Derek Warburton, Publisher of Gurus Magazine, Celebrates The Oscars With Truth, Passion and Authenticity

Derek Warburton, Publisher of Gurus Magazine, Celebrates The Oscars With Truth, Passion and Authenticity

Los Angeles-based wellness and lifestyle online periodical Gurus Magazine and its founder/publisher Derek Warburton hosted the first annual, two-day celebrity gifting retreat at the beautiful I|O Hollywood Rooftop at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood on March 8 (International Women’s Day) and March 9, 2024.

The magazine’s first cover star was late actress and equal rights activist Anne Heche. Before shooting the cover images, Heche asked Warburton what he wanted the publication to represent in three words, to which he replied, “truth, passion, and authenticity.” Those words now discretely appear on every cover, as a form of protection to all who grace the cover, and they remain the mission statement for the magazine.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Derek Wharburton, Lisa Ann Walter

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as celebrities, influencers, media and special guests began arriving to the suite on Friday morning.  Upon arrival, it was evident, this was not your average Oscar gifting suite.

Many who stopped by were in awe of the beautiful surroundings and the special activities taking place. Guests included Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph and co- star Lisa Ann Walter (Abbott Elementary), Sutton Stracke and Camille Grammer (RHOBH), Phaedra Parks (Married to Medicine). Kelly Dodd (RHOC), Lawrence Zarian (The Kelly Clarkson Show), Katie Ginella, philanthropist Nancy Davis, Shaman Durek Veret, and many others.

Camille Grammer, Derek Warburton, Phaedra Parks, Katie Ginella

As guests made their way off the red carpet, they were treated to the world’s newest ice cream sensation My Mochi, before stepping into the “Come as You Are,” photo studio.  Sponsored by Saints and Sinners hair care company, celebrity fashion photographer Josh Fogel photographed all guests in stunning black and white portraits. Guests sat in custom “Gurus Sat Here” directors chairs by Film Craft LA, owned by event producer Rachel Wilson, while getting light hair and makeup touchups by Gurus‘ beauty editor Joel Sebastian. Fogel photographed stoic and dramatic moments with each subject and the participants understood that there will be no retouching – just beautiful, raw, authentic storytelling.

Sutton Stracke, Derek Warburton

Guests made their way down the walkway of vendors that included Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael K. Newman, who offered consultations and aesthetic touchups with Jeuveau products by Evolus, refreshing boozy seltzers from Passion Tree, a large assortment of gourmet candies from Cocoa and Candy, and no one could resist sitting with art therapist and jewelry maker Larson Arts LA to make custom bracelets matching their chakras.

Kelly Dodd, Dr. Michael K Newman

As you entered the main room of the expansive rooftop oasis, the retreat was buzzing with positive vibes. Front and center was Fisher Stevens Beauty, the legacy beauty brand originally founded by Hollywood royalty Connie Stevens. Her daughters, actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, have revived the line and were on hand to give advice and educate guests on their brand history.

Joely Fisher, Nicole Muj, Tricia Leigh Fisher

Shark Tank finalist The Blonde Italian showcased her many delicious sauces and treated guests to some of her newest recipes. Aumaro Gems showcased pieces from her latest collection of semi-precious stones and Texas-bred Mrs Momma Bear, founded by Lee Evans Lee, held court with her comfortable and stylish workwear.

There were also some exciting activations, including a Kopu Water cold-water plunge, featuring an underwear-clad male model ascended from the icy plunge tank and proceeded to open the luxury bottle of water. Hollywood beauty guru Robyn Newmark offered red light therapy, along with a preview of her new skin care collection Skin Rituals. Meanwhile, party planning company Amber Walker Events made custom floral arrangements and delicious Cosmopolitan cocktails, and iconic fashion designer Tadashi Shoji gifted stunning gowns and cocktail dresses to 100 lucky attendees. And to compliment the dresses, jeweler Todd Sensoli showcased estate jewelry worth up to two million dollars for the guests to try on.

Todd Sensoli, Phaedra Parks

As guests made their way through the retreat, El Cristiano Tequila tempted them with their unparalleled spirits, while Muse educated them on microdosing with their psilocybin mushrooms. A fan favorite was Wabi on Rose, which offered the most delicious sushi and gold leafed chocolate chip cookies. Guests could also relax on a daybed with a view, made up with luxurious Cynthia Bailey Collection bedding from Sutton Brands. And when they weren’t relaxing, they were dancing to the sounds of guitarist Jules Martinez, and DJ Robby Hart, both provided by Gary Thomas Entertainment and production manager Kent Burns.

As guests departed, they were gifted swag bags from Mrs Momma Bear, which included custom Gurus tee shirts from Equals Human, eye gel from Peter Thomas Roth, Juna Gummies, FACE Stockholm skin primer, hair care from Saints and Sinners, and beverages from The Plug Drink.

Well done! Congratulations to Derek Warburton and his amazing team for a spectacular event! Truly “an affair to remember”!

Photos Courtesy of Gurus Magazine.


Nicole Muj
Nicole Muj