Winning with Wellness: Native Casino Resorts and Spas Support the Spirit of their Communities

A Grand Entrance to the Pechanga Casino Resort Spa

As a spa trends specialist I must admit I have ‘been there, done that’ and experienced the best of the best in luxury pampering and spas across the globe. I have been pummeled and prodded, pampered and preened from the sublime to the ridiculous, yet there’s always some new resort spa, healing retreat or wellness treatment that never ceases to amaze me. In my travels I have sampled the buffet at the spa menu, where there are unique themes that reflect the indigenous plants and elixirs of their specific eco-culture. 

I must admit that I have never been to an Indian Casino Resort to experience their Native healing practices in a spa-like setting. When in Arizona or Bali, there were the luxe resort spas that featured natural products and protocols reflecting the native rituals, folklore and plant based ingredients. 

Yet here in the US, the Native-themed spas are actually based on Indian Country, which means they have their own set of laws and lifestyle. While setting themselves apart by offering not just luxury, but treatments and services connected to Native culture. The diversity of different tribes which host thousands of guests at their casinos and resorts have an extra something special, offering Native hospitality through their traditions to everyone who steps foot inside. There are a few world-class spas with signature treatments inspired by culturally significant ingredients.

What makes it most worthwhile for me is that when you choose to visit a Native resort spa you are not only receiving the benefits of your own health and wellness with their specialized services but you are also able to provide aid or support for their tribe. Each of these spas distribute their proceeds from the gaming and hospitality enterprises to fund social services and education for members, and infrastructure improvements to the reservation.

Recently, I have been exploring the wine country of Temecula, California and discovered two nearby Indian Casinos with wellness spas.

The Indigenous Acorn theme enhances the hallway of the Pechanga Spa

The first on my list was the Pechanga Resort Casino and Spawhich is the largest resort/casino on the West Coast and one of the largest in the country

This four star spa awarded by Forbes Travel Guidepeaked my interest. The hotel was huge and exciting, with a Vegas vibe. However their new 25,000-square foot spa is a haven of luxury, wellness and serenity designed for year-round rejuvenation. It is located in its own private sanctuary overlooking the lush golf course and green mountains. It is truly a world class spa in all aspects. 

This New Spa focuses on the Healing Properties of Native Plants & Flora Found on the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Reservation

The Pechanga tribe used native white sage to cleanse and purify the body, so we made sure that the white sage properties, as well as other native Pechanga plants and flora, are prevalent in the new treatments.
They are organic and fresh since you can find them right outside the door on tribal lands and most importantly, leave our guests refreshed and restored.  

Stunning Staircase encircles the Acorn themed fountain

Even though it is the largest day spa in the area the experience evoked a feeling of comfort, coziness and pure serenity. The minute you walk into the private retreat, you will notice the meticulous attention to detail in the haute decor and well designed atmosphere.

In addition to the numerous amenities to indulge, from steam and sauna to a large sized indoor whirlpool as well as the private outdoor waterfall/spa and co-ed pool area. There are several intimate places to relax and retreat. My favorite was the outdoor terrace overlooking the spa pool and natural scenic golf course where you could order a light spa lunch or an after-treatment glass of champagne! Every aspect of the decor was a delight of art filled hallways, well appointed rooms and heated massage tables (even the perfect fit for your face, unlike most other spas where you leave with lines from a squished massage face mash!)

These luxurious spaces were delightfully designed to encourage guests to destress and linger for a day-long ‘souljourn’ that you wish would never end. This is the kind of resort spa that is a cut above the rest, and cannot be appreciated unless you spend lots of time indulging in each of the specifically created intimate escape spots.  

The upstairs lounge room offers an array of goodies such as fruit infused water, tea and munchies like a generous assortment of fresh berries, (refilled through out the day) as well as nuts and some yummy treats for your sweet tooth. 

Guests relax and lounge around the romantic, private, serene spa pool and waterfall whirlpool

Healing is integral throughout your journey here at Spa Pechanga. Our new menu items are designed to awaken and relieve the five senses after each treatment,” said Whitney Tabor, Spa Pechanga Manager. 

