INNER TRUTH LAUNCHES ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

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Back in 2012 investment banker David Newell was battling severe anxiety and depression, a host of physical illnesses and feeling increasingly disillusioned with life in the corporate world.

What followed was a deep dive into wellness and spirituality as David journeyed far and wide both literally and metaphorically to uncover his own inner truth, meaning and purpose.

The fruits of his labour are Inner Truth - the UK’s first audio platform for self discovery - featuring a host of interviews with leading writer, speakers artists and visionaries at the forefront of inner wellbeing including Ruby Warrington, former features editor of Sunday Times Style and founder of The Numinous, singer/songwriter Nick Mulvey and Hollywood’s favourite healer, Shaman Durek.

Inner Truth also hosts a range of transformational audio courses.

Please help support by subscribing to The Inner Truth Podcast on Spotify & iTunes!

Soul Adventures: Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Ibiza

Soul Adventures: Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Ibiza

 Image of Trish Whelan via  White Ibiza

Image of Trish Whelan via White Ibiza

A kundalini yoga and meditation retreat at Soul Adventures in Ibiza is a must for anyone looking for profound re-connection to themselves, a deep dive into the transformative powers of Kundalini Yoga and a spiritual overhaul.

At the helm is Trish Whelan, former music exec turned Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher and Sound Healing Master. Trish moved to the beautiful white isle of Ibiza eight years ago and has been facilitating healing retreats both there and in Goa ever since.

I had the joy of attending the four day ‘Soul Medicine’ retreat, which combines daily Kundalini yoga, workshops, sharing, incredible food (more on that later), sound healing and more.

The retreats take place in the more tranquil north of the island, at a stunning authentic Ibizan villa nestled up in the hills surrounded by forest and only five minutes’ walk to the Cala Xuclar beach (also home to arguably Ibiza’s best restaurant, Chiringuito Cala Xuclar).

As a retreat guest, you could not be more supported as you are guided through the four days with love and great care. Trish is incredibly knowledgeable yet also down to earth, warm and relatable. The yoga itself (and the deeply restorative gong baths that follow each practice) takes place on a specially created wooden deck overlooking the beach. It is a real joy being able to practise outside, soaking up the unique energy of Ibiza.

The food was all loving prepared by nutritional health specialist Mel Atkinson of Watermelon Well, with every plant-based meal as vibrant as the last. Mel is a kundalini yoga teacher, a naturopath and a nutritionist and the food offering is all designed to support the healing and transformational experience.

You will have plenty of time to relax, whether that’s bathing in the infinity pool, or booking a Reiki treatment or massage. Often on yoga and meditation retreats you are expected to stick to a tight schedules but at Soul Adventures there is the feeling of freedom balanced with consciously structured days.

I left feeling renewed, energised, vibrant and strong, having soaked up so much wisdom and high vibes from both Trish and the other participants, as well as being supported by the stunning nature of Ibiza.

The retreats are kept small with a maximum of 6 people at a time to really facilitate deep healing.

A special mention goes to Trish’s lovely little dog Snoop, who is also quite the healer!

The next retreat is The Wild Aquarian Woman taking place November 1st - 4th - a four day Kundalini yoga and meditation retreat for women who are stepping into their FULL POWER! Find out more and book HERE.

More on Kundalini Yoga:

Kundalini Yoga, known as "‘The Yoga of Awareness’ is an ancient art and science dealing with the transformation and expansion of consciousness, the awakening and raising of kundalini energy (the energy of creation which lays dormant at the base of the spine).

Kundalni Yoga is comprised of harnessing specific breathing exercises, postures, mantras and more and was made popular in the west by Yogi Bhajan. Read more here.

How To Build Your Wellness Business Round Up

 (L-R) George Bettany, co-founder of Sanctus, Sophie Scott, founder & editor of Balance magazine, Helen Morris, founder of Samsara Communications, Pandora Symes, founder of Rooted London, Vanessa Woodgate & Kat Scott of Brunch N Grind.

(L-R) George Bettany, co-founder of Sanctus, Sophie Scott, founder & editor of Balance magazine, Helen Morris, founder of Samsara Communications, Pandora Symes, founder of Rooted London, Vanessa Woodgate & Kat Scott of Brunch N Grind.

After another sold out panel discussion earlier this month, the audio recording is now available to purchase HERE.

Listen in for honest and inspiring insights from founders about what it really takes to run a wellness business. We cover everything from idea development to launch, funding, hiring, social media, events, learning from challenges, staying motivated and inspired and much more.

From the attendees:

“Thank you for organising such an amazing event this Wednesday, I feel like I really learnt a lot and got some inspiration out of all those amazing stories. I'll keep an eye for future events, as this is right up my street.” - Olga

“Buzzing after tonight’s wellness business panel. The feeling I get after being in a room full of like-minded people, following their passions and dreams is quite indescribable. Inspired how honest and raw everyone was tonight about their business successes, failures, challenges and top tips. Thank you for giving me the buzz.” - Nutrition By Yasmin

“I just wanted to say a huge thanks for hosting the panel discussion last night, I found it really valuable”

“It was a very inspirational evening, super helpful!” - Well Fit Box

The next event will be in November, details will be announced soon!


