“Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” This sentiment saw Muhammad Ali through to victory; now I whisper it to myself as the blow from my sparring partner brushes my defending fist. Chimosa’s fitness boxing classes combine strength, endurance and technical training to teach you how to observe, react, defend and develop agility and strength. The fitness studio’s philosophy focuses on reconciling opposites: movement and stillness, tradition and the modern, and elements of Asian and European cultures. This isn’t the place for backyard battles: Chimosa’s classes aren’t about releasing extra aggression. Instead, you’re invited to unwind after a sweaty Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu or kickboxing session with a yoga class, massage or Chinese tea ceremony. This Sunday (21.5.17) the studio is holding an open house day. Drop by from 12 for free yoga, massage specials, tea and discounted 10-class passes for your future workouts. (Text: Verena Schwarz / Photos: Chimosa)
For better or for worse, the world around is becoming exponentially more complex. We’re navigating the murky channels of technology, redefining borders in every sense of the term and losing ourselves in the paradox of choice. Here to help equip us with the skills required to thrive is The School of Life, founded in 2008 in London by philosopher and author Alain de Botton. The “emotional intelligence” training institution now has 12 outposts worldwide, including in Berlin. The School of Life’s core offering is a program of workshops and seminars — supplemented by a YouTube channel, a library and a store filled with “thinking accessories”. Seminar topics range from the professional (“How To Find A Job You Love”) to the personal (“How To Make Love Last”). We attended one on “How To Realize Your Potential”, which saw us develop personal action plans through a combination of theoretical discussion and interactive group work. My personal plan now hangs permanently on my wall, reminding me to “just do it!” every day. (Text: Verena Schwarz / Photos: The School of Life)
Newly nestled into the tranquil Brandenburg countryside is Coconat: a ”Workation Retreat” where creative minds can escape the distractions of the city to clear their heads, refocus on the essentials and harness their long-term productivity. A thoughtfully-designed passion project by and for digital freelancers, “Coconat” stands for “community and concentration in nature”. Since its opening on 29.4.17, the former hotel at Bad Belzig (a 75 minute drive from Berlin) has been transformed into a country home with high-speed wifi and surrounded by lush nature, allowing you to swap your after work takeaways for an evening walk in the forest (followed by dinner prepared with organic regional ingredients). There are open-air workspaces, seminar rooms and sleeping spaces, plus whispers of an open-air cinema and sauna on the horizon. Here, space for new ideas is abundant. (Text: Ulrike Schäfer / Photos: Tilman Vogler)
Ulrike Schäfer moved from Bavaria to Kreuzberg in 2005, to which has been faithful to her ever since. She’s been blogging about yoga since 2014 and has recently started to teach it. She’s also Head of Content at Juniqe.
Zum Löwen was featured in our Cee Cee Berlin Book No.2, which you can get your hands on here if you haven’t already.
Berlin can get busy, so sometimes Berliners need to escape. This was the motivation for ex-Berliners Lola Randl and Philipp Pfeiffer to open Cafe Zum Löwen in an old hotel opposite a large stone church in the center of the Gerswalde village. It’s a place where an eclectic mix of holidaymakers, Uckermark locals and former Berliners come to meet and travel on down to the beautiful Lake Sabinsee. All the work in Zum Löwen is done by Lola, Philipp and their friends: Ayumi Saito and Sayuri Sakairi have taken over the café, supplying Japanese home cooking along with local produce and homemade cakes for guests. News for summer: The café reopens for the season this Saturday (6.5.17), marking the occasion with Dóra Földes‘ exhibition “In This Land Leaves Sifted Sunlight on Their Cheeks“: a collection of paintings and drawings which turn a naturalistic lens on moments of stillness and serenity. Fresh country air, warm hospitality and expressive art: We know where we’ll be escaping the city to this weekend. (Text: Elisabeth Schotte / Photos: Hirofume Abe / Dóra Földes)
Sat 10-20h, Sun 11-18h;
Dóra Földes “In This Land Leaves Sifted Sunlight on Their Cheeks”, May 6-28, Sat 10-20h, Sun 11-18h, Facebook event
As early Spring temperatures rise, so do the number of friends coming to visit. Feeling ready to play tour guide? You don’t have to be a history buff to introduce guests to Berlin — you just have to know who to call. Thanks to the brand new walking tour provider Berlins Taiga, you can let the experts do the hard work whilst learning something new about the history of your city. Founder Holger Raschke, who grew up near Potsdam surrounded by a strong Soviet military presence, has harboured a fascination with the region’s background since childhood. Now he’s sharing his passion with the public, in the form of tours that trace the Soviet past of Berlin and Brandenburg from 1945 to 1994: from the final battle for Berlin to urban development in the eastern sector. Whichever focus you choose, expect a friendly, flexible guide, a relaxed pace and fascinating conversation material for your post-tour coffee. It won’t only be your guests who see the city’s Soviet story in a whole new light. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Holger Raschke)