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Yoga participants (left to right) Tade Adeogun, Patty Navarro and Lejuane Johnson enjoy champagne and doughnuts Saturday, Dec. 1, at Malibu Lumber Yard. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Kid X Club’s Taylor Crandall (left) assists Desert Beaver (middle) in creating a gratitude tree as Desert’s father, Nick Beaver, looks on.
(Left to right) Meda Soderqvist, Isabella Soderqvist and Sebastian Soderqvist sell Malibu Strong hats at the gathering.
Sophie Galate sings at the Saturday, Dec. 1 Support, Sip ‘N Shop event which supported the Malibu Disaster Relief Fund.
Avocatoast provided free avocado toast. left to right at Avocatoast is Isabel Martinez, helper to owner Lizzy Cooper
Kathryn Brolin poses by her store Midheaven Denim which opened it’s doors on the same day as the event.
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
10:51 am PST December 6, 2018

A sea of yogis graced the deck of Malibu Lumber Yard Saturday, Dec. 1, at Support, Sip ‘N Shop, a fundraising event benefiting the Malibu Disaster Relief Fund. 

The event was co-hosted by the Lumber Yard and the Malibu Foundation. 

Malibu native Ashley Shubert, of Playlist Yoga, led the yoga session and gently urged those participating to unwind, breathe deeply and refocus.

“Expect the best version of you right now,” Shubert said. “We have resources, we have opportunities and they are bigger than yourselves so soothe yourselves.”

Attendees collectively breathed in, cherishing the misty ocean breeze.

Shubert, a Malibu High alumna who grew up in Paradise Cove, realizes how important it is to support Malibu shops and to support Malibuites as they coalesce and rally to rebuild Malibu and slowly return to normal life.

“It’s so special for me to give back to my community in its time of need,” Shubert said. “I’m grateful to be able to offer yoga and to help elevate the spirits of my people.”

A portion of the sales by Malibu Lumber Yard stores benefited the Relief Fund. Two new stores have just launched at the venue.  Bleusalt, a boutique founded in Malibu, features athleisure wardrobe selections for men and women with fabrics made from beech tree fibers.

Midheaven, a selection of fine denim-wear for ladies, displayed a selection of chic apparel.

“It’s really nice to open my store that means so much to me on a day when some of the sales proceeds will benefit the victims of the fire,” said owner Kathryn Brolin. “I’m grateful to be a part of the effort to bring new energy to Malibu.”

Isabella Sodeqvist, 11, helped her family sell Malibu Strong caps and spoke with Malibu Surfside News.

“I made a video about being evacuated from the fire,” she said. “My message is that the material stuff really doesn’t matter because when you have family, that’s all that really
matters.”

Attendees enjoyed avocado toast from Avoca Toast, libations provided by Casamigos Tequila, hor d’oeuvres from Café Habana, and unicorn doughnuts from California donuts. Some chose to have a free manicure by Nail & Bone, and others enjoyed a complimentary massage, while yet others simply sat and chatted, enjoying the conviviality.

“It’s wonderful that the community has come out because everyone has been through so much,” said Jenni Ogden, who lives on Point Dume. “I am enjoying relaxing and getting my nails done and I’m grateful that I’m lucky to be one of the people in Malibu who has a home to clean up.”

Some attendees came from area communities to participate in the event, wanting to support Malibu as it collectively tries to recover.

“We live in Calabasas and so we were personally affected by the fire because we were evacuated, too,” said Corey Talbotts, who brought her two small children with her. “We donated a ton of food and water and we are essentially looking to help in any way that we can.” 

Sophie Galate sang beautiful songs, some attendees participated in a dance contest and all seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

As the adults dispersed, the children attending Kid X Club made gratitude trees. 

“I am thankful that all of my friends are safe,” said 10-year-old Trevor Oliver, a Webster Elementary student as he sported a baseball cap that said Malibu Strong. “I’m thankful we’re all here together today and I’m glad to be back in school.”