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As I’ve mentioned, I love to support companies that do their part to give back. Whether big or small, these incentives allow consumer to better understand bigger issues and how they can impact us all. One such company that is doing their part-both as a […]
The beauty of so many modern companies is that many support and educate the public about important causes, allowing the consumer to connect to bigger issues while supporting a brand that gives back. One such company is One Tribe Apparel, a Bohemian fashion brand that began when two travellers fell in love with Thailand’s Bohemian styles, and decided to bring them back to to the west in a socially conscious way. This includes a product line that’s sourced and made in Thailand by local artisans who are paid fair wages. This includes gorgeous Bohemian finds such as the fun “Summer Dreams” bucket bag, Elephant Harem Pants, colorful Kimonos and much more.
In addition to offering stunning pieces, your purchase also supports a company that gives back in quite a special way. For every purchase made, One Tribe Apparel donates to the Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai, Thailand, which rescues and cares for endangered animals so they can roam freely in a safe environment. Amazing, right!? We were certainly inspired and know you will be, too! To learn more about this socially conscious company, we spoke with Suzette Williams, partner at One Tribe Apparel to learn more about how One Tribe Apparel is breaking geographical barriers and uniting women around the globe with a shared passion for travel, culture, and conscious fashion!
Interview with One Tribe Apparel
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of One Tribe Apparel come about?
Suzette Williams: One of the amazing things about traveling to Thailand is that you’ll meet people from all over the world. I’m from Australia but in addition to great Thai friends I’ve created bonds with people from Africa, Europe, South America and almost everywhere else in the world. It’s this incredible melting pot for travelers and that was the initial inspiration for One Tribe Apparel to bring together a global community through art and fashion.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us about your connection to Thailand.
Suzette Williams: We’re based in Northern Thailand now but I first lived down south on the islands. It’s beautiful, it’s old fashion in some ways where the wifi isn’t that strong so people hang out on the beach and drink a coconut or a beer while taking in this breathtaking nature. It has some of the best food in the world and the people are amazing. There’s just something about Thailand that’s hard to put your finger on, many people come back again and again or they come once and decide they want to move there.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us about your partnership with Elephant Nature Park.
Suzette Williams: One thing many travelers & tourists to Thailand may not know is that many of the commercial elephant rides and attractions are very dangerous for the animals. They are abused & chained & whipped from the time they are babies to make them compliant and obedient. It’s really sad to see and most people don’t know what their contributing to and just want to interact with the elephants. We strongly advise people to never ride an elephant especially if they are strapped in to any kind of basket. This article does a good job explaining the work of the elephant nature park and the plight of the other elephants in the country – https://expertvagabond.com/elephants-in-thailand/
What elephant nature park does is provide a safe sanctuary and rescues and buys elephants that have been poorly treated. At the park you can feed the elephants and interact with them in a fun and safe way that doesn’t hurt them.
We love the mission of the park and since many of our products have the traditional Thai elephant on them we felt it was a great way to give back. Right now we make a donation for every sale of every product we sell but we’re working on exclusive products in the future where 100% of profits will go to the park.
Wellness Patterns: Why do you think fashion should have a conscious connection?
Suzette Williams: With fashion we’re inspired by culture by nature by animals and by our communities. I think it’s only right to give back as a thanks for that. In addition to our work with the park we hire local designers & artists and we make sure all manufacturers we work with have good working conditions and fair wages. It’s possible to do all of these things and still make a profit and we think it’s great that many fashion companies and companies in general are doing this as well.
Wellness Patterns: What are some plans for the future of One Tribe Apparel?
Suzette Williams: The original concept for One Tribe Apparel was that every year we would pick a new destination like Nepal or Bali and do a clothing line featuring the artisans of that location. Unfortunately, that’s incredibly expensive and logistically difficult but we still love the vision. We plan on keeping our roots in Thailand but would love to add styles from Nepal next. As for our product line we’re going to be greatly expanding our collection of bohemian handbags and our yoga accessories like straps and bags.
For more information, please visit: https://www.onetribeapparel.com
Bugs! They are everywhere, and so, so annoying! While sun protection is an obvious factor of the summer, so is protecting your skin from bug bites–some of which can be harmful, like ticks and certain mosquitos! That’s why I was so psyched to learn more about […]
Some of my favorite memories from childhood come from sleep-away camp. I fondly remember leaving Brooklyn, discovering a new sense of freedom where I made incredible friendships, learned to swim and picked up a few new skills (juggler for hire, anyone?!). Sadly that time came to an end around the early high school years, but Camp Navarro doesn’t think that the camp experience has to be limited by age. Their unique camp can provide an incredible location where groups can drink in nature while being spoiled by amenities such as gourmet food, yoga sessions under the trees, stargazing, river exploration, spirit pole carving, foraging hikes, and more to help revive the spirits of the modern (a.k.a stressed out) adult.
