"I literally skipped away, full of hope & enthusiasm for the next phase of my life."
"Whether you want a relaxing getaway or need to make bigger shifts in your life, I can't recommend Ruth's retreat highly enough. I dragged myself here feeling super stressed and not able to see a way out and I am literally skipping away full of hope and enthusiasm for the next phase of my life."
Ana, Acupuncturist, UK, Retreat Participant, 2015
"Ruth's yoga class created a genuine calm and stillness that is very rare in the yoga world. Holding each posture for long time lengths, let me slow down and concentrate on my breathing and become mindful in my practice. A wonderful experience. Thank you Ruth."
Francesca Hampson, Teacher & Therapist, Yoga Class Participant
Ruth's has an incredibly humble yet powerful way of guiding me to connect to myself through the path of the heart. Her retreats bring a beautiful combination of Yoga, Meditation, Chanting and Fire Ritual and the depth of her experiences and wisdom flows forth with Ease and Grace.
Ruth is also a very talented poetess, her ability to capture the emotional undulations of our human experience has helped me to process and release old patterns and blockages that prevent me from moving forward.
I would recommend Awaken Your Soul to anyone who is on a path of healing and interested in delving into the mysteries of the heart and the expanse of the Yoga Tradition.
Jade, Yoga Teacher, Liverpool
"Feeling strengthened & much clearer about my next steps."
"What a blessing to spend time with you in the beautiful space you've created.... Perfect balance of yoga / chanting / ritual / walking / sharing / reflection...You're such an amazing cook too ~ I feel truly nourished and looked after on all levels... Feeling strengthened and much clearer about my next steps ~ you have a real gift for supporting and facilitating anothers inner process."
Sarah, Yoga Teacher, Essex, Blossom in Spring Retreat, May 2015
"My yoga practise reached a different level!"
Thank you so much for the retreat! Really opened my eyes and heart. My yoga practice this week really reached a different level. I want to learn more.
Carrie, Retreat Participant, Swansea, 2015
"All in all I left emptied of all my worries, anxieties and sadness and left full of hope, positivity and entirely relaxed!"
"I booked myself up for Ruth's day yoga retreat hoping to restore myself, kinda press the reset button and build up again more positively. What it entailed and what it gave me far, FAR exceeded what I thought I'd gain from it. I just can't recommend Ruth and Awaken Your Soul highly enough. From energy balancing yoga poses, deep therapeutic meditation and Tibetan singing bowls - to emotion healing Kirtan chanting, hope restoring fire ceremony's, new beginnings at the beach and a psyching up of the cards. By the end of it the group are like your best friends, confidants, the sharing is beautiful. All in all I left emptied of all my worries, anxieties and sadness and left full of hope, positivity and entirely relaxed!
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the food...oh my god the food....I want to copy everything; the home grown sprouting lentils, the ground sesame seed salt, the courgette spaghetti, the 'good for you' lil heart shaped chocolates, the addictive raw cake and yes Ruth, even that bizarre mushroomy, fermented'y drink thingy that's really, really good for you!
Thank you so much."
Rosie Hayes, Autumn Reboot Retreat Participant, Swansea, 2015
"Highly recommend & can't wait to attend more."
"Ruth has such a beautiful soul, her day retreat was so heart felt and nurturing in every way possible, dance, song & mantra, connected asana, beautiful kirtan, delicious food, fire ceremony, sharing, discussions, opportunities to let go of what no longer serves you & welcome in what you desire!
Highly recommend & I cannot wait to attend more ☺️ Thanks Ruth."
Amber Smith, Yoga Teacher & Therapist, Swansea, Day Retreat 2016
"Just brilliant. Ruth is a truly wonderful woman with amazing talent, compassion and a very healing presence. Her kirtan is rich, melodic and powerful. Highly recommended."
Helen Wilson, Vegan Cook & Yoga Teacher, Yoga Retreats & Yoga Class & Kirtan, 2017
"The yoga retreat is a soul nurturing weekend that each and everyone of us needs, I can hardly wait for the next one."
"Ruth is a very spiritual person and it is a wonderful experience just to be in her company. I am normally a reserved introvert in new company but I immediately felt relaxed and was able to be myself during the yoga retreat that Ruth held in The Gower. I have been practising yoga for many years and it was lovely to try out positions I have never done before. The yoga retreat is a soul nurturing weekend that each and everyone of us needs I can hardly wait for the next one. The food was also gorgeous & Ruth is a very talented cook. Ruth is talented is so many ways she must have some imperfections but I guess she keeps them to herself as I never saw any!"
Susie, Artist, Newport, Retreat 2015
"Ruth's gentle approach has given me the tools & the confidence I need to get well again."
