“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” — Susan Sontag
My adult life has always involved a ton of travel. But, for the past 18 months, I, like so many people, have had to re-channel my explorer energy, turning inward and staying close to home. Now, though the landscape of our circumstances continues to shift and change, life has begun to open up a bit and I’ve started allowing myself to dream of wandering again. There are so many amazing places to visit and get to know, many of which need our support.
So, with the future in mind, starting for August, we’re proud to introduce Live The Process city guides, where an expert wellness-seeker and local shares insider tips on the best current spots to nurture oneself physically, emotionally, intellectually and transformationally—based on our pillars for the workout within.
I’ll go first! Welcome to NYC:
My name is: Robyn Berkley.
I’m known for being: Co-founder of Live The Process.
I live in: Tribeca, NYC.
In my city, my favorite place for exercise is: Skyting Yoga or with Amy from Flatiron Pilates.
The best spot for body or facial treatments is: Take Care for microcurrent, Tracy Martyn for facials and LED Lightbed, as well as with Negin from JustBe, and just went to this amazing spot ABL Studios for hair therapy.
My favorite local health food store or delicious nourishing restaurant is: The farmers market in Tribeca on Saturdays, Bonberi in the West Village, Frenchette.
When I’m there, I always grab: Fresh veggies from the market, Grassroots Juicery Green Juice from Bonberi, sourdough bread from Frenchette.
When I want to get quiet, think and/or meditate, I head to: The walking path along the West Side Highway.
What I do there is: Watch the water and sit on the benches. It’s super calming. I love being close to water and it serves as the quickest fix.
What makes it special and unique is: It feels peaceful like a way to escape the city for a moment.
My favorite podcaster or writer is: Currently I am obsessed with sifting through cookbooks and recipes or anything on how to make something that is an herbal remedy. I have loved listening to or watching Rachelle Robinett on IGTV.
My favorite local bookstore is: The Strand Book Store, McNally Jackson, Dashwood Books.
The best thing about it is: They are all so different.
When I need to get away, I take a trip to: I am either at the beach or hiking, so I would say The Springs in the Hamptons, New Milford, Connecticut or Upstate near Hudson and Rhinebeck. I have friends in all three spots, so that helps a lot. I think a quick weekend getaway always changes the energy.
The reason why I love it is: It gives you a good break, as NYC is full-on all the time. Time moves slower when you leave and then you miss that energy and you’re excited to come back. I also just moved into a new apartment, which I have been able to set up as my own little getaway. That has been a dream of mine: to create a place in NYC that doesn’t feel like NYC, but feels like its own sanctuary. With all that has been happening, it has saved me. In order to escape and take a breath, I don’t need to go anywhere besides home.
LIVE THE PROCESS:
The Live The Process piece I’m coveting right now is: The Marl Cardigan and Flare Pant.
I’d wear it to: It’s meant for anything, casual or dress up. Super versatile and easy, but also bold and colorful. It definitely makes a statement while being comfortable. It’s the ultimate combo.