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Liberation & Love in London.

Hearts bursting open. Tears flowing.

Dancing wildly.

Connecting deeply.

Nourishing fully.

Expressing freely.

This was the experience of Saturday's Liberation & Love Urban Retreat. It was truly a deep dive out of the head and into the heart.

And babes, let me tell you, it was transformative.

Jayne had just came back from two months in Costa Rica and was able to share so many lessons, remedies, and rituals that she'd learned during her travels. It was an intimate, exclusive event, which allowed us to go so much further with this work than ever before.

There were raw cacao elixirs. Embracing of the dark of the light. Uninhibited sharing and intimate healing. There were rose petals and grounding foods and homemade chocolate. Laughter and tears and new friendships. There was dancing and yoga and deep, deep relaxation. And of course there was a glittery goodie bag, filled with treats from our wonderful sponsors: Nikki Strange, Sparkle Child London, Indigo Herbs, Ombar Chocolate, Napiers, Teapigs, and Signature Fragrances.

I came away with the a strong understanding that we crave this. We crave time in the circle with other women. We long for open and honest conversations. We want to be together creating deep connections.

Workshops and retreats are a great way to facilitate and create space for this and take things to an intimate place more quickly than in every day life. But it shouldn't stop there.

We need our sisters and we need to create spaces to connect with them. Blogging is a great way to find your tribe and make friends all over the world, but there's something so important about tangible, face-to-face interactions.

Personally I've felt called to organise monthly, lady date brunches with my girl gang and I can't stop thinking about other ways to bring the circle into my everyday.

Coffee dates. Mastermind groups. Skype calls. Dance parties. Book clubs. Sleepovers.

Regularity and consistency is key. Make it a ritual. Give it a purpose. Keep it fun.

When we allow ourselves to be raw and real with each other, we all heal and expand and grow.

I really hope to see you at one of my future events but if you're on the other side of the world or it's just not your cup of tea, reach out to the women in your life. We all want this. Be the one to alight the spark.

Love love,

Liberation & Love Urban Retreat.

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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage." ~ Anais Nin

Liberation is a path for the brave and at this intimate workshop we’ll be giving you the rituals and remedies that will allow you to shake loose some of your fears and step into your light. This exclusive day will be reserved for a small group of women who have a desire to grow and a willingness to open.

This retreat day is going to be our deepest work yet. We want you to attract the life you desire, we want you to feel supported as you unlock the door to whatever has been keeping you captive. We want you to know what true love feels like and we want you to be wrapped in a rose cocoon resting in the knowledge that something has shifted, you are more open, surrendering to the abundance in your life.

The Liberation & Love Urban Retreat is all about placing yourself at the centre of your world and giving yourself permission to put you first. We’re talking about what you eat, how you move your body & kissing goodbye to the bullshit voices in your head. This is not about self-improvement. This is about self-acceptance. This is about recognizing that you are strong & wild at heart. Accepting that you are raw in some ways and polished like gold in others.

Saturday 18th April, from 10:00am –6:00pm in Stoke Newington, North London

What’s included…

  • Heart-to-heart Questionaire before you attend so we can give you the fullest experience possible
  • We’ll greet you with a delicious cocktail of infused waters & you can enjoy all-you-can-drink herbal tea throughout the day
  • Qoya session –a practice that combines yoga, dance and sensual movement, to remind us that, as women, we are wise, wild, and free.
  • Kundalini kriyas and meditations that will help liberate you from whatever’s holding you back
  • A plant-based lunch that will nourish your body and offer a colourful slam to the taste buds.
  • Rituals & remedies to help you get clear on your desires and figure out how to take action towards them without being desperate.
  • Guided conversations that will create trust, reveal patterns, allow new ways of seeing and embrace all aspects of what makes you unique.
  • Nibbles and treats to keep you fuelled throughout the day.
  • A guided relaxation to round out the day before we finish with homemade chocolate and time to exchange details with all the new friends you’ve made.
  • Liberation Sessions guide book on Body, Money, Relationships, Work & Spirituality from Jayne.
  • Sarah’s ecourse Romance Yourself: A 40-Day Journey to Self-Love
  • An exclusive discount to our upcoming one-to-one sessions.
  • A beautifully curated goodie bag that will help you bring everything you’ve learned and experienced at the retreat into your daily life.
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Tickets are £100. Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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Money is energy and where it flows, it grows. Making this investment in yourself speaks deeply to the part of you that wants to be liberated.

We’re both able to do this work because we’ve invested heavily in ourselves and done the work to transform our lives. That doesn’t make us different or better than you. It just means we have a lot of experience getting unstuck, shaking things up, and designing our lives so that they feel good. And we want to guide you to do the same.

“The liberation we seek comes at the end of a process not as its first move. We may have to endure hardship and struggle along the way, not because we must earn a reward, but because freedom demands commitment to the challenges it presents and we must rise to those challenges in order to free ourselves.

