The last Sunday in September was one to remember. I was blessed to attend a luxury event called The Cayenne Experience. The Cayenne Experience was created as a sensory retreat by well known restaurateur and philanthropist Mel Nicola. The first of many events that will take place throughout LA, Cayenne was created with the intent of helping individuals escape the busy-ness that loads up our lives on a daily basis.
I really wanted to be a part of this experience because the level of escape that I would achieve from traveling can now be experienced locally. The Cayenne Experience was a 4 hour retreat with the intent and purpose of encouraging balance allowing us to experience a more joyful and peaceful life.
The event started at 4:00-4:15PM and began with us mingling and mixing in the front room of the house; we had lemonade and water to choose from and once everyone arrived we made our way downstairs to a gorgeous outdoor patio where we connected with a energy healer named Shakti. She had very good energy and a good vibe and did a couple of practices with us that help clear the mind and really provide emphasis on how much our sounds and words play a role in how we experience life.
I will openly admit as a Christian, I was a bit apprehensive about doing this, but I decided to participate anyway and do what I felt most comfortable doing; it ended up being a good experience. It was really peaceful and allowed us to be authentic with our voices and with our sounds.
At 5:15-5:30PM we had a hands on experience with Chef Wendell which allowed each of us to play a part in making the the very dessert that would accompany our 3 course meal. I was responsible for making whipped cream (from scratch). Myself and an awesome young lady, I’ll call her ‘M’ for her privacy, made the whipped cream and it was a good learning experience. It wasn’t just any whipped cream, it was lemon curd whipped cream because we were having trifles which are so delicious. I for sure scarfed that down after dinner. This was great because I personally don’t love cooking. I do it, but I am very set on having a private chef. I have been speaking that over my life for a long time now, so to be in a kitchen with a private chef helping us make what we were going to eat was really fun and a bit of early confirmation for me.
We were supposed to play bocce ball, but before the event started there was literally a 7 minute flash storm and poured super hard making the playing area wet. Since the rain lasted for a short time, we were still able to enjoy dinner outside, enjoy the sunset and enjoy the company and conversation.
At 6:45-7:00PM it was time for our lovely 3 course dinner. We had no idea what the meal would be, but it started with passed tuna tartare over cucumbers (my favorite), followed up with mushrooms with truffle in these little bite sized bowls. We also had gazpacho and when I say it was fire ya’ll, it was seriously SO SO good. Our main course was Herb Crusted Chicken with preserved lemons on a bed of Israeli cous cous (fire by the way) with dried cranberries and apricots AND assorted veggies. I mean you guys, the food was insanely delicious. I met a ton of scorpios at this event and myself and one young lady really connected on the food end. The attention to detail as far as the food and cocktails were concerned really played a part in the experience. The mixture of textures and blue vibes from the fabrics provided by Amba really added to the calming effect of the evening.
While we ate, we were accompanied by Dr. Patricia Wynn Jones M.D. who shared different philosophy’s and insights on how to truly live an extraordinary life. She is the first black women to accomplish a lot in her personal life and professional life. She gave heavy confirmation (for me) about speaking what you want into existence and how important it is to focus on the things you want and those things only. The more you focus on what you want, the more it will manifest and show up in your life; the opposite is true when you focus on what you don’t want; that too shows up in your life. She is a energy healer as well as acupuncturist. She was a very warm and sweet soul and I’m really glad I got to meet and connect with her.
Overall the experience itself was really helpful and something I really needed to close out the month of September. I appreciated that it was luxury, but not in the typical sense. The event created a luxury experience involving our mindset. My about page features a quote that says “Luxury is state of mind” by L’wren Scott and this event was exactly that. From the speakers to the venue/home itself; it was the perfect location for this type of event. I would definitely recommend The Cayenne Experience.