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Our holistic approach to optimal health and performance empowers you to discover your true potential.


Everything we do is about finding your freedom.


Why “Après”? Because “after” coaching, you will find your line.   


Inspired by riding mountains and surfing oceans, Après Coaching Sessions are a nod to the discipline and diligence necessary to master these epic environments, the freedom found in doing so, and the reward of post-excursion celebrations known as après-ski. Après Sessions, on and off the mountain, are holistic meaning an integrated whole experience.


Holistic health coaching considers the whole human system to spearhead what we find in the state of “flow” resulting in optimal performance and wellness in all realms of life.


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Based in Miami Beach, Mike Tewel, Founder and CEO of ARTRPRNR is an example of the quintessential American story: He grew up in a large family where money was always a struggle. Being the oldest he felt the pressure to chase money, so at the age of 19 he took a sales job in a very profit driven company which eventually led him to starting his own company and becoming an entrepreneur.

Turning 30, he had found success, but not “whole-hearted” success. He had done well, but wanted to do more, this time with heart and soul. Fresh out of a long relationship, he took off for a brief vacation to Costa Rica. He had come to the realization that his personal growth needed some attention, canceled his return ticket and stayed for a month. During this time, he committed to two things. Commitment  #1 was to read one book per month, which was a big challenge at the time coming from a fast paced lifestyle. Commitment #2 was to travel for at least one week every month. By making this time and space for himself, he was able to drop in to what *Mike* really wanted out of life. He read not 12, but 20, books that year and spent a lot more than 12 weeks traveling.

During that first trip to Costa Rica, he also began practicing yoga and eventually added meditation. These tools and experiences along with his commitment to personal development brought him to the realization that his values did not align with his businesses partner at that time and it was time to make a change. This series of events and his personal dedications sent him down the path to where he is today.

While driving on the freeway in Los Angeles, he was listening to a podcast that talked about licensing your ideas to brands and earning royalties. This struck a chord. He thought, “If I can gain a small percentage of every idea I come up with, I would never have to work.” “But how do I find businesses to offer my ideas?”

He had always rubbed shoulders with many artists and over time they turned to him for advice given these folks don’t usually have a natural inclination toward business. It was here he noticed a void… To bridge the gap, he first created an event called “Innovators and Executors” with his friend, Israel Brod. The Innovators wore white, the Executors wore black. He threw himself into the arena of event production which he did not know much about, and what do ya know, made some magic happen. The event was successful and he now had a database he felt he needed to engage, so he started a newsletter which led to a blog then known as ThinQBeta.

But it was time to do what all high performers must do, dig a little deeper. He really needed to walk his talk. He wanted to find more direction to spearhead his intentions. So he dropped into himself again.

Mike made space and time to write down what he wanted. Visualizing what it would look like and connecting to the emotions and feelings derived from what it would feel like to find what he was seeking. He also honed in on the 80/20 rule asking himself where he could find the most fulfillment with the lowest compromise of his lifestyle values. He found:

1.  freedom to be location independent
2. connection with intelligent high achievers / creating opportunities for growth while meeting the emotional needs of human connection

Enter the rebrand. Introducing ARTRPRNR.

This was the scariest move yet. “I jumped into something I knew nothing about with no existing resources or industry connections”. In his previous businesses, he was more reactive and found opportunity among his existing network. This time he was being proactive, but he was completely on his own.

Within holistic health, we have learned that if we are not challenging ourselves, we are not growing. We are not pushing ourselves enough. Or often, we are pushing ourselves too much and in inefficient and unsustainable ways. At Après Sessions, we have honed in on an exact percentage that qualifies for growth without burnout. Learn More - #SessionIt

As high performers, we must continually turn and tweak the knobs and levers within our human design to continue to perform daily in a manner that serves everyone we encounter each day. Here is where we find that sweet spot where life aligns and we feel and perform at our very best.

ARTRPRNR’s Founder, Mike Tewel, has hit his sweet spot in highlighting creative influencers elevating humanity. Creativity, entrepreneurship, wellbeing and wanderlust wrapped up into one beautiful package. With a sweet membership program launching soon, their online magazine with a travel and lifestyle focus is not to be missed. And for all you analog lovers such as myself, a very limited print edition is in queue, too.

