Katie and I just returned from the annual LOHAS conference in Boulder. If you’re not familiar with LOHAS, it stands for Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability, and is the umbrella for all the companies that make products and offer services for making life better. It was my first time at the LOHAS conference, but I hope it’s not my last. We had a wonderful time interacting with people from all the companies we buy things from on a regular basis, everything from herb tea to environmental organizations to non-allergenic lotions and potions.
A big highlight for me was on the last morning of the conference, when I appeared on a panel with actor/activist Ed Begley, Jr. and Simran Sethi, spokesperson for Sundance Channel’s Green Channel. The audience was lively, asked great questions and was lots of fun to be with.
This year, LOHAS was also combined with the Gaia Film Festival, which had more than 700 entries in the spiritual cinema and environmental cinema genres. Katie and I got a huge surprise when the movie we produced, Five Wishes, won the Audience Prize for Best Short. I had never shown the movie at a film festival before last weekend, so I was particularly thrilled that we won. I’ll also tell you that sitting in a theater with a hundred or so people watching it on the big screen was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences I’ve had in a long time. Fortunately they loved it and gave director Michael Goorjian and myself a big round of applause after our Q&A session.