My personal fav was the most comprehensive and results oriented anti-aging “Hydrafacial”. It is performed using a machine with a handheld device that utilizes four different HydroPeel tips and various skin care solutions (chemical exfoliants, antioxidants, and hydrating serums like hyaluronic acid) to achieve its results 

Another signature treatment is the Acorn & Walnut Renewal which uses the indigenous plants found on the reservation. The Acorn tree theme is seen throughout the spa because of its prevalence throughout the natural landscape on the reservation.. You cannot help but experience the total effects of wellness and tranquility when you receive this extensive exfoliating body treatment and massage combo which leaves your body in a state of bliss and rejuvenates your skin.

Spa Pechanga is inspired by the reverence for native botanicals and the strength of the Great Oak known as Wi’aasal. Our therapies integrate the healing powers of nature and the highest quality of service. Every one of our signature treatments embraces our mission of calming the mind, nurturing the body and rejuvenating the spirit.

The art of serenity and relaxation at the Pala Casino Resort Spa outdoor jacuzzi

The other ‘must indulge’ retreat to visit is the remote Pala Casino Resort and Spa on the Pala Indian Reserve. It is located in a small tranquil setting in the middle San Luis Rey RiverValley in northern San Diego Countya short but remote drive from the hustle and bustle of freeways and ‘city life’. En route you drive down a somewhat deserted road where you can see avocado groves, produce stands and even a field of buffalo and horses, in a remote country atmosphere. 

The spa is tucked away in the rear of the resort, outside the main casino and hotel, next to the newly remodeled pools, lounges and large open air concert venue. It is in an intimate setting with a replete with the usual spa facilities, fitness center, as well as a jacuzzi, steam, sauna and relaxation spot. But what makes it so special is the spa and salon menu.

Couples Massage with en suite private whirlpool bth and outdoor patio

I chose the Lavender Renewal, a Thai-inspired treatment which was 100 minutes and would leave me feeling renewed from head to toe. What I didn’t expect was to have a soulful connection with the gifted masseuse, Olivera who performed the three part ritual. The first was a body scrub exfoliation with lavender and a long and relaxing soak in the separate en suite tub room overlooking a private outdoor patio.  The third part was an additional immersion into one of my favorite scents, lavender, as I was treated with a warm bolus massage using Himalayan salt crystals and lavender buds.

Suffice it to say that the health benefits of lavender are well documented in many aspects as promoting wellness.  According to Medical News Today, The medicinal benefits of using lavender to treat anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and wounds have been demonstrated. 

Private couples retreat with jacuzzi soaking tub after a tandem massage

In the spirit of wellness, I discovered that the petite salon was the only one in this area using my fav organic hair coloring product, Natulique. I am very picky with undergoing any kind of chemical hair treatment and this savvy Scandinavians (Denmark) company  uses pure, with raw organic ingredients unlike any other, that really works! Natuliquecombines beauty with holistic health, from one of the world’s leading countries focused on renewable energy and sustainable living. I had the opportunity to get a chance to brighten up my color with highlights and left refreshed with golden, radiant tresses.

With all the amenities and fun offerings of these Native Casino Resorts, from the entertainment, to the amenities and  gambling the best spot for me is always the healing experience of visiting the spa. The experience of visiting the Native Casino and Resort Spas has given me a whole new understanding of how everyone ‘wins’ with wellness. All of them offer luxury, excitement, beautiful surroundings and the latest in entertainment.

Indoor Ladies Lounge-Relaxing in a stress free environment with a whirlpool tub and outdoor lounge

The unique aspect is the relationship between the tribes, their specific traditions that infuse each resort and the architecture, and here is where Everyone Wins with Wellness!


Giving Back Is Good For Your Health! The Gratitude Lounge At The 12TH ANNUAL GEORGE LOPEZ CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

On Monday, May 6, 2019, the Rich, Funny and Famous, teed off at The 12thAnnual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic. The hush-hush Paparazzi-free parade of Celebs tee’d off at one of Toluca Lake’s most prestigious golf clubs. The sold-out’ tournament, benefiting The George Lopez Foundation, included Doris Bergman’s Third Annual “Gratitude Lounge,” co-hosted by DR. SANDA MOLDOVAN, PRECIOUS VODKA & BUYWINE.COM.  

The 2019 event had a super fun turnout, with notables from the world of ComedyEntertainmentFashionFood and DiningLifestyleOutdoorsShoppingTelevisionVodka Sampling

Lovely Presenting Alma M Callan Sponsor with Don Cheadle (“Avengers”)

The mission of the George Lopez Foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

Alma ( and ‘Moi’s always enjoying our visit together at the fun event!

