Retreat for Rebels: Reflect & Regenerate

5pm on Friday 15th november to 5pm on Sunday 17th September, 2019

The pinkery, Simonsbath, Exmoor, Somerset

Sara Zaltash, Ruby and Christabel Reed invite you to a donation-based co-created weekend of community and regeneration sharing grief-tending, embodiment, nature connection, relaxation, active listening, story-telling, astrology, walking, meditating, breathing and more.

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How can we create deep change that goes beyond the surface, that is cultivated and sustained through daily practice and contemplation? How can we empower ourselves and each other for the radical transformations called for in these times? How can we step into our brightest selves and awaken within and around us the most beautiful and thriving life possible?

As the dust settles on the October Uprising, are you feeling lost without the community that held you through the Rebellion?

You have been told to regenerate yourself and yet, even though you have been given lots of information about how to regenerate, it’s hard to do it alone.

We wonder if you are feeling like you just want to be held?

We hear you.

Sara Zaltash, Ruby Reed and Christabel Reed, members of XR’s Vision Sensing, Regenerative Culture, Faith Bridge and Media & Messaging teams, have created a Rebel Retreat to respond to your needs to regenerate in like-hearted community.

Sharing grief-tending, reflection, embodiment, song, visioning circles, breath-work, relaxation, nature connection, creativity, crafts, storytelling and a weekend immersed in the great outdoors, the first Rebel Retreat took place at Autumn Equinox in glorious Kent. [would be good to include some photos here]

This time, Rebels are retreating to the stunning open moorland of Exmoor, Somerset, with the intention to create a nourishing space for reflection, regeneration and community.

When you read our invitation, do you feel called to join the Rebels?

To make the retreat happen we need at least fifteen people confirmed by Monday 4 November. Please go directly to the Paypal Pool to reserve your space or get in touch if you have any questions. There is a suggested minimum donation of £80 to cover our costs. We know that in the spirit of sharing resources equitably, some will pay more and some less.

May generosity of spirit guide your care for yourself and others, as we remember that we are all we need.

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Christabel is a yoga therapist and teacher with a Masters in The Traditions of Yoga & Meditation, SOAS. In 2016 Christabel co-founded Advaya, a systems-change initiative that explores radical regeneration and joyful revolution!

Seeing the health of the planet as a reflection of the health of the Self, Christabel believes Yoga is tool to create the deep changes and shifts necessary to healing our relationships with ourselves, each other and the natural world. Yoga is a means of re-wilding from within, of un-peeling the layers that prevent acting from their inherent peace and power and thriving as they naturally should in harmony with nature.

Employing yoga philosophy, breath development and practice, sound and chanting, movement and stillness, awareness and meditation, Christabel encourages students to cultivate compassion for where they are at and become re-enchanted with their embodied existence and world around them. She hopes to empower students to acknowledge their power to act, to replace limiting or unhealthy patterns of action, thought and attitude with positive ones that nourish themselves and surroundings.

Christabel teaches that yoga is fundamentally a tool for freedom and that the two entwined journeys of self and planetary healing can fill our lives with joy, connection, purpose and belonging!

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Ruby is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist according to the principles of Ayurveda and the practice tradition of Krishnamacharya. Her teaching style engages a subtle and embodied approach that uses the breath to guide a slow, strong and creative practice.  She brings an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a passion for the authentic teachings of yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, blending these in an informed and full approach to the study of Yoga. 

Ruby first practiced yoga in India in her teens. Later, she developed a daily practice of Mysore style Ashtanga Vinyasa, which over 4 years led her from dark early mornings in the Soho shala, to practice with the Jois family at KPJAYI in Mysore. Her formal training began on the BWY and YA accredited two-year training at Triyoga in 2014 with Susannah Hoffman and Jeff Fenix, during which time she had the opportunity to take a deep dive into authentic meditative practices, from pre-classical yoga to the creative exploration of Tantra and beyond, under the guidance of Carlos Pomeda. She has just completed a transformational four-year training in Vinyasa Krama and Ayurveda in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, under the watchful eye of her teachers Colin Dunsmuir and Miranda Taylor.

Ruby remains continually in awe of the powerful practice of yoga to unstick and shift negative patterns, opening the doorway for change. She is also a passionate free-diver and is learning more about this amazing technique and the way it expands our consciousness, mind and body. She is an advocate of an embodied approach to life, where the breath comes first as we cherish and remain present in every moment.

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Beloved Sara Zaltash is an artist evolving reality and a non-denominational minister for a world in crisis. Beloved Sara is dedicated to using her gifts as a performer, poet, singer, facilitator, teacher, space-holder, ritualist, diviner and community organizer to catalyze the Great Turning of our shared Being. Key themes that Beloved Sara orientates around are justice, honesty, courage, glory, power, humility, integrity and inquiry. She is inspired by her ancestors, the stars, the land and the birds, and all of their pathways of faith and persistence. Beloved Sara is the writer of We Rebel Stars, Extinction Rebellion's weekly horoscopes, a Research Fellow of the Schumacher Institute, and an Associate Fellow of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Every day at dawn, Beloved Sara offers her unique adaptation of the Islamic call-to-prayer. "Zaltash is electrifying... See her if you can." - Guardian.

Retreat Details:


Affordable rates from £150;

Delicious vegetarian or vegan food 3 times daily;

From 5pm on Friday 20th to 5pm on Sunday 22nd September;

Practice, workshop, discussion & enquiry, both as a group and individually, indoors and outside in nature;

Yoga practices will be for all levels;

Swimming, walks and free time to relax;

1-1 astrology sessions available with Beloved Sara Zaltash. Please let us know in advance.


Delicious home cooked vegan/vegetarian meals will be provided (with organic and locally sourced produce wherever possible), as well as snacks, tea and coffee and some wine with dinner. Please be sure to let us know if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements.


£80 minimum donation