We help our clients to journey beyond the physical, solid state of our beliefs and patterns and to step into a potent inner world of energy, potential and alchemy - to literally re-connect to the magic and juice. To re-learn to soften into our organic rhythm; to taste the possibility of living from a stiller centre; to find a deepening love and self-governance and in turn this gentle evolution spirals softly outwards to each other + beyond.

Our evolving journey is life-long, there are no spiritual quick fixes and nothing on the outside to chase - it all starts + ends by re-connecting to the intimacy of our inner worlds.

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METHODOLOGY

connect, align, evolve

to build a maturing inner awareness state that brings us to wise thinking, wise feeling, wise action

no fixed state

to begin to understand ourselves as energetic beings that are in a constant state of flux and change rather than solid + fixed and as the macro so the micro

to open to our soft space

the intuitive soft and tender spaces within ourselves to bring balance, wisdom, creativity and grace back to our lives.

to get to know stillness

tp learn + trust the body's innate natural wisdom when we drop back into its rhythm and step out of 'doing', 'action', 'striving' energies

to soften the grip

to learn to live in the rhythm + cadence of our lives. To begin to see the dance of relationship we fall into and how to navigate ourselves with love, presence, grace.

Jane Kersel

Founder

Jane is a leading UK psychotherapist who specialises in Jungian Shadow Work, EMDR, CBT and hypnotherapy with a depth of experience in relational energetics - to ourselves and outwards. She is the founder of the UK Institute of Voice Dialogue - The Psychology of the Selves and a Master Voice Dialogue Facilitator.

Throughout her life she has profoundly experienced the role embodied movement and breath work plays in transformational mental health. Indeed, she has studied with most of the world's leading teachers and has then gone on to train and inspire thousands of yoga and meditation teachers herself.

She has an international corporate and celebrity clientele (but you will never find any of her clients' names in any press).

Described by Francesca White as Tatler Magazine's "Happiness guru" and by UK Vogue: "Jane can overcome a racing brain in one meditative session"

She knows from her work in helping: women to get pregnant; couples to either stay in or leave a relationship with grace and elegance; young adults to turn the corner from self harming and addictions; women to find their voice and path; that all of our problems, fears, blockages, can be solved by unpacking old belief structures and reframing subconscious drivers. Her work is heavily influenced by Jungian analysis and includes dreamwork and symbolism.

. She works with institutions, individuals and couples but prefers to stay out of the limelight, living quietly in nature, where she can recalibrate from the intensity of her work and explore creative way to help more. She is a firm believer that her work is not to self-promote herself but to be in the wings quietly and invisibly serving her clients.

MOVEMENT

taken with various members of the team

Alongside yoga disciplines we always run other forms of movement on the retreats: including pilates mat work, HIIT, weights, and rebounder trampolines, together with hikes into nature

James Philip

Master Shaman, intuitive + healer

James Philip, from the Scottish highlands, is a highly experienced spiritual channel; shaman; teacher and healer with over 20 years experience supporting the profound growth of thousands of people. James’s skill is being able to deeply connect with the world of energy ie. beyond the cognitive, logical mind of the seen world and into the land of vibration and energy and to help our clients see life beyond sometimes limiting mindsets and deep subconsciously rooted beliefs..  By helping people access and understand their magical subtle energies, James and his spiritual allies, gracefully guide people home to their authentic soulful power, truth and love. This channelled energy wisdom and alchemy can have a beautiful effect on all aspects of our day-to-day lives, relationships, careers, creativity and general health and wellbeing.

He is the founder of the Celestial Earth institute with a thriving practice in Central London, and teaches at numerous leading centres in the UK and internationally including, Findhorn Community, Scotland; Omega Institute, NYC; Meta Center, NYC; Mind Body Spirit Festival, London. 

Enrico di Candia

Healing Arts Practitioners

Registered osteopath, Personal trainer, Clinical Pilates instructor, Enrico graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2005. He has built up an enviable reputation that has led him to treat athletes, royalty and artists from all over the world.

His approach reflects his extensive post graduate studies combining structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy as well as medical acupuncture and massage.

As an enthusiastic sportsman with an interest in human movement and nutrition, Enrico draws on his many years of experience in personal training, rehabilitation and clinical Pilates to help create tailored programs to restore pain-free function, balance and strength.

He is passionate about treating musculoskeletal condition especially headaches and scoliosis, sports injuries, pregnancy and posture related conditions. He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council.

Enrico is joined by Elizabeth our Spanish resident osteopath and they work as a team during the retreat.

Andrea Zagatti

Master Chef + head of our kitchen crew

Jane's naturopathy study + expertise underpins all of the culinary output at The Big Pause. So food is seasonal supporting whichever organ/body system is most relevant to that season in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms.

Andrea is our Italian chef who heads up the team in the kitchen. His roots are firmly grounded in traditional French cooking techniques combined with nouvelle cuisine, but his work has gone far beyond his days as a student at Le Cordon Bleu. He defined himself in the kitchens of Michelin star restaurants, traversing Basque country, and hand picking ingredients in Emilia Romagna under the supervision of Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant Osteria Francescana was recently given the award of ‘The Best Restaurant in the World’ by San Pellegrino. Andrea has a unique flair with flavours and a passion to continually create and re-invent. 

Here at The Big Pause we teach workshops on raw and cooked foods, the use of adaptogens, herbs, superfoods and their benefits to our health whilst also tasting and looking great. All of our meals are wheat, dairy, gluten free. Our products are organic and wildcrafted whenever possible Our juices are potent and purposeful. We use bio-fermentation, sprout our own seeds and use probiotics that help heal the gut and build immunity whilst also helping to decrease sugar cravings. Clients learn to thrive with more easeful digestion, increased energy, glowing skin, and potent liver support. 

Andrea is joined with our wonderful kitchen crew – Maria Angeles, Nieves and Ana. 

HORSE SENSING

Horses + riding are beautiful areas to explore + deepen our relationship to trust, intuitive embodied moving + silent thinking/sensing.

The addition of our horses enriches our work encouraging us to feel into how we relate, communicate and embody a softer, stronger intuitive strength. Many of our clients don't ride or come saying they don't wish to ride, however by the end of the week they truly don't want to leave their horse behind.

It's not about how 'good' you ride or how 'un-keen' you may be to try - it's all about being surrounded by our four legged friends and just watching them play.