INDABA LAUNCHES SCHOOL OF YOGA

INDABA LAUNCHES SCHOOL OF YOGA

We have been working with iconic London yoga studio Indaba to promote the launch of its School of Yoga 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Led by renowned teacher Ambra Vallo, Indaba's yoga teacher training course kicks off on Monday 29th October and offers students a unique blend of yoga philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology and modules on the business of yoga. 

Register your interest here.

How To Build Your Wellness Business Returns!

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It's back! After two sell-out events we're back with an amazing panel of founders who will be sharing their business stories to inspire and empower you to build yours.

Featuring: 

Sophie Scott, editor of Balance 
Pandora Symes, life coach, nutritionist and founder of Rooted London 
James Routledge, founder of mental health champions Sanctus London 
Kat & Vanessa, founders of food and fitness blog Brunch and Grind

Maybe you're longing to escape your 9-5 and develop your own wellness business but aren't quite sure how to do it, or maybe you're further along the line and could do with some inspiration on how to take your brand to the next level. 

Wherever you're at, you’ll gain an understanding of how to turn your wellness business dreams into reality, attract and keep customers, build a strong brand, pitch to influencers and journalists, create an authentic social media presence and how to harness the power of your network and build partnerships.

TICKETS available here 

Introducing....The Academy of Healing Nutrition

Introducing....The Academy of Healing Nutrition

Our new client is the Academy of Healing Nutrition! Whether you are looking to change your career, to enrich your knowledge of natural health, or to embark on a journey of self-healing, you'll find it at the Academy. 

Get a taster for it yourself at the following upcoming events:

Free talk 28th June - Transform Your Health With The Longevity Diet at 42 Acres in Shoreditch, London.

Learn how to stay grounded and avoid confusion about all the diet trends and advice in the current age of information overload, the ancient, time-tested principles to tap into the body’s inner intelligence, enhance intuition around eating and making decisions for your health and evolution and more.

If you want to dive deeper, the 'Cooking with the Longevity Diet' weekend workshop June 30-Jul 1st will empower you with practical experience to heal yourself from your own kitchen!

Email info@londonahn.com for more details and to benefit from a £50 discount when you mention this post!

Planet Organic Talk Thursday 5th July Elixirs- The Modern Day Potion -  gain insight into the philosophy behind the superfood Elixirs, while building your understanding of the special properties of certain superfoods, herbs & medicinal mushrooms that have a superstar reputation over centuries and have stood the test of time.

Deepen your knowledge at the Superfood Tonic & Elixirs Workshop July 7th & 8th for a full weekend of learning into this fascinating ancient alchemy! Email info@londonahn.com for more details and to benefit from a £50 discount when you mention this post!

WELLNESS GUIDE TO UBUD, BALI

WELLNESS GUIDE TO UBUD, BALI

Ubud in Bali has long been a wellness mecca - abundant lush greenery, yoga, plant based food and healing awaits those who venture there. Here is our round up of places to visit:

Yoga Barn - a full timetable of yoga, sound healing, meditation and workshops set in incredible ground, plus its own healthy cafe and Ayurvedic spa as well as Reiki, life coaching and more. Yoga Barn also offers detox programmes. 

Clear Cafe - in a stunning setting just outside the main part of Ubud, here you will find a relaxed atmosphere and creative vegan food.

Seeds of Life - Raw Food Cafe, Tonic Bar & Yoga Studio 

Alchemy - another creative raw food cafe, Alchemy is a favourite spot in Ubud - the raw deserts are a must. They also have shop selling superfoods, supplements and other healthy wares.

Ubud Aura - next to Yoga Barn, this beautiful guest house also offers traditional Balinese flower baths at its spa. 

Try the Jamu Jamu wherever you see it - a golden Balinese turmeric tonic that is believed to have numerous health benefits!

Well To Do Global covers Bali wellness trends, growth and market opportunities here

 

HOW TO BUILD YOUR WELLNESS BUSINESS - 13th JUNE

HOW TO BUILD YOUR WELLNESS BUSINESS - 13th JUNE

After our sold out inaugral 'How To Build Your Wellness Business' panel in March, we can't wait to bring you the second round, featuring Katarina Rayburn (yoga teacher and founder of Kindred Yoga Studio), Richie Bostock, breathwork teacher and founder of Xhale Breathwork, Tamara Driessen aka Wolf Sister (tarot reader, crystal healer and author of the soon to be published book, 'The Crystal Code' (out in October by Penguin) and Kat Pither, founder of eco-conscious yoga mat company Yogi Bare). 

Whether you have an idea for a wellness business and are seeking inspiration to get started, or are further along the line and could do with some motivation from others in the industry, this event is for you. 

Join us at the beautiful 42 Acres in Shoreditch for a down to earth and informative evening of real and honest conversation on how to build a successful wellness business. 