This is not just your average celebrity golf tournament, it has a personal story, founded as a gift of gratitude from the funny, generous, talented and lucky guy, the George Lopez.

‘Moi’ hitching a ride in the George Lopez Golf Chariot!

“I received my kidney transplant six years ago and have been healthier than I have ever been in my life. And it’s inspired me to give back and to create the foundation and to make a difference in the lives of those people in need. I started The Lopez Foundation in December of 2009, and the mission is to create positive and permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and, very importantly, military families, as well as increasing the awareness of kidney disease and organ donation.” George Lopez

Presenting Sponsor Precious Vodka with  Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)

The festivities were enhanced by PR maven, Doris Bergman’s Gratitude Lounge, featuring an incredible array of luxury gifts including exclusive Napa Valley wines, fashion-forward footwear, exquisite jewelry collections, teeth whitening services, natural health & wellness products, Italian leather goods & accessories, Parisian fragrance for men & women, Napa Valley weekend stays at the legendary Italian Villa of renowned Winemaker, Pat Vinatieri, including an intimate Winemaker Dinner (courtesy of, luxurious robes, gentleman’s California casual attire, the finest in skin, hair & body care, cannabis topical & edible products, delicious soy candles, gourmet delicacies, hearty spirits and much more!

Sponsor True Gold Honey withWilmer Valderrama (“NCIS”)

George Lopez, Don Cheadle (The Avengers), Eva Longoria, Caitlyn Jenner (Olympic Legend),  Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains Band Member),Andy Garcia, Anthony Anderson (Blackish), David Arquette, ScHoolboy Q, Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Michael Pena (The Mule), Tim Allen, Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor), Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), Joe Pesci, Billy Dawson (Country Singer), Sugar Ray Leonard, Jeffrey Osbourne, Bryan Kellen (Comedian), Chris Spencer (Real Husbands of Hollywood),

Charise Noel gifting me with one of her simple elegant patented- designed necklaces (Can’t pass up anything with turquoise)

D.L. Hughley, Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS), Debbe Dunning, Emilio Rivera (On My Block), Dr. Jason Diamond (Reality Personality), Ron Perlman (The Great War), Edward James Olmos, John Brotherton (Fuller House), Kyle Lowder (Ladies of The Lake), Matt Cedeno (Power), Lizzy Small (Actress/Recording Artist), Mark Rolston (Gang Land), Norman Nixon (Former NBA Player), Patrika Darbo (Emmy Winner), Paula Trickey (Actress), Andy Vargas (Carlos Santana Band Member), Roland Martin (TV Host), Steven Michael Quezada (Flexx), Gary Valentine (Kevin Can Wait), Kelly Sheehan (PGA), Aimee Garcia (Lucifer), to name a few, were among the cadre of celebrities who were treated to the best of the best.

True Gold Honey with Andy Garcia! (hiding behind the beard and black Cary Grant frames, LOL)
Sponsor Youthglow Skin Care with John Brotherton (“Fuller House”)

Gifts and services were provided by:

Beverly Hills Dental Health & Wellness;  Precious Vodka (Best quality Vodka in a Crystal Diamond Bottle with a real gemstone imbedded in the cap!), Napa Valley wines provided by, the glam wine connoisseurs that always delight) ; Youthglow Skincare; La Cristallerie Des Parfums; S&G TheSign; Wrap-Up By VP; Popcornopolis; Downey’s Desserts; True Gold Honey, Inc,( a third generation of beekeepers with the most exotic honey, like avocado) Milena’s Boutique; Twisted Silver(always a hit with the fashionistas)

‘Twisted Silver’ Three Hot Blondes!

But WAIT……..there’s more………Pura D’or (a healthy hair and skin must have);  Heather Marianna’s Beauty Kitchen; Charise Noel Jewelry(a unique patented design) ; Green Goddess Collective(beyond words…. CBD and THC giveaways to lift your spirits)

I’m loving my soft as butta regal ‘Wrap Up’ fit for a princess~ I was admiring them at the Montage Resort and Spa and now I have one. in my collection!

