Breathing space, a peaceful mind and strength
My experience of this retreat is one I will treasure for the rest of my life. I have felt more confidence in myself and my choices since being here and… truly trusting myself throughout. I have made connections with incredible people individually and felt safe and secure with all members of the group. Learning about my own qualities as shared by the group has warmed my heart and made me feel loved and appreciated for being my true self. The retreat has allowed me to start loving myself, to see and hear what others see in me. I have eaten new foods that 1 year ago would have made me feel so anxious and I have done this because of the support from Puja and the group and also having confidence and trust in myself. I have belief in myself that I CAN feel better, I have the ability to make changes in my life which has been evident which I have already achieved in the last 6 months alone. The retreat has given me breathing space, a peaceful mind and strength I never knew I had. This has been the space I really needed at a point in life where my career had really mentally and physically drained me. I have benefitted from having detached from that intensity. I feel like I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone both physically and emotionally, taking back the yoga and pilates practice and introducing this into my daily life and meditation! To Puja and the whole group, you are all just incredible individuals and have all individually taught me something and supported me so much. I am so grateful for the smiles, laughter and your openness/vulnerability within the group. I will treasure this experience with you all and couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend a week with. Read more “Breathing space, a peaceful mind and strength”
It was a great chapter in my life!
Many things have happened during the retreat in Spain. I didn’t have any expectation except working on my goal to change from a negative mindset to positive. Each day was… different and somehow the process was going into a good direction. At the beginning, I was feeling a bit resistant to exercises and teacher but it has been changing whilst doing the exercise or practice. As the days were going on I was feeling that I am in a good place, I loved how the teachers approached the group. I started to feel the shift inside me from the second day when I was told by the yoga teacher, Elisa that she feels strength with me. I felt inside me that some blockage was removed. As the days were passing on the more magic started to happen. I was happy that nobody negatively judged me that I didn’t come once for a meditation and yoga practice. It was like a balsam for my soul. i noticed that my thoughts started to be more positive each day. I loved the food we were eating, it was very well balanced and nutritious and there was always a second portion for me. The group of people was amazing. Each person brought a unique personality. It was like a perfect palette of colours. And during these few days we created some fantastic and positive moments. I’m very thankful and grateful for meeting these people. I think blessed that I met also the amazing teachers what I have already mentioned earlier. If I could sum up, I would say: Puja – the great communicator and facilitator, Elisa – the queen and wizard of yoga and body, Kate – a gentle touch and spark. Of course that I also experienced some doubt and down moments. But in fact the biggest doubt moment was the first evening after dinner but then the feeling disappeared. I feel happy that I listened to my hear and I chose the retreat over a wedding in Greece. It’s good to listen to your heart. It was a great chapter, let’s see what happens next. Dear Puja, Thank you very much for organising this retreat. It was really magic time that I spent with you and the rest of the people. I admire your work, your organisational, listening, communication skills. I’m super happy that I met you and that I participated in your retreat. I would be happy to participate in your next retreat. Read more “It was a great chapter in my life!”
I can’t wait to do it all again!
Being on the retreat had affected me in more ways that I expected. As a pilates teacher its given me confidence in myself and my ability, its made me want… to develop and learn more and its brought me closer to finding my purpose.
On a personal level its made me realise that his is just the start of a much longer journey to helping myself mend, adapt and grow. I’ve realised some of the things missing from my life or that I need to tap into more so I can get to where I need to be – eg my spiritual side, detoxing my life, more calm/quiet, more time for me. I’ve also realised that it’s ok to be vulnerable and open and that’s part of the journey and allows me to be free and feel supported. The retreat has also surprised me – its made me cry with sadness, empathy and laughter! Its made me hear things about myself that I’d forgotten, its given me a new community of friends connecting on a deeper, more meaningful level than most, its made me not want to leave but also ready to leave at the same time. Its given me thoughts and feelings I’ll never forget. Its made me feel a bit more me again. Its reminded me how beautiful people and nature can be. I can’t wait to do it all again! Beautiful Puja! You are such a wonderful human. Thank you for organising this, for believing in me, for being there for me when I needed it, for being a friend, for your positive energy, for your wisdom, for connecting me with these amazing people, this stunning location and myself. Lastly, thanks for just being! I’m looking forward to my journey ahead and mostly the next retreat! Read more “I can’t wait to do it all again!”
