123 episodes

A podcast for those seeking stories about having an impact and building a better life. From the original Serenbe story of how Founder Steve Nygren and his family discovered and developed the land that is now the leading wellness community, to stories featuring many of the people that inspired, encouraged and influenced how Serenbe was created. Steve Nygren and host Monica Olsen talk about how we resist or ignore issues out of fear vs. discovering common sense solutions and discuss the biophilic connection to nature and each other that is vitally important for individual and community wellness. Join us as we tell the story of Serenbe and interview friends, residents and leaders from around the world who are doing the essential work to build and grow thel biophilic movement.

Serenbe Stories Serenbe Media Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 69 Ratings

A podcast for those seeking stories about having an impact and building a better life. From the original Serenbe story of how Founder Steve Nygren and his family discovered and developed the land that is now the leading wellness community, to stories featuring many of the people that inspired, encouraged and influenced how Serenbe was created. Steve Nygren and host Monica Olsen talk about how we resist or ignore issues out of fear vs. discovering common sense solutions and discuss the biophilic connection to nature and each other that is vitally important for individual and community wellness. Join us as we tell the story of Serenbe and interview friends, residents and leaders from around the world who are doing the essential work to build and grow thel biophilic movement.

    How Jetset World Travel’s Lindsey Epperly Sulek Found Home in Serenbe

    How Jetset World Travel’s Lindsey Epperly Sulek Found Home in Serenbe

    Lindsey Epperly Sulek and her husband Jeremy first visited Serenbe in March 2022, tagging along with a pair of friends who were interested in a possible move. Of course, Jeremy and Lindsey (who had no plans to move) ended up here instead. Lindsey describes Serenbe as a place where her family immediately knew they belonged, particularly following a period of difficulty and transition. 
    Lindsey is the Founder + CEO of Jetset World Travel, an independent boutique travel agency which she has scaled from a one-person operation to a team of over 70 dedicated agents. Jetset was also recently recognized as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies. In this episode, Steve and Monica chat with Lindsey about what it means to run a travel agency for a modern clientele, her favorite places in the world, working alongside her husband, and raising two young children in Serenbe. 


    Shownotes
    Serenbe EventsJetset World TravelAbout LindseyPodcast | Who Made You the Boss? With Lindsey Epperly Sulek Serenbe Yoga

    • 28 min
    All Things Nerdy with Super Geek Trivia’s Abe Grier

    All Things Nerdy with Super Geek Trivia’s Abe Grier

    It’s safe to say that if you’re a regular Serenbe Stories listener, you’ve heard many guests mention Halsa’s now-legendary trivia Thursdays.Trivia at Halsa is highly competitive, with regular teams like Rushmore, Crushmore, Slushmore, and the Scrappy Scraps. If you haven’t already attended, you should definitely plan to check out the next one - if you can get a table, that is. 
    On this episode of Serenbe Stories, Monica and trivia regular Stephanie Coyne are teaming up to chat with the man behind all of the fun: Abe Grier. Tune in to hear how Abe got started in trivia, his deep love of all things nerdy, and his first impression of Serenbe. Monica and Stephanie even turn the tables on Abe himself in a new game we;re calling Can We Stump Abe?


    Shownotes
    Serenbe EventsSuper Geek Trivia on InstagramHalsa RestaurantJoystick Gamebar Atlanta

    • 42 min
    Hollywood to Serenbe: Finding Magic in Community with Randy Zisk

    Hollywood to Serenbe: Finding Magic in Community with Randy Zisk

    A few years ago, television producer, writer, and director Randy Zisk and his family moved from Malibu California to the East Coast. After a brief stint in Decatur, they discovered Serenbe and were instantly drawn in by the distinctive architecture and easy access to nature. However, as it so often happens, once they officially made the move, they realized that the community itself is what really makes Serenbe magical. 
    In this episode, Monica Olsen and Garnie Nygren catch up with Randy about his very impressive career in Hollywood - you’re definitely a fan of at least one of the shows he’s worked on - why creative people tend to be drawn to Serenbe, and all of the beauty you find out on the trails. 