Telic Footwear (Cushy flipflops); Orsana Health & Wellness; Young LA; Hint; Dog TV; Red Duck Foods(the hotter and spicier the bettter); Green Goo Skin Care Products; Kam Shield; Rock Your Hair; Sara Happ Lip Balm; Lifeway Kefir; Harvest Snaps; Fusion Essentials; Junkless Granola Bars; Sea Snax, (healthy munchies beyond chips snacks); KT Foot Tape; “The Resistors,” by Dwight L. Wilson; and “Mickey The Giveaway Boy” by Robert M. Shafer.  VIP Gift Bags were provided by Popcornopolis ( beyond delicious!)

Fore! celebrates the festivities with a full out golf display! 

Everyone is a Winner at the Doris Bergman’s #2018Emmy’s Style Lounge and Party


Twisted Silver repurposed fashion jewelry was one of my Fav’s
The Beauty Kitchen by Heather Mariana, Green HoriZen CBD


West Hollywood — On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the Fig & Olive — Doris Bergman’s Ninth Annual Style Lounge and Party was the first notable event to kickoff the festivities this year for the #Emmys2018.

VIP Sponsor Porto Vino-Portable Wine Cases

This newly remodeled epic eatery on the famed Melrose Place was the posh hotspot to celebrate the upcoming 70th Annual Emmy® Awards tonight! It was a smashing turnout of VIP guests who were eager to celebrate and honor the television industry’s Emmy® Nominated actors, former Emmy® winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPs.


The select invitation-only was hosted by Green Horizen CBD Products and presented by Precious Vodka

Precious Vodka

Benefiting Wednesday’s Child. This years sponsors include Man Cave Essentials, Porto Vino (the wine lovers stash in a fashionable trendy handbag and messenger bag),, Lollies & Lace for little fashionistas

Lollies and Lace with Handsome Hulk, Lou Ferrigno and his lovely wife

Goldinger’s T-shirts, Emporium Thai for the best of Siam dishes, Hint Water and Nourish

Goldinger’s T-Shirts Rock ON!
The author, Marjorie Hope Rothstein on the Red Carpet


The main event was a fashion forward plethora of luxe designs for the best in style including couture gowns by Sue Wong Couture (and Fragrance)

Glam and Glitz with Sue Wong Couture

For the men there were tailor made tuxedos & suits. It was a melange of men’s grooming products, and the best in beauty from Beauty Kitchen along with Nourish Modern Wellness Skin Care, & Rock Your Hair and Planet Beauty hair care. Green Horizen CBD Products will certainly be a winner in your home care.

The HULK Lou Ferrigno With Green Horizon CBD!

Picture this: Mobile White, an innovative light-induced teeth whitening system that is powered by your mobile phone! For your Tootsies, Mind In Sole insole foot massage.

VIP Sponsor Mobile White with Michael Campion, leading role in “Fuller House”
The author, Marjorie Hope Rothstein with looking forward to trying out Mobile White!

To top it off, the brilliant, Zirconmania, Diamond Veneer

Diamond Veneer-Tres Haute!

Were one of the new favs, with glistening gems reminiscent of Tiffany or Cartier, but for a fraction of the price.

The most avant garde accessories, like Twisted Silver repurposed jewelry, and the fav, My Saint, My Hero blessing bracelets, and a grand display of accessories and luggage.

The author with Twisted Silver repurposed jewelry

For the fine foodies and connoisseurs of good taste, Chef John Sunfungkmee of Emporium Thai

Sunder:Mixer or straight up?

Let’s Cake festive creative designs, Popcornopolis, the Napa Valley wines, Sunder Sparkling Beverages and Hint Water

Hint Water

Shark Tank” Winning Beat Box Portable Party Punch.

Presenting Sponsor Precious Vodka with Michael Irby, leading role in “Mayans M.C”

The Swag Bag was stuffed to the brim, VIP Gift Bags provided by Emmy’s Hope & Kam Shield. with Rhonda Shear Aah Bras, Emmy’s Hope Dog Accessories, Junkless Granola Bars, Zangu Language App, Bitmar Streaming Subscriptions, Filam Luxury Coffee, Popsockets phone accessories. Wine-Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge

Some of the attendees include the 2018 Emmy Nominees Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lee Garlington (“Broken”), Miles Tagtmeyer (“Broken”), Melvin Jackson, Jr. (“This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours”), Naomi Grossman (“Control Alt Delete”), Sam Sokolov (Executive Producer “Genius: Picasso”), Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas (Casting Directors for “Handmaid’s Tale” & “Barry”) joined Former Emmy Winners Kim Estes (Best Actor “Dicks” 2017), Patrika Darbo (Best Actress “Acting Dead” 2016, Former Emmy Nominees Kelsey Scott and Khandi Alexander, Grammy Winning Bonnie & Anita Pointer (“Pointer Sisters”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Hulk”)

