PAGING DOCTOR DEEPAK
THE WELL-CONNECTED GURU WOWS THE CROWD AT A BENEFIT FOR ATLANTA’S WELLNESS COMMUNITY.
Byline: Rebecca Kleinman
In Atlanta, any mention of the words “East” and “West” in the same breath usually has something to do with the city’s omnipresent hip-hop industry. So it was quite a surprise when they were used in reference to medicine, thanks to Dr. Deepak Chopra’s October appearance at a benefit for The Wellness Community, an organization that supports cancer patients and their families.
As a leading expert in fusing traditional Western medicine with Eastern philosophies and practices, Chopra’s work and beliefs set the tone for this not-so-typical fund-raiser. Instead of the ho-hum, rubber chicken dinner and raffle prizes, the evening called for “bohemian chic” and brimmed with performances, spirituality and rarest of all: fun!
A “Mind, Body & Spirit” bazaar got everyone into the right mind-set. Guests gobbled down hopefully healthy dim sum, while watching demonstrations of Pilates and T’ai Chi, and participating in hot stone massages, micro crystal facials and astrology readings. And of course, no bazaar would be authentic without tons of worldly goods for sale. Though enticing, the bazaar was soon eclipsed by the premiere of accessories designer and author Marcia Sherrill’s “The Survivor Monologues.” An adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit “The Vagina Monologues,” the experiences of cancer patients at The Wellness Center-Atlanta, was performed by Kenny Leon, the former artistic director of the Alliance Theatre; Barbara Pyle, CNN’s environment editor, and Alan Parisse a sought-after lecturer and consultant. Chopra’s words, tranquil decor by the Dilger-Gibson Design Group and a light, yet flavorful seafood repast rounded out the wellness theme, leaving everyone on a higher plane.