Since 2015 we have held over 200 events and gatherings, hosted over 350 leaders & teachers, partnered with more than 100 non profits and charities, welcomed over 15,000 people through the doors and hosted over 30 low-cost retreats. Advaya has achieved all this without any funding and whilst keeping events open to all.
What People Are Saying #
I have followed Advaya over the last few years and attended many of their events and talks and it has inspired me to question and reshape the way I think about the world and my actions within it. The platform they have created to be able to affect positive change is not only insightful but it is incredibly important. I am so grateful for Advaya and everything they have done, not only for me, but also for enabling so many others to experience and learn in the same way.
— Octavia Calthorpe
I have learnt so much through Advaya, all the hard work that Ruby and Christabel put into its organisation, the immersive and inspiring events they put on whether in person or online and the incredible speakers and practitioners they invite to partake. The breadth and range of their offering is immense and just the kind of inspiring, uplifting, and educational resources and community that the world is so in need of at the moment. Advaya has amazing heart, soul and drive and is a transformative platform where ideas and presence are generously shared and people brought together in a sacred space. I so look forward to continuing to take part in their consistently mind and heart-opening experiences.’
— Marina Windsor
Advaya has filled a void in the area of wellness that was much needed. I have learnt so much from the project and continue to learn. It has definitely been crucial to my expanding consciousness and transformed the way I look at the world and connect to it. I can’t thank these women enough for bringing such a beautiful thing into my life!
— Amelia Daniel, Kodai Clothing
My first Advaya event was in April 18th 2018, I remember the date so speically because it was the moment that my life shifted to where it is today. I’d volunteered for an Advaya event after contacted Christabel in order to hear Douglas McMaster of Silo speak. As a chef who’d recently decided to try to have an impact away from the kitchen, this talk was transformational and I place it as one of two key events that has led me to starting my own company focussed on getting London to take a more planet conscious approach to food. After the talk, I signed up to do a aasters in Food and Development at IDS, which stands as the most significant and affirming year of my life to date. Ever since, Christabel’s energy and passion has stood as an example for my own environmental action and I’m excited to see her and Advaya grow to help our communities find their own space to drive the impact that the world so desperately needs.
— Will Hopson
An Advaya Retreat is a personal gift to the soul. The moment you arrive your spirit is met with an alchemy of activities (wild swimming, poetry reading, art, nature walks, yoga…) and a landscape setting that ensures the Rewilding of ones inner being. As the beautiful weekend evolves so do the roots of ones connection with the environment grow deeper and stronger. A heightened sense of grounding ensues. The Advaya Retreat is the perfect soul landscape for connecting back with oneself and the environment and a special platform to manifest powerful intention for ones next journey ahead.
— Alex Haywood
I appreciate all you did to put it together. I always feel so much better and stronger and more at peace within my self after attending your retreats. It was very encouraging to hear that you have noticed that I am noticeably stronger and focused in my yoga practise. You girls have started me on a journey that is making me a much happier, less anxious and calmer person. I cant believe how lucky I was to come across you both and signing up off the internet to that first retreat you held at Carthew Farm last March. It was meant to be. You have opened up a whole new world to me that I now want to live and incorporate in my daily life. People have noticed a change in me and for the better. What better confirmation of being on the right path.
This was an amazing event! So beautiful and profound — a tapestry of beautiful souls, devoted intention, and inspiring co-creation! Thank you for putting on such awesome events and creating a space for people to come together for the Highest and Best Good Of All! 💜🙏💚
I just wanted to say that your event was absolutely amazing and made me realise how important it was to understand where in my life I was privileged enough to be able to help others — and where I was not and that it was ok! It was very eye-opening for me in terms of finding the balance between caring for myself and assisting others. Thank you so much again — and such a great selection of speakers — they were all brilliant!
Imagine walking into a room filled with young, healthy, beautiful, intelligent, educated people who are all enthusiastic and full of love and positive energy, and where you immediately sense the potential of the human race…well that was what the Advaya Initiative gathering was like.
I just wanted to thank you and your sister for putting on such an fascinating event. I was properly blown away but the talk and also by this vast area I knew almost nothing about. I also thought your questions were very intelligent and made the Q&A very interesting. I have signed up for the remaining events of the series and I almost feel anxious about all the previous events that I should have gone too but didn’t know about. Keep up the good work, this is really uplifting!
That was such an amazing topic last night ladies. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it so much and it’s given us further depth to explore into sound (I’m experimenting with different sound journey techniques and he’s a music producer). You’re both so bright and inspiring.
It was really special evening with the way you both held the event, from the heart! So thank you both! ..... We feel that what you are holding and the audience you are attracting is quite unlike anything else!
— Philip Frances
Deepest gratitude for bringing us all together this last weekend. There is so much I am processing and digesting, it’s just been incredibly rich.
— Rabab Ghazoul
Thank you so much for sharing the gifts of these teachers…. Your desire to spread awareness without exclusion warms my heart.
— Alex S
Thank you for a regenerating weekend. On Friday I felt so broken and lost in many ways, full of anxiety and I have come away feeling rested, clear headed and grateful of life and understanding of what are the things that matter. This is because I had a chance to stop, rest and connect with wonderful people like you, your sister and your guests. Thank you from my heart, you are a kind human being and an inspiration
— I. G.
We have a passion for creating educational spaces and bringing together diverse audiences with the great thinkers and organisers of our time
In early 2019 Advaya partnered with Cara Delevingne to create EcoResolution, an environmental justice platform enabling people to step up rather than shut down in the face of the climate crisis.
Current global systems are not serving people or planet, they are driving ecological breakdown and social injustice. EcoResolution educates and empowers people around the world to take action, mobilise their communities and co-create a world that thrives.
EcoResolution creates tools and multimedia resources advocating for a transformational shift to ecologically resilient, connected and healthy communities and environments. They connect people globally with grassroots movements and expert research, enabling people to realise their potential to inspire change, awaken a deeper connection to the natural world and facilitate systemic solutions that revitalise local communities according to ecological principles.
We have hosted wellbeing areas at festivals, summits and parties
- Virgo Festival Wellbeing Area 2015, 2016, 2017
- Medicine Festival 2020
- Terra Sagrada 2020
- Gurls Talk London Festival 2018
- Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing 2018, 2019