Beautiful Desserts “Let’s Cake”

Michael Irby (“Mayans M.C.”), Michael Campion (“Fuller House”), Gleb Savchenko (“Dancing With The Stars”), Diego Tinoco (“On My Block”), Joely Fisher, Khandi Alexander, John Brotherton (“Fuller House”), Matt Cedeno (“Power”), Lisa Vidal (“Being Mary Jane”), Michele Weaver (“Love Is”), to name a few of the most familiar faces of celebrities and industry VIPS who were treated to the best of the best!

VIP Sponsor Porto Vino with Diego Tinoco, leading role in “On My Block”

In the spirit of giving back, a tradition for The Bergman Group events, guests & sponsors made monetary donations and/or donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13–18) for a Pre-Holiday Gift Drive benefiting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ — a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles

Anchor Christine Devine. ‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ young adults in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, Dr. William Wong. Bergman always invites at least 2 foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it feels like to be treated as a VIP.

“My Saint,My Hero” The BEST in Blessings Bracelets!
A Vast Array of Gifts for All!

The Hollywood Trinity turnout was a big hit!

Pageant of the Masters: On Stage With Living Art Theater

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In the beachy, artsy town of Laguna Beach, California, a world class fine art event takes place every summer since 1933! The Pageant of the Masters was originally an afterthought publicity gimmick to celebrate the Festival of The Arts which is the main attraction of this town.


This has become one of the most unique theatrical celebrations, attracting visitors from across the globe. As a summer tradition for 85 years, the highest quality colony of artists that participate in this event is astounding.


Please see the full story here:The Fine Art of Living Well:

Fifty Shades of Gray:The Cover Up

accessoriesAt a certain age, most women (and men) are battling the bulge and the daily sprouting of gray hair.

In this age of worshiping eternal youth, most boomers are covering the gray.  A new company called offers a breakthrough method to cover those grays right at home.
However, not everyone is pleased with this new hair color solution. Many professionals are outraged at the thought that their clients would leave them to do their own hair.

eSalon is different from the grocery/drug store grade dyes. They make salon haircolor available for home use, and it’s even made-to-order for each individual. This means you’re getting the complete salon experience without paying outrageous salon bills!
First, you have a personal consultation with their professional colorists. Then, they create your very own custom dye, just like they would mix for you in a salon. Not only will it completely cover your “Fifty Shades of Gray,” but it leaves you with a rich, vibrant haircolor.

After a recent visit to eSalon’s headquarters in Culver City, CA, there was much to learn about this solution to the gray hair dilemma. Estelle Baumhauer, the company’s Color Director and a veteran colorist herself, is a part of a team of expert colorists. They craft an individual hair color blend and personalized instructions for each client. You truly receive the same quality service as you would in a salon.


The absolute best part, this custom blended color is mailed right to your door for only $19.95 plus s&h. This is definitely not information your stylist wants you to know about!
Let’s face it, eSalon is the wave of the future! Check out the great reviews on their Facebook page, or try a quick search on google to see great user reviews and blogs.
The company also has a great deal for first time clients. You can get a complete custom color kit delivered to your door for just $9.95 (a 50% savings). Check out their special offer today:


Best Event of 2012 : THREE DAYS OF LOVE

Photo by, Bob Degadillo
L-R-Neale Donald Walsch,Stephan Dinan, Jack Canfield,Barbara Marx Hubbard, Freddie Ravell,Veronica Ravell,Lisa Nichols, Marcia Weider


The invitation headline was:

“There comes a time when the global community joins together in joyful communion to set a new vision for our world on a scale unprecedented in history. Such is BIRTH 2012-December 22, 2012. A Day that will forever affect your sense of possibility.”

When it is declared that this kind of event would bring forth a powerful energetic such as this, it is a rare occurrence that their promise is fulfilled.
However, this event definitely fulfilled its promise with an array of performances and luminaries that all at once were uplifting, inspiring and beyond words.

