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November 16, 2018

In this article I’m going to be exploring the idea of ‘retreat.’ By going on my own personal retreat journey and developing a DIY retreat I hope to share some insights into the real reasons we retreat. Are retreats essentially self-indulgent mini-breaks? Or do they offer us a space to reconnect with ourselves, the present moment and with what matters most? Join me as I journey within… without going anywhere!

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July 7, 2017

 A lesson in flexibility (not failure!!)

I lasted a grand total of 26 hours at a 10-day silent meditation retreat.  Which is surprising because I rarely ever quit. I’ve pushed through a 100-mile bike ride on two dodgy knees, endured a week-long juice fast and experienced tireless rejection as an actress. And yet I couldn’t conquer sitting in silence.

I trained for Vipassana like I trained for the marathon: I meditated every morn...

May 23, 2017

For 10 day whole days I will be sitting in silence, without internet, a mobile or a book. Why? Because I have signed up for a Vipassana meditation retreat...

During a Vipassana students observe a noble silence that prohibits communication- whether by speech, gestures, sign language or written text- and meditate from 4am to 9pm each day. Now believe it or not but this is a beginners course, introducing novices to a pre-Buddhist...

March 31, 2017

March has been a pretty hectic month: I’m in the process of moving house, setting up a business whilst still juggling my regular yoga classes and PA work. So a 3-night escape to East Sussex countryside couldn’t have come sooner! Nourishment for the mind, body…and belly!

Offering uninterrupted views of the South Downs, the remote retreat is situated on a charming little farm between Tunbridge Wells, Mayfield and Burwash. It’s a...

December 3, 2016

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Vagabond Temple’s Reiki course. I knew it had something to do with energy but it all seemed a bit ‘Harry Potter’ to me as I imagined myself using my energy field to levitate objects! As it turns out, there’s nothing magic or mystical about it: you just need to heighten your sensitivity and use your intuition to tune into the energy around you. Physical sensations are simply the manifesta...

November 27, 2016

Teaching at Vagabond Temple has taught me so much about my self and my understanding of yoga. I’ve had the opportunity to teach a variety of students from all over the globe, with classes varying from fast flowing vinyasas to restful restoratives. The freedom to play around with time has been incredibly liberating, as I can really slow my classes down, planning 2-hour sequences starting and ending with a 15-minute shavasana! Y...

November 23, 2016

I went into Vagabond Temple’s 7-day detox programme hoping to reboot my digestive system and recalibrate my hunger But these were merely surface-level side effects when compared to the way fasting has completely transformed my relationship with food.

November 20, 2016

Here's how I got on with Vagabond Temple's 7-day detox programme...

Day 1:

Today is the ‘warm-up’ before embarking on a 5-day juice fast. It prevents you from diving into the detox ‘deep-end’, as it eases the body into a fasted state by limiting the diet to simple fruits and vegetables. This in itself is a welcome detox as I have spent the past 26 hours subsisting on processed plane food, which has left me feeling bloated and he...

November 16, 2016

I’ve only been at Vagabond Temple for two days and yet I already feel right at home. Arriving on Sunday afternoon jet-lagged and nervous, I was a little apprehensive about what to expect from my first Cambodian retreat. Straight away I was warmly welcomed into the community, as if an old-friend. There are no cliques, or closed conversations, just an openness to learn from one another. I’ve had so many fascinating discussions w...

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