Our Soul Spa guests tend to keep in touch well beyond the retreats and many contacts turn into real friendships. Today I received this story from Janet, one of the guests at the first ever Soul Spa in July 2017 in Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran. Janet describes how the Fire & Rain Soul Spa was the first step along this new path nobody chooses to be on … More The first positive step along the path
A yin yoga practice can be a helpful tool in navigating, and moving through grief.
We know that the mind stores our memories. The physical body also stores emotion and memory. The longer we hold on to them physically, and emotionally, the heavier they become. … More Grief healing through yoga
When I first started developing the idea for Fire & Rain I had a clear image in my head of what the perfect Soul Spa would look like, what exactly I wanted to offer to fellow widows and widowers. Well…a few weeks ago we – that’s my co-host Sarah, chef Lesley and me – ran the Hebridean Wildscapes Soul Spa on the Isle of Mull….and all I can say is the real life experience exceeded all my expectations! Read all about it…. … More From Shit Club to Gold Thread
by Sarah Alexandra Teodorescu. Each day, we and the world around us, change on a molecular level. How do we remain steady within and without, in the midst of continuous change? The daily rituals we choose to put into place for ourselves become the anchors we cast with intention. Yoga and writing are individual powerhouses … More Yoga & writing for self-care
Self-care by smoothie…superfood for the widowed body & soul … More Widow’s superfood (or: easy self-care for widows, part 1)
It’s a mystery to me how I could have been unaware of this wonderful magazine for so long, considering all the reading I’ve done on all things widowed, death and healing after loss! It’s such an inspiring, witty and refreshing read which I can warmly recommend. . … More a cup o’ kindness yet (for auld lang syne)
Heartbreaking poem by Scottish poet Liz Lochhead … More Favourite Place
Let us take you on an unforgettable stargazing experience…. … More Feeling close to heaven
Wherever you look you find mindfulness courses, books, retreats and other things mindfulness. So what is it actually about? … More How else but mindful?
Ich will andere inspirieren, damit sie auch wieder ein bisschen positiver in die Zukunft blicken … More Vom Verlust zum Soul Spa
I want to share the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows which I discovered in my search for meaning and inspiration…. … More New normal, new language
After reading my story in the Scotsman newspaper BBC Radio Scotland called me to invite me to the Mornings show. What a great opportunity, but scary as well as it was live. They also invited a former soul spa guest Keith from Liverpool, to join so he could talk about his experiences of the retreat and what he got out of it.
… More Fire & Rain on BBC Scotland
Self-promotion isn’t really my thing. At the same time I know that important stories deserve to be told, especially if there’s a chance they might inspire others in their own journey. So when the invitation from The Scotsman came along to write down the story of Fire & Rain, I took the opportunity to share it. … More I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
Offering nice retreats and holidays is one thing… but what really counts is what guests get out of them, the difference they make. … More So what do guests get out of a Soul Spa?
Keith, a widower who came to our Cósagach Soul Spa in January, has since started “writing his grief” in the most spot on and poignant words. He sent us this poem about the tribe we’re now part of… … More A widower’s poignant words
I never used to appreciate poetry much. That I often perceive it as comforting now has been one of the things I’ve realised on this grief journey. Sitting on my yoga mat this morning I felt I needed to find some words that fitted my mood…. … More Song for Autumn
I want to share with you an article I recently wrote for Just Breathe magazine. It’s a reminder of what the Soul Spas are about and how helpful peer support can be…
Grief is crippling. Grief is chaos. Grief is unpredictable…and its effects tend to be vastly underestimated by those who haven’t been there. … More The healing power of peer support