A most valuable journey
I now have a view of how I come across and some really positive attributes which really gives me more self-belief. This is something I really needed and will help… me start to nurture myself. Nurturing and finding spirituality – these are both things I have found out are and always have been missing and these I need before I can achieve my goals and finding my true self. The care and love and acceptance I felt in the group have been mind-blowing for me. I am just amazed the difference each one of the group has made to me, and how the group dynamic has centred me and brought me so much joy and learning. I have started to learn how to be myself and know I am enough. It has been exactly what I needed so that I can continue what I am already starting but crucially to take it many steps further. I have been challenged, been enlightened, encourages, laughed, cried and embraced my vulnerabilities. I have seen and loved everyone at the retreat – even myself for once! To explain the beauty of the process that I have lived since being on the retreat in this testimonial leaves me short of words but it has been the most valuable journey of my many & ongoing journeys and how I will continue.
Puja is a very beautiful person bringing all her love and beauty to us. I am so grateful for these very special days. Read more “A most valuable journey”
The chance to just be me, be true and honest
My best friend told me a few weeks before the retreat that I needed help to sort out some stuff in my life. Although she thought what I was doing… was admirable I couldn’t keep trying to do it on my own. I was booked to go for a boozy weekend in Ibiza but BA’s strike messed that up so I took it as an opportunity to go away by myself. I started googling but didn’t know what I was looking for. I found lots of juice and detox retreats but they weren’t my thing. I found Puja through searching for life coaching retreats and as soon as I read her website I was like “that’s me!” The combination of exercise and coaching was exactly what I needed. I didn’t tell anyone that I’d booked on until I arrived at Gatwick because I didn’t want anyone to influence my decision to do this. It was the first time in a very long time that I was doing something just for me. I had never been on a retreat or experienced coaching ever before so I didn’t have any pre-conceptions. I was immediately struck by how friendly everyone was and you could just tell that everyone wanted to be there, get the most out of it and also support me to get the most out of it too. The group seemed very diverse in terms of age & background and at first I wondered how or if I would be able to share my innermost thoughts with these strangers. The group coaching was the thing I was most worried about as I’m not very good at talking about my feelings with the people closest to me let alone people I’d just met. Puja had a way of putting me at ease – I felt safe, un-judged and supported. The coaching sessions were challenging (some more than others) but actually being in a group was so much more rewarding than being on my own as I realised everyone else had their own s*** going on and it was easier to be open when everyone else was to. I am so glad that events out of my control took me from a weekend of booze in Ibiza to a week of discovery, relaxation, friendship, self-discovery and laughter with Puja and the rest of the amazing group. Thank you for being there at a time when I needed you more than I realised. Your wisdom, challenge, love and encouragement to be a better person will stay with me always. Keep doing what you are doing because you are fab at it! Read more “The chance to just be me, be true and honest”
Lifting the clouds
Things were cloudy and out of focus – confusion is the best way to describe my mindset before attending Puja’s retreat. I needed to tap back into my confidence, self… belief, creativity as well as release blocks without feeling under pressure. The 6 day retreat was fluid, Puja’s approach was so adaptable to all participants, I felt comfortable to explore every session in my way and still felt challenged and enlightened. I had no idea that I would I feel so driven after the retreat – I was proud of myself being open to the sessions, trusting the process and meeting incredible people, who are now friends and a new support system. I’ve unlocked a creative side of me that I was tentative to explore and able to focus on my goals with new daily practices to implement into normal life, it’s got me back on track and I loved the journey! The yoga sessions were insightful in so many ways, physically & spiritually as well as powerful Pilates classes, making me feel strong. Puja’s capacity to envelope everyone’s journey with such care and attention was really impressive – it’ll be the best decision you make, starting a journey with Puja. Read more “Lifting the clouds”
The Clarity Hour – a good investment
The Clarity Hour is a wonderful way of giving yourself an hour to invest in you. A great way to review ‘today’ and find ways to improve ‘tomorrow.’ Puja provides… gems of information and the skills to apply the new-found knowledge. And there are lots of laughs.
