Digital-Detox Retreat, Anyone? 4 Ways Hollywood Execs Unplug and Relax
Your guide to how and where to ditch the devices
This story first appeared in the 2014 Women in Entertainment issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
An exec fave is Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson (from about $600 a night), which offers a mix of spa treatments and self-discovery activities and bans public-area use of devices. ICM agents Josie Freedman and Kathleen Remington headed there this summer. Says Freedman, who tries to go annually, "It gives you a check-in with yourself." Imagine president of production Kim Roth and WME agent Anna DeRoy also have checked in.
For those seeking a total break from the noise, there's Vipassana, which entails meditating -- and going for days without speaking. Writer-director Lisa France (Anne B. Real) took a 10-day course at the Buddhist-based Vipassana Meditation center (dhamma.org; donations only) in North Fork, Calif. "It was transforming on many levels," she says. "Silence isn't a strong suit for me. The main teaching was to see that all suffering comes from craving or resisting. If I accepted that I couldn't use my phone in the moment, but that I would have to return to reality and use it, I find peace."
A more remote option is Casa Bambu in Matapalo, Costa Rica ($785 to $3,350 a week), an enclave of tree houses in a monkey-and parrot-filled jungle with pristine beaches and private chefs. "You have to go off-roading to get there, and there's no cell service," says Legendary Pictures senior vp creative affairs Jillian Share, who was nervous about going off the grid for five days the first time she went to Casa Bambu -- but is returning this Christmas.
EAST COAST DETOX
IFC Films senior vp acquisitions Arianna Bocco headed to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass. (private rooms with bath from $362 a night) for "a post-Sundance-Berlin-SXSW detox" this year. "I was in desperate need of downtime," she says. "Just a place where there were no fires to put out." A four-hour drive from New York City, Kripalu offers classes (from energy work to Ayurveda training) and bans all devices in public areas. Bocco, who ran into producer friend Wendy Sax ("We caught up over kale salads") says she "left after four days feeling very Zen."