We believe in a world where people and planet thrive.

Shifting Consciousness, Inspiring change

Advaya Initiative is an alternative think-tank seeking solutions to the interconnected crises of environmental destruction and mental health. We see the crises we are faced with today as a call to radical action: an opportunity to evolve, to come together and co-create.

We inspire and empower young people and change makers to become activists for a better world, addressing narratives of disempowerment and exploring how to lead authentic lives in harmony with nature.

We seek transformation at an individual and collective level while cultivating purposeful lives of connection and belonging. 

 
 

Alistair McIntosh at ‘Wild: An Ecology of the Imagination’, with locally sourced vegetarian meal by Petersham Nurseries at 42 Acres in Shoreditch. 12 July 2017.

Alistair McIntosh at ‘Wild: An Ecology of the Imagination’, with locally sourced vegetarian meal by Petersham Nurseries at 42 Acres in Shoreditch. 12 July 2017.


We do this in 5 key ways:

  1. Raising Awareness. We curate solution-orientated events and content to inspire, empower and educate, bringing together a growing and diverse community with groundbreaking figures from the forefront of social change.

  2. Improving Wellbeing. We link personal healing with social action and believe that ill mental health and environmental degradation go hand in hand: the way we treat the world is a mirror of how we treat ourselves. We incorporate meditation and embodiment practices to nurture individual and collective resilience so that our actions may be a source of flourishing - individually, together and for society. To live a globally considerate life is to be present, to find purpose, connection and belonging.

  3. Empowering Action. We inspire conscious activism that is regenerative and sustainable. We empower young people to find their voice for positive change, to become aware of the weight of their actions, and to realise their individual potential and power to address the crises we face.

  4. Creating Community. We create community around positive change making through in-person events and gatherings. When we come together we realise we are not alone in our hopes and dreams for a thriving, regenerative and globally considerate life.

  5. Celebrating Life. We are falling back in love with life. We promote joyful activism. We believe in the power of re-enchantment and that by acting for the welfare of the world our lives are filled with purpose, belonging and connection.


Satish Kumar speaking about ‘Finding Your Purpose’ at our Yoga and Ecology Festival at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, with vegetarian food by Piccalilli Caff. 5 September 2015.

Satish Kumar speaking about ‘Finding Your Purpose’ at our Yoga and Ecology Festival at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, with vegetarian food by Piccalilli Caff. 5 September 2015.


Our programmes:

Our innovative programs delve into the practices of activism, rewilding, spiritual ecology, nature connection, re-enchantment, mythology and storytelling. We use these as frameworks to explore solutions to environmental crises, including conservation, consumption, plastic, ecofeminism, food and farming, alternative economies, climate change, ecocide and human rights.


We are passionate about bringing together groups of young people from diverse backgrounds and communities. We celebrate the values we all share and our aspirations to make the world a better place.


We believe in the power that storytelling has to change the world. Our bespoke events vary from workshops, talks and supper-clubs, to screenings and panel discussions, festivals, retreats, ceremonies and pilgrimages, and all in-person gatherings are accompanied by shareable online content spread through social media, online magazine, films and interviews.

 
We are the people we are waiting for. We are the people who care, who dare to question and dare to stand up for the Earth. We have a profound respect and compassion for the Earth and for all of life. We know in our hearts what is good and what is right. We follow our hearts and seek positive solutions based on Love, basic goodness and common sense. Supporting these changes is our community.
— Glennie Kindred
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Our Activism

We believe in the power of inner and outer activism.

We acknowledge that change starts within, but we are up against the clock, so while working to create greater peace within let’s also work to create peace in our surroundings. While healing our relationship with ourselves, let’s heal our relationship with others. While eating to nourish the body, let’s eat in a way that also nourishes the body of the earth. While acting to help ourselves, let’s act in a way that helps our planet. Because, we can only thrive if our communities and planet are thriving too.

To create a more sustainable and harmonious world we have to look within and without. The way we treat the world is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.


Let’s stop over-complicating change, worrying about labels & being perfect, let’s just make a start.

We want to make activism less alienating, guilt-inducing and finger-pointing, and make it a way of life which is about presence,  joy, unity and celebrating life. We can all be activists and make positive changes for a happier life and more sustainable world.

This is how we see yoga & meditation as fundamental to activism. It is the process of studying who we are, where we are, and how we can make changes to our inner and outer Self. This process enables us to become more in tune with how we feel and understand how our actions affect ourselves, each other and the environment around us.


Life is about action and we have a choice about what actions we take.

We can take actions that celebrate and honour life or we can take actions that disturb the inherent harmony of ourselves and our environments.

Let’s start looking at how our actions are affecting ourselves, others and our planet. Through awareness we can evolve. We can perceive unconscious habits and patterns and replace them with positive behaviours that benefits all aspects of our lives.

 
 
The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world - we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.
— Joanna Macy
 
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Partners

 
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Meet The Founders

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CHRISTABEL REED

www.christabelreed.yoga

Christabel is a yoga therapist and teacher with a Masters in The Traditions of Yoga & Meditation, SOAS. In 2016 Christabel co-founded Advaya Initiative, an alternative think-tank seeking solutions to the interconnected crises of environmental destruction and mental health

Seeing the health of the planet as a reflection of the health of the Self, Christabel believes Yoga is tool to create the deep changes and shifts necessary to healing our relationships with ourselves, each other and the natural world. Yoga is a means of re-wilding from within, of un-peeling the layers that prevent acting from their inherent peace and power and thriving as they naturally should in harmony with nature.

Employing yoga philosophy, breath development and practice, sound and chanting, movement and stillness, awareness and meditation, Christabel encourages students to cultivate compassion for where they are at and become re-enchanted with their embodied existence and world around them. She hopes to empower students to acknowledge their power to act, to replace limiting or unhealthy patterns of action, thought and attitude with positive ones that nourish themselves and surroundings.

Christabel teaches that yoga is fundamentally a tool for freedom and that the two entwined journeys of self and planetary healing can fill our lives with joy, connection, purpose and belonging!

RUBY REED

www.rubyreedyoga.com

Ruby Reed is a yoga teacher and environmental activist with a particular passion for the ocean. She is interested in embodiment and nature connection as sources of healing, self knowledge and empowerment, and co-founded Advaya Initiative in 2016 as an environmental and holistic wellbeing platform working for social change. 

Ruby is influenced by the dedicated, progressive approach and breath-led fluidity of the ashtanga practice, and the energetic attention and adaptability of Viniyoga and Yoga Therapy, as taught by her teacher Colin Dunsmuir. Her classes prioritise the breath as a tool for awareness, connection and healing, and integrate strong postures to build energy, resilience and vitality.  Ruby encourages creativity of expression, and works to build community around a renewed sense of awe and wonder in life so that we may connect with our most authentic, wild and natural selves, and thrive as we should in harmony with nature.

Ruby is happiest when in water and has spent a lot of time beneath sea level over the years, whether teaching scuba diving in the Andaman Islands or training as a freediver. She has a background in the art world working at auction houses, with private collectors and galleries, and has an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld, and an MA with First Class Honours from Edinburgh University.