It makes sense that they have a good love story. Vienna Pharaon had developed a successful practice in Manhattan as a couples and family therapist focused on mindfulness—and she’s led several popular Sun Sessions discussions at Faherty stores in New York. Meanwhile, Connor Beaton, a former opera singer and Apple team leader who lived in Vancouver, had founded ManTalks, a podcast and series to create community and guidance for men.
Everyone feels the emotion welling when this muscular man talks of growing up in poverty in Brooklyn, and of helping and listening to others who have also experienced prison life. After serving 10 years in a federal penitentiary, Hector emerged with a new vision for life based on health and fitness, and founded the successful nonprofit, A Second U Foundation.
Her hair’s still damp from swimming in the Pacific when she brings her guitar nearer to where we’re all sitting around the fire, and she sings the beautiful, captivating song “Should I." The rest of us are mesmerized.
“Womxn,”a series of 12 short films, each a personal conversation about the experience of being a woman got us all talking at the Sun Sessionsin Mexico. The documentary series is the latest film project of Geneva Peschka, a director and producer whose focus is storytelling.
Pastry chef, runner and mom of two, Erin Kanagyloux was the first to grab an extra board and line up try surfing in Mexico. She learned and then taught baking and pastry, and had lived in Japan, Oregon, and Pennsylvania before moving to New York, where she now works with Union Square Catering.
Or that’s how it feels to be around him—Eduardo Garcia, a chef so full of love and life. He says he wants to engage with others “with an open heart,”and here he cooks and surfs and teaches us all how to make tortillas in a press.
Meet Paul Schmidt, we like to call him Paul Surf. Paul started making boards when he moved to Rockaway Beach, NY many years ago—testing each one on local waves and making refinements. It was a personal project at first, but friends requested boards, too, and he eventually founded Paul Surf to create and sell the handcrafted surfboards that he designs, shapes and finishes.