My City Series | Sara Che
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Sara Che is a Stockholm based creative consultant and trilingual meditation coach. From an early age she knew she wanted to travel and see the world and has in three decades lived on three different continents. As a storyteller in the digital age, Sara works across multiple disciplines to create to make people stop, think and feel. She recently launched her site Atelier The Ché and is soon to launch the first spiritual podcast in Sweden.
1. Born and Raised or Expat?
Born in Tehran, raised in Sweden, expat in USA, currently back in Stockholm.
2. How did the idea of Atelier The Ché come about?
Atelier The Ché is a result of a series of personal experiences. The idea came to me at an early stage at the beginning of blogging. The format didn’t really align with me and as the journey progressed, I felt this urge to create something that I could find for myself. A space that explores the expansive constellation of things women care about from a focal point of spirituality and intention, with the convictions that an interest in aesthetic or beauty does not minimize ones’ spirituality
3. What are your fondest memories of content creation when you started your platform?
How much I enjoyed creating a space to be creative, it was an outlet for me to pour myself out in various ways.
4. On your Day-to-Day routine?
I am not consistent in my days, the only consistent part of my days are my mornings. I start with a morning ritual, 6 rounds of yoga sun salutations followed by meditation. Some days I go to the gym or a brisk walk around a lake, and other days my schedule requires me to be out and about for either meetings or events. In the evnings, if I’m not at a dinner or event I like to take it slow. Start with a earlier pm. routine for my skin, possibliy take a warm shower and then spend time in a bathroom applying serums, oils and creams to my face and body. I usually poor myself a big cup of tea and watch something on Netflix before going to bed. After my social media detox I spend less time on the phone past 9 pm
5. Tell us some of your favourite spots in Stockholm?
Gast – best vegan soups | Någonting Greens
Fotografiska Museum – Stockholm’s photography museum with a beautiful views overlooking the city and waterside.
6. Where do you go to escape?
The lake close to my home is my place to escape and to ground my energy. Stockholm Brunch Club and Greasy Spoon is also a great choice of escapism due to an international staff who don’t speak Swedish, feels like being back in the LA for a moment and enjoying belgian waffles and a cup of a coffee with a friend.
7. You can’t take a vacation, so you decide to have a staycation, what do you do, where do you eat, where do you stay and why?
I’d go to Yasuragi, a japanese spa hotel just outside Stockholm in the archipelago. It’s a great escape, I actually spent my last birthday there since I didn't travel abroad, which is what I love to do on my birthdays. My other favourite spa hotel is located in another city not far from Stockholm, Steam Hotel. A newer edition hotel with artictecturhe and design at its heart. The space is an experience of its own with a spa on the top floor overlooking a beautiful lake. The decor is beautiful, and I especially love the pink velvet sofas in the fine dining restaurant.
Lastly, during the summers I escape to Bergianska Trädgården outside of Stockholm, its a botanical garden with both indoors and outdoors area. I love to go there and ground my energy, walk in the Italian and Japanese garden and smell the various roses in the Rose Garden. It's a must if ever visiting stockholm during the summer.
8. What local brands do we have to know about?
There’s many, but I want to mention Bare Origin for being a bad ass skincare brand. A part of the art, founded by two women who started their own line after working in the field of fashion for years – quality and suitability is at the core of this brand.
9. Where’s your next adventure?
Morocco, for the Self-Love retreat and it’s a dream come true kind of adventure.
10. Does Travel breed creativity?
Absolutely, I feel the most alive when traveling. Nothing nurtures my inspiration such as visiting a place I’ve never been to or revisit a loved city. Its my biggest source of inspiration. Every time I travel regardless the distance, I return home with new clarity, insights and inspiration.
11. The ultimate dancing feet reliefs post liquid courage?
After 20 years of partying, I’ve taken a break from going out. But if I did go out, I’d check where my friends are DJ’ing and go there.
12. Where to shed those kilos, detox the body or protect the temple?
Home! I believe in living a balanced life and corporate rituals and practices that allow me to maintain a life and body that is protected. By having a simple morning routine I’ve shed my extra kilos, I keep my body balanced by eating mindfully and intuitively. Most importantly, rest. The best and simplest way to detox anything is sleep. My home is my sanctuary regardless where I live.
13. Are there any philanthropic programmes or projects that you’re passionate about or would like to shed some light on?
I am an ambassador for Non-Violence, school was an intense period for me as a Persian girl growing up in northern Sweden. I was not only bullied for looking different, the kids wouldn’t play with me because they were afraid. Violence is not only physical, it can just as much be emotional and mental, not only does it hurt but the bruises stick to parts of your being that you can’t point at and say “they hit me here”. That’s why I support Non-violence work and programs in schools.
14. Entrepreneurs, Tastemakers and Trailblazers, Where do people like you hangout in your city?
Many creative entrepreneurs work at co-woking spaces like Alma, Norrskenet, A-house and Co-work. Södermalm is known for its charming architecture and being hipster central in the city, here’s where you find boutiques, new concept stores, restaurants, new exciting cafes and happenings.
15. Give a shout-out to someone in your city that is doing groundbreaking things, and what is it that makes them a trailblazer?
I am inspired by women who have an authentic voice and use it to help themselves as well as others. I was deeply inspired by Nena, the founder of Bare Origin given her background and where her journey has taken her. Her authenticity breaths throughout the whole brand which is a delight to witness. My friend Camilla Söderlund works within Beauty and PR at one of Stockholm’s most prominent agencies. I want to give her a shootout for contributing to a positive change within the field of beauty which is usually shadowed by white faces and white beauty standards. Camilla is not only the person I turn to when discussing beauty related topics, because of her wide knowledge within the field, but also has broadened my awareness. She’s the founder of Sweden’s biggest beauty Facebook group, Beauty & Bullshit.
16. A locals-only, off-the-radar, black book spot?
During summer time, Hornstull market is the perfect weekend hangout. It’s a mix of a farmers market, food trucks, live jazz music and vintage finds just by the water. It’s a gem!
17. Whats the next big thing when it comes to mindfulness/meditation in Stockholm?
This might come as a surprise, but the practice of meditation and mindfulness is still considered as a ‘wowo’ at large in Sweden even though it has been scientifically proved that not only is it helpful but people start to thrive in their lives just by meditating and becoming more mindful. With that in mind, the next thing in Sweden in terms of the subject is that it is being offered at workplaces. Co-working places have been picking it up lately and I hope it becomes more normalized for companies and co-working places to offer this to their staff and clients.
18. Currently working on?
I’ve recently launched Atelier The Ché, a platform dedicated to the expansive constellation of things women care about from a focal point of spirituality and intention, with the convictions that an interest in aesthetic or beauty does not minimize ones spirituality My podcast Deepish that is about to launch soon, were I discuss spirituality and metaphysics in a modern world. There will be interviews with inspiring women who share about their life and their own spiritual practice, everything from an intuitive coach to the devotion behind the hijab with modest influencer.s
19. Advice for budding entrepreneurs?
Follow that voice within, it’s your best friend. Be clear about your why, if you can’t stop thinking about it then it’s a good sign. Don’t look at others, honor your process, honor that things take time and no ones’ journey resembles anyone else. Believe in yourself at all times, and when you don’t know how to do something, figure it out and proceed.
20. We’re living in a world where our attention to new innovation doesn’t seem to have longevity, how do you find your inspiration to make new waves with long-term prosperity?
I find inspiration from the people I encounter, whether its IRL or via the internet. Being able to make a positive contribution in someone’s life. My purpose is to help others see themselves for who they truly are, to help them connect with what resides inside, which translates to help them focus inwards through writing, photography as a passage within.