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Here’s my problem: I’d really like to experience the spiritual growth of an Oprah “The Life You Want” Weekend—but I’m too skeptical to actually go to one, and reluctant to splash down $199 a ticket: I just want the takeaway and the personal growth.
Here’s my other problem: The holidays are coming, with their ever-horrifying double-barrels to the face schizophrenic food press message of: Make a next level chocolate cake so fantastic it will slay your enemies with its brilliance like the big magic thing at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark but don’t eat it so you can be bikini-ready for cruise season! Obviously, these are some pretty big problems, the yearning for spiritual growth and dissatisfaction with food press at the holidays. However: I also have the solution to these problems!
It’s happening December 9, the next edition in our Tastemakers series. Ever been to a Tastemakers? They are our series of cocktail parties, which culminate in big-thinker panel discussions. I think of them like a salon, one of those events where big thinkers exchange big ideas—but in our case more organized and time-sensitive. This go-round we have some very big thinkers indeed, all weighing in on what is, to my mind, one of the very biggest and most important of current topics, namely: In a land of plenty, why are so many of us so very, very sad, sick, and stressed? Why is happiness so often obstinately elusive? There’s a crazy thought circulating around right now that maybe happiness can’t be the last thing you get to, once you check off all your obligations, but it might just be something you have to add to every day, and if you don’t get it you might come down with the emotional equivalent of scurvy or rickets. Is this possible? It’s possible. Come hear it explored and find out how you can put these ideas into practice in your own life, with:
Pilar Gerasimo: Founding editor of Experience Life Magazine, Huffington Post contributor, leader of life-reboots at Rancho La Puerta, and guest on loads of television shows including Dr. Oz’s Oprah and Friends, Pilar knows more about the science of happy than just about anyone.
Maryanne O’Brien: What happens when a big company like Apple or Pepsi realizes their employees are off track, their teams are feuding, and morale is through the floor? They call in Maryanne, the Minnesota-based consultant who has built a national reputation for actually getting people to create positive change in their lives, and fast.
Brenda Langton: Who knows the most in Minnesota about the connection between food and well-being? Chef Brenda Langton of course, the sustainable and whole foods chef who, for many, will forever be most strongly associated with Café Brenda, her former restaurant that helped define Minnesota food for a generation. Yet Brenda’s current doings are transforming the relationship between food and wellness in our time at her top-rated restaurant Spoonriver, at Minneapolis’ leading curated farmers' market Mill City (which Brenda founded), and in her role as a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. What does Brenda Langton think about eating for happiness? Quite a lot, actually.
So come on down! Tickets are only $10, and we will have food, drink, and all the right information to get you headed into the holidays prepared to thrive—or at least with a handle on how to get some big problems on the path to being solved.
And because this is how we roll here, we will give two tickets away at random on Monday, December 1, to someone who leaves an answer in the comments: What’s a little thing you work into a hectic day that makes you happy? Add your comment by 12 p.m. on December 1 to be entered into the drawing.