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Urban Zen: Clean Plates at Donna Karan’s Wellness Series

July 10, 2012
Donna Karan speaks to participants at the Urban Zen Wellness Series. (Photo by: Urban Zen Foundation)

What: Urban Zen Sustainable Wellness Series

Where: 4 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY

When: July 21, 11-1 (and every other Saturday through September 1)

How Much: Free

Donna Karan knows a thing or two about essentials. Her Essentials line began in the ‘80s with “Seven Easy Pieces” — bodysuit included, naturally — a woman could mix and match to create her entire wardrobe. Since 2008, the fashion mogul and yogi has focused her attention on life’s essentials: Well-being, culture and an empowered mind, body and spirit.

Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation supports awareness and change in those areas through a number of inspiring initiatives, including the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, or UZIT, which partners with hospitals and other institutions and provides training in healing modalities like yoga, reiki, essential oil therapy and nutrition to treat the patient and not just the disease.

The foundation, based at the West Village Urban Zen Center near one of Karan’s boutiques, is finding summer serenity — and perhaps a cooler breeze — on Long Island. Urban Zen’s Sustainable Wellness Series brings speakers at the forefront of the wellness movement, including Clean Plates’ founder Jared Koch, to impart their wellness wisdom at Karan’s Sag Harbor Store. Karan herself will be popping in for many of the talks. The series, which kicks off on July 14, will run every Saturday from 11am-1pm, through September 1.

On July 21, Koch will lead a discussion on eating healthy while dining out. The healthy mind behind Clean Plates is a nutritional consultant and health coach certified by the Teachers College of Columbia University, the Global Institute for Alternative Medicine and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition — he has plenty to share on the subject.

While you’re there, check out photographer Elizabeth Jordan’s summer exhibition, “The Colors of Poverty,” on display at the Sag Harbor store this summer. Afterwards, if all that food talk has your stomach grumbling, stroll around town for a healthy bite at Estia’s Little Kitchen or Southfork Kitchen, two local, sustainable standbys, for a truly essential Saturday.

Image courtesy of Urban Zen Foundation.

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