Vanessa Cornell reading Ally Bogard's book

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Confession: I’m kind of obsessed with cults. I’ve read a bunch of books by gurus and self-help teachers. They range from cult leaders to people whose work I would characterize as irresponsible/not in alignment with my values. I read these books because I’m so fascinated by how and why people get swept up with certain […]

My Summer Reading List

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This month, I’m beyond thrilled to announce a special treat just for you—my Summer Reading Giveaway! It’s a celebration of my love for gift-giving, self-help books, and supporting brilliant authors who are also trusted teachers and friends. Three Things I Love: 1) Gift Giving: There’s nothing quite like the joy of giving. It warms my […]

Vanessa’s Summer Reading Giveaway

Vanessa's Summer Reading Giveaway
NUSHU Surf Retreat

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This April, we traveled to Nosara, Costa Rica, for our annual Surf Retreat with 25 incredible women. It’s by far one of our favorite offerings because no one comes out of the week unchanged. In just seven days, 25 women gathered for a week of surf, sun, and sisterhood. Masks were shed, vulnerabilities were embraced, […]

2024 NUSHU Surf Retreat

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In February 2024, we traveled to Big Indian, New York for a special retreat in partnership with Ally Bogard. Each year, we plan our Upstate Retreat in the winter, as it’s the perfect time to rest and turn inward. The season lends itself to restoration and quiet contemplation. There was no better place to do […]

2024 Upstate Retreat with Ally Bogard

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I’m a recovering perfectionist and here’s how motherhood helped me let go. I’ll never forget the time I called Tovah Klein, a leading developmental psychologist, desperate and at my wits end with my outrageously non-compliant child. Among my son’s transgressions was his refusal to participate in the “Mommy and Me” music class I had signed […]

7 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism and Mom Guilt

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A Blog Repost from Sage + Sound AM/PM: Vanessa Cornell is Not Disciplined “It’s really important to me that we think of wellness in service to our lives, and not think about wellness as a goal unto itself,” Vanessa Cornell founder of the NUSHU, a community of women on spiritual journeys to find deeper connections […]

AM/PM: Vanessa Cornell is Not Disciplined

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love discovering beautiful new things and supporting soulful and generous founders, so the holidays are full of creativity and joy for me (and wonderful products tied up in bows). I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you here. Don’t forget to take care of […]

Vanessa’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

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Last week marked a momentous occasion as the second annual NUSHU Mastermind Retreat unfolded in the picturesque setting of Stone Ridge, New York. A dynamic group of 18 thought leaders, entrepreneurs, founders, and practitioners, all of whom share a commitment to making a positive impact, graced the retreat with their presence. The essence of this […]

The NUSHU Mastermind Retreat, October 2023

Photo of Sofia Estrella in 2023, exhibiting self-trust.

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Sofia Estrella is a writer and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator. Here, Sofia shares her story how she began to develop self-trust through writing, community, and the power of NUSHU Group. When I look at these two photos side-by-side, I think of the Robert Frost poem. You know the one, especially since we’ve all had moments […]

How I (Began to) Develop Self-Trust, by Sofia Estrella

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Checking In: How’s Your Mental Health?  Guest Blog By J Owens   How are your relationships with your family, friends, and colleagues?   How do you show up in these relationships?   Do you allow yourself to be open when needed or do you hide behind a facade?   Are you comfortable asking for help?   These questions came […]

Checking In: How’s Your Mental Health? 

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How to Boost Your Confidence The Number One Pep Talk To Give Yourself Everyday A guest blog post written by Success Coach, Angel Marie I’m scared. Nobody’s going to care about what I have to say. I’m not wise enough yet. I care too much what other people think. I’ll never make it. Is it […]

How to Boost Your Confidence by Angel Marie

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In April 2023, we traveled to Stone Ridge, New York for our Upstate Retreat in partnership with Erika Bloom. Together, we adventured both inside and out, exploring the nature of the beautiful Hudson Valley, as well as our own inner landscapes.     “How do I feel? What do I need?” ⁠⁠These two questions were […]

2023 NUSHU Upstate Retreat

Woman holding surf board on NUSHU Retreat

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Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator and Founder of Well Refined, Courtney Evans, joined the NUSHU Surf Retreat in February 2023. What follows is her beautiful retelling of the time spent on retreat: “I spent last week in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on a women’s surf retreat with NUSHU, a wellness collective I facilitate sharing circles for. I […]

Courtney’s Experience on the NUSHU Surf Retreat

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I’ve always been really interested in fear. It’s the reason I took up surfing, rock climbing, and skiing at 36 years old. I had spent the last eight years pregnant, breastfeeding, or both. I had been taking care of five babies and put myself on the back burner. I found myself exhausted, numb, and totally […]

My Reframe on Fear

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In February 2023, we traveled to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, for the NUSHU Surf Retreat. Our retreat aimed to combine adventure, fun, and sisterhood in a safe and nurturing environment. What transpired during our time there was nothing short of magic.   In just seven days, 17 women (many of whom were strangers) gathered together […]

2023 NUSHU Surf Retreat

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Every year we’re confronted with hallmark card intensity that makes us feel like we need to do more, take action, and make major changes starting January 1. I think the new year is an opportunity to do exactly the opposite. It’s a perfect time to slow down, notice, and reflect. You see, pattern interruptions give […]

Why I’m Anti Go-Go-Go This Month

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Whitney Sweeney, Life Coach & Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator German tutor turned life coach and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator Whitney Sweeney shares how she rediscovered herself during a challenging period in her life and built an unexpected community of lifelong friends through NUSHU. “Someone in my NUSHU Group said to me the other day, ‘Where […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Whitney Sweeney

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The NUSHU Urban Retreat offered a space for restoration, friendship, and learning. The third iteration took place at Jolie in downtown Manhattan. We were thrilled to bring back the Urban Retreat after two years of hiatus due to COVID. An annual day of wellness and appreciation for our local community, this retreat was true to […]

2022 NUSHU Urban Retreat

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We sat down with Francesca Sipma, Founder and CEO of HypnoBreathwork® and Mastry. Francesca shares with us the origins of Mastry, her inspiration behind the concept, and her deep commitment to bringing this work into the world.     Welcome, Francesca! Please tell us about yourself and the origins of Mastry. I’m a former New […]

Q&A with Francesca Sipma: Founder and CEO of HypnoBreathwork and Mastry

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love discovering beautiful new things and supporting soulful and generous founders, so the holidays are full of creativity and joy for me (and wonderful products tied up in bows). I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you here. Don’t forget to take care of […]

Vanessa’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for those who have everything