First-Ever Beaming at Sea
by Colleen Angeles
You know those moments that you dream of being a part of something big – something that challenges you, stretches your thinking, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and something that makes an impact in the world? Well that just happened for me – and for Beaming.
This is a story of connection, inspiration and playing bigger – not just because you can, but because it’s our personal responsibility.
On November 9-12, 2016, Beaming Wellness joined the life-changing Summit at Sea and created the first-ever Beaming at sea pop-up. This year, the Summit team took on a goliath endeavor to transform the entire culinary experience onboard the ship. Mind you, the Norwegian Cruise Line Escape is the fifth largest ship in the world. It is “home” to 1,700 crew from across 62 countries plus 4,000+ passengers. So, re-imagining how people eat WELL across this 1,098-foot-long and 20-deck-high mega-vessel was definitely playing big.
We were beyond honored to have been chosen as one of 40 world-class culinary partners from across the country. We took it to heart to redefine culinary at sea with a fully organic, gluten and dairy free menu thoughtfully curated for this experience.
Did I mention that we were nourishing the minds, bodies and souls of 3,800+ of the country’s brightest? And not to name drop, but it was so cool to share Beaming with presenters including Kendrick Lamar, Quentin Tarantino, Orlando Jones, Tony Hawk and my personal favorite the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery-in-exile in India. No really, I have such an affinity and admiration for monks – their presence is so peaceful, yet deeply powerful. They are my (our) teachers. Ohhhh, and they LOVED Beaming’s Rockstar with Fit Matrix™ Superfood Smoothie – I think they each may have had three a day! I miss seeing their smiling faces walk up to our pop-up café. Dear Monks, if you are reading this, please visit us in Los Angeles and San Diego – and we’d love to make a Rockstar Superfood Smoothie for His Holiness too ☺
And the human connections we made were not just with the speakers and attendees. The crew on the ship were magical. They welcomed us into their kitchens, they trained with an openness to live Beaming (they literally learned our menu within hours), and they offered us the most amazing support – always with a smile. Bringing Beaming to these new friends from the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil and Serbia to name a few countries was a gift. And to watch them light up wearing our Beaming t-shirts as we worked side-by-side to deliver the Beaming Experience was a moment I will not forget. If you happen to take a cruise on the Escape, please say hello to Chefs Ty, Andreas, Mel, Nicholas, Jero and the crew: Andi, Candize, Vincent, Edward, Fabiana, Rolando, Ketuit and so many more to name.
Being surrounded (truly in a container) by people who want to change the world is a priceless feeling. Through osmosis you feel your presence and purpose rise. Without going down this path, I will share that our first night together on the ship was election night. I can’t think of a more meaningful place I would have wanted to be. Experiencing this historical trice with people who care about what’s happening in our country, our world and with one another was uniting. Each session following that night started with a reflection. I reel on what the Herbie Hancock shared when he and Kamasi Washington spoke together: “Look inside to see what you can do to transform yourself.” Powerful. I was so inspired by the line-up Summit curated for this voyage. My key-takeaway: always surround myself with great people—people who inspire me and inspire others through their words, their thoughts, and their actions. And love more.
As I reflect, I’m also processing just how big this was for Beaming. I don’t have exact numbers, and I can share that what we produced and delivered in just three days on the ship was close to being the equivalent to three weeks’ worth in three of our cafes. Our Beaming at sea team blended and served thousands upon thousands of superfood smoothies, acai bowls and vitality shots plus tossed hundreds upon hundreds of superfood salads. This was a major production that I tease was like being at a bar in Tijuana at Spring Break (minus the alcohol of course!). When I think back to looking out at the lines of people waiting for a smoothie or acai bowl my eyes get really big and I still think to myself, WOW!
And let’s talk for a minute about Beaming Vitality Shots – these were hot commodities on the ship! If you’ve been to Summit at Sea you know this is the radical combination of a once-in-a-lifetime intellectual immersion plus a global music festival. Programming is 24/7 and let’s say there is not much sleep that happens onboard – and why would you sleep when you are only on the ship with the most inspiring people for 72 hours. We’d pour power shots for people (who may or may not have slept the night before) and they would timidly sip on their first shot – then in the next moment pound two more and yell – whoo! I would smile and laugh. Queue the song: Shots, Shots, Shots! I’m certain they are believers in the power of pressed lemon, ginger and turmeric.
This experience reminds me that we can all play bigger, reach more people through our personal and professional missions, and help transform peoples’ Iives through human connections and the sharing of experiences and knowledge. And in Beaming’s case, it is ever so present that this organic superfood café with six locations in Los Angeles and San Diego has an immense role and responsibility to play big in our country – not only helping to lead the sea change in nutrition, but also in acting as a catalyst to inspiring the human connection and creating positive change in world.
The next chapter for Beaming is about to be authored – and I know the team is excited and ready to continue reaching people near and far as we look into 2017.
I will play bigger. Beaming will play bigger.
And to our Summit family – THANK YOU and I can’t wait to see you again soon.
p.s. sharing a few thought leaders and artists I met/learned about on this trip who you will want to look up!
- Wim Hof – check him out and listen to his talk with my new friend Christopher Ryan, on Chris’s podcast Tangentially Speaking: http://chrisryanphd.com. Chris also spoke at Summit at Sea about the pre-history of sex.
- Gallant – OMG, you will love this amazing R&B artist! To me, he’s a unique blend of John Legend, Usher, and Marvin Gaye – and completely his own. He’ll blow your mind!
- Jose Gonzalez – I got lost in his voice. And Flavia, our General Manager of Santa Monica Beaming who also lead operations for our pop-up café is a big fan!