I will be attending the next session. Read more “The Clarity Hour – a good investment”
The Clarity Hour – One hour of Clarity with Puja made things clear
Puja’s approach is no-nonsense and straight talking, yet warm and approachable at the same time…. just like talking to a friend who truly cares! You can’t help but open up!… I attended a one hour group coaching session “The Clarity Hour” with Puja and found this to be an effective insight into my own psyche. In just a short space of time, she guided the group to a point where everyone felt comfortable to open up and felt a trusted bond with each other. If you’re looking to grow yourself and your mindset, Puja is a wonderful human and coach to work with. Read more “The Clarity Hour – One hour of Clarity with Puja made things clear”
The Clarity Hour – Getting on track
I have been struggling with procrastination (don’t we all from time to time?) and keep putting off tackling jobs at home. I attended a 1 hour workshop with Puja which… made me realise why I’ve been procrastinating and what I need to work on to move forward. That same evening I went home and tackled one of my jobs.
Puja is warm and friendly and down to earth. She is relatable and gives sound practical advice. I have no hesitation in recommending her. Read more “The Clarity Hour – Getting on track”
The Clarity Hour – is just what it says on the tin
The idea of focusing on the OUTCOME has been a great nugget for me in over-coming my procrastination.
Clarity Hour is a concise, fast-moving, honest & supportive technique that… really delves into your blocks/barriers in order to get you to SHINE (inside & outside) again. Read more “The Clarity Hour – is just what it says on the tin”
The Clarity Hour – Life affirming evening!
The Clarity Hour with Puja totally whizzed by! Upon meeting Puja for the first time, I found her to be warm, relaxed, approachable and extremely engaging. I wasn’t sure what… to expect as I have always been a tad sceptical about the whole concept of Life Coaching seeing it as yet another New Age fad. There has also been a huge increase in this field over the last few years and, in the same vein as choosing a therapist, it is hard to know who is likely to be the right person for you in terms of finding a solution to the personal issues you are wanting to resolve. There was a select group of nine in attendance and the setting was delightful (albeit a tad chilly with rather over-active aircon!). Another adorable trait manifested by Puja is how fallible she is. She declared on more than one occasion that “none of us are perfect” – a fact which no doubt prompted the participants in the room to attend in the hope of being able to cease beating ourselves up for being flawed! I am looking for direction and a sense of purpose in my life as I have been feeling “lost” for far too long and feel that Puja may just be the catalyst for the changes I need to make. I enjoyed the practical exercise we were asked to undertake as it proved quite enlightening in terms of how I saw myself and where I am right now in my life. I would most definitely be interested to pursue a Workshop under Puja’s guidance as I feel she “gets” people and is genuinely interested in helping people. She has made a definite and positive impression on me and, for that, I thank her from the bottom of my heart. Read more “The Clarity Hour – Life affirming evening!”
Champneys: Do it slowly but do it for yourself.
Since working with Puja, I now have a 360 life view to see how my perceptions and reality differ. Being on the retreat, I was able to have a detox… from responsibilities, demands on my time and things. I also loved meeting the group and forming a close bond – makes me feel like I can do so and be comfortable meeting new people.
I was new to the coaching process and realised my aspirations/goals are not going to be possible unless I address the underlying issues. I reassessed the drivers of unhappiness and negativity and vowed to improve them. I also had a lightbulb moment of seeing my own rumination and self-doubt and challenged it.
Since meeting Puja, I’m now challenging my negative assumptions and thought patterns. I’ve realigned my primary goal and I’m thinking more holistically about my mental and physical health partnership. I’ve learned also that if I do it slowly and do it for myself and for nobody else I can be happy. Read more “Champneys: Do it slowly but do it for yourself.”
Champneys: I don’t feel guilty anymore!
