It’s my 39th Newsletter...preparing to celebrate 25 days of festive wellbeing
Welcome, yes it’s nearly upon us & I have left writing this newsletter until we are closer to December. I feel a bit of a fraud as I’m generally not in the mood as I am still trying to reflect on two glorious sunny weeks in October with friends in Mallorca & Tuscany. There, I was able to see amazing sunrises, practice some meditation on sound as the dawn came up, swim in a warm pool, yoga wake up practice then eat my porridge with local yoghurt & berries outside….just take yourself there too!
So, swiftly coming back to point, I’ve decided to celebrate with you the traditional point of advent of 25 days with an advent candle & calendar of things to do, treat, buy, celebrate, adorn, chill & generally to get in the mood. Of course, I am not advocating that you do all 25, & there is no chocolate after reading (!) but you can cheat & dip in where you fancy. There are some rest & recoup days as well…perhaps on these days slip into a little silk peignoir from Lily & Grace in Forest Row…..there that feels better!
As most of you already know my aim is to help you adapt as well as be happy wherever you are at, from a holistic wellbeing perspective…and not to lecture! My total experience as a coach, yoga teacher, well-being consultant, business leader, body worker, therapist & colour fashionista is available for you.
Bi-monthly & seasonally you will receive interesting things to do & wear, holistic health and fitness support ranging from healthy eating to relaxation techniques, including special offers…plus I will share my personal musings of those intuitive thoughts and ideas that have popped up for me.
Sincerely, bring it on! 
Ann Edwards xx
P.S. As I think you know I only recommend things & people that I like & think others will do…. so I am not Instagramming for sponsorship…just out of love for what I do xxx
P.P.S. Just a reminder that you will find me on Wednesdays at The Retreatery at our new address 2A High Street above Nest Café.
Plus lots of lovely Caudalie gifts there…come up the stairs & meet us for some warm cheer!

25 Days of Festive Health & Wellbeing - Treats for Yourself & Others

Visit Secret Cellar in Forest Row for your Christmas tasting, then come home, light your Advent Candle & watch the glow in the fading light.

Make your Yuletide wreath with locally foraged leaves & berries. Book at One The Square 10am-1pm. You can also buy great pressies from Gill Neilson. I love her Alpaca socks for girls & boys plus hand painted cards

Order your Ralph Lauren leopard PJ’s for Christmas morning from Intimates Lingerie . Mention Wealden Times offer. Be party ready with a black polo or cami & velvet pumps!

Take a mindful walk, using all your senses, in the lanes & woods to suss out where there are some holly berries left. Or in your garden if you are short of time. I’ve just picked some of the drying ferns, which also look good sprayed or au naturel with coral amaryllis if you must…

Relax & have a local Christmas coffee/lunch /tea at your favourite place. We love Pots & Pithoi in Turners Hill plus they have great Christmas gifts.

Check your present list. If you have little ones to buy for look at White Company & Boden, particularly their PJ’s.

If you must go Christmas shopping go locally….avoid Bluewater & Brent Cross at all costs!!

A lovely day to watch box sets or catch up with series 3 of The Crown on Netflix. As David says it has great historic reference & is so HUMAN! Olivia Colman is quite imperious.

Do nothing!

Sort out your festive music & carols. We love listening to all our old CD’s on Christmas Eve & Day, including Frank & Tony, even Bing.

Book in for your special £5 off seasonal brush & scrub up plus detox oil followed by one of my special Moroccan teas at our new place – The Retreatery @ 2a High Street, East Grinstead. Your skin will sparkle! You may be able to book in for your nails with Tina if you are quick. Plus we have vouchers.

Make your vote count, then have a drink & an early mince pie! Cyrnel Bakery in Forest Row also make vegan ones.

Attend my yoga friend’s Feel Good Fridays in Hartfield. This one is devoted to ‘Awaken to Yoga & Chocolate’. A day of Yoga & Raw chocolate making plus lovely veggie lunch. Contact Julie Bickerton on 07746 849439 or visit:
I’m doing an “Unlock Your Hands & Feet” Yoga & Massage Day with her on Friday 27th March next year.

Buy your prince a shirt for Christmas day from . Mention my name

I love a Sunday in London to see the lights, go ice skating at Somerset House, shop at my soul place – Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden…plus they do good Negroni Spritzers! Or we go between Christmas & NY.
Sort out your dining table layout…this year it’s small arrangements in glass vases, soya candles plus china heirloom animals all arranged around some wispy dried clematis or ivy from the garden. I love to use my old silver napkin rings.

Make some mixed Olive & Thyme Biscotti for your nibble & cheeses. Find the recipe here .

Create an outdoor glam Christmas table with candles, jug of holly, bird bath, a few rusted bits, some sprouting bulbs with moss, winter herbs plus a bough strung with fairy lights …may be going a bit far! The DT had a great article last weekend.

Another rest day from lists for taking stock, at work or at home.

Go carol singing . We go round our local roads this night with pre-printed sheets …the old ones are best. And we always get some Quality Street!

Buy your gift vouchers at The Retreatery …we have lots printed for your princes to buy!

Check you are on the right burn down on your advent candle. It’s the Winter Solstice….dark nights will become shorter now!

Shop locally for your veggies…we have SeasonsTablehurst Farm & Plawhatch…plus lovely sourdough to last the week.

Get dressed up, ready to party. Great sparklies from Nicolette Dix @ MartinicoFacebook message her to arrange a visit to her showroom

It’s arrived, last lighting of the candle! Breathe deeply.
Peace to all mankind ..even the grumpy Aunt!


Wear your Christmas socks for a lovely Boxing Day walk plus visit our newly opened Hush Heath Estate Swan Inn, Forest Row…they do the best sparkling Balfour Rose.

About The Therapy Shed

Remember to rest, relax and be aware!!
Annie Edwards

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Just to let you know that with immediate effect, I am available by telephone, text or email (and not The Retreatery online booking system). This will provide you with greater flexibility in terms of days or times we can work together.
Tel : 07815 883152

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