Let it be known that I’m a big fan of what Gwyneth Paltrow is doing with Goop. I feel like I need to disclose this before you go any further, just so you’re aware of exactly who the person writing about going to the Goop Summit actually is. As for my ~personal interests~ IRL, they pretty much revolve around self-care, plant-based living, energy work, and learning about as many ancient healing practices (Ayurvedic and otherwise) as I can. I’m as much of a “wellness hoe” ( haaaate that term) as one can be who is still very skeptical and goes to the doctor to get my blood tested twice per year just to make sure all of the self-experimenting I do hasn’t actually caused any harm. So yeah, that’s me in a nutshell! Moving along.
The Goop summit is a twice-yearly event that takes place in Los Angeles and New York City once per year. It’s open to anyone who buys a ticket, which run $650 for regular access and $2,000 for VIP tickets. This is the event’s second year, and I was told on-site that the LA event was their biggest yet.
To prepare for the summit, I went out and bought some new yoga pants. I don’t know why, I just felt like everyone would be clad in cute yoga clothes there (which they were) and that my yoga clothes were old and NOT Gwyneth-approved. But then I realized that was stupid and I just went in clothes I already had (sooo #authentic). Other than that, the only other “prep” I did was to sign up for the activations before I arrived. Goop sends out a link to sign up for activations about a week before the summit and you have to log on to register and create your day’s schedule. I had researched all of the instructors and had a “short list” of who I wanted to see, so when the sign-ups arrived I knew exactly who to sign up for. The bigger question was when, as there were panels almost all day long, so I had to make some tough choices between talks that seemed cool and getting, say, my palms read. Never fear, dear reader: it all worked out in the end and I fully enjoyed the day. Read on to see why!