Care for yourself so you can care for the world.
I can no longer watch the world go round passively.
I no longer feel safe leaving it in the hands of others to make change.
I value being informed, but are filled with dread
of the emotional implications of reading the news.
But all the while, you think…
If we don’t do something, who will?
I feel a personal responsibility to make change in the world.
I feel personal responsibility to have difficult
conversations – exhausting as they may be.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies,
but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
Are you this heroine too?
At a certain point, enough is enough, and I can no longer put
the world’s problems out of my mind. I cannot ignore them and go about my day.
And my goodness what a burden that is to bear on one’s shoulders!
More and more often, I wake up to news stories that
cut me deeply and make me go, well sheesh, what can I do?
The magnitude of the world’s problems is overwhelming,
and I find it challenging to tackle them,
let alone recover personally from the overwhelm.
“Can I be real a second?
For just a millisecond?
Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?”
George Washington, Hamilton
Self care is not only helpful. It is essential.
Self care is not self indulgence. It is essential to survival,
and also a prerequisite for taking action.
We cannot act if we have no energy.
We cannot speak up if we are exhausted,
blinded with confusion, heads aching with anxiety and stress.
Here’s something I’ve learnt: If I don’t gift myself a break,
my body will demand one. I might as well claim it on my own terms.
Self Care As Activism:
Find your role in the revolution.
Learn to rest deeply so you can do more.
THE REBEL HEROINE RETREAT
a day of yoga, tea, and self development
for courageous women.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 9am-4pm
Century General Store
Join us in the tower
- 7 hours of power-up personal development and rejuvenating self care
- The turret of Century General Store as our heroine’s club house for the day
- Yoga and meditation with Kayla Kurin
- Heroine Training workshops with Xandra Robinson-Burns
- A personal self care plan to take back into the real world
- Picnic brunch
- Afternoon tea service
- Heroine Training tote bag
- Rebel Heroine’s Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- Rebel Heroine Reading List
- Access to Tea Party Pen Pals Facebook group
- And more gifts & surprises to come…
A Tea Retreat
“Shall I make a cup of tea? …
It’s what my mum does whenever someone’s upset.”
For the past year, I have hosted Heroine Training Tea Parties
in inspiring locations around the world. This is the first Tea Retreat,
combining personal development trainings, yoga,
and meditation with a Tea Party.
Each Tea is a gathering for likeminded heroines
to connect with ourselves and each other through literature,
a pop-up empowerment party in a cosy and inspiring setting,
creating space for conversation about what matters most to us.
This day is about being true to ourselves as well as our beliefs,
and figuring out how we as heroines fit into the fight for what we believe in.
Plus VAT, where applicable.
Only 10 spaces available.
What’s on the agenda
- A powerful morning yoga practice to help you find your voice, your courage, and set your intentions for the day.
- Morning Journaling for writing down your intentions and gathering your thoughts.
- A ‘Great Deal of Bravery’ workshop for preparing to challenge viewpoints without emotionally exhausting yourself
- A scrumptious picnic brunch to nourish ourselves and gather together.
- Defence Against Doing All the Things: Creating Your Personal Self Care Plan for setting personal policies and learning to rest better.
- A break, in which you are free to roam up Arthur’s Seat or downstairs to the cafe.
- Unlimited cuddles from our resident care puppy, Snug.
- An afternoon visualisation to help you find a place to recharge.
- A Heroine Training Tea Party to connect with one another through literature and conversation.
- A closing meditation. A gentle stretch to end the day focusing on how we can tap into our Hufflepuff to find the strength to do what is right, not what is easy.
Meet Your Teachers
Xandra Robinson-Burns, founder of Heroine Training, is an author, TEDx speaker, and Gryffindor. She began hosting tea parties as a relief from her studies at Exeter College, Oxford. She has presented at the Harry Potter Alliance’s Granger Leadership Academy, and leads the Edinburgh community chapter, The EdinBurrow. Her work has been featured in The Guardian and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kayla Kurin is a yogi, writer, activist, and our resident flying instructor at Heroine Training! Originally from Canada but currently bunked up in Europe, Kayla is a proud Gryffindor with strong Hufflepuff tendencies. Having lived, worked, and travelled to over 40 countries, she’s always looking for her next adventure. Kayla’s work on yoga for people with chronic illnesses has been featured in Yoga International and Tiny Buddha.
Snug Eleanor is a Ravenpaw and a dog. This is her debut appearance as a workshop presenter.
Praise for Kayla Kurin’s Yoga Classes & Workshops
Who is welcome at this retreat?
Anyone who identifies as a heroine.
Do I have to be an activist to sign up?
We define activist as someone who wants to take action to change the world. So whether you’re leading change in your community, or wondering how you can start to get involved in your in activism (and everyone in between), you’re welcome at the Rebel Heroine Retreat.
Is accommodation included?
No. This is a day retreat, open to locals and visitors. We recommend booking accommodation as early as possible as it takes place during the Edinburgh festivals – which also makes it an enticing time to be in the city!
Can I pay in instalments?
Do I need to have experience with yoga?
No experience with yoga is necessary!
Can you accommodate my dietary needs?
Yes! All Heroine Training events are 100% vegetarian. Please let us know of any other dietary requirements in advance and we will make sure you’re fed properly.
What is your refund policy?
Tickets are transferable. Refunds are not guaranteed, but may be available if the spot is able to be filled in time.
“If we could change ourselves,
the tendencies in the world would also change.”
Plus VAT, where applicable.
Only 10 spaces available.
Have a question?
We would love to help answer it. Please email Xandra at email@example.com.
Keep in Touch
Request your free Gryffindor Yoga video and sign up for updates on the retreat here!