We'll be discussing essentials such as:

 - The steps the founders took to get their businesses off the ground

- Using social media effectively and nurturing your online community 

- Attracting and retaining new clients and customers 

- Collaborations, partnerships and events

- Funding and choosing the right business systems and processes 

- Plus Q & A 

You'll leave with plenty of practical tips and ideas that you can implement straight away to grow your wellness business. 

Tickets are £15 and are available from here.

World Meditation Day - May 15th

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The most meaningful World Meditation Day to date held in the iconic Fabric nightclub in London. Join us for:

London’s largest guided meditation by Will Williams

Sound Sebastien with Jasmine Hemsley

Exclusive DJ Sets from Jordan Rakei and Radio 1’s B.Traits

Food and Drink provided by Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits, Rebel Kitchen, Sambazon, Pukka Tea and 100% Natural Foods


From the experienced through to the beginner or simply for the downright curious, this is an opportunity for everyone to meditate in a location famous for a different kind of hedonism, and enjoy a night of natural highs, healthy food and drink and to hang out and have fun with like-minded people.

FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE

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WELLNESS GUIDE TO LA

WELLNESS GUIDE TO LA

We were bowled over by the abundance of wellness places in sunny California after a recent trip with our client Will Williams Meditation, who was over there hosting a 'shavasana disco' at the iconic Sunset Sound Studio in Hollywood (a unique experience bringing music and meditation together).

Here's a round up of our favourite places to explore: 

VENICE BEACH

Head to Ceremony Meditation  for a wide range of meditation classes (we tried the Intuitive Healing Visualisation) and a crystal shop to die for. 

Cafe Gratitude is going eight years strong in LA and for good reason. Their thoughtfully crafted plant-based menu is a must - try the Mexican 'I am mucho' bowl and raw chocolate deserts. 

RA MA Institute - try a Kundalini class here and check out their workshop schedule with spiritual and wellness leaders from around the world. We attended Jasmine Hemsley's Ayurvedic workshop and US launch of her new book, East by West

DOWNTOWN LA

The luxury Ace Hotel has a rooftop pool that anyone can use. 

Verve Coffee is the perfect spot to enjoy a cold brew in downtown and great for working from if you're with your laptop. 

SILVER LAKE / ECHO PARK

Yogala is a dreamy sanctuary - try the Kundalini yoga with Susie Q. They also offer breathwork, reiki and more healing modalities. One Down Dog is another great studio in East LA. 

Moon Juice - epitomises the LA wellness scene, with several branches across the city. Head here for adaptogenic superfood smoothies, teas and powders and listen to this interview with its founder Amanda Chantal Bacon.

Lassen’s health food store is a wellness wonderland filled with all the natural supplements, protein powder and kombucha that you could ever want. 

For a luxe massage with a low price tag, Now Massage is your place. 

Honey Hi on Sunset Boulevard uses organic and locally sourced ingredients where possible and is entirely gluten and refined sugar free. 

Eightfold Cafe - the best matcha latte we tried in LA, light and airy minimalist decor and plenty of room to work with really friendly staff. 

An hour and a half away from the city of angels is Ojai (pronounced 'oh hi') - a sleepy paradise nestled between the Topa Topa mountains. This town has been a spiritual seekers' centre for many years. 

Try Food Harmonics for gluten free, high vibe food and medicinal mushroom elixirs. Ojai also has a dedicated Kombucha bar, and you won't want to miss out on Beacon Coffee

 

HOW TO BUILD YOUR WELLNESS BUSINESS EVENT

 42 Acres Shoreditch

42 Acres Shoreditch

Join us on Wednesday 18th April, 7-8.30pm for our panel discussion on how to build your wellness business. 

Whatever stage you’re at with your wellness business, you can harness the power of growing your brand.

Join us at the beautiful 42 Acres space in Shoreditch for a panel on the key strategies you need to bolster your business, and learn from those who have already done it.

You’ll gain an understanding of how to turn your business dreams into reality, attract and keep customers, build a strong brand, pitch to influencers and journalists, financial pitfalls to avoid and how to harness the power of your network and build partnerships.

Speakers:

Semra Haksever, founder of Mama Moon Candles

Alison Battisby, social media expert and founder of Avocado Social

Jessica Abis, co-founder of 100% Natural Foods

Zoe Lind van't Hof and Tom Smale, founders of Wunder Workshop

Moderated by Helen Morris, founder of Samsara Communications 

You’ll leave knowing how to:

  • Achieve cut through in a saturated market

  • Create an inspiring social media presence

  • Keep yourself motivated through challenges

  • Market yourself effectively

  • Build strategic relationships

Plus Q & A

BOOK TICKETS HERE

Introducing...Otherness, London's new wellbeing events platform

Introducing...Otherness, London's new wellbeing events platform

We sat down with our newest client Alex Holbrook, founder of Otherness ahead of its launch on March 20th (Spring Equinox). Otherness is a new, easy way for Londoners to discover wellbeing events and seeks to make alternative wellbeing practices part of everyday life. 

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What inspired you to set up Otherness?

