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Getting classy

December 9, 2021 - Ahead of our final virtual masterclass of 2021, where Matthew Dicks shares the art of storytelling, here’s a summary of the perspectives we gained on all the universal issues that were preying on our minds this year.

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Everyone’s relationship with the self, each other and nature is specific. However, there is an intense interest in transforming our old ways and learning how to successfully adapt to physical or mental stressors and maintain well-being.

Throughout the year, our Wellness Pioneer Anna Bjurstam has been running a series of virtual masterclasses – a safe space to come together and connect with our community and Friends of Six Senses around some of today’s hottest topics..

Telling a better story

As 2021 draws to a close, there is just time to sneak in one final masterclass on the Art of Storytelling with Mathew Dicks. Storytellers are not born, they are made. After studying the craft of telling better stories for decades – and winning some of the top US storytelling competitions – Mathew has figured out how to teach anyone to tell a good story. So, if you have holiday gatherings coming up either in person or virtually, and want to delight your friends and family, please join us:

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 9:00 am New York / 2:00 pm London

Register here.

Here are the highlights from our previous masterclasses, where we tapped into the hearts and minds of experts on a whole range of sustainability and wellness topics.

Starting with your ‘now’

We learned that a great place to start is by getting our house in order during our Rewrite your Life journaling masterclass with Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond. They took a deep dive into the stories we tell about ourselves, relationships, communities, the earth, and even our own mortality – and advised us to rewrite the bits we don’t like.

Sleep Doctor Michael Breus joined us to tackle another “bedrock” of our health – Sleep Secrets for Longevity. Sleep is different for all of us: in fact, you can discover your chronotype by taking the quiz. Here are his top five sleep tips:

  1. Set one wake up time and stick to it
  2. Stop caffeine by 2:00 pm
  3. Limit alcohol three hours before bed
  4. Limit exercise four hours before bed
  5. Get 15 minutes of sunlight everyday

We all know that checking our phones late at night can disrupt our sleep, but did you know they are also a pesky source of electric and magnetic field pollution? During this masterclass, Guy Hudson and Nick Pineault offered some simple takeaways to reduce EMF radiation in our homes:

  • Use a cordless phone. It consumes less electricity and gives off less pollution.
  • Rethink how you use your mobile phone, for example don’t charge your phone by your bed while sleeping and utilize airplane mode whenever possible.
  • Avoid putting your phone to your head. Use headphones and look for some that don't have electronics in the earpiece.
  • Turn your Wi-Fi off overnight and when you are not online.
  • Consider putting earth cages around lights.

Changing your intention

There’s no one we love better than our Friend of Six Senses Marisa Peer to change how we think about things. She explained how our thoughts can create a physical reaction in our body, so by changing our thoughts, we can boost our body’s immune system. Meditation is proven to help strengthen the immune system and your body’s natural defenses.

Talking of physical, in September, Patrick McKeown, Dr. Eric Cobb and Rhiannon Lambert called all runners to a special workshop to discuss all the things we can do to improve performance.

  • Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert explained the energy currency, macro nutrients and the power of using carbs as a carrier, gut health, vegan sports nutrition and how to avoid dehydration. 
  • Breathing instructor Patrick McKeown enlightened us on nose breathing, and how to stimulate the vagus nerve for better recovery.
  • Sports guru Dr. Eric Cobb talked about how ambient vision impacts performance and the link between midbrain stimulation and the body's flexors.

Change comes in all shapes and sizes, from massive life upheavals to little habits to live more sustainably. During our Masters in Sustainability workshop, our VP Sustainability Jeff Smith was joined by transformational leader Jacqueline Corbelli and pioneer Yarrow Kraner, founder of HATCH and H360.ai. Top takeaways included:

  • Create a space to take a moment and consider what you do and how you do it. A starting point for new sustainable habits. 
  • Slow down your decision making to allow for well informed choices. Ask questions of those you are buying from.
  • Collaborate locally and listen to your gut instinct. We aren't saving the planet; we are saving ourselves!
  • Don't feel like you have to take on the world. Start with storytelling in your community. Imagine that x 7 million people!
  • Bring sustainability and wellness together by creating clean, chemical free spaces to live and work in.  

Exploring new frontiers

In August, we heard from medium Maureen Hancock about how to unlock the art of spirit communication. During the session, she covered the five types of ‘clair’ including clairvoyance and how to tap into your natural abilities, along with the signs to look out for when someone is trying to communicate with you. She also talked about energy, from our chakras and the effect that changes in energy may have on us to how to clear the energy in our homes.

From the spiritual to the psychedelic, we ran a masterclass on the healing powers of plant medicines with “the scientist, the shaman and the soprano”. This conversation with three top experts in the field of psychedelics brought together the science, the history, and the powerful applications of this ancient – and now modern-day – approach to healing the soul and the self with the combined power of plant medicines and psychotherapy.

And ending on a high note

Kindness costs nothing. Smile at a stranger, you may be the only person to smile at them on that day. Be kind to animals, they will always thank you. Think of the environment, plan ahead and reduce plastic use. When you are kind to others, this kindness will come back to you. So said the Kung Fu Nuns during their Women Empowering Women masterclass and demonstration from the heights of the Druk Amitabha Mountain nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fearless by name, ferociously kind by nature., in the Himalayas, Buddhist nuns aged 8 to 88 use kung fu to empower girls and inspire the world. Living by the message of “Be Your Own Hero”, their story (and moves) are too powerful not to share. You can meet the Kung Fu Nuns here!

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