    Shownotes
    Serenbe EventsAbout Randy Zisk Serenbe’s Animal VillageFrom Hollywood to ‘Y’allywood:’ Atlanta is the Next Big Destination for Celebrity Home Buyers (Wall Street Journal)Serenbe: The Biophilic Community that Wants to Change How We All Live (Design Milk)The Farmhouse at Serenbe 

    • 24 min
    Beauty, Serenity, and a Place to Plant Roots with Sheri Salata

    Beauty, Serenity, and a Place to Plant Roots with Sheri Salata

    Sheri Salata was living in Napa Valley with no plans to move when a Serenbe resident just so happened to send her a link to the website, thinking it would be the perfect place to lead a retreat. After reading about Serenbe’s commitment to nature, the arts, and community, it didn't take Sheri long to realize that she not only wanted to lead a retreat here, she also wanted to move and plant her roots for good. 
    Sheri jumped from job to job until she got a big break at the Oprah Winfrey Show, a rollercoaster of a role that eventually culminated with working as the iconic show’s final executive producer. After a few years of even bigger roles as President of HARPO and OWN, Sheri decided it was time to do her own thing. Nowadays, she is the CEO of The Support System, a private membership platform for women who want to reimagine their lives and manifest all of their possibilities. She is also an acclaimed author and leads women’s retreats all over the world. 
    In this episode of Serenbe Stories, Monica and Garnie chat with Sheri all about her inspiring career, the importance of connecting to a place, and her top three can’t miss things to do here in Serenbe. 
    Shownotes
    Serenbe EventsSheri Salata The Support SystemThe Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation by Sheri SalataThe RetreatsThe Art Farm at Serenbe

    • 30 min
    For Edgar Guillory, Hospitality is Everything

    For Edgar Guillory, Hospitality is Everything

    Even though Edgar Guillory has worked for the Inn at Serenbe for less than two years, it’s almost impossible to imagine a time before him. As Director of Guest Experience, Edgar kickstarted The Inn’s concierge program, bringing an already high standard of service to an entirely new level of hospitality. In fact, he is so overwhelmingly popular with our guests that he’s mentioned by name in pages of online reviews - including the reviews generated by AI. 
    For this interview, HR Director Stephanie Coyne is back to chat with Edgar about learning the hospitality ropes (occasionally the hard way) in his native Mexico, why he almost ignored Serenbe’s first attempt to reach him, and his personal philosophy for exceptional customer service. 
    Shownotes 
    Serenbe EventsThe Inn at SerenbeInn at Serenbe PackagesBamboo JuicesThe Hill at SerenbeThe Farmhouse at SerenbeThe Inn at Serenbe on Tripadvisor Key Words: Hospitality, Customer Service, Concierge, Inn at Serenbe, Serenbe, Boutique Hotel 

    • 26 min
    20 Years of Community with Steve Nygren

    20 Years of Community with Steve Nygren

    As we kick off the 10th season of this podcast, Serenbe is hitting a major milestone - 2024 marks 20 years since Serenbe’s groundbreaking, when the very first homes were being built and the first residents were taking a chance on a very new and evolving type of neighborhood development. In this episode, Monica and Steve take a trip down memory lane, discussing what the world looked like in 2004, the earliest days of the green building movement, and some of the major milestones that influenced Serenbe’s path forward. We also discuss the way the community itself has evolved over the years - and what the next 20 years have in store. 
    Shownotes
    Serenbe EventsRay C. Anderson FoundationLast Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard LouvChattahoochee RiverLandsFlight Path: A Search for Roots Underneath the World’s Busiest Airport by Hannah PalmerRodale InstituteAmerican Farmland TrustThe Conservation FundWritten Testimony of Steve Nygren, Founder & CEO of Serenbe, Submitted to the Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of RepresentativesSerenbe plans innovative senior living center (Axios)

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

EdwardsbcATL ,

Exceptionally executed share of community origin stories

Monica does a great job of facilitating interesting and meaningful conversations about the individuals living in the community of Serenbe. Each share reveals how each individual uniquely pursues growth and caters that shape Serenbe, Atlanta, and Georgia. It’s a fun listen!

missydavis1 ,

Outstanding!

I love learning this history behind this amazing community.

Vanessa231 ,

Tremendously inspiring but also politically polarizing

Steve Nygren has created nothing less than a masterpiece with Serenbe. Interviews with Nygren at the beginning of the podcast are fascinating and tremendously inspiring. What he has accomplished is so important to society and the world that it should not become the property of one political side, which is how it ends up seeming — not due to Nygren himself or his collaborators but because of buzzwords, comments, and jokes about politics made by one-sided hosts and selected left-leaning guests. The environment is a human issue, not a political one. “Inclusive” should mean everybody. Reference the Rich Rolls interview of John and Molly Chester of The Biggest Little Farm. Listen to what John Chester says at the end. If we don’t stop polarizing the issue of the environment, we are not going to be able to save it.

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