February's News

Thank goodness it’s a Leap Year … I've even had the gift of an extra 24 hours to get this newsletter out to you lovely people and I'm still sending it out at the 11th hour, when will I learn?!  I hope you're all keeping safe and well and a lovely warm hello and welcome to my new retreaters and newsletter readers too x


Well there goes another month and a blustery and wet one at that!  February felt like a long month to me, but on reflection, I did enjoy snuggling up and taking cover from the storms.  I didn't, however, enjoy trying to push my neighbours tree off the road and back into his garden in the torrential rain, where is Geoff Capes when you need him!  I also had a cheeky half-term week away (minus the kids!) in the sun with my husband, which was bloody brilliant.  Now that I’m back though, I do believe Spring is in the air and feel uplifted to see the buds unfurling and the daffodils standing bright and proud against the wind!  Hot cross buns are also on the front shelves, my favourite – one-third butter to two-thirds bun yum ... hmm ... sounds a bit like a well crafted G&T too now that I think about it ... so many lovely synergies in life.

What have I been up to lately at Gin & Yin HQ? 

The photos above were taken at the Sweaty Betty Shop in Kingston last Tuesday - a fun night with some top tunes thanks to my pal Fran aka DJ Good Night from The House of Renaissance, awesome Yoga with the groovy Roisin at Concrete Jungle Yoga, well crafted Gin & Tonics thanks to cool Kit at Twickenham Gin and yumalicious pancakes from the sweet team at Sweaty Betty - what a hoot!  

Bring om the next one - watch this space!

So, What's up next?

'Sip & Swish' Social

Weds 3rd June - 7.30pm - 10pm

Hummings Gin & Cocktail Bar, Esher


A Sustainable Clothing Exchange

(bring 3 take 3) - Styling Advice & 

Smart Packing Demo for a Retreat / Weekend away by Emma Reed, 

ex-shoe designer and personal

stylist @stylingyouwell

Tickets £35.00

Includes: Welcome G&T

Swishing Session

Styling Advice &

Smart Packing Demonstration

& Light Bites

Anything not 'swished' will be donated to 'Esteem Ahead' a wonderful charity that supports women in all seasons of life, from dressing with confidence to CV prep and wellbeing advice.

> I'd love to come!

'This Essential Oils Workshop

May Contain Gin'

Mon 29th June - 7.30pm - 10pm 

No. 97, Surbiton


This collaboration is with Rina Bailey, Founder, Dotty’s Oils and part time Criminal Barrister no less.  I've always been interested in essential oils and Rina is a font of all knowledge when it comes natural solutions to manage life’s challenges using oils.  So if like me you’d like learn more and enjoy a G&T tasting session while you're at it, join us at the 'award winning' No.97 for a lovely evening with some wonderfully

essential ingredients.

Tickets:  Earlybird of £40.00 (if booked before 29th March or £45.00

after that date.

Includes:  Welcome Gin Cocktail 

1 x 30 min Gin Tasting Session

1 x 30 min Intro to dōTERRA Oils

Plus create your own 'Roller-Ball

Blend' to take home

& Canapés

Spaces are limited, so don't rest on your junipers.

> Book here


Apologies in advance for this lovely image, but I took this little book called 'Do/ PAUSE/ - You are not a To Do List' by Robert Poynton with me on my half-term pause - in it Robert talks about the benefits and the value of a 'pause' and how pausing continues to nourish you, even when it's behind you -  Only 2 rooms now left on my Restorative Mountain Retreat to Marbella from 17th - 20th Sept at Shanti-Som, if you'd like to plan a 'pause' it would be lovely to have you with us - I can assure you, the benefits go beyond just the 3 days away - full details on my website.

Thanks for reading to the v. bottom.  Keep well and as Robert says ... "there is more to life than getting things done"

Ruth x

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