• Travel Log: Haiti

        by GILLIAN CILIBRASIDirector UZIT Program January 2015   On our recent trip to Haiti we were asked, “Why provide yoga for orphans when we can’t feed them?” It’s a logical question when one has to prioritize funding. The more I pondered this through our visits to orphanages, schools and hospitals, the more I… Read more »

  • Bodies of Water: Dancing for Our Planet

    BY ALI SCHECHTER On June 15, 2013, more than 60 cities will dance in synchrony to celebrate water. Bodies made of water will resonate with the water on our planet, one time zone after another. This event marks the second Global Water Dances performance, a bold and visionary artistic initiative focused on the critical need… Read more »


    We are delighted to take a moment and honor two core members of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy faculty team: Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison, founders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. These two inspired individuals have done so much to support us here at Urban Zen (see their recent… Read more »

  • Reflections: Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Cycle 3 at UCLA

    BY GILLIAN CILIBRASI “Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease. Imagine a system where eastern healing techniques, yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care are used in combination with western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.” In 2009 I was drawn to the UZIT Program… Read more »

  • Miami Discovers Haiti at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

    Opening on May 16th at the Little Haiti Cultural Alliance Center in Miami is Discover Haiti, our ongoing collaboration with Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds. Urban Zen and Nomad Two Worlds continue to support the artisans of Haiti through the Discover Haiti exhibition, which was first launched at the Urban ZenCenter in New York City. The… Read more »

  • Women, Creation and Production: A Haitian Celebration

    This week, our Founder Donna Karan is off to Haiti. Among many exciting events and happenings, Donna will be participating in the Annual Women, Creation and Production Trade show, which is organized by “Voix Essencielle” -Femmes en Democratie, a Haitian nonprofit organization. This international trade show promotes Haiti’s creativity by offering a platform for Haitian… Read more »


    Friends of Urban Zen, We are pleased to share that Urban Zen has collaborated with eBay and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to launch Fashion For Haiti: One Million Hearts. Nearly 150 designers have put their personal touch on locally-crafted Haitian papier mâché hearts that were generously donated by DKNY. From April 22-… Read more »

  • The Tribeca Film Festival – Bringing Together a Community of Creativity

    Art, inspiration, creativity and celebrating community are integral pieces of the Urban Zen philosophy. We’re fortunate to be based in New York City which offers a vibrant backdrop for diverse artistry and people with a penchant for talent. Currently, the Tribeca Film Festival is underway and the city is bursting with creative energy. We wanted… Read more »