The idea for Otherness first sparked back in November when I was looking for some wellness event inspiration that I could take part in that night. As I was searching I realised that there was no dedicated platform that quickly, easily and beautifully showed these so I decided to create it! 

I wanted to build a hub of discovery, where you can always go to for inspiring events, to find hosts and try new experiences.  

What are some of your tools / practices / tips for staying grounded and connected to yourself in a busy city like London?

When you live in a city it is so easy to get caught up in the rush and lose your centre. I have a couple of practises that I do throughout my day (most days!), to make sure I stay calm and focused: 

- Three times a day I take a few minutes to take 5 breaths in and out to the count of six each. I do these when I first wake up, during the day and then before I go to sleep. This little time out helps me focus and gets my mind in check / relaxes me. 

- I go outside at lunch everyday, it could literally be five minutes to go and get a cookie! But getting out of the office and taking in fresh air connects really get me back to myself and gives me an energy boost, it can also shake off any stress wormholes / creative blocks I’m getting into!   

- I call one of my friends or family every day - it's so important to stay connected to your support group! Get into the habit of calling someone when you have a spare 5 minutes in your day - for me it's on the walk home from the station to my house and always lifts my spirits or makes me realise how lucky I am to have some of the people I do in my life. 

- Exercise is such a huge part of keeping me grounded and calm, even a 5 minute run can blow away the thunder of a bad day or frustration. 

What's exciting you about the wellness industry at the moment?

What's not exciting! I think the fact that things that were seen as very alternative are now coming into main stream consciousness and everyone is so open to trying new things. For me a huge demonstration of this is Balance magazine in London - a whole, monthly, FREE, magazine that covers all aspects of wellness - from meditations to gong baths - which is handed out at stations. 

What is your biggest vision for Otherness?

For everyone that has an interest in wellness to use the platform (aiming high!). Outside of this it is to help the movement that's taking place whereby everyone realises how important our health is - for mind, body and spirit - and takes the steps to look after themselves in each of these areas. 

I would love Otherness to become the point of reference for all - whether someone is just starting their journey into wellness, right through to someone who is a well worn wellbeing warrior - we can guide you on the path.  

Tell us an interesting fact about you...

I used to be a professional dressage rider! I could ride horses before I could walk and still ride now, but only every few weeks as Doodle (my horse!) is in Kent. 

BEING IN HEART WITH NICKY CLINCH

BEING IN HEART WITH NICKY CLINCH

Our client Nicky Clinch is a Transformational Life Coach, Certified Macrobiotic Chef and Counsellor who empowers and inspires others to come back home to their most free and authentic selves.

Through her powerful blend of spiritual and emotional healing and Eastern medicine, Nicky guides people to thrive in their health, lives and self-expression.  Nicky has been on her own personal journey of transformation over the past 20 years, from the depths of addiction and eating disorders to now fast becoming a leading pioneer in the wellness and self development world.
Also a passionate macrobiotic chef, Nicky is skilled in creating food that is delicious, abundant and beautiful that also creates a solid foundation for the transformation she takes people through. Nicky leads regular sold out transformational workshops, events, courses and a podcast, during which she takes her attendees through life changing breakthroughs.

Join her on February 16th for 'Being In Heart', her signature transformational workshop. 

In NIcky's words, "Being in Heart is a fully immersive transformational workshop, where you will be guided in breaking free of what is blocking your heart, allowing you to come back home to the authentic heart space that is your authentic YOU. So you can begin to feel more free and available in your life and come from a space of authentic love. Through many sensory tools, music, sound, movement and human stories we will begin to soften the holding of your hearts, enabling your heart energy to flow fully and freely. Together we will explore the journey of living fully as our authentic selves in our life, without the need to hide or run away. Becoming fully available to ourselves and others, allowing us to give and receive love fully. And softening into the very power, abundance, light and joy that lies within us."

 

 

DEMYSTIFYING HYPNOTHERAPY WITH STEVE DELL

DEMYSTIFYING HYPNOTHERAPY WITH STEVE DELL

Steve Dell provides Hypnotherapy for Londoners at his practices in Muswell Hill and Farringdon. Previously working in the advertising industry, Steve now helps Londoners overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, sleep troubles, stage fright, fears and phobias and more in just a few sessions. 

We spoke to our client Steve about what hypnotherapy really is and who it can benefit: 

What type of hypnotherapy do you provide? 

I work with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which is a modern, optimistic and positive form of therapy. Using this method, I avoid delving into and reinforcing any negative patterns of behaviour and instead I help my clients build new, mentally-healthy, positive ones - allowing the old ones just to fade away. Now as far as I’m aware, there’s no rule out there that says therapy should be arduous and punishing, painful and apologetic. The whole therapy experience is in fact allowed to be enjoyable and playful; with the delightful added bonus of profound results on the side! This is particularly a feature of the area of therapy I work in, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

Working together, we will be able to reduce your levels of anxiety or panic; leave any depressed moods back in the cave where they belong; conquer any phobias or fears; remove a trauma (including PTSD) and make it feel like a safe, distant memory; improve your sleep patterns; regain control over your weight; stop smoking or just generally feel more confident, creative, motivated and happy.