Situated in Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro comprises over 200 acres of old growth forest nestled along the north fork of the Navarro River and was reborn in 2013 as a nature retreat and unique event destination. Today, Camp Navarro welcomes groups such as Camp Grounded/Digital Detox (a tech-free summer camp!), Yoga Tree, Spirit Weavers, and more who have enjoyed its state-of-the-art facilities, including its 10,000 square foot Main Lodge, a restaurant kitchen, and an outdoor amphitheater.
We recently spoke with Dan Braun, adventure travel guru with more than thirty years of experience in environmental hospitality and owner of Camp Navarro to better understand what a person can expect and why he thinks the camp experience is important for adults. Read on to learn more about this unexpected soul-cleansing experience that might even inspire you try it out this year.
Interview with Dan Braun on Camp Navarro
Wellness Patterns: Why do you think the camping experience is important for adults?
Dan Braun: The camping experience is important for all humans but Adults especially need a break from our normal, busy and sheltered lives. Day to day we adhere to rigid schedules, a reliance on technology and media, and major responsibilities like work and kids so getting into nature allows adults to simplify, breathe deep, reconnect with the earth and be free and youthful again. On a deeper level, it can be a reminder of what’s important in the world and cut through the ‘noise and chatter’ that bombards us on so many levels.
Wellness Patterns: What are some activities you offer?
Dan Braun: Archery, rock climbing, star gazing/night hikes, day hikes, foraging, wood carving, arts and crafts, yoga, square dancing, river exploration/swimming holes, wine tastings, color wars, volleyball, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, etc.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us about Camp Grounded.
Dan Braun: Camp Grounded is an adult, tech-free summer camp that started at Camp Navarro. It allowed adults to disconnect from normal life and get back to basics and what’s important; having fun, being a kid again, connecting with nature and other humans, and being appreciated for not just what you do but who you are. Participants did not talk about work, were given nicknames, relinquished all technology and watches, did not talk about age, and basically spent four days having the time of their lives. The motto is ‘disconnect to reconnect’.
Wellness Patterns: What do people (in general) get out of this experience?
Dan Braun: It varies but in general it is a reminder of what’s important in their own life including having fun and adventures, taking a timeout from typically a normal chaotic life, appreciating the beauty in nature, and having meaningful conversations and experiences with friends, family, co-workers and colleagues.
Wellness Patterns: What interested you about setting up this kind of experience when you bought the camp?
Dan Braun: I grew up at summer camp and always knew I would own a camp someday, it just took me thirty years to do it! In the interim, my previous endeavors and careers still centered around getting people into nature whether as a mountain guide or as a hotel owner in Yosemite. My next endeavor was to own a camp, focus on events before opening it up to the general public, and continue to get people into nature. In doing so, we were also protecting an asset that would have been lost for good. We are living in ‘interesting’ times, and people’s priorities are often driven by material things so I do my best to have impact by just getting people outside and then seeing what kinds of transformations can take place in their lives.
For more information, please visit: http://www.campnavarro.com
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Ready for a challenge for 2017? Oh, we’ve sure got one for you with Under Armour Mountain Running Series! In partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO, the UA Mountain Running Series kicks off in July at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, the largest ski area in the Cascade Mountains with a peak elevation of 9,065 ft. The next stop in the series takes place in August at Killington, touting a peak elevation of 4,241 ft. and tucked in the Green Mountains of the Appalachians in Central Vermont. The series finished up at Copper Mountain, situated in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with a peak elevation of 12,313 ft.
Ideal for trail running enthusiasts and professionals (or wannabes, like us!), this trail running series can be done individually or as a series. Each location offers diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations built to push athletes at every level to their personal limits. This includes a 5K, 10K, 50K, Half Marathon (we are doing this one!), Marathon, Marathon Relay and Vertical K. And if the accomplishment of reaching the top of a beautiful mountain and going down isn’t quite enough for you, think about the $5,000 prize purse that will be divided between the top 3 male and female 50K finishes at each event.
What is sure to be a competitive, challenging, and life-changing experience running on a beautiful mountain, we are so psyched for this incredible event that is sure to be a test of our mental and physical abilities.
2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series Schedule
July 21-23: Mt. Bachelor
August 18-20: Killington – See ya there!
September 8-10: Copper Mountain
Registration for all races are open! Get in there by checking out www.UAMountainRunning.com
We are happy to partner with Under Armour to spread the word about this incredible event!
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