Mike was kind enough to reach out last year featuring me as a creative and entrepreneur within wellness. Mike, we thank you immensely for taking the time and space to drop into you, find what serves not only you, but your community, and take not only yourself, but those around you, from where you are now to where you want to be.

Hey you. We need you now. Let’s Apres.

Neurochemicals that Make You Go HELL YEAH - Part Deux


Like everything, it’s about balance. The “Hell Yeah Neurochemicals” can turn a regular dude into a total ski bum who wakes up at 65 and goes oh shit I forgot to do – everything else I wanted to do in life. So those highs we get from skiing, surfing, practicing yoga, and meditating are superb practices for finding zen, the zone, runner’s high, and ultimately what is now commonly known as “flow”, in everything we do. But balance, leading to optimal and then extraordinary performance, is truly the way.

While we prefer to foster these states so that we can work smart and play hard versus analyze everything to death, many folks (Type A’s - cheers to you) want to know details. Curiosity is certainly a key ingredient in a lot of what makes a holistic lifestyle sing, so here goes…

If you are here, you’ve either dropped in as a client or as a person surfing the world wide web like so many of us chasing down answers for years. Chances are you have dropped your drama, you are in the shit of it, you are seeing changes and you’re hungry for more. Curiosity is the driver. Essentially you’ve hit 70-80% in the way of personal and professional development and you are ready to rock, but you’re still hanging on to this or that, perhaps battling drama in some realm of life, or feel you simply have not yet hit your full stride.

Well – Congratulations!

You are now welcome to just drop all of that. Every single bit of it. Whatever got you to this point, hey – we’re sorry, we’re proud, we’re excited, and we’re right there with you – we have these insane stories and challenges that perhaps another has not, that perhaps not one living soul knows about, that blah blah blah – yep it’s kinda like that – seemingly incessant. But at 70-80% of working through all of it, usually with a good amount of life experience under our belts as well, we are alive and loving it and dropping the rest of it sure is a load off… and it may still take some time, but hey it’s the last load. Essentially, we are here, we showed up, over and over, now we share. Corny as hell, but true. We’ve checked ourselves, over and over, gotten over ourselves (well, hopefully mostly), we have done oh so much individual work and now have an arsenal of tools and techniques ready when the next challenges arrive, as we know they will, and that’s all that matters.

In these modern times, and especially in the United States today with so much insane eruption, and therefore hope for more change and social justice, we do have to get really real with ourselves, do our diligence, get gritty and go deep in order to transform and progress. No one is safe! Avoid much? Yep well whatever it is that gets your goat will be right back. Interested in the trendy “abundance” in all realms of life that everyone is chatting about? Yeah, well that takes stepping up and dropping the rest of whatever brought you to exactly where you are right now. That last little bit. Thank it. And move it along. It might be back. Just note it when it returns, work toward greater understanding of it in order to continually learn, integrate, transmute, and yep, thank it again.

Folks who have been handed easier paths often don’t even begin to understand, but huge kudos to those who are actually willing to be real about it, offer it up and equally give thanks to good ol’ luck. (Both Obama and Letterman do so on Letterman’s Netflix show – great example.) It is rare to hear this from fortunate business people, funded artists, or pro athletes. No doubt they still put in hella effort to make progression happen. But so have you. You have organically done the work. You are truly self-made. You have had the ability and determination to dig deep over and over in order to progress. You are resourceful as hell. You are a survivor. So, yep, you deserve just as much credit as that guy. We are not afraid to call BS on the ridiculousness of where even the wellness industry has gone, such as social media bots, straight up lack of authenticity, and we prefer to focus on supporting those who clearly walk their talk on the daily with true spirit shining through the plethora of shallow content, ridiculous red tape, and non-stop selfies. Having intel from those in the know, we don’t have much time as a country or world to remedy the direction we are going. Yet we again have an opportunity to shift the landscape, and we need you now.

The takeaway is that just because people are capable of finding fleeting glimpses of “oneness” in the physical realm or “success” in business, or omg the wedding ring, the baby, the Cinderella complex seemingly coming into fruition, doesn’t mean much has been figured in reference to holistic health and overall wellbeing. It does not mean it automatically translates over to mental and/or emotional realms and quite often proves with time to be quite the opposite. The artist, the athlete, the suit often have not accessed the more subtle layers of being that offer the opportunity to truly cultivate self-awareness, awareness of others, and how the two are intricately and inextricably connected. Want to learn more? Let’s Apres.