I feel very privileged to know Ruth and I am so happy to have found a yoga/spiritual teacher who is down to earth and understanding to individual needs. Only a few months ago I thought my injuries to my hips and back would rule my life and limit me but Ruth's gentle approach has given me the tools and confidence I need to get well again. I am now back running (something I loved but resigned myself into thinking that my body had deteriorated too much to do again) . I am back playing live music gigs and am pain free most of the time. I would still like to carry on with Ruth's yoga classes and will be booking another retreat soon for sure. Ruth, I can't thank you enough. Keep up the amazing work you do.♥
Nicola, Swansea, Yoga Student & Retreat Participant, Musician & Carer
"I heartily recommend Ruth's detox day."
I heartily recommend Ruth's detox day. A chance to unwind and recharge with a beautiful teacher in a stunning location. I floated away, with my load a little lighter!! Thanks Ruth
Kathy, Llangennith, Detox Retreat Day, 2015
"You connect with yourself like you haven't before.....a sort of self focus which is beautifully empowering on a personal level."
Just wanted to say a few words about my recent trip into the world of yoga with Ruth at Awaken Your Soul. Well, being a guy with no experience of yoga I must admit I had visions of a brightly lit classroom with dare I say it...middle aged women in sports gear clutching water bottles! Silly I know but that's what I genuinely thought ha. Well I can honestly say that was sooooo off the mark!
From the first moment I walked in I just felt 'at home'. It's hard to describe but the atmosphere.....the welcoming warm smile and kind words from Ruth putting you at total ease, yup it's fair to say I warmed to it instantly. Add in some lovely dim lighting and a sense of non scary intimacy and yup, you're quietly excited.
I found the yoga positions a bit of a stretch(pun intended!) at first. You quickly learn how your limbs have turned to stone over the years, especially us guys the wrong side of 30 (or should I say 40 cough!). Whatever your ability Ruth manages to get you going with what's comfortable. Throw in meditative breathing and the results are a proper feeling of awakening. You kind of connect with yourself like you haven't before.....a sort of self focus which is beautifully empowering on a personal level.
The kirtan chanting is my favourite part. Ruth has a beautiful singing (and speaking) voice, the kind of voice that softly scoops you up and places you right in the melody. After a few lines from Ruth you just start singing! Yes you do!.....It's beautiful. Warms my heart to sing in a room full of people with your eyes closed and not feel a shred of embarrassment or self consciousness. That's totally liberating and something you just have to experience for yourself people.
So preconceptions.....or what others might think (don't be too proud or stuck in your ways guys!!) come along and let Ruth's warm wave of happy rush over you.
Can't recommend it highly enough to anyone wanting a tonic to the stresses and routines of modern life.
Darran Goodman, Mumbles, Yoga & Kirtan Classes & Day Retreats
"Thanks for a great retreat and recharge."
Thanks for a great retreat and recharge – there was definitely a clearing of something from my system and reminding me to try to bring the spiritual to the everyday…..
Abi, West Wales, Summer One Day Retreat, 2015
"Ruth holds such a deep & magical space."
"If you want to be held in a bubble of bliss for a few days then this is the place to go. Ruth's presence alone is so healing to be around, she holds such a deep and magical space where you are guided to explore your inner landscape in a safe and held environment. Ruth's yoga classes are beautiful, relaxing and meditative, some of the deepest experiences I've had, have been in her classes. I have had the pleasure of chanting with Ruth many times, her devotion and love radiates from her as she chants from the heart. I have had rebirthing sessions with Ruth where she holds such a clear and welcoming space to go deep into your self. I know you will enjoy and be totally nourished by any of the beautiful experiences Ruth offers. So much love to you"
Tanya Wester, Private Yoga Tuition, Yoga Classes & Rebirthing, Yoga teacher, acupuncturist, Kirtan artist - Australia
"True authentic yoga."
"Ruth is giving true authentic yoga classes and retreats from a beautiful location. She is a devotional Goddess, I would recommend it to anyone interested in discovering what the deeper practices of yoga are.."
Jade Lanceley, Retreat Participant & Yoga Teacher, Liverpool
"Lucky for me, Ruth's and my life paths crossed in Thailand when we completed a yoga teacher training together several years ago. Ruth is an absolute *joy* to work with, and to share life with. I highly and joyfully recommend Ruth as a yoga teacher, a healer, a friend, a spiritual leader on this life journey we are all blessed (and sometimes challenged!) to be on. She will guide you with wisdom, compassion, Love, and her natural radiance. Working with Ruth you will be touched and inspired at deep level. I hope you have the opportunity soon! Namaste."
Dianna Heston, Rebirthee & Yoga Teacher, United States