Salt & Light Retreat
Salt & Light Retreat is a home for healing. Offering day, evening and weekend retreats, the goals of S&LR are to offer a warm embrace to those who need it. Community is at the heart of the business, with yoga forming the foundations, and a good dose of nature thrown in for good measure. Here to help you not only fill up your cup, but allow it to overflow and pour out to others.
My name is Rose, and I'm the founder of Salt & Light Retreat. My big dream is to offer various wellbeing services and a safe space to retreat to, in order to help others live healthier, happier lives - and to make those services and space accessible to all.
I have had the dream of running a retreat centre since my teens; before I even began practicing yoga I knew that I wanted to help people to be happy. I studied psychology at university, and left with a thirst for more understanding about mental health and environmental issues, as well as a fascination with the positive impact of nature on our physical health as well as our wellbeing. After returning from travelling in Southeast Asia, I began attending yoga classes as a way to prevent running injuries and gain a sense of calm. I soon realised that it would be a key element in my big dream. In 2016 I trained to become a yoga instructor, and have been teaching regular classes ever since. It is magic being able to help people find peace in a small part of their day or week, but I have always felt that I am destined to offer more. I began running day retreats in September 2017, and Salt & Light Retreat was born.
Salt & Light Retreat is all about sharing simple ways to help improve daily life - from yoga, to healthy eating and self enquiry. It is so much more than just taking time out to forget about your worries; it's about giving you the tools to face those struggles when they do arise, and power through them as a peaceful warrior. These events are more than just allowing you to fill up your cup; I want you to leave feeling that your cup is overflowing, so that you can pour it out to others.
In the first year of running, we've enjoyed a wide variety of events, from the nurturing women's evening retreats, to the fun-packed stand up paddle board and yoga day, as well as the memorable summer solstice sunrise event. I'm amazed at how many people have taken part in these events and I am so grateful to each individual who decides that they deserve some self care, and has chosen to attend - you are all helping this acorn of a dream grow into a big oak tree. Furthermore, by attending events you've enabled other people who would not necessarily be able to access such services otherwise, enjoy them. Each event now offers a gifted space, and we've been able to offer free afternoon retreats to Swansea Carer's service users, with plans of providing more.
Looking ahead, Salt & Light Retreat hopes to reach more people who desperately need space for self care, and tools to manage daily stressors. I will soon be a qualified counsellor, and this service will become available for those who'd benefit from talking therapy. In time, the business will acquire land, where a natural, sustainable retreat centre will be built; offering all of these facilities, as well as a community-hub, for all, in one special place.
If you'd like to support the progress of this socially-focused business, please get in touch.