“How does the act of drawing from observation affect our perception of the world around us?” asks visual artist Mira O’Brien on the first day of our Drawing Workshop. Motivated by the belief that everyone can learn how to draw, Mira founded the Berlin Drawing Room in 2011 in her Kreuzberg atelier. Since then it has expanded to offer a variety of workshops led by professional artists, with a focus on drawing and painting. While the approach is rigorous, most workshops are geared towards beginners, with step-by-step instruction covering foundation skills. The subject matter varies from botanical-themed workshops held in the idyllic Prinzessinnengarten to mixed media or papermaking workshops. Coming up soon is an anatomy drawing workshop (17.9-15.10.2018), which focuses on body structure and muscle dynamics, and a fungi botanical drawing workshop (26.9-24.10.2018), using foraged mushrooms. Both workshops include a field trip — find out more and book your spot here. (Text: Sibylla Baumgartner / Photos: Mira O’Brien)
Yoga has been a part of my life ever since I moved to Berlin. My favorite studio here is Element Yoga, located where east meets west at Schlesisches Tor. Their rooms are on the 5th floor across from the FluxFM offices, which gives the experience a touch of urban flair. Element Yoga follows the Goldilocks principle, ensuring the concept neither too hip, nor too esoteric. Rather, this studio is intended for clever, warm-hearted people who value community and want to practice anatomically precise, “healthy” yoga. Three types of classes combining these elements are offered: Vinyasa for those who want to sweat, Yin for relaxation and Alignment for learning how the body works. Element Yoga was founded over 10 years ago by Alexander Kröker, who also gives courses to train yoga instructors. He does so with empathy and passion. All rooms can be rented, which is helpful for bodyworkers, coaches and therapists alike who don’t have their own studio. (Text: Nadine Binias / Photos: Element Yoga)
Nadine Binias has been living in Berlin since 2006. Currently residing in Prenzlauer Berg, she has previously called Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain home.
Chalk bags at the ready: The exercise trend of summer 2018 is the body-sculpting sport of bouldering. Indoor halls are scattered across the city, but one favorite is Ostbloc, situated near the Rummelsburger Bucht, with its industrial views over the Spree. An airy, 1000m2 interior full of diverse three-dimensional climbing walls, plus soft landing mats, awaits inside, with seven skill levels clearly color-coded — from easy (yellow) to extreme (grey). Beginners are advised to book a one-hour training session for an introduction to technique and best practice — then round up friends for a Saturday afternoon of taking yourself to new heights, before relaxing on the lawn under a picturesque weeping willow, sun descending and a beer in hand. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
You could easily walk right past Kurhaus Ponte Rosa. Fair enough — why would you look for something enchanting along a railway embankment? Yet like so many Berlin treasures, there’s more here than meets the eye. Venture past the gate and down the tree-lined path. You’ll hear chortles of laughter in the afternoon breeze. You’ll breathe in the scent of pizza crusts lightly charring over hot stone. Kids hustle between long tables and benches. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. It’s self-service, so bring a few friends to stake out your seats while someone puts in a pizza order. Relax in the evening light. Remember why we put up with the endless months of wintery gray. We are taking in the cure. Just don’t let your bliss fool you into a false sense of permanence. Life is short and the summer will soon be gone. So, too, will Ponte Rosa. Despite grumbling by neighborhood supporters, the city has plans for residential development here. Now’s the time to drink in these slowly fading summer evenings. (Text: Leitha Matz / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
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Across from the bright facades of Copenhagen’s iconic Nyhavn waterfront and the Inner Harbour Bridge, find Copenhagen’s new meeting point of worldly flavors. Here, on the Greenlandic Trade Square, once the meeting point of fish merchants and traders, is where The Bridge Street Kitchen opened this summer. A collaboration between Copenhagen Street Food (formerly behind Paper Island) and the owners of Noma, the waterfront square brings together a mighty bunch of kitchens, bars and cafés that best represent Copenhagen’s gastronomic scene. From all-day porridge options by Grød, who serve a wonderful chicken congee with spring onions, peanuts and sesame oil, try also the poke bowl with marinated salmon, seaweed and pickled ginger at California Kitchen to really make the wait worth it during peak hours. There are also greasy-delicious burgers by Gasoline Grill, Michelin-recommended smørrebrødat at Palaegade, and four bars serving local brews and lemonade nestled within colorful beach house-style stalls. Grab your lunch to go and settle down on one of the many beer benches and lounge chairs while canal cruises and electric boats drift through the harbor. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Martin Kaufmann)