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September's News

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my new readers and retreaters

this month too x

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As usual, this news lands into your inbox at the 11th hour on the last day of September! .... on the ally-ally-oh, the ally-ally-oh (apologies if that now sticks in your head).  Summer days may well be fading, but don't despair .. if there's something you didn't get around to doing this summer - put a note in your diary to add it to next year's diary.  

'Accentuate the positive' (.. ok enough song lyrics now), the new season also brings new activities, woodland walks, (loving watching 'Sue Perkins in Japan' on BBC One btw - she goes forest bathing or Shinrin-Yuku as the Japanese call it - a future retreat activity me thinks?) notice the changing colours, put some seasonal hydrangeas in your kitchen or your office, make up a batch of delicious home-made soup and sip it from your favourite mug - If you're looking for some inspiration on the recipe front, join us at 'The Retreat Kitchen' on Thursday 14th Nov for some seasonal ideas ... oh and there'll be

gin too (well of course) - full details below. 



So, what have I been up to lately? 


This month truly has been a busy one for me, firstly, my son started Uni, I’m still in denial that’s he’s actually started truth be known - it's going to hit me v. soon I'm sure of it.  My daughter started Year 9 (gulp), I organised my first yoga & gin tasting event at ‘The Gin Kitchen’ in Dorking which was such fun (great photos on my Gin & Yin FB page thanks to Victoria Murray (@yourbrandingphotographer) … and … I’ve just landed back from hosting another wonderful retreat, with a gorgeous group of down to earth ladies bathed in sunshine in the mountains of Marbella ommm - the photo above is of one of my favourite yoga poses from this retreat - more photos to follow shortly on my FB page and socials, which promise to be something special, as Vicki Knights @vkpersonalbranding captured it all.  

Watch this space!



What's coming up next  ....



Gin & CBD Social for the Curious Thurs 7th November 2019

Mews of Mayfair, London

7.30pm - 10pm (bar open until late)




From capsules, to teas, to shots, to pillow mists, to bitters for your cocktails ... you name it, CBD (cannabidiol) is hitting the wellness scene in a big way "the number of people using CBD oil in the UK is now estimated to have reached around 300,000" according to Balance Magazine.  If you love Gin and are as curious as we are to learn more about CBD and what it's all about, join myself and Cara from 'Gin & Interiors' and 'OTO CBD' at 'Mews of Mayfair' for a gin sipping social with a twist. 

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Includes:  A Welcome G&T

An Intro to CBD by OTO CBD ("OTO use high quality, high concentration CBD to create a range of experiences that help you focus, amplify shared moments and bring back balance")

A full sized G&T with or without CBD bitters & Canapés

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Tickets - £22 (incl. booking fee)

Tickets limited to 45 (over 18's only) 


Count Me In!



Winter Warmer

Plant-based Supper Club

Thurs 14th November 2019 -

8pm to 10pm

The Retreat Kitchen, Richmond





As the day's get shorter and we seek warmth and comfort, it's time to start thinking about how to 'eat well' and 'in season'.  Join us for a fun, tasty and informative evening at 'The Retreat Kitchen' on Richmond Hill for a delicious 3 course meal and gin tasting.

Includes:  A welcome G&T;  a delicious 3 course meal; Intro from 'The Retreat Kitchen' and a foodie themed goodie bag to take home.

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Tickets £37.06 (incl. booking fee) 

Spaces limited to 18


Book My Seat


 - LOOKING AHEAD -


'Down to Earth Retreat'

Thurs 11th -  Sun 14th June 2020

Northern Ibiza


I'm delighted that half of the rooms have now been booked for this Retreat.  But worry ye not there's still time If you'd like to join us.  Full details on my website - A deposit of £150 secures your place - DD options also avail. 

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(Repeat - yes it was that good!) 

Mountain Retreat 

Marbella - Shanti Som 2020

Thurs 17th - Sun 20th Sept 2020


Shanti-Som is such a special place - ladies from last week's retreat have already secured their places for 2020

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full details on my website

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To finish, here's a photo from my good pal Caroline T making good use of her Gin & Yin water bottle - BYO - love it

Embrace the season and all that it gins!


Ruth x

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