Image: Wendy Bevan
“Both you and Ben created such a nurturing and beautiful environment. I feel so blessed to have witnessed and heard such inspiring and honest voices. My heart is singing with a little more joy today. Thank you xxx” – Antonia
“Thank you for the wonderful experience! I felt so relaxed and peaceful after the retreat. It was an amazing and loving group and really positive energy. Pure bliss.” – Ivona
“Thank you both for creating such a warm, accepting and freeing space. It really was like a womb of sorts… a healing cocoon. I felt like I stepped out of linear time and emerged rejuvenated and alive. So thank you.” – Sabah
“A huge thank you for such a magical Saturday. It was so special and nurturing to spend the day with you and Ben and your lovely people. You created that sacred space for us to feel completely relaxed. That kind and warm environment was really just what I needed. I left feeling light and inspired again.” – Gaby
Sacred Space™ is a series of one-day, evening and weekend retreats held by myself and my husband Ben, where we can come together in a nurturing space of honesty and calm to meditate, meet new friends, share where we are at and dive a little deeper into our inner landscapes.
Together with a small group of collaborators, we hold intimate circles which allow participants to leave the stresses of the outside world behind, turn their attention to the heartspace and explore new techniques to cultivate a sacred space both within and without. The groups are small and an opportunity to share whatever we are experiencing in life with honesty, and to be heard and supported there. Elements of guided meditation, movement, voice work and sharing weave the day together, with a nutritious homemade lunch and plenty of relaxation time in between.
We hold the groups over one or more days to allow time to really drop into the space and rejuvenate, as well as dive a little deeper into the self, slowly peeling back the layers and really switching off from the busy London frequency. No experience of meditation or therapeutic workshops is required, and the space is open to anyone. It is our privilege and joy to hold the retreats and come together with new friends on a deeply nourishing and inspiring level.
Spaces are limited and full attendance is required.
Our next retreat will take place in spring 2017, until then we are on maternity and paternity leave; check back here or subscribe to updates for details,
Sacred Space: Return to Self, November 27, 1-6pm
Join Ben and me for an afternoon of decompression and restoration as we let go of stress, tension and the busy mind and explore new tools to return to our true vibrant selves. After spending the last two years diving deep together on the road from over-stressed burnout back to vitality, we are excited to offer this workshop where we will explore our relationship to stress and practise ways to quieten the noise of the mind, reconnect to our creative centre and experience the beauty and abundance of the present moment more fully.
With the growing demands of 21st century life, more and more of us are living out our days in a heightened state of stress, getting trapped in fight or flight mode and navigating work, home and online life at a pace our physical and emotional selves cannot sustain long-term. With the resulting fatigue and emotional unrest, it can be hard to stay connected to our essence: the sacred self-love and authentic individuality that lies within the heart of each of us. In this afternoon workshop, we will explore both the mechanics of stress and fatigue and how they affect the emotional and psychological landscapes, offering practices and tools with which to shift our mindsets and discover a sacred space in which to soften, relax and flow more freely with energy and trust.
In a small and intimate group, we will:
- look at the mechanisms of stress within the body and its effects on our physical and emotional systems as a whole
- explore lifestyle and nutritional aids in helping combat the stress response and these effects in everyday life
- practise gentle meditation, communication and self-inquiry tools to strip away judgments, expectations and internal dialogues, and sink more deeply into where we are at in the present moment
- explore creative expression through painting as a key to expressing ourselves more freely and authentically
- be nourished by delicious superfoods and grounding winter elixirs
Tickets cost £50 (£40 early bird) and can be booked here.
1-6pm, Coate Studios, London, E2 9AG
Xochi and Ben x
Image: Rahel Weiss, The Naturalista: Nourishing Recipes to Live Well
Restore + Connect @ RawPress, November 22, 7-9pm (£22)
We are delighted to be collaborating with vibrant, nourishing juice gurus RawPress for a cosy winter evening of self-love and mindful restoration in the city. In an intimate, relaxed circle, we will explore gentle ways to cultivate more awareness and mindfulness, and connect more deeply to ourselves and each other within the whirlwind of the city through a combination of sharing, meditation, music and movement.
There will be a selection of Raw Press’s organic cold-pressed juices, fresh and healthy salads, and plant-based snacks to enjoy during the event.
More information and tickets are available here.