With the doomsday rumors shotgunning around the mass media and internet, the daily onslaught of negative, sinister, evil and darkness flooding the airwaves, one may conclude that the end is nigh. However, this event demonstrated that the end of the ‘evil empire’ is on it’s deathbed, and the awakening of a new life is happening. Check out the, it delivered the message for all to experience.


This event celebrated the birth of a new era, featuring some of the leading edge luminaries of the new earth with Stephen Dinan and the birth mother, Barbara Marx Hubbard, who partnered to create the Shift Network’s Birth 2012 event.

Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.” Some say she has become “his philosophical heir, as a social innovator, speaker, author, educator and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.

The Shift Network is a “growing global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity.”

The Whole World was watching, Birth2012/The Shift Network
The Whole World was watching, Birth2012/The Shift Network

The main event, on 12/22/12 was a day of enlightenment. The anchor for the webcast is the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. The transformational leaders, artists, and visionaries gathering with hundreds of events worldwide: “it’s the global Golden Moment, with millions joining their prayers and blessings worldwide to mark this beautiful transition.” Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, one of the world’s leading charismatic speakers, lead the audience on a journey to the soul. Other luminaries shared their visions, such as Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Jack Canfield, and music from Chaka Khan, Rickie Byers Beckwith, Ozomatli, Freddi Ravel, the Agape Choir, as well as presenting gift Shift Awards to Innovators in peace, sustainability, wellness, and economics.

An outstanding surprise was actor Esai Morales, (NYPD Blue), who remarked, “we are now living in a world ruled by organized crime and what we need now is organized Divine!”

Powerful Presentation
Powerful Presentation

Maryann Williamson delivered the most empowering message for women, declaring that we are living in a different world, the benchmark of a new awakening. “Humanity can be in charge of it’s own destiny, where we go from one way of looking to another. It is a very important thing that is happening here today, when people claim it, when people are willing to embrace the vision, stand in that space and say……..This era shall be born and it shall be born within me. This is one of those amazing magic moments in history. Now, men as well as women are claiming birth as an imagery. Men are now borrowing women’s intuition.”

Williamson continued, “There’s something we need to explain to the men, it hurts like hell. Let us not kid ourselves, labor is hard. We are going to have to invoke our courage. If you’re going to stand for all the things people are talking about today, true sustainability, true peace on earth, love is the bottom line. We are going to need to know we have a support system of our community”…. because outside these rooms, we are going to have extreme opposition…….Before anyone gives birth to what is possible, they have to go through the struggles of what has been before. When we give birth to something new, we have to die to what has come before. We don’t have to be perfect, we have the unwavering, steadfast support of our community to make this a reality.


The entertainment was electrifying, especially the music, and the dance. One of the most outstanding performances, Phaedroid, with Phaedra and Android Jones that combined computer art images cast on a screen ,where a female dancer wrapped in white cloth was moving in front of the screen, and music from an otherworldly source created a new art form. Andrew Jones, a.k.a. Android Jones, is a U.S. visual artist working in the fields of concept art for movies and video-games, fashion design, body painting, illustration and digital performances. He started his career with George Lucas at Industrial Light and Magic, worked as the only North American concept artist for the Japanese gaming company Nintendo and became creative director for the entertainment development company Massive Black Inc., of which he is a founder. (Wiki)

Some of the Presenters
Some of the Presenters

Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, was one of 12 members of The Shift Network’s Birth2012 Welcoming Committee, a group of 12 of the most respected thought leaders of our time. The Welcoming Committee is committed to model how we can have cooperative, synergistic leadership of many movements in service to us all giving our greatest gifts to help make humanity Shift in time. The Reverend Beckwith was the effervescent leading force of the event, empowering the community to opening up to the Birth of 2012 new life. “Yes we are willing, Yes we can, Yes we are able, Yes I am. Feel into your sacred yes. Where there willfulness there is a wall, where there is willingness there is a way. Where there is willingness a way can be made out of no way. It is the vibration of the miraculous. We invite this willingness even if we don’t know how. Through our willingness, saying yes to our own growth, something beautiful is taking shape. We see the promise and the possibility of our own world. The realm of ever expanding good is anchored in our heart and soul. We stand in gratitude and thanksgiving allowing it to be so. “

Treat yourself to the online festivities and become a part of this global shift to transformation. and experience the other masterful presentations, including Barbara Marx Hubbard.

Special thanks to photographers, Laurie Towers and Dave Degadilloimages-2

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21st Century Beauty for the Soul

We are now in an age of profound change. As a global society, we are moving from self-centered to SOUL Centered. In matters of the soul, we are all one.

