feel nervous & do it anyway

I borrowed inspiration for the title for this post from Susan Jeffers but changed the wording slightly to make it more relevant to what you might be feeling if you’re wondering whether to join us for our November retreat.

Since I set up take time retreats I have heard so many people say that they’d love to join us, but they’ll wait and do the next one! And I’ve spoken to a couple of people who have said they would love to do it but feel nervous about it.

And I totally get it.

I am a procrastinator too!

It’s a big decision and a significant investment. I understand that you want to make sure you are choosing the right retreat for you. I understand that you might feel nervous.

But I also know that if you delay taking the first step towards making a difference, you will miss out on the chance to experience something beautiful in terms of your own personal growth.

Imagine if you’d never tried to get up and walk as a toddler? Or think of all the things you have done in your life which started out making you nervous – where would you be now if you hadn’t taken that first step?

Whether we are embarking on a new career or moving to a new house or stepping into a new relationship, it is pretty much always scary to take the first step.

But you know what they say…

comfort zone

If you’re feeling nervous, here, for what it is worth, is my advice (some of it my own, some of it borrowed):

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Sign up.

Jump in.

Be part of something wonderful.

Do it.

Be the change.

Walk your own path.

Feel the fear, and do it anyway.

Find your brave.

Live strong.


There is so much growth waiting for you right at the very end of your comfort zone – but if you never go there, you’ll never know.

I hope that in some small way I have helped to inspire you to make the next step in whatever it is that you’re currently debating in your mind.

And if the thing you’re debating is whether to join us at the next take time retreat, I hope you’ll take that leap of faith soon because the time is ticking. Bookings close on Monday 30th October and there are not many spaces left.

If you don’t book you’ll always wonder whether you should have…and I promise that if you do book, you won’t regret it.

Get in touch if you have any lingering doubts or pressing questions – would love to talk.


PS if I had listened to my nerves instead of following my heart & my gut, there wouldn’t even be a take time retreat for you to wonder about! All of this is only here because I decided to finally be brave & I jumped…





nominate a friend for a FREE place

Nominate a friend for a FREE place on our next retreat!

hands on heart

Taking time away from what we usually do is so important for our sense of who we are because so often we become consumed in being there for other people (at work or at home) and we forget to be there for ourselves.

My goal with take time retreats is to create a space where busy women can let go of their day-to-day life and focus on themselves for a few days. We provide everything you need to do that – great food, luxurious accommodation, restorative movement & mindfulness sessions, massage and creative workshops – along with space and time to do your own thing if that’s what you need most.

At the same time, I know this is a luxury that not everyone can afford, which is why I have set aside a twin room for two women who deserve this, even if they are not in a position to fund it for themselves at the moment.

Which is where you come in…

Is there someone you know who would love to join us on our retreat & deserves to have some time to themselves, but would never think of spending money on themselves?

If you have a friend who fits the bill, you can nominate them for one of two FREE places in a shared twin-bedded room. If selected, they will receive the full retreat package, including:

  • 3 nights in a shared twin-room with luxury en-suite shower room & locally-sourced aromatherapy toiletries
  • welcome pack on arrival
  • luxury towelling robe and slippers which are theirs to take home at the end of their stay
  • a full-body relaxation massage with one of our Jing-trained therapists
  • all meals & drinks
  • all activities, workshops, classes, guided sessions and demonstrations
  • a recipe pack of all the dishes covered in the ‘cooking with spices’ and ‘raw chocolate’ workshops, along with some of the other recipes we use at the retreat
  • a take-home pack on departure

Before nominating your friend:

Please forward them the link to this page & ask them to have a look at all the retreat details, including the take time retreat information & terms and conditions.

When they’ve done that, check that they:

  • would love to join us
  • can be available to join us for the whole event, 7th-10th November 2017 in Goudhurst, Kent
  • feel comfortable sharing a room
  • are happy for you to nominate them

If they answer yes to all of the above, please nominate them by emailing me (jane@taketimeretreats.biz) and telling me why they need or deserve this gift. Please summarise why you think they deserve a FREE place on our November retreat in no more than 150 words. You will also need to include their name and email address so that I can get in touch if they are selected. It’s as easy as that!

The closing date for nominations is 16th October 2017.

I look forward to hearing from you with your nomination.

Who will you nominate? Who do you know who really needs this?


A few terms & conditions:

  1. this prize represents my genuine wish to include two women who would otherwise not be able to attend the event and I trust that all nominations are made in respect of this
  2. the take time retreat is a women-only event, designed for women aged 45-60 – nominees will therefore need to fit these criteria
  3. two separate nominees will be chosen, by me, from email nominations received no later than 16th October 2017; nominations received after this date will not be considered
  4. my decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  5. the two successful nominees will share a twin room and will each receive the full retreat package with my compliments
  6. in accepting their place on the take time retreat, the successful nominees will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions for the event
  7. there is no cash alternative and the free place cannot be transferred or exchanged

raw chocolate making

raw chocolate making

I love making raw chocolate. It tastes so much nicer than mass-produced bars and when you make it yourself you can tailor it to suit your palate.

Here’s my basic plain raw chocolate recipe used for the fruit & nut bars in the picture.

Being creative in the kitchen is a great way to de-stress and having a whole heap of raw chocolate at the end of it is an added bonus! What’s not to love?!

We’ll go more in-depth and try out several raw chocolate recipes in our raw chocolate making workshop on retreat (click here for details and bookings) but if you want to have a go at home in the meantime I highly recommend www.elementsforlife.co.uk for all your ingredients


how do you reconnect with your soul?


Taking time away from what you usually do and what people usually need from you is, I think, the best way to reconnect with your soul and your unique values. It might be a walk with the dog, a long hot bath, getting lost in a good book or a creative project, taking a day off work, having a weekend away or booking a retreat…it doesn’t really matter how you get there, but stepping off the treadmill sometimes is invaluable.

Two weeks ago I joined Charlotte Preston Yoga & Massage Therapy for a yoga retreat day in a spectacular tree-house in the heart of the New Forest and I gained so much from it. The yoga and qigong were fabulous & lunch was delicious, but aside from that, I felt such a benefit from taking time for me. I even felt proud of myself for doing it!!

It was a great reminder of what I know deep down and sometimes forget to practice – taking time (or stealing time as I sometimes think of it) is truly important for us all.

Left to my own devices, I can become a bit reclusive and shut myself away from the world, and the more I do it, the harder it becomes to not do it. But all of that makes it all the more empowering when I do something at odds with my natural tendency and step out into the light and reconnect with myself & the world at large.

[note to self: taking time for me helps to put more life in my days – which has to be a #1 lifegoal]

What do you do to take time? How do you reconnect with your soul? Would love to know Jx