The JUNGLE Flowerlounge checked off 2 firsts for us ~ it was our first outdoor Flowerlounge and first multi-sensory, flower essence-infused dinner experience!
Highlights: the powerful presence of men & women from Singapore, Indonesia, Norway & Taiwan, 12 amazing dishes by @openfarmcommunity infused with essences of local flora, a silent dessert, garden meditations, jungle bathing, heartfelt conversations & flower essence water blessings.
We made a one-time-only flower essence of 7 different flowers from the garden at Open Farm a Community for the final ritual at our JUNGLE Flowerlounge. Intention: internal + external purification, cleanse away obstructions and invite auspiciousness + happiness. May it be so.
Huge thank you to our sponsors Open Farm Community for helping us make it happen ~ couldn’t have done it without your brilliant team!
Love + jungle flowers,
I loved being at The Yoga School ~ so comfy and conducive to being together. Overlooking the city from the 39th floor, it’s easy to imagine flooding everyone all around with love.
This was one of the most meditative events we've ever hosted. Singaporean minds are so clear -- you feel it immediately when sitting in meditation; the difference is so palpable!
I was surprised & delighted to hear that women flew in from Indonesia and Thailand for the event. So heart-warming & such an honor. 🙏🏼 And we sold out of our tickets!
I loved that we noshed on local Singaporean desserts like Kueh. (My favorite dessert is ‘ondeh ondeh’, a small ball of soft rice flour & pandan coconut with liquid palm sugar inside.) It was a joy to actually serve it, along with other kueh treats, at a Flowerlounge! We also provided sips of flower-essence-infused yummy blue pea and cardamom beetroot teas made by local entrepreneurs.
I can still see everyone’s face standing in a circle at the end, full of laughter & radiance.
Deepest gratitude to my sidekicks: Taylor for her enormous, lovely presence & these exquisite photographs & Clare who we would not have been able to do this without her, organization-wise & humor-wise. 😁♥️🌺🙏🏼
Our evening of ALCHEMY was exactly that ~ on every level. From the magical reactions in the drinks, to the alchemical + raw conversations that took place among complete strangers.
We ate sweet dew from orchids. We lit limes on blue fire with matcha syrup, ginger kombucha, fresh mint. We sipped on sacred cider with palo santo smoke, bitters + cinnamon. We watched natural chemical reactions of blue flowers + grapefruit rose nectar. Add to all this the secret alchemy of transformative flower elixirs, wakefulness practices + deep, meaningful conversations … and the night turned into magic.
Love & flower petals,
The Truthteller Flowerlounge was something special.
This was the first time our hometown community experienced the Flowerlounge as you + I know it ... with thousands of flowers, elixirs, mandalas, meditation, essential oils in the air, edible flowers, beautiful music, and a powerful ripple effect that passes joy on to someone miles away.
Beloveds in our community flew or drove in specifically for the#Flowerloungemagic from: Hawaii, Miami, Orlando, NYC, Minneapolis, Seattle, Boulder, San Francisco, Davis, San Jose, LA + Sedona.#mindblown! I am so grateful to everyone who came & everyone who contributed!
Love + flower petals,
We packed a full house for our ANTIDOTE event.
Upon arrival, every person handed over their wrists + stuck their tongues out...for tongue + pulse readings of course. 😜
Based on the reading, we'd tell them which element they needed a little bit of love from: wood, water, earth, fire or metal. In our Flowerlounge event space, each person would then find the table assigned to their element & spend the evening surrounded by people with the same ‘diagnosis’.
Along with a gorgeous platter of yummy food, each table was served an element-balancing herbal liquor + a set of questions that everyone would take turns answering together.
Love + flower petals
Our ZODIAC event at the San Center with Astrological Counselor Juliana Bishop was so fun! She shot us into space with an overview of all the little symbols, sections & slices you can find on your natal chart - and why it makes us special. So many ah-ha's and ooohhh's during the night - and it was only an overview!
We served cosmic-inspired mocktail & dessert sets: creamy coconut vanilla panacotta + a tropical mango coulis served on a sparkly slice of moonshine, with a guava jam + jasmine tea sparkler ... all topped with juicy starfruit + aromatic night-blooming jasmine flowers!
For the Gamechanger Flowerlounge in Chicago, people came from as far as Louisiana, New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado and Indiana!
Every Flowerlounge culminates in our traditional dedication ritual + flower offering, where we acknowledge all the energy, effort, love and flowers that went into the event & dedicate it all to the happiness of everyone in the city along with every vast or specific heartfelt wish or prayer from the group ...
On February 13th, we hosted our 16th Flowerlounge + third event in New York City ~ this time a love + compassion-themed evening infused with transformative orchid elixirs, poetry, movement, meditation, a flower journey, mandalas + yummy treats!
The highlight was the group improv poetry piece where everyone shared a line from their writing or an expression of love - super heartfelt + inspiring.
Huge gratitude to ALL OF YOU who came - not only from all over the city - but also from faraway places like Boston, Ohio, Louisiana, Vancouver + Switzerland - specifically for this event!
