As we come to the end of 2017 and say goodbye to another year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon this past year and share some of our favorite highlights with you. This reflection practice provides me with perspective on the past twelve months and helps guide me into the new year, as I start to set new intentions, both personal and professional.
Earlier this year, Bliss Without Bother participated in the FounderMade Wellness Summit in New York City, which featured hundreds of wellness brands and startups. This was a great opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs and companies offering wellness-minded products and services, and some of these relationships flourished into fruitful partnerships for us.
Our biggest - and most fun! - achievement was the launch of our Happy Hour For Your Wellness series at Coco-Mat, a luxury mattress store in Soho, NYC. This event garnered wide praise from participants, and is now our signature wellness event available for private parties, corporate events, and as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations.
Participants indulged in freshly prepared dinner and watched a live cooking demo by gourmet chef Laura Scheck of the Teaching Table. We also enjoyed healthy salads from sweetgreen and non-alcoholic beverages from Harmless Harvest, MatchaBar, Up Mountain Switchel, and drinkable soup from Fawen.
Best of all, we discovered, relaxed with, and explored a variety of wellness modalities in mini-sessions of aromatherapy, Thai massage, Mystic Inka Body Ritual, Reiki, Vedic astrology, nutrition counseling, foot massage, and Tarot card reading from our favorite wellness practitioners, including:
- Christina Daigneault, founder of Orchard Aromatherapy and co-author of the forthcoming book, Plant-Powered Beauty (Spring 2018)
- Rachelle Robinett, Medicinal Herbal Healer and founder of Supernatural Cafe
- Cecily Braden, founder of Beauty Secrets Global Spa
- Erica Joy Dunn, Reiki Master
- Tracy Atkinson, Vedic astrologer and founder of Mythologie Skincare
- Tara Quinn, Thai massage expert
- Kara Kinsey, intuitive Tarot reader
- Bethany Hale, Health and Wellness Coach
As a bonus feature of the event, we were so excited to offer natural beauty products from our product sponsors: Fat and the Moon, Urban Moonshine, Moondani, Mountain Rose Herbs, drTung's, Mythologie, Mother Dirt, Young Living, Apis Apotheca, Phos Wellness, Province Apothecary, and Source Vital Apothecary.
For our final event - Bliss Bazaar NYC - Holiday Edition - we also offered holiday shopping with beauty brands Essential Rose Life, Mythologie Skincare, and Aypa Spa, and we learned about "The Rise of Female Consciousness" from Monica Parikh, founder of School of Love NYC, who delivered a truly outstanding message about healthy boundaries and self-love.
At the conclusion of each event, we were guided into incredibly restful meditation from various guides: we experienced a unique magnetic sound bath by MJ Caselden, and yoga nidra by Sensi Quintero and Heather Sanderson, while laying on Coco-Mat's luxury sleep mattresses.
Our final event in December also included a raffle, featuring amazing items from Sound View Greenport, Ra Ma Institute NYC, Mountain Rose Herbs, Essential Rose Life, Aypa Spa, Sol Organics, and Grateful Peoples.
I'd like to thank all our practitioners and sponsors for creating a truly wonderful opportunity of wellness in the city that never stops. It's moments like these that inspire me to keep building a wellness brand that reminds us that we deserve to feel good and be well, all year round.
Cheers to your health and best wishes for the new year!
Maria Christodoulou | Founder
Praise for Happy Hour for Your Wellness and Bliss Bazaar NYC:
"A wonderful evening, all around! Thank you!"
"It was such a beautiful event! I️'m so glad I️ attended!"
"Thank You For an Awesome Wellness Experience 😍😘😗😙😚"
"Thanks for organizing such a recharging and beautiful event @blisswithoutbother got some great holiday gifts."