Well, my tea party for International Women's Day on Saturday was such an engaging delight that I totally forgot to take photos! It was a seven-hour affair (5:00 p.m. to midnight) that nearly 20 amazing and inspirational ladies attended. There was a chance more would come, so I went a little overboard preparing food. I’m indebted to my beautiful friend Jessica for letting me borrow her car for a venture to the Red Hook Fairway. As a carless city dweller, the ability to easily buy a cartload of food feels like a tremendous luxury.
The menu included an array of sweet and savory. My brother, Chris was my baking assistant Friday night. We made lemon bars, chocolate chip cookie bars, and chocolate pudding. The savory dishes included a roasted eggplant and red pepper dip, chunky white bean dip, soy-wasabi spread, and an assortment of cheeses. I almost made two Swiss chard and goat cheese galettes, but ran out of time, as I had to teach a workshop at Sangha House in the city on yoga for the hypermobile from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. In addition to this, there was tea and a collaborative cucumber, mint, and citrus juice-making event.
It’s hard to sum up how joyful the night was in words. Basically, it was a celebratory evening of sharing. I’m so grateful to have reconnected with a couple of old friends and have met the inspirational women some friends brought along. Without a doubt, this will be a new annual event for me.
If you hosted or attended an International Women’s Day event, please write about it here. Also, I just learned that March is Women's History Month and the 2012 National Women’s History Month theme is Women’s Education/Empowerment. So, let’s all celebrate that! The Library of Congress has a great site dedicated to the month. Check it out.
Yoga brings stability and calm into every discipline of Sophie Herbert's life. She is an alignment focused yoga teacher (and perpetual student) and a Whole Living contributing editor. She graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, where she nurtured her passion for documentary photography. It was during this time that she began her disciplined and diverse study of yoga in New York, Paris, and India.
Sophie has lived, studied, and volunteered extensively in India. She feels grateful to still visit and work regularly with the Deenabandhu Children's Home in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka. In November of 2010, she became an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back www.yogagivesback.org, a grass-roots nonprofit that helps destitute women and girls in India build more sustainable lives. Sophie has also shared her knowledge of yoga at the Prana Yoga Center in Astana, Kazakhstan. Currently, she teaches at the Park Slope Yoga Center www.parkslopeyoga.com in Brooklyn and privately. Sophie is also an avid cook.