And a loving shout out to Rockin’ Raw for your amazing treats + beautiful presentation, Lisa Reinhardt of Wei of Chocolate, Kaeli Astheimer, Kerry McCarthy, Mileen Patel who flew in from Chicago to help out + Shop Studios for the gorgeous space.
After every Flowerlounge we go to the nearest water to make prayers + wishes - offering up all the flowers + petals we used at the event, tossing them into the water.
This time we made our way to Brooklyn Bridge, the team huddling together under the birds soaring in the wind, speaking aloud each of our prayers and dedications to the city, the local protectors and nature spirits, the attendees at the events, everyone in New York City, naming everyone and anyone we can think of - sending blessing for love + happiness ... and then expanding it to all beings everywhere.
May it be felt, may it have impact, may love abound.
Huge love + gratitude,
Katie, Taylor, Kate, Alexis, Jax, Lindsey + Tessa
New York City felt like fire + sparks - there was electricity in the air. Every person that came to Flowerlounge NYC felt like they were exploding with their own potential + sparkle. There was an intense, combustive quality in NYC that saturated every moment. I felt a deep resonance with so many of the people that came + my heart expanded in such a fiery way. The flaming intensity forged many friendships + relationships like fire strengthening metal.
Whatever discomfort manifested… the fire consumed and digested it all, transforming it into vibrant energy. While we were in NYC, the culmination of the pink full moon instigated for the team: exhilaration, exploration, adventures, purification, coughing fits, fevers, tears, breakdowns + feeling all the feelings. We even cranked up the music + danced on the streets.
Our flower offering in NYC took place amongst children, helicopters + huge ferry boats at the East River. We showered people walking by with flower petals + made lots of people smile. People, especially children joined in, making wishes + tossing petals into the water.
In Philadelphia we set up in an enormous dark theater where we made huge, exquisite, candlelit flower mandalas. It felt like being cocooned inside the earth, like fruits being made to ripen. And among everyone in Philly, it felt as if we were all unearthing precious gems from within.
It was also in Philly that so many people captured me with such conviction + looked deep into my eyes saying, “this is making a difference,”or “this has changed my life.”
So often we don’t really understand how our efforts translate into true benefit, and the gift of Philadelphia was that it really landed in our hearts - of how impactful this movement is. We started to realize how profound this all really is … rich + dark, like digging our hands into the earth - the true nature of it all was unearthed
The Philly flower offering took place under the bridge + the full moonlight at the Delaware River. Onlookers joined in tossing flowers over each other’s heads in a blessing rain of flowers.
Special thanks to the beautiful hearts at Painted Bride Art Center for the joy of working in a theater!
Boston was easy-going + flexible. Like water, there was sense of momentum + flow. We had two magical children helping us set up, which made it very special. Everyone who came seemed open + joyful. The whole evening was really soft + gentle + it felt like we were completely provided for - Boston has a nourishing quality.
In continuation with the water theme, Gloria, a most gorgeous woman that night, grabbed my arm and exclaimed about the momentum of the movement we are creating, “Ride that wave, ride that wave!”
During this last flower offering on the Mystic River, we were all sort of speechless + floating in the magic of each other. We lay upon Mother Earth and reconnected, dedicating the merit of these amazing travels so that all beings may benefit.
In Baltimore, we had a meeting in the sky at the Skylofts and it was packed! During a particularly powerful meditation moment, the winds picked up and whooshed around the huge skylight windows, an affirmation from Mother Nature + the divine.
In B’more there was such sheer authenticity and willingness to be 100% vulnerable + present with whatever was arising - like looking at the wide horizon of the sky + seeing everything without hiding. Women shared with me deep grief, like the death of a son or daughter, pain of losing their house + the challenge of ‘being enough’. There were tears + laughter and the crystal clarity of being real. Real + raw + blessed to be alive.
We had tons of food leftover in Baltimore; we were so happy to synchronistically drive by a shelter the next day that feeds 300 people daily. We met the sparkliest man ever + placed huge trays of shrimp, salmon, fruits + cheeses in his basket
To make wishes + prayers for Baltimore, we made our flower offering and tossed all the flowers + petals into the ocean at the Inner Harbor.
As part of the Flowerevolution Book Tour, I was honored to host a FLOWERLOUNGE in Singapore! Every single seat was taken and the space was packed! We started with a meditation and the energy in the room was palpable ~ a special crowd. Everyone was warm, welcoming + good-humored.
After the talk I gave individual flower readings + signed books, so I had the opportunity to meet with each person, one by one; I was incredibly inspired by the level of enthusiasm + support! I heard from friends that it's highly unusual at events in Singapore for people to stay afterwards and create connections with the other people there. As a busy city environment, people usually keep to themselves + then continue on to their next engagement, but at the FLOWERLOUNGE, many people stayed after and started up conversations with others!
“I’ve never experienced this level of me-ness.”
“The city needed this so badly.”
“We met at the first one and we’ve been best friends since.”
“What’s your flower?”
“Next time, I’m bringing my sister, my daughters, and my best friend. They need it!”
“I’m changing how I live. Starting now.”
“What smells so good?”
“Can we please do this every night?”
“Worth the 8-hour drive to get here.”
“Phone? What phone?”