I had the unique pleasure of taking a new team of people on an excursion to experience Haiti through the Urban Zen lens. I was a tour guide of sorts, sharing my intense love and passion for all things Haiti. On day one, we hit the ground running in Port Au Prince by visiting Haitian artisan Philippe Dodard at his studio to look at the new patinas – such an amazing thing to touch, feel, and breathe in the work that we’ve been developing for months.

It was a packed day from start to finish – from exploring Croix Des Bouquet to the taking in of a dynamic screening at Caroline Sada’s restaurant “Le Daily Café.” I was so thrilled to be able to support the film, “Sun City Picture House,” produced by my friend Bryn Mooser from Saint Damian’s hospital, with help from executive producers Maria Bello and Olivia Wilde. Wyclef Jean joined the screening and added to the celebratory energy of the event, celebrating the Haitian Cyborg dance crew from Cite Soleil. Haiti is truly dripping with creative talent and my experience at Le Daily Café was such raw proof of this.

We wrapped up our day with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants called, “Papaye,” where I first saw and fell in love with Cookie’s chandelier. After dinner we found rest at my friend Caroline Sada’s beautiful Bed and Breakfast called, “The Sada Residence,” in Port Au Prince.

Photos by Fabiola Coupet, Caroline Sada, Isabel Encinias and Marni Lewis

I invite you to read my series of blogs where I share my experiences with you.