I guide and support my clients to get from where they are, to where they want to be, in a relatively short period of time. I then work to maintain those new-found mentally-healthy patterns. Removing the bad habits and negative patterns frees up so much spare capacity in the brain that the knock on effect will be a wonderful increase in optimism, energy and focus.

How can hypnotherapy help with, say depression?

There’s a part of our brain whose job is to step in when it feels that our life is in some sort of crisis or emergency. It’s popularly known as the Fight, Flight or Freeze part, it’s very primitive and it’s there to ensure our survival, and sometimes, as we saw with our cave-dwelling ancestors, sometimes that something is to do nothing, shut-down and stop interacting with the world.

Primitive survival often meant shutting ourselves away in our caves and conserving our limited resources, while waiting until the weather outside the cave improved or any dangerous threat outside the cave had moved on.  

We’ve adapted this particular primitive response to all our modern day symptoms of depression.  Sometimes though, shutting ourselves away in our cave can set about a self-defeating pattern of behaviour. The more we shut down, the less receptive we are to any signs of spring arriving; and the more stuck we feel. Depression can often happen as a result of a gradual build-up of stresses in our lives, coupled with our inability to process those stresses. And sometimes this overflow comes in the form of depression. It’s the Freeze part of the system and it’s the brain’s way of telling us to do something to ensure our survival.

With hypnotherapy, I can help you reduce that accumulation of stresses, bring calmness to your mind and help your brain reinterpret life rationally and appropriately. Removing these negative patterns frees up so much spare capacity in the brain that the knock on effect is a wonderful increase in optimism, energy and focus. Feeling gradually more confident, you will start to change those wintery patterns of behaviour to more positive ones outside the cave.  And soon you will find those low moods, that have too much control over your life, will make way for spring’s arrival.

How can it make a person more confident? 

Many of us are not so sure about our value in the world. What people think about us not only effects our mood, it also effects our employment, our relationships and our ability to achieve anything.What we really need is an appropriate amount of confidence, an absence of self-sabotaging thoughts and an ability to still make mistakes without feeling crushed and defeated. Resilience in other words.

I will help you to build up your confidence and the way you see yourself, using a combination of visualisation and suggestions as well as achievable goals that you set yourselves each week, so that your confidence moves in the direction you want it to, and is based on small but actual successes rather than imaginary wand-waving; And these successes will act as building blocks for further success. Success that will have the effect of increasing your resilience, giving you a feeling of mightiness and powerfulness so that you can even feel open to criticism and alternative views, without feeling your very being is under threat!

Real power, genuine confidence and healthy self-esteem.

Connect with Steve - Website | Instagram | Twitter 

INTERVIEW WITH MERILYN FROM MYLKY MOON LAB

INTERVIEW WITH MERILYN FROM MYLKY MOON LAB

Mylky Moon Lab is a tribe of conscious female entrepreneurs and change makers created by Merilyn Keskula to rethink the future of work from the feminine perspective. Merilyn wants to kick-start a transformational shift in how women, create, run and develop their businesses.  The foundation for all of this starts with helping women to cultivate a deep awareness of their bodies and energy through re-connecting and aligning with natural cycles combined with support, connection and collaboration

What inspired you to set up Mylky Moon Lab?

The concept was born out of witnessing and experiencing how the feminine is not respected in the workplace. How we, as women (myself included), burn ourselves out by being misaligned with our feminine cycles and natural energetic blueprint. How we are being led by the mind rather than following the guidance of our intuition and our bodies when it comes to the work we do or life we live. 

Mylky Moon Lab is very much an R&D lab, meaning that the aim is to explore and learn together as a community - how we could better surrender to the deep wisdom of our bodies and cycles and be supported by other women (and also men). 

How do you stay inspired whilst running your own business?

It’s a journey, not a destination. I’m constantly learning and growing myself, and therefore being able to share more to inspire others. 

It’s a complex feminine journey, often contradictory, often uncomfortable, far from perfect, but deeply beautiful. What keeps me inspired is that it’s so much bigger than me or my journey - this work is coming from the source and I’m just the vehicle or messenger. It’s about changing the deep seated patterns and fears and bringing back deep respect for the feminine and the Earth. 

Also, I’m meeting amazing souls along the way, and the feedback has been incredible.

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Photo credit: @anoncrafts

What's exciting you the most about wellness at the moment?

I love that personal wellbeing is becoming an integral part of (conscious) businesses and organisations, whether a freelancer or big corporation.

And, of course, the whole feminine empowerment movement is really raising its head and this is super exciting. The trends have been many - body-positivity movement, menstrual realness, “vagina-nomics”, free-bleeding - but regardless of the name or concept, I believe we are now ready to emerge from hiding and come back to our true power.

What's your biggest vision for Mylky Moon Lab?

I really want it to become a movement on its own by an ever-growing community. As a Lab, it should be a place of exploration and wonder. 

I’m dreaming of releasing an app in 2018, more workshops and events and a business incubator for female entrepreneurs ;)

Tell us an interesting fact about you….

