I spent 3 days at an exclusive 'zen' meditation retreat on Staten Island, where Wu-Tang Clan's RZA led tea ceremonies and told us how to unlock our creative potential
Apr 14, 2020, 19:55 IST
In late February, our journey began as each camper was flown to New York to stay in Manhattan's Roxy Hotel.
The next morning, I rushed from my suite to order french toast at The Roxy Bar and mingled with fellow campers. We ate and got acquainted, predicting what our venture to Staten Island would bring.
Once at Snug Harbor, the group met at the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, circling before RZA appeared. "Peace," he said, shaking hands with each camper before we entered the garden's temple for a brief tea ceremony.
Sessions began in another building on the Snug Harbor grounds, with colorful 'zen' decor, complete with printed cushions, neon wall art, and a TAZO snack station. Senior editor of The Fader, Lawrence Burney, even surprised campers as a moderator.
The session lasted until our lunch break, where I briefly spoke with Burney about his recent story on rapper Fetty Wap. After an hour, campers regrouped for our next session.
On the third and final day, we were given an hour to sleep in, rejoining at The Roxy Bar for breakfast and sharing memories of the previous day. As I indulged on a berry-covered waffle and house potatoes, Emmanuel shared his thoughts on RZA's dinner visit.
Once lunch concluded, campers prepared for goodbyes and RZA asked that we revisit our one-word intentions and how it came full circle during our walk. Campers spoke extensively on their experiences, closely studying RZA's lessons during those two days.