Where it began ...
Hi I'm Ruth - thank you for checking out the person behind the brand - I launched Gin & Yin in 2018 - little did I know what was around the next corner! I'm still not great at yoga and I can't touch my toes, but I can create an unforgettable experience.
I have been organising long weekend escapes for over 10 years for friends and family. After organising my first retreat to Marrakech in 2011 (see photo below), I recognised first-hand the benefit of taking myself away from it all for just for a long weekend.
Having the time and space to properly disconnect was hugely beneficial for me (and my family too for that matter). These short breaks helped me to reconnect with myself, reassess my health and wellbeing priorities as well as my work-life balance, whilst also really really enjoying myself with like minded ladies.
So in 2018, when the importance of self-care started to gain momentum, I decided the time was right to take this from side hustle, to business concept and other than Covid slowing things down, I haven't looked back - I love organising retreats and events that are out of the ordinary as much as I love a well-crafted G&T and so the two were joined together and Gin & Yin became a thing. I have created some magical retreat experiences and welcomed and connected some incredible women over the years, many of which return year on year (either side of Covid!).
It's been quite a journey so far as I'm sure you can imagine, however, with my finest pivot pants on I also developed 'Events in a Box' during lockdown delivered via the post, which have also been great fun and are actually here to stay.
If you’re still with me ...
Over the past 30 years I've gone from power suits and high heals in corner offices running over 120 conferences a year (those were the days), to perching on a too cool for school stool in an open plan music filled events agency, dressed in vintage tennis gear for the 2012 Olympic Games (don’t ask), to hot-desking in my clients offices, to now enjoying my own little plant and book filled oasis (aka spare bedroom). Agility, creativity and adaptability are my middle name. Whether I’m running a Gin & Yin retreat or event, or supporting a corporate client with their own events, my objective is always to exceed expectations and create memorable experiences – life is too short for boring events and G&Ts served with rationed ice cubes! Thanks for reading to the last sip of a word!
Never underestimate the value of a
‘pause with a purpose’ to recalibrate - even a short pause now and then doing something you enjoy is enough to make a lasting difference.