I’m a 60s gal at heart….California, Summer of Love, music, lifestyle…. 10 years ago I lived in San Francisco and hung out with the guys (now in their 60s) from the first ever psychedelic band. 

Connect with Mylky Moon Lab : Website | Instagram 

EVERY BODY STUDIO LAUNCHES IN OXFORD

EVERY BODY STUDIO LAUNCHES IN OXFORD

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Meet our latest client - Everybody Yoga and Movement Studio in Oxford, which encompasses a brand new, inclusive, body positive and supportive approach to yoga and movement.

They support diversity in all its forms and teach beginners who have never been in a yoga class before, those who have an established practice and also have plenty to offer to full on yogis, alongside their barre, pilates and Qigong sessions. 

They understand that yoga can be an intimidating prospect, particularly if you’re not very flexible or the terminology is unfamiliar. But you can’t be bad at yoga.

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Yoga genuinely is a practice for all, and a growing body of research points to the benefits of yoga, not just for strength, flexibility and relaxation, but also for issues such as joint pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, back pain, digestion, anxiety and depression

Follow Every Body Studio on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  

If you're looking for support with promoting the launch of your wellness business through social media or marketing, you can get in touch with us by emailing: hello@samsaracommunications.com

TAMUKA TALKS: MY JOURNEY TO AFRICA WITH SAMANTHA MOYO

 Samantha Moyo in Namibia 

Samantha Moyo in Namibia 

Tamuka Talks on 30th November in London is an intimate talk and multi-sensory experience where a deep soul dive will be brought to life, in the name of cultural integration.

On a recent trip to Africa, Samantha Moyo's (founder of Morning Gloryville, TEDx speaker and leading social entrepreneur) whole life would change when a tour guide asked her: "Do you think people in England would come to Africa if there were no elephants?" How can we go on living knowing that someone in this world would even ask such a question? Where do we begin?

Join her as she hosts an immersive talk at a secret London location to bring her journey through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa to life. This will be a multi-sensory experience including observations, stories, short interviews, sounds from the trip and the music...oh the music! We are so lucky to have Gnawa London playing trance spiritual shamanic drums and meditation sounds by the Ambassador of Gnawa culture in the the UK, Maalem Simo Lagnawi, as well as rising artist and Afropunk favourite Alxndr London. 

We will also screen a short film by Aoise Tutty and Sam called "Come See Me", showcasing their work in Malawi with the charity, Love Support Unite, to see the impact of the donations they and many others have contributed to over the years.

This is a 4-hour experience, with Q & A and a sexy Wild Alchemy Bar in collaboration with Mama Xanadu, featuring foraged mocktails and plant elixirs to address our internal alchemy and balance the five elements! 

25% of profits will go to the Tamuka Foundation, a new project being introduced on this evening.

Tamuka Talks is in association with Truth Theory, a new media facilitating the empowerment of humanity using honest, solution based and thought provoking ideas. They have partnered with Tamuka to co host and livestream Tamuka Talks: My Journey To Africa. At the event they will be talking about their role as an empowering media company, answer any questions and share their vision for the future of media.  

Tickets available here

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INTERVIEW WITH THE RETREAT KITCHEN

INTERVIEW WITH THE RETREAT KITCHEN

Samsara Communications client, The Retreat Kitchen, is a vegan cafe in the heart of Richmond. Launched earlier this year, the home of vibrant vegan food was set up by Maggie Nuttall, Claire Langdon and TV’s Nick Knowles following their life changing appearance on the BBC / Netflix programme, ‘The Retreat’. After experiencing a life changing month together in Thailand, they returned to the UK on a mission to spread their love of vegan, earth-friendly food far and wide.

Join them for their Fermented Foods & Sprouting Workshop on 13th November.   

Sharing your love of vegan cooking with The Retreat Kitchen was a dream for you during your time in Thailand, how did you bring it to life?

It was challenging, especially upon returning to the UK in the cold weather of February! It took a huge amount of self motivation and determination to continue with the vegan diet we had become used to at the retreat in Thailand. We had to make some huge changes and gain the support of our friends and families with our new way of eating and to build our food repertoire from scratch.

 Vegan Chocolate Orange Layer Cake 

Vegan Chocolate Orange Layer Cake 

We both had a keen interest in cooking and were always asking the cooks how our food was made when we were in Thailand. We were lucky enough to have a few cooking lessons and got some recommendations for cookbooks and websites to kick things off.

It was very much trial and error and sharing tips and recipes with each other along the way - we both cooked solidly for the 12 months between returning home and opening the cafe!

When we came back from Thailand we made it our mission to bring The Retreat Kitchen to life. The timing was perfect - we were both looking for a change in direction and had already spoken about wanting to share the positive impact the vegan diet had had on our own health and wellbeing.


What are the challenges of setting up a vegan café?

There have been many! It’s been a wild ride. It was tricky to find a location where we felt that we would fit in and be successful was the key part. We love being in Richmond and part of the community there.

