, Tero Isokauppila founded Four Sigmatic in the pursuit to help democratize the consumption of mushrooms, the world’s most researched superfoods. Born in Finland to an agronomist father and nursing teacher mother, Tero adopted a natural foods lifestyle at a young age. Growing up on the farm which has been in his family since 1619, he began foraging wild edibles early on.
A modern nomad, Tero has spent the last decade living and studying all over the world. While his focus has been on providing health tips to professional athletes, models, and business people, his goal is to expand that reach to the masses via Four Sigmatic.
Today, Tero splits his time between New York and Los Angeles, when he is not traveling around the world “working for the mushrooms.” In his spare time, he loves to make raw chocolate and practice yin yoga.