After decades of living in the fast lane, I realized that if I didn’t slow down and experience the present moment, life would pass me by.  As someone who always lived in hope of the future and suffered from the disappointments of the past, I was never satisfied with what was right in front of me. Always seeking more, without fully appreciating what IS NOW. As life flows from youth to adulthood and beyond, looking back from the other side of fifty, what is most important is cherishing what is and appreciating the wonders around me. As Bill Clinton once said, we are in an age where the years ahead are outnumbered by the years behind. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to become awakened, mindful with eyes wide open. In the movie, As Good As It Gets, Jack Nicholson asks the rhetorical question to other patients when leaving his shrink’s office,

“What if THIS is as good as it gets?”

With that in mind, I have reflected upon my life and realized that no matter how good or bad things were, my focus was always on a better future. Instead of living in present time awareness, I was reflecting back  into the rear view mirror. So the future was about running away from what didn’t work, and not so much flowing into the present.

Many of us are realizing that life is precious and the simple pleasures are more satisfying than the Madison Avenue big-ticket items. The 5 Star Life is focused on the mind/body and especially the spirit. Living by the highest virtues of honor, integrity and loving kindness is living your best life now. I am a journalist and write about Soulful Beauty in all forms. From wellness to healing retreats and luxury spas, this is living an INSPIRED life. We are blessed to be living in new times with spirit as our guide. Awakening to the true meaning of life and our world, many of us will be leading the path to uplift and inspire others around the globe to a new way of peace. Most important is for each of us to find our own inner peace (from the inside out) so we can share it with joy, kindness and especially love.

Leading the way to mindful living, we can all benefit from taking care of ourselves so we can be our personal best. The future of healthcare is SELF-CARE! We are living in the best times for achieving vibrant health and radiant beauty. The Art of Living Well is a gift we can share, and I will be sharing the latest breakthroughs to feeling great all the time. Get ready to have the time of your life!

Piero Ferrucci, the bestselling author of The Power of Kindness shows how the ability to appreciate beauty-far from being a luxury or an afterthought-is vital to leading a happy, balanced, and satisfying life.

Beauty is all around us-in a flower, a song, the sound of falling water, or a dramatic painting. We often think of it as just “window dressing.” But it’s not. It is the balm of our existence, and we cannot live full and satisfying lives without it.

We are here to experience everyday beauty in a whole new way-and to understand its powers to guide us through periods of darkness or stress, to speed recovery, to make life feel purposeful. We will explore a variety of experiences to explain how different kinds of beauty complement and complete our lives in different ways.

So much of the malaise and low-grade depression we may find in our lives and those of people we love is due to our inability to understand the extraordinary power-and necessity-of taking time to “stop and smell the roses” can place ourselves in closer proximity to the therapeutic healing that only beauty can bring.

 We race around; harried, worried, and distracted. Much of the time we are unable to see the beauty all around us. Some of us think we don’t deserve it or that it’s frivolous. When we work to change this, he writes, we escape from the cages we have created. We heal better when we are open to beauty, when healing is unobstructed by stress: “The encounter with beauty takes us easily back to the pure spring of our spontaneous emotional life.” “Because beauty is temporary,” he writes, “appreciating it involves a kind of surrender.” We must learn “to welcome it when it comes, let it go when it leaves.” Ferrucci’s writing is calm and clear. His insights are widely intuitive. The very act of reading his balanced sentences unties knots and encourages openness.

“There is great importance of appreciating beauty. Beauty is not the province of artists, poets and philosophers; it is as essential to the health of the individual soul–what the Greeks conveyed in the word psyche–as breath is to the individual body. A transpersonal psychology clinician, Piero Ferrucci not only hears what makes people ill, he also hears what makes them better, and the remedies can be small: contemplating a painting, smelling a piece of ripe fruit, hearing favorite music. There is also literature that empirically supports this theory. There is evolutionary evidence that the need for beauty is hard-wired into humans, and this adds new weight to philosophers’ age-old arguments. There’s a reason airports are unpleasant experiences: they’re “nonplaces” that harm the souls of the people who use them. This is a wonderful book to give to anyone made uneasy by the conditions of modern life, because the solution is so simple and yet bears repeating: stop to smell the roses.”

Beauty in nature and all living things is beyond words