What I liked most about working with Puja and the retreat is her gentle but firm guidance, learning from the group, balancing group work with shared activities, meals plus alone… time. I realised that time to myself is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for my mental health. That I need to be authentic to who I am or who I am is not bad/wrong. That it’s ok for the house not to be ‘just so’.
Since attending, I’ve been thinking about me first. If I nurture myself, I can care for other people – I will have more love to give. That it’s ok to let things go/feel pain/be challenged. My biggest learning is that I don’t need to be scared. I’ve got this. Look after myself, don’t feel guilty/stop criticising myself, be kind to me, be joyful. Read more “Champneys: I don’t feel guilty anymore!”
Champneys: My size doesn’t define me!
The idea of carving some time for myself without feeling any guilt was very appealing – as was taking some time to actually think and ponder about issues I was… facing. I have known Puja for a number of years and I really appreciate her ‘no nonsense’ approach.
The biggest achievement for me was Clarity – reprioritised things. I’m not alone – we all have our own stuff. It’s ok to cry. Know that I can cry, it is ok. I can’t do everything at once. Baby steps.
I left my first retreat feeling very relaxed and also very motivated. Loved meeting the girls and the sharing environment. Great to open up. I liked the small group and how we all gelled. Look forward to the ‘international’ retreats in sunnier locations. Read more “Champneys: My size doesn’t define me!”
Champneys: More mindful, back on course!
Since working with Puja, I had the opportunity to take a step back from things and have a brief pause. Life was getting monotonous but I didn’t know what to… do or how to do it. I felt stuck. I was reminded of things that bring me joy and Puja’s tools were a great addition to helping me get unstuck.
One of the best things for me from working with Puja was that I was able to pause and reflect on my life. The retreat also allowed me to make new friends and got me re-focussed on my goals. I’m now more mindful and feel like I’m back on course. I love writing but I’m going to do it more by hand rather than on my phone so that I can really enjoy it. Read more “Champneys: More mindful, back on course!”
Champneys: Overcoming some challenging fears and anxieties.
My life before the retreat felt like I was surrounded by thick fog, I was overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty and knew I needed some time out for myself. I… wanted to work predominantly on my anxiety at the retreat, life had almost felt too much and I took all of that with me to work through. I also hoped to untangle some of the thoughts in my mind and gain support from like-minded people. I felt listened to and understood by Puja, I felt like someone was interested in my story. I felt encouraged to make changes that would have a positive impact on my life. The retreat exceeded my expectations as I learnt more about myself than I thought I would, simply by having alone time and overcoming some challenging fears and anxieties. I have been able to achieve a more healthier mind set, I now understand the importance of taking time out for yourself every once in a while. I always regularly “check in” with myself when faced with difficult situations. I would recommend the retreat if you need to take some time out from life, gain some understanding and clear your mind from the anxieties life brings. I would recommend Puja’s 1:1 services because of her authenticity and honest approach to both herself and clients. Puja is a caring, kind and compassionate coach with a great sense of humour and her services are truly life changing. Read more “Champneys: Overcoming some challenging fears and anxieties.”
Champneys: The power of me time
Attending Puja’s retreat gave me time to focus on myself, something that I find hard to do when there are so many aspects of care that I need to give… on a day to day basis. Since becoming a parent 7 years ago I lost my sense of who I am and what my needs are. PUJA helped me to see that self care is at the essence of wellbeing. Puja has a relaxed no nonsense style and she really tries to get to the core of who you are and how she can help. Since attending the retreat I have made time for myself each morning before the rest of the house rises and I also think more mindfully about how I eat and have been trying out different recipes. The retreat gave me focus, time and space to be me. Thank you Puja x Read more “Champneys: The power of me time”
Champneys: Finding clarity and defining my purpose
I had become overwhelmed by stress and exhaustion due to the high expectations I had set for myself and I was becoming physically unwell in response to the pressure. I… had also internalised my paranoia of biased perceptions of me and how this would impact my prospects.
I knew I needed time away from my busy life, to reflect on and re-evaluate what I was actually trying to achieve. Facing the realities of living by self-comparison and unrealistic targets was tough but necessary. The frank but warm approach to coaching is tailored to the individual, using both practical and holistic methods. The best parts
Realising that the perceptions of me were different to what I had internalised.
