In Brooklyn, wellness studio HealHaus aims to create an inclusive healing space with mental health resources. The combined café and wellness studio, which opened in May 2018, is a “one-stop shop” for “different healing modalities,” from workshops that delve into deeper life issues such as abuse and grief to lighter modes of wellbeing such as yoga and meditation. The studio also offers more diverse healing offerings, such as womb wellness moon yoga, breathwork for grief, and psychic abilities workshops. “When people talk about wellness, it’s presented in a pretty package, but sometimes selfcare and wellness is tough,” Darian Hall, cofounder of HealHaus, tells JWTIntelligence. “At HealHaus, we question how we work through the harder topics, not just the easy ones.”
Healing cafés provide respite from urban life, serving up peace and calm to on-the-go city dwellers. By offering public spaces where tranquillity can be found, they are making mental wellbeing more accessible. “In my opinion, the culture…will change from going to a coffee shop to going to a convenience lounge,” predicts Oon-Mo.