Sunday, August 13th saw the transformation of the south-east lawn entrance to Devon House. An artisan village was created which hosted the 4th annual staging of the Reve Wellness Festival “Liv Gud…Giv Tanx”. The festival is produced by Reve Jewellery & Accessories (Reve), a company created by Teasea and Duane Bennett. This year’s theme simply means to live well, treat yourself and others well, always give thanks, and be grateful. By the same token, this event included family wellness, creative art expressions, products, and services. Good News Jamaica had more than our share of goodness as we interacted with the vendors, performers, and patrons. Presentations included a natural hair styling bar, dance, yoga, live music and an exquisite fashion show.
Sometimes you have to slow down in order to truly speed up – Sarah K Peck
After pushing herself pass the limit to build the young company during the initial stage, Teasea became ill. In like manner, she had to stop, and not just slow down. Consequently, she started focusing on caring for her ‘temple’ so that she could return to building the business. Teasea and Duane used the down time to conceptualize the Reve Wellness Festival. In an effort to showcase local artisans in the festival, the Bennett duo made an effort to include products which are sold at the Reve Jewellery store.
In other words, enrichment of lives, and supporting businesses, form part of the mission for the wellness festival.
The Gift that keeps on Giving
Since 20O8, Duane & Teasea have engaged in supporting and giving back to communities. For this reason, the Mona School of Hope has been one such recipient of their generosity. In the same fashion, Reve has donated over US$3,500 in cash and kind to various causes and charities. With this in mind, a cancer foundation will benefit from the proceeds of this years’ festival. Specifically, the donation will be in honor of a dear friend who died from complications of cancer.
Our team interacted with several vendors and patrons at the festival.
We spoke with Mathew and Sachina Johnson-Boyd of Open Palm Massage Therapy about their experience as a new vendor at the festival. Happily, they described an easy flow of patrons into their comfortable spa tent. As a result, they are looking forward to the next staging of the festival.
Ayela’s Sandals and Accessories is no stranger to the Reve Wellness Festival. Their products included handcrafted leather bags, sandals, and bracelets. Ayela expressed an aligning of her company as a consistent partner with Reve Jewellery & Accessories, thus she continuously participates in the festival.
Good News Jamaica had a chat with one patron who was having her natural tresses oiled and groomed at Hair Skin Love Jamaica, a natural hair styling bar. The cool east winds and good music provided a relaxing environment for this patron. For this reason, she vowed to be on the lookout for other Reve Wellness events on their social media page.
Returning vendor Earth Elements Jamaica had an easy task pulling patrons into their space at the Reve Wellness Festival. Some recognizable products were their all-natural, organic, skin, hair and body care supplies. They too see a natural synergy of their business and products with Reve’s Wellness Festival.
With a passion for recycling, Aviola Accessories has raised the bar on using recycled plastic to make eco-friendly hand-crafted jewelry. Consequently, adding semi-precious metals such as brass, bronze, and copper, they have created the ‘wow’ factor in necklaces, bracelets, rings and hair accessories.
What’s Next for Reve?
The vision for the Reve Wellness Festival event is to become one of the main, holistic, and authentic experiences in the Caribbean for artisans. For more, check out some scenes from the day.