Manifesting a dream...
There was more than a little magic involved in the building of Zen Lot. It took about three years to manifest this location - nearly six years to manifest the vision (through the experience, trials, and tribulations of Jennifer' first business, Integrative Healing). The beginnings of Zen Lot were organic. It started with a simple expansion - and, as yoga often is contraction all at once too. Just as Jennifer found out she was loosing her space at 497 Walnut Street, the prior home of Integrative Healing, the slightly larger location she had been eyeballing for three years fell in her lap - literally at the same time. It could not have been planned better had she tried.
It was a leap of faith to say the least. In some ways timing was perfect, and in other ways not so much. The key elements present were inspiration, opportunity, and as it turned out, mostly just the right support to pull it off. So, taking the plunge, and riding on lots of juicy good vibes, she went for it.
The new name came about very organically too. Gifted to us from our beloved graphic designer, Julia Allen of Folia Design, a long-time former resident of the Carneros area. She immediately knew this new name would encompass the broad scope of offerings while maintaining familiarity, accessibility, and communicate the sense of calm and ease we are really aiming to bring into the lives of our attendees.
If you build it....
As all of these pieces fell into place construction began. And, Jennifer (again...unplanned at the onset) ended up building most of the physical structure within the new location herself -- At least, in the beginning. Talked into the idea of doing the work themselves by her father & family friend Frank Underhill, the trio embarked on the journey. Leaning into her long-time friend Nic Altamura, for specialized expertise along the way, he was able to help with some tricky pieces no one else could wrap their head around. Lots of other support came in waves from friends who popped in for bits here. Some to work and some to cheer on and bring food, walk Beedi, or just give hugs. The steady steam of love & support from her parents, and others like her Uncle John, friends Erin, Angela, Jessica, Jen....and many others, helped bring Zen Lot into fruition.
And, the encouragement & guidance from her loving and supportive father, Fred Heminger. That deserves extra mention. Long ago, he encouraged a six-year-old Jennifer to build her Barbi a house. Not just one house, many houses. At one point, she took over half the garage with what turned into "Barbi-empire." She loved to build and he always encouraged her. Giving her the tools she needed to pull of that new door, window or staircase she always knew he would know the thing to do to pull of the idea she had. Years later, he is still encouraging her though now with power tools and tricks of the trade he has learned from years of being a hobby craftsman and learning from the many before him.
Her favorite piece of wisdom shared along this journey from her dad was, "Your Great Uncle Lee, who was a master craftsman would stay 'Being a good craftsman isn't about doing things perfectly. It is about knowing how to fix your mistakes.'" He shared with a knowing nod. She liked this one and is glad it was slathered lovingly into the foundation of Zen Lot ~ a place where she hopes everyone will come as they are, ready to embark on the next piece without judgement or fear of doing it wrong...without attachment to needing to "do it right," all the time...but will have courage to wobble and fall, as she now knows...indeed this is one of the most important pieces of the journey.
At the prompting of Jennifer's father, she plans to write about her experience building the Zen Lot.