“No one and nothing, no energy shift, no length of time, no magic can propel us from bound to free if we’re not prepared to know ourselves as we truly are, warts and all, when we get there.” Sarah Varcas

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Words of Praise for our Last Retreat“The Full Moon Retreat Day is like being wrapped in a sacred cocoon of nurture. Rituals, self reflection, qoya, kundalini practice, deep relaxation... a perfect mix to help you shake off the old and call in the new. And the food, don't get me started on the food. Thank you Jayne and Sarah for such a special day.” ~ Rebecca Campbell, author of Light Is The New Black

“The day was really well structured and had excellent flow. All the components were wonderful individually and yet fit really well into a 1-day experience. The day was neither tiring nor boring: everyone left with a perfect union of replenished energy and a sense of calm. I loved being a part of such an interesting group of women all coming together to just enjoy, nurture themselves and heal.” ~ Emily Shaw, Personal Health Alchemist

“It's so important to do things like this, that not only put you back in touch with yourself, but also give you the opportunity to be in a room full of strong, powerful women. Strength really is in numbers, and I went away feeling uplifted, supported and on a total high.” ~ Lauren Burles

“I didn't know exactly what I needed, but THAT was exactly what I needed! So hell yeah, I would recommend signing up to the next one.” ~ Alison Jones

“Learning to let my hair down and begin to dance like no one is watching. I learnt a lot about my own issues and have developed strategies to help myself be more content. And the food was fab!” ~ Lauren Crawford

“I would say the retreat was life changing and I would definitely recommend they sign up to the next one.” ~ Jerry Willi

“Having been to previous retreats, I understand how vital it is that we take care of ourselves and give ourselves time to really let go. This was my third retreat and, knowing how light and lovely I've felt after previous retreats, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.” ~ Rebecca Hunter

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Dreams, Dancing, & Desire at the Full Moon Urban Retreat.

Jayne and I met through the Desire Map book club last January but we didn’t become close friends until later in the year. During the summer, we developed a habit of meeting in London Fields, sitting on our favourite park bench, and drink a bottle of organic red wine or two while discussing our dreams, fears, love, cheesy pop music, and everything in between.

Often our conversations turned to how much we wanted to work together. We had a lot of ideas we were excited about, but we weren’t exactly sure how to make it happen or whether any of it would work out. Our fears were holding us back.

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As the weather got colder, we traded in red wine on the park bench for prosecco on Jayne’s balcony and wild dance parties in her front room. It was on one of these Saturday nights near the end of October that we decided to just go for it and plan a retreat day. We looked up when the full moon in December was and sent off an email to reserve a venue.

Tickets for our urban retreat went live the next Friday and we sold 18 in the first day. By the time the day came around, we were completely sold out.

There are few better feelings than taking the leap, bringing one of your dreams to life, and then watching it take of with wild success. And it all happened because we said yes to creating the work that lights our hearts up. And then 40 women said, “Yes! This is exactly what we need.”

It was a beautiful thing to experience.

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On 6 December everyone was greeted with a hug and given a beautifully designed notebook from Nikki Strange for scribbling notes throughout the day. Before getting started we all had a chance to get to know each other while snacking on fresh fruit, nuts, and delicious snacks from Rude Health, and sipping water infused with grapefruit and rosemary and a selection of herbal teas from Teapigs.

After our introductions, we began with a modified despacho ritual where we helped everyone get clear on what they wanted to celebrate from the past year and crystallise what they were ready to release. We combined everyone's pieces of paper in our despacho package, which we ceremonially burned a week later in London Fields.

Then it was time to move out of our heads and into our bodies as Jayne led everyone through a Qoya session to dance with our shadow side before shaking it off and dancing in celebration of ourselves.

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The rest of the day was filled with deep conversations, laughter, new friendships, delicious food, meditation, deep relaxation, powerful insights, and chocolate. Always chocolate.

It was amazing to watch how quickly and openly the women were connecting with one another - quickly and freely sharing laughter, tears, and hugs. As I stood at the back of the room during one of the Qoya sessions and watched as everyone moved their bodies so wildly, I was on the verge of tears myself as I became overwhelmed with the radiance of everyone in the room.

I was so thrilled to hear that the women who came found the experience just as powerful as I did. Jerry described the event as "life changing" and Emily said, "The day was neither tiring nor boring: everyone left with a perfect union of replenished energy and a sense of calm. I loved being a part of such an interesting group of women all coming together to just enjoy, nurture themselves and heal."

We were also so lucky to have some truly amazing brands support the retreat and each woman was sent home with a unique gift bag to help them bring the lessons they'd learned into their day-to-day lives. Thank you so much to Napiers, Alli Woods Frederick, Veronica Dearly, Crown & Glory, Rachel Gale, Galaxy Rox Jewellery, and Pretty Utopian for providing these goodies.

If you didn't have a chance to attend the retreat, think about how you can set aside some time to reflect on the past year. Celebrate where you are, get clear on what you want to let go of, and then set your mind to what you want to attract into your life.

In 2015 I'll be releasing some new ways for us to work together, both in person and online. But for now, I highly recommend checking out Jayne's new offering She is the Moon. It's a year-long subscription that costs only £48. On every full moon and every new moon in 2015 you'll receive a guided meditation, a ritual to connect in with the moon's phase, a movement practice, and exclusive invitations to gatherings + group rituals. It's going to be seriously badass!

What about you? I'd love to know how you'll be creating your intentions for the new year and what you're dreaming of in 2015!

 

Top photograph by Rebecca Campbell, all the rest by Katherine Rothman.