Neurochemicals that make you go Hell Yeah can be the impetus to oh so much. Backed by science, that mix, held within superb yet easy-to-meet structure, can lead to even further progression. Progression leads to fulfillment which leads to peak-to-peak performance and essentially a super fun life. How awesome to put a little extra effort into all realms and find that happy high for not only yourself, but for those around you? The ripple effect is real. So let’s keep it real. #SessionIt

If You Flow You Know // Flow Genome Project

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My backgrounds in actions sports and yoga led me, through friends, to the initial public launch of Flow Genome Project. I was blown away. I thought, "These guys are onto what I'm onto!". I had been geeking out on this stuff for years in my Venice, CA bungalow and had suddenly found my people outside of a ski town where locals cared about not much more than finding flow for themselves, touting accomplishments and simply gaining glory as athletes. As a former competitive gymnast, then full-time "funtime" snowboarder, surfer, mountain biker, and trail runner, I knew this place, now commonly called flow, deep in my bones. Years later, as a yogi attending top notch yoga classes in Boulder, CO then Los Angeles, I surprisingly and thankfully found that same place with leaders in L.A.. That same place that no words do justice of seemingly transcendence where everything else falls away and there is nothing but silence and peace.

I also noticed the difference in that unnameable place within sports/movements where everything is static and there is almost zero risk (trail running would be my favorite) compared to sports/movements where it seems to me there is much more embodiment, as well as a need for much greater focus due to constant changes, risk, or physically and mentally surrendering to what is. Constant changes: When surfing ocean waters, everything is in motion and the waves are never arising and rolling quite the same. Risk: There is also severe need for focus due to significant risk specifically when it presents good potential for broken bones or death - literally. Surrender: Not to mention the great challenge of where the mind goes when you must stay still. Try a yoga class where poses are held for so long you feel like you're going to lose your sh*t. Coincidentally, in yoga, focus is the step prior to meditation is the step prior to seemingly transcendence. See where we are going with this?

However, I didn't know what exactly was going on nor how to explain it. I was reallllllllly good at getting into this headspace. It kept me sane for decades. But I'm not a neuroscientist and had never really bothered to study these experiences until about 5 years ago.

I just knew this unnameable state was life saving.

I knew that if more people had a way to access these states, the world just might be a better place. At the time, 2013, I was in the process of creating a non-profit connecting yoga and action sports together for this exact reason. (Maybe that project will someday be officially birthed.) But a broken tib/fib changed my course as I was unable to teach/lead for a couple years with two major surgeries 11 months apart. I might add that I would have never fully recovered with only the allotted several weeks of physical therapy alone. No way. Yoga practice for the following couple *years* gets the credit.

Enter Flow Genome Project. I touched base back then even though they were not offering courses or anything at the time. They appeared to be a straight research project. I shared that my wish was to share this information with anyone interested regardless of their status/title as I was positive every living soul could benefit from regularly accessing this state. The conversation then faded and I was left with the impression that it was another who's who boys club, so I moved on. But everything they were doing and saying over time, discreetly and under the surface, was yoga yoga yoga. The philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, physiology and much more are all found within the yoga practices - not just the physical practice known as asana, but all eight limbs of yoga, Pantanjali's eight-fold path.

As a holistic health coach, Flow Genome Project's constant nod to the holistic, the "whole", their absolute embracement of modern times and technology, and especially their eventually saying 'Fuck It' let's just call it what it is (to some extent - yay!).... well... fast forward to a few years later, and I am honored to be a mentor within their course offerings this spring. Session "Flow Fundamentals" for a test drive. "Flow Performance" will stoke you out much more. Questions? #SessionIt


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It's that time of year again!

Love the last few years of speak on ice baths and cold water therapies reducing inflammation, bettering the immune system, balancing hormone levels, and of course kicking those feel-good endorphins into overdrive.

But keep it simple! At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold for as long as you can stand it, even if only on your feet. The latest research is telling us that splashing our faces with cold water can actually be enough. And for me, living in a colder climate, the feet and face seem to do the trick.

As trail runners, we have been dipping our legs into icy creeks post-run for 20+ years. Not because we knew a whole lot on the science behind it back then, but because it just felt right and it felt good. Trusting our guts, the science caught up and proved it to be a positive move.

Barely bearable, but hurt so good.