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Founders Bio

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Leigh (Sherab) has been organising and facilitating bespoke women’s retreats and programmes since 2000. She spent most of her adult life studying Asian philosophy and therapeutic healing techniques for the past 20+ years in India and Nepal with Himalayan masters. Leigh is passionate about supporting women’s healing and wisdom practices, supporting those who struggle with chronic illness and burn-out. Her heart lies with NGO/NPO’s and women’s projects and she believes that supportive safe circles for women are imperative. 
Leigh founded Red Lotus Projects in 2014 in London and is developing her online platforms - Sustainable Human Being and this Powerful Rest and Women’s collaborative platform: www.thewomenswisdomcollective.com

Leigh Taylor (Sherab)
Red Lotus Retreats &
Sustainable Human Being

"Yoga nidra  really is 'Powerful Rest'.  It has been an invaluable aid to my overall wellbeing and energy 
for maintaining my health, resilience and  improved energy levels and especially for pain management due to a longstanding chronic illness.  Coupled with meditation practice, it helps to sustain my inner peace, resilience, and to instil more clarity of mind. The first time I was introduced to Yoga Nidra I was 10 years old and it left a lasting impression. Many years later I started practicing for my own healing benefit and I have made a firm commitment to share these time tested practices for more ease and a true sense of holistic wellbeing for women of all ages.  I believe this is a powerful method to soothe weary bodies and minds, and for women to self-clarify more intuitive wisdom and compassion for self and others."elf and others."

Leigh started her journey of inner development and exploring the rich intricate world of Eastern philosophy and meditation in the Himalayas where she lived in a simple hut for one year at the tender age of 19. 
She lived full time in India and Nepal for most of 15 years, 10 of those permanently, with her partner, Justin. During this time she studied and practiced in Himalayan monasteries, universities, ashrams and temples. Leigh worked as a volunteer at refugee centres and in monasteries. Most of her time was spent in earnest cultivation of meditation practices and studying Buddhist philosophy under the guidance of great humble masters and she regularly spent extended periods in intensive meditation retreats.

Leigh started her journey of inner development and exploring the rich intricate world of Eastern philosophy and meditation in the Himalayas where she lived in a simple hut for one year at the tender age of 19. 
She lived full time in India and Nepal for most of 15 years, 10 of those permanently, with her partner, Justin. During this time she studied and practiced in Himalayan monasteries, universities, ashrams and temples. Leigh worked as a volunteer at refugee centres and in monasteries. Most of her time was spent in earnest cultivation of meditation practices and studying Buddhist philosophy under the guidance of great humble masters and she regularly spent extended periods in intensive meditation retreats and exploring India on many spiritual pilgrimages and crazy adventures. Now, living in the West it is essential to live with more mindful awareness and balancing life, work and the many demands and challenges of modern life. Especially when good health and mental tranquility is vital.

Leigh was engaged in organising many retreats and large international events and gatherings during her decade of living in Asia. She was regularly contracted to share her expertise in her trade skill of graphic design for large printing projects, including for the Office of His Holiness Dalai Lama and various established Tibetan organisations, Refugee and Human Rights groups in India and Africa. 

She is a passionate qualified Life Coach, Mental Health First Aider (UK), Yoga Nidra Facilitator with IYT, Meditation Guide, Mindfulness Facilitator and Indian Head Massage Therapist. She regularly collaborates with international events coordinators from Europe, Asia and Africa. She also has a qualification in Child Care Development and is dedicated to support education and trauma healing for children.

Leigh's heartfelt wish is to share more practices of holistic wellbeing to instil and integrate more inner peace and inner harmony into everyday life, especially for busy women of all ages and backgrounds.

 

Leigh understands the stresses and strains of modern pressurised life and apart from her extended time spent in India she also worked as the Events Manager for FGS in South Africa, (the largest international Taiwanese cultural organisation). She was contracted for Shell working on Environmental oil spill Prevention in London.
Leigh was an invited speaker for the international women's movement called 'SheSpeaks' alongside Google in Amsterdam in mid 2018 where she guided mindfulness and yoga nidra events for women in corporate careers, part of Balanced Life Design. She also facilitated wellness events for entrepreneurs at Escape the City (London) and Zoku for start-ups and staff wellness and Delite Labs for Syrian refugee entrepreneurs in Amsterdam. She organises the annual Soul Trader retreat in Portugal with Rasheed Ogunlaru, coach-speaker-author, for compassionate leaders focusing on legacy, with her partner Justin who is a yoga teacher..

Leigh is a seasoned expat who loves roots reggae, jazz, Indian classical music and exploring local living. She is a fanatical lover of plants, the ocean, trees and nature to restore wellbeing and to unwind deeply. She is a passionate cook, specialising in cooking nourishing vegan and vegetarian meals for retreatants and also for those recovering from illness. She is also an ardent student of ergonomic and creative sustainable eco-design. Her hobby is photography and film.

 

Leigh's heart lies in Humanitarian work and her most recent incentive is to support charitable projects during the Covid pandemic bringing relief to  Hunger has no Religion to raise funds to feed thousands of vulnerable people daily, provide girls with feminine hygiene products and the elderly with blankets. They are also collaborating with Slovo Centre of Excellence to support the education and development of young children and promote the invaluable activity of learning through play for young children in impoverished areas in South Africa. 

 

Leigh currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Meanwhile they are working on their dream of establishing a healing Meditation & Wellbeing Retreat Centre in South Africa on the breathtaking Garden Route.
In South Africa they previously owned a mini-yoga studio and shop purveying fine imported Asian and local South African products whilst starting the foundation preparation for their Sustainable Human Being Retreats Centre.