WHY WE EXIST
Our culture is saturated with distractions, information and technology. Despite this fact, we believe we are all seeking ways to elevate our mind, spirits and consciousness through real experiences. If we measure life by the singular moments and the events we experience, how often do we experience something truly memorable and transformative? How often are we changed by a lightning bolt of inspiration, or a piercing revelation?
The Uplift Project is a series of localized events that aim to create positive, transformative and life-changing experiences through programs and retreats curated with some of the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners and provocateurs. Our goal is to make these experiences accessible to those who crave a time to acquire new skills, reset and uplift themselves.
As co-founder of The Uplift Project, Andrea Praet curates and produces events and experiences that are transformative for the mind, body and spirit. She also collaborates with creative agency Range on seasonal trend direction for clients within the active and outdoor industries, such as Reebok. In her role as advisor to Brand Human under Jasmine Takanikos Consulting Group, she provides brand strategy and business development and is working to expand the Brand Human partnership with SoHo House worldwide.
Previously, she was a senior trend director for world-renowned agencies such as Promostyl, Stylesight and WGSNfor over a decade . As senior trend director, she worked with an international array of Fortune 500 companies to inspire and inform their creative endeavors, interpreting and presenting seasonal trend and color forecasts.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Katia came to New York City in 2005 to pursue graduate studies in Counseling Psychology at Columbia University. Upon graduating she served chronically mentally ill adults and later children in foster care before transitioning into private practice in 2010. Currently Katia runs a practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn focusing on individual psychotherapy. In addition to various therapeutic modalities, she incorporates into her work teachings from the Vedas- ancient Indian scriptures- as interpreted by the Shankaracharya tradition. Katia began working alongside Maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) Thom Knoles, in 2012 managing his public teaching and appearances in the US, Canada, India and Europe. Inspired by a retreat to India with their teacher, Thom, in early 2015, Katia and Andrea Praet began collaborating ideas surrounding lifestyle, consciousness, well-being and community- hence The Uplift Project was born.