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Since 1975, certain members of Hollywood’s elite (Oprah, Barbra Streisand, and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few) have made a habit of sneaking away to the hills of Calabasas to The Ashram, a weeklong back-to-basics bootcamp that requires stamina on all fronts. “Forty-five years ago, America was in bad shape—physically, mentally, and spiritually,” explains cofounder Catharina Hedberg, who, along with her partner, Dr. Anne Marie Bennstrom, devised the retreat’s renowned dawn-to-dusk schedule, which couples vigorous exercise with daily massages (a necessity more than an indulgence) and feel-good vegetarian meals.
Soon, the Ashram will welcome another development: “I like to take people on a little bit of an adventurous journey under The Ashram umbrella,” says Hedberg, who has brought her disciplined devotees to the island of Mallorca and, starting this July, to a family-run lodge located in East Iceland’s Breiðdalur. Tap the link in our bio for more details.
Photographed by @josholins , Vogue, October 2018