Being away from my problems and in stunning surroundings with pleasant company. I now prioritise my wellbeing and I try to live in the present instead of the future. I was constantly on a mission but I now follow a more minimalist approach to daily life. Read more “Champneys: Finding clarity and defining my purpose”
More focused and Confident
The first time I met Puja, before signing up to her coaching, she immediately made me feel at ease. She was able to spot the confidence within me and help… bring it to the surface, helping me open up to the wider group we were with at the time.
Since my coaching with Puja has started, I feel more focused and confident. I was at a very low point due to the end of a life-changing relationship, and she helped me to focus and calm my thoughts through a variety of techniques that I will continue to use in my life going forwards. This was supported by her undeniable ability to find the root of what I’m saying/feeling and present it back to me, for us to work through together. Its not always been easy, but at all times I’ve felt fully supported, and I would highly recommend Puja’s services to anyone looking for help. Read more “More focused and Confident”
Champneys: Puja gives you time to step away from the outside world, delve deep into what you really want
Before I came on the retreat I can only but describe myself as a very lost soul, I did not know where to go with my current life, what the… ‘right’ thing to do for me was, I got overwhelmed very quickly by the littlest of things sometimes preventing me from doing anything at all and I generally felt like I did not know who I was anymore. I had been through quite a bit of life trauma over the last two years and despite having counselling that helped me deal with my problems, I was struggling to get my life back on track in order to move on in a positive way. I had been booked on the retreat by my family as a birthday present and it was the best present they could have given me – I feel like I have the tools to get my life back on the right path and I now see that anything is now possible. Puja has a positive but frank/realistic approach to coaching, she guides you through innovative ways and makes you look at things holistically. Focusing on the present rather than looking into the past or even into the far future was incredibly prevalent with me and stuck with me beyond the retreat. I write my affirmations every morning and evening which help me appreciate the little things in life and take away from any little niggly things that I would have focused on before (e.g. getting rained on or wearing the wrong shoes.) Since the retreat I have made some big life decisions and chosen a path – I finally do not feel as lost. I have got myself into a more structured routine, I am much more mindful including limiting my social media intake. I am fully focusing on myself, researching old and new hobbies I want to pick up and putting them into a routine. I generally wasn’t sure if the retreat would be able to help me as my problems were overwhelming me and I was losing myself daily! Everyone on the retreat was incredibly supportive and that helped greatly on the retreat and after to feel like we were all in a confidential safe place. I feel like Puja carefully put us together based on how we could help/guide each other and that in itself says so much about the retreat itself. Puja just has an incredible way of giving you the self confidence, tools and belief that anything is possible, I cannot thank Puja enough. The retreat was at a spa, also a beautiful location, it was more than life coaching you were getting time to be mindful, yoga and fitness. People buy into people and that cannot sum up more why my whole family thought it was the right retreat for me. They just knew I would get on with you and be able to open up. I have already mentioned this retreat to many of my friends, most of them are in London and get wrapped up in the lifestyle. Puja gives you time to step away from the outside world, delve deep into what you really want, be mindful, is patient and logical. Read more “Champneys: Puja gives you time to step away from the outside world, delve deep into what you really want”
Champneys: Life was busy and stressful with no clear direction
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your time and energy in organising the retreat. Before the retreat, life was busy and stressful with no clear… direction about how to meet my goals. I was on the search for more fulfilling work and better understanding of how to deal with negative people in my personal life. Puja’s calming energy and ability to bring all the ladies together by creating a safe space where vulnerability and healing could occur was one of the best things about the retreat. I was amazed at the speed at which we were all able to transform our ways of thinking. We began by believing there was no hope and ended with a plan! Since attending the retreat I have a clearer vision of my goals, a like-minded tribe of women and renewed hope that the future can be what I hope for it to be. Thank you for your time and effort in putting on this retreat. It was a gorgeous location and included great additional activities like meditation walks which helped to show us how to bring mindfulness in our daily lives. Read more “Champneys: Life was busy and stressful with no clear direction”