We have a unique selling point in that all the food we sell we make ourselves and is vegan but this can also be tough when we are so busy trying to keep up with demand!

It has been a conscious decision to do it this way - we hope that our love and passion comes across in our dishes when people eat them. We wanted everyone to enjoy our food and not just a place that is exclusively for vegans.

 Vegan Hollandaise with Portobello Mushrooms & Avocado 

Vegan Hollandaise with Portobello Mushrooms & Avocado 

You (very bravely!) set up the cafe having had no professional training in this area - how has the learning curve been?

The learning curve has been very steep - we threw ourselves in at the deep end and started swimming very fast!

This may sound like a cliche but we have been totally blown away by the positive responses we have had on our dishes, we just work very hard at making food that we think people will enjoy.

We had a soft launch as we were nervous about coping with food orders and even using the coffee machine to make our speciality coffee. But we were very lucky - everyone has been very supportive and patient and our friends and family have helped out with a few shifts along the way! Maggie and I love interacting with people and enjoy being customer facing especially when we get to talk about our food and our Thailand retreat experience. We have certainly  learnt on the job and as our confidence has grown, so has our menu!

You're the first café to get the Vegetarian Society's new Vegan Approved accreditation: what does it involve?

We were very excited to be approached about this. We had our menu and ingredients inspected and we have shown that our products are free from animal flesh and that we don't use any ingredients resulting from slaughter, we are GMO free, cruelty free and that there is no cross contamination with non vegan ingredients during the production of our food. Because we are totally vegan this was quite a straightforward process for us and we now get to use The Vegetarian Society’s new vegan trademark on our menu which is an honour.

 Vegan galore with fresh salad plates, Old Spike Roastery Coffee & fruit smoothies

Vegan galore with fresh salad plates, Old Spike Roastery Coffee & fruit smoothies

What have been The Retreat Kitchen’s bestsellers so far?

Our oat milk flat white is the best seller! We use Oatly barista edition which is creamy and sits so well on our coffee bean which is sourced from Old Spike Roastery in Peckham, a social enterprise that supports the homeless. They hand roast their coffee once a week and delivery is made via bicycle! Sadly we are just slightly too far away for that mode of delivery but we love that they keep their carbon emissions to a minimum where possible. It is very important to both of us to work with suppliers who share a similar outlook to us.

In terms of food, Maggie’s cashew cheesy leek and broccoli quiche is always a winner and our English breakfast muffin topped with spinach, portobello mushroom, sliced avocado and homemade vegan hollandaise sauce goes down a storm for breakfast.

What’s your big vision for The Retreat Kitchen?

Once we have got Richmond in the bag we would love to open more kitchens, but one step at a time!

What advice would you give to any would be entrepreneur who wants to set up in the same space?

Know your figures and do your research! Be realistic with what you can achieve. Plan for the worst case scenario and ask yourself the difficult questions before starting out. Talk to as many people as possible and find something that will make you stand out from your competition that means something to you.

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INTERVIEW WITH WELLNESS BLOGGER CYN CITY

INTERVIEW WITH WELLNESS BLOGGER CYN CITY

You blog at Cyn City and work as a digital consultant - how do you keep a work-life balance in a hectic city whilst juggling multiple roles?

Very good question. This is actually where I got my inspiration for my blog - how to balance working long hours while also having fun, exploring new cities, trying new foods and keeping healthy. My blog is my way of channeling my balance and therefore my passions and interests outside of work support my blog in terms of finding content and relevance and keeping it creative.

I love style: I pick up style magazines, peruse Pinterest and get up early each day to indulge in putting together an outfit based on the weather. Like clockwork my neighbours will see me pop my head out of my window at 7.40am to check the forecast and also see if the London general consensus is that you need a jacket #CyntraIsWatchingYou.

I love to cook: therefore I will go and listen to talks from new and upcoming chefs, go to new restaurants for brunches/dinners to be inspired and get copies of new cookbooks that come out. In that way I am always able to support my Instagram feed order with images.  

I love balance: I believe that exercise can usually solve most problems. If I have had a hard day and the sunshine is out you will find me walking home from Soho with my favourite playlist on to let go of the day. I practice Pilates and will take time each week to keep sane. I also indulge with Rosé in the sunshine with pals when I just need to unwind.

All of the above keeps my mind balanced and my creative juices flowing.

What are your top tips for those looking to start their own lifestyle / wellness platform?

1) Ask questions and reach out to people already doing it. The network of other blogger friends I have is great and we always support each other.

2) Get a really good website designer who knows a thing or two about SEO.

3) Be authentic - it is very easy to see someone doing well and be like "yeah I want to do that" but unless it comes from the heart it will be transparent and you will lose interest.

What has been your biggest challenge since setting up Cyn City, and how have you overcome it?

Photography. Lifestyle platforms must be visually stimulating - it is what makes people come back for more. I have never been taught how to take pictures or edit for that matter and teaching myself has been a process of trials and fails but slowly I am getting there. The way I have over come it is by going to as many photography workshops as possible and YouTube videos - they really are so helpful.

