I would love to speak at your event, be a guest on your podcast, or be interviewed for your publication.

Get in touch: xandra(at)

Workshops & Speaking

Heroine Training Tea Parties

In this intimate, salon-style experience, likeminded heroines gather to connect with ourselves and each other through literature. Each stop is a pop-up empowerment party in a cosy and inspiring setting, a space for conversation about what most excites us. I can bring a Heroine Training tea party to your event, and tailor a questionnaire to themes at your request.

I have hosted Heroine Training Tea Parties in many cities across the U.K. and U.S. Partnerships include Kate Spade, Waterstones, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and many independent cafes.

What Would a Heroine Do?

My signature masterclass on seeking mini adventures, and living like a protagonist in your daily life. I can adjust this talk to your needs, and include more interactive segments to transform it into a workshop.

Mini Adventure Mappings

Mini Adventures are personal, and unique to the individual. I will help you find a way to fit mini adventuring into your daily routine, whatever obstacles may be in your way. I specialise in making daily life more magical, and with a little inspiration from fictional worlds. I offer complimentary 15-minute chats online (Read more here). I also do Mini Adventure Mappings in person. In 2019 I gave 25 consultations over a weekend conference, the Granger Leadership Academy.

Upcoming Events

Mad Tea Party

Collaboration with independent cafe, OQO
Edinburgh, UK
July 2019

Ruckus Retreat

Workshop presenter & speaker
Buckland Hall, Wales, UK
August 2019

Past Events

Granger Leadership Academy

Alumni Workshop Presenter
'Defence Against Doing All the Things: Finding Your Role in the Revolution'
Philadelphia, PA, 2019

Workshop: “Hogwarts and the Heroine’s Journey”
St. Louis, MO, 2017 & Tucson, AZ, 2018

Rebel Heroine Retreat

Co-Founder & Leader
Edinburgh, UK

Heroine Training Tea Party

Oakton, VA, 2018

Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, AZ, 2018

Century General Store, Edinburgh, UK, 2017

Waterstones, Bristol, UK, 2017

Kate Spade, San Francisco, CA, 2017

Crown & Crumpet, San Francisco, CA, 2017

Lovecrumbs, Edinburgh, UK, 2017

Exeter College, University of Oxford

Workshop: Time Management & Taking Care of Yourself

TEDx University of Edinburgh

Talk: “How Harry Potter Saved My Life”
Edinburgh, UK

Press interview appearances include:

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“Basically, Robinson-Burns is a motivational speaker — but she’s genuine and passionate and kind of nervously nerdy about her job. As a result, she was subtle yet effective in inspiring our small tea party group to root for ourselves like we’re the protagonists in our own awesome novels.” – Beth Spotswood


A heroine would...

Xandra Robinson-Burns is an Essayist, and the Founder of Heroine Training.

She teaches women to own their stories, and to care for themselves as much as they do for characters in literature. Specialising in making daily life magical, Xandra teaches personal development in her Everyday Wonderland accountability club, and by hosting Heroine Training Tea Parties across the globe.

A Bostonian, Xandra followed her dream across the pond for an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Oxford. She now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Some things I like to talk about...

  • being your own heroine
  • making your daily life more lovely
  • reading for fun
  • feminism
  • being an introvert
  • being mixed-race
  • tea
  • fandom
  • Edinburgh
  • mental health
  • theatre
  • writing
  • Jane Austen
  • creativity
  • Disney
  • my dog
  • Harry Potter
  • Gilmore girls
  • Gossip Girl
  • minimalism
  • productivity
  • stationery

Get in touch: xandra(at)

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