Retreat for Rebels: Root and Renew (XR)

5pm on Friday 20th September to 5pm on Sunday 22nd September, 2019

The Quadrangle Trust, Shoreham, Kent

Prepare for the Rebellion by retreating at Equinox to a space of nourishment and celebration. Open to everyone taking part in the Extinction Rebellion Uprising in October.


You are transforming. Your self, your life, your community, your world. You are committed to the renewal of humanity and planet Earth. 

You are an Extinction Rebel.

How prepared is your body, your mind and your soul to share the great gift of your life with this world-changing movement?

We - Advaya Initiative’s Ruby and Christabel Reed and Beloved Sara Zaltash - are offering an easy-access, shared-costs weekend retreat designed specifically to nourish and strengthen Extinction Rebels. 

Yoga Nidra. Movement. Breathwork. Meditation. Nature Connection. Devotion. Vocalisation and Song. Visioning. Divination. Trust Building. Heart Circles. Deep Listening. Grief Tending. Creative Celebration. 

If you would like to facilitate a session please get in contact with us.

We know you need this, so we radically changed the way that the costs of this retreat will be met. As long as essential costs are met, for as little as £1, you are welcome to participate. For more information, see “Our Approach to Costs” below. 

Come to swim in the river, relax in the garden, and bathe in the woodland. Come to explore your senses and relishing in the abundance of the natural world. Come to engage in a more holistic approach to social change. Come to be inspired, nourished, connected and prepared.

Let’s get ready, together.


  • 45 minutes by train from London to Shoreham (with a short walk through the fields or we can collect you), or to Sevenoaks. Let us know if you are driving and we can sort out car sharing.


  • Either camping in the peaceful forest garden or sleeping in comfortable shared dormitories. 


  • Absolutely ethical, vegetarian meals, collaboratively cooked by your facilitators and co-participants.


  • Sessions will be shared outside in the beautiful natural environment of Kent, in the garden, woodlands and surrounding fields, and also in the grand historical Hay Barn, built in 1870.

  • Please let us know in advance about your needs to participate in embodied practices, and/or anything that may affect your ability to take part. We we will adapt content to include you.

  • We will have the chance to adapt the schedule according to participants needs, goals and skills. There is an opportunity to share facilitation and content so please let us know in advance if there is something in particular you wish to share or explore.

How we will deal with Costs:

We know that sharing resources equitably is an essential part of regeneration. We know all Rebels have so much to give, and so we have to create capacity to receive what desires to be given. In order to do that, let's begin with full transparency regarding the costs of running this retreat for you.

Our Costs:

  • Venue Hire: £800. The Quadrangle Trust is a registered charity and they are generously supporting this weekend by subsidising the venue hire costs. We are so grateful for their vision and commitment to Extinction Rebellion. Thank you Jessie and all at Quadrangle.

  • Food: £20 per person for three healthy vegetarian meals per day for three days. Rather than hire a catering team, we will cook for each other, tend to each other, and care for each other, reinforcing our community bonds and reducing unnecessary expenditure.

  • Facilitation: Ruby, Christabel and Sara are activists and artists, with rent to pay and lives to lead. Between us we have 35 years of professional facilitation experience. We can only sustainably organise and facilitate this retreat (on top of our ongoing voluntary XR commitments) if our professional skills are valued.

  • That’s it! No expensive publications. No unnecessary add-ons to bump up the costs. Just time, space, food, facilitation and togetherness.

We have space for up to 50 people to share the goodness of the retreat.

We are offering three days and two nights of sessions, meals and space.

Our minimum cost to hold this retreat for 50 people is £2500.

That’s £50 per person to be at maximum capacity.

We ask you to consider: how much do you spend in one weekend - per day - on food, travel, activities and socialising?

£10 per day? £50 per day? £100 per day?

£20 per weekend? £150 per weekend? £500 per weekend?

We ask that you offer your weekend of spending money as your contribution to the shared financial resources of this retreat.

You can make your anonymous contribution via Paypal Pool:

Or, if you prefer, please contact Ruby to arrange a direct bank transfer.

However much you can share, we’ll make sure you have plenty to eat, and that you’re in excellent company in beautiful surroundings while you nourishing your soul with supportive and strengthening activities.

Whatever you have to give, there is room for you at the Rebel Retreat.



Christabel is a Yoga Therapist and a co-founder of Advaya Initiative. Christabel employs the practice of Yoga as a means of re-wilding from within and a way to un-peel the layers that prevent individuals from connecting to their inherent peace and power. Her classes incorporate movement, sound and breath development and aim to meet the students where they are at whilst developing healthy foundations for deep transformation and steady evolution. For Christabel, Yoga has never been about attaining certain postures but about how it may heal and nourish her relationship with herself, others, the natural world and cosmos. Christabel has trained in Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Hatha and Vinyasa Krama Yoga and has completed her Masters in The Traditions of Yoga & Meditation at SOAS, University of London. Together with her sister Ruby Reed, Christabel runs the systems change initiative Advaya, that explores solutions to the interconnected crises of environmental destruction, consumerism and mental health. All her work revolves around personal and planetary healing, seeing both as two sides of the same coin.

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Ruby is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist according to the principles of Ayurveda and the practice tradition of Krishnamacharya. Her teaching style engages a subtle and embodied approach that uses the breath to guide a slow, strong and creative practice.  She brings an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a passion for the authentic teachings of yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, blending these in an informed and full approach to the study of Yoga. 

Ruby first practiced yoga in India in her teens. Later, she developed a daily practice of Mysore style Ashtanga Vinyasa, which over 4 years led her from dark early mornings in the Soho shala, to practice with the Jois family at KPJAYI in Mysore. Her formal training began on the BWY and YA accredited two-year training at Triyoga in 2014 with Susannah Hoffman and Jeff Fenix, during which time she had the opportunity to take a deep dive into authentic meditative practices, from pre-classical yoga to the creative exploration of Tantra and beyond, under the guidance of Carlos Pomeda. She has just completed a transformational four-year training in Vinyasa Krama and Ayurveda in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, under the watchful eye of her teachers Colin Dunsmuir and Miranda Taylor.

Ruby remains continually in awe of the powerful practice of yoga to unstick and shift negative patterns, opening the doorway for change. She is also a passionate free-diver and is learning more about this amazing technique and the way it expands our consciousness, mind and body. She is an advocate of an embodied approach to life, where the breath comes first as we cherish and remain present in every moment.

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Beloved Sara Zaltash is an artist evolving reality and a non-denominational minister for a world in crisis. Beloved Sara is dedicated to using her gifts as a performer, poet, singer, facilitator, teacher, space-holder, ritualist, diviner and community organizer to catalyze the Great Turning of our shared Being. Key themes that Beloved Sara orientates around are justice, honesty, courage, glory, power, humility, integrity and inquiry. She is inspired by her ancestors, the stars, the land and the birds, and all of their pathways of faith and persistence. Beloved Sara is the writer of We Rebel Stars, Extinction Rebellion's weekly horoscopes, a Research Fellow of the Schumacher Institute, and an Associate Fellow of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Every day at dawn, Beloved Sara offers her unique adaptation of the Islamic call-to-prayer. "Zaltash is electrifying... See her if you can." - Guardian.