The 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues was celebrated in New Orleans at the Superdome on April 11 and 12, 2008. Poets, politicians, movie stars, celebrities, and social luminaries were on a monolithic stage giving speeches, having dialogues, and performing in honor of the courageous, vivacious women of Louisiana.
In a 7,500 square foot corner of this event, also dubbed “V-Day” and “SUPERLOVE,” the Urban Zen Foundation set up the Urban Zen Well-Being Lounge to offer relief and restoration to some 6,000 women in need of human touch over the course of two remarkable days. The UZ Well-Being Lounge was a center for love with its 26 yogis stationed on 150 pink yoga mats donated by Gaiam, 40 massage therapists, 12 wandering aromatherapists with oils donated from Young Living Oils, and nutritional juices and organic teas provided by nutritional experts. Everyone who came to help came on their own dime and gave and served selflessly and endlessly. The lounge was flooded from morning to late afternoon as the volunteers gave their hearts and souls. The scene brought Colleen and me to tears.
Donna Karan was also blown away by what amazing relief was possible, and she pledged that we need to return to New Orleans with a more permanent and consistent program. Jonathan Lieberman from Gaiam started some immediate brainstorming on ways to create sustainable financial backing for more relief efforts like this one. All the volunteers were touched to the core and cried out to sign up for any future relief efforts that arise.
V-Day in New Orleans woke up everyone who was there. We realize the infinite love that is possible and we understand His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he says that the way to eternal happiness is to serve your fellow human being.