Instagram: Taking pictures of myself. I hate it. I get so cringed out by having my photo taken and have done since a child. I would either go cross-eyed or stick my tongue out as a kid and now that has transpired to me always wearing sunglasses or going for a pout. The way I have overcome this - well I haven't - but it's just taking a breath and not being overly analytical when I post the photo.

How do you prefer to work with brands?

I only work with brands I like. Whether it is sponsored/ paid or on a gift basis - I will only represent brands I truly use or enjoy. I have been contacted in the past and been offered large amounts to put my face to some chemicals or pills which are supposed to make you magically: slimmer, prettier, sportier or a unicorn (I jest) but I feel that to truly represent myself and be authentic I only work with people or brands which I believe in.

By having this mantra, I have met some incredible people and brands and have stayed friendly building my network. It is lovely to see brands growing from strength to strength. I will quite often feature a product on my website from a brand I like just to show love and support when un-requested. As I said, Cyn City is my passion.

Do you have any tips you can share on how to build an authentic social media following in the wellness world?

Network, hashtag, comment and like within your niche. Never be afraid to ask for a follow back when you meet people. Comment on pictures - you will be surprised at how even the biggest bloggers out there will respond to you - which may lead to people click on your Instagram, which then may take them to your blog and there you have it - you have already grown your following.

Get out to wellness events and network. I have met some truly inspiring people by doing this. I have met, chatted and been followed by people who only had 3k followers at an event and now have grown to have 1.9million and love #midgettrees (no name dropping here).

Hashtag and check the hashtags you use to like others within your niche. I will always have a look at people who follow and comment on my pictures who found me through a hashtag and I will follow them back if I like their content.

If you do you and it makes you happy people will naturally align to that. Keep at it and stay positive, and of course, balanced.

Visit Cyn City here and follow her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook 

Interview with Kat & Vanessa from wellness blog Brunch n Grind

Interview with Kat & Vanessa from wellness blog Brunch n Grind

Your mission with Brunch n Grind is to 'demystify' the at times intimidating world of fitness - has fitness always been a big part of your lives?

Kat: Fitness and dance has been in my life from a very early age. Growing up I played netball and took my ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. However, as I grew up and went off to uni I lost my love for staying active. It wasn’t until I moved to London (in my late twenties) that I found the fun in fitness again. My approach to staying active is now different and I work out to have fun with my friends, get those endorphins pumping and to help reduce anxiety and stress. I used to see fitness as a chore but by trying lots of new classes in London I’ve found some great forms of exercise that I’ll happily get out of bed at 6.30am for!

Vanessa: In a word: no. After a decade of boozing and partying through my twenties, I suddenly found myself on the wrong side of thirty with a body I didn’t recognise! As a weight loss tactic, I took up running and fell into a love/hate relationship with it but went on to run 2 marathons and a handful of halves. I’ve been an on-and- off yogi for years, using it to counterbalance stress and keep me grounded, but I’ve always had a general dislike for gyms, feeling out of place or self-conscious. One of the main reasons we launched Brunch n Grind was to help others push past their comfort zone and get stuck in to everything from boxing to bouldering, until they find a form of exercise they love - paired with a fab brunch destination, of course!

Do you think it's important to have a niche as bloggers?

Definitely. The market is pretty saturated when it comes to blogging but we’re firm believers in raising each other up and making space for everyone to share the experience. We see Brunch n Grind as your ultimate guide to London’s wellness scene, like TimeOut but especially for fitness lovers and foodies. We want to be the go-to website for Londoners on the hunt for a sweat sesh and undiscovered brunch spot. We bring our readers reviews, tips, exclusive discounts, giveaways and opinion pieces documenting our own fitness journey.

How do you prefer to work with brands?

We reach out to brands that we know our audience will love and we also get approached by brands that want to work with us. We’re continually networking and discussing opportunities to collaborate with various studios, activewear brands and restaurants but at the heart of everything we do, we look for authenticity and aligned values. We know how important it is to gain our readers’ trust and loyalty so we’d never try to short change them with poor content or paid posts that don’t fit in with our inclusive, body confident approach to wellbeing.

Do you have any tips you could share on crafting a unique tone / voice / brand for would-be wellness bloggers?

We started by looking at other brands and bloggers that inspire us to see how they were creating content and building a brand. It helps to draw from a wide pool of references and create a list or mood board of things you notice from their written language and image treatment. Stay open to evolving your tone and branding as you get to know your audience demographic. It takes time to realise what your brand stands for and communicate that effectively, but don’t get too hung up on that to start with or you’ll never launch a thing!

What's your ultimate dream for Brunch n Grind?

We’ve been busy building this fabulous community of like-minded fitness and food lovers
and now we want to bring them all together in real life with a series of events! Ultimately
we’d love Brunch n Grind to grow into a well-known platform, spreading the endorphins and
brunch love far and wide! We dream of one day launching our own products from beauty and
activewear to books and apps or going global with content hubs for all continents. For now
though, we’re taking it one squat at a time on our journey to world domination!

Visit Brunch n Grind here and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram