Our story

Jools Sampson, owner of Reclaim Your SelfReclaim Your Self was founded in 2005 by me, Jools Sampson! I am the owner of Reclaim Your Self and I create our yoga retreats. I have a passion for working in interesting places and for seeking out extraordinary destinations. I love places that are less explored – the places where beauty and wild nature make your soul sing.

We run 10 yoga retreats each year and I personally host each one. We are not into mass production here at Reclaim Your Self!  We don’t have a list of venues and book in teachers to deliver your classes but rather I seek out excellent people to collaborate with and we work together to choose locations and create retreats from scratch. This means every retreat is made with love.

On retreat my job is to make sure everything runs like clockwork. Behind each retreat is a creative fusion (and a lot of hard work) by our international and local team members, with me at the helm making sure our guests receive a high quality personalised retreat experience.

I want everyone who comes on our retreats to have an absolutely amazing time so I look after our guests, making sure they feel really well supported and cared for. I’ve been working internationally for more than 20 years now and running retreats for 12, so I am the calm and friendly force who is always around on retreat making sure everyone is ok – from practical stuff to moral support and encouragement, a listening ear and a cup of tea (I’m British and it’s always a winner!)

Where did I come from? I changed careers in 2004, moving from international development into the wellness world. When I started, there weren’t many yoga holidays around so we were pioneers.

What was my vision? I passionately wanted to create a yoga retreat community; something powerful and new, an excellent and inspiring space for people to share skills and wisdom, whether they be guests, team or our local hosts.

I’ve kept the team small and our vision strong. Everyone on the team is following their dreams, sharing their expertise and best ideas. We enjoy being part of everything that happens on a retreat and we put our hearts into everything we do. I am really proud of what we have created, it’s a team effort every step of the way. I am honoured to introduce my talented and much loved team below.

Yoga Retreat Iceland

Emma Henry

Yoga teacher

Emma Henry was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s and has been teaching since 1998. Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative and playful choreography and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body. Read about Emma.

Her yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method. Emma is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher and facilitates the Jivamukti Teacher Trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Her continuing education is shared with her students around the world through her love of yogic texts and her utterly mesmerising chanting. Watch Emma teaching.

    Tuscany Yoga Retreat

    Adam Husler

    Yoga teacher

    With experience in the boxing ring, on ultra marathon routes, studying law and with 9 years of having a yoga mat in hand, Adam (500RYT) brings a unique perspective to his yoga teaching.

    Adam’s love of anatomy has lead him to specialise in Alignment Based Vinyasa Yoga, studying at an advanced level under Jason Crandell. Adam has also studyied intensively under Budokon Yoga Founder Cameron Shayne and renowned meditation teacher Michael Stone. Read more about Adam here.

    Adam’s creatively sequenced classes feature long holds, controlled yet dynamic movements, intelligent alignment and deep exploration of depth in postures. They’re also dogma free! Check out Adam's London life.

      Jean Hall

      Yoga Teacher

      As a life long lover of movement and creativity Jean has spent much of her life exploring bodywork disciplines, travelling and practicing yoga. In 1995 she qualified as a Iyengar yoga teacher and has continued to study different forms of yoga with many great teachers from diverse backgrounds including Geeta Iyengar and Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, as well as working with more unconventional teachers such as Gill Clarke and Paddy McGrath.

      Jean teaches a soulful and deep dynamic slow flow form of yoga. She is known for her unique creative sequencing which helps to draw students and teachers safely beyond limitations and closer to their true potential and confidence through the yogic system of asanas, mindful breathing and meditation with an approach of devotion and playfulness.

        Bettina Campolucci-Bordi

        Retreat chef

        Bettina is based in London and is the owner of Bettina's Kitchen. She is a busy working mum, pioneering plant-based projects, pop-ups, collaborations and workshops.

        With a background as a professional chef, her plant-based journey started when she launched her own retreats where she did all the cooking. What had started as an experiment became her life, it was the foundation of a big career change.

        Watch a video about Bettina here. Buy her recipe book Happy Food.

          Saba Rahbar

          Retreat chef

          Saba is based in Ibiza and is the proud owner of the Treehouse Kitchen: A catering business providing natural, whole, plant-based foods and a product line of healthy treats.

          Saba runs pop-ups, talks on plant-based nutrition and wholistic cooking workshops. She is one half of the Campo Comida Collective, who host events in the middle of Ibiza’s countryside in secret farm locations.

          Saba is certified in plant based nutrition and is a blazing a trail in the plant-based world. Purchase her e-book here.

            Richie Tewnion

            Retreat chef

            With almost 20 years experience in top chef roles around the world, Richie comes with a wealth of experience and a genius Italian inspired vegan menu for our Tuscany retreat.

            He trained at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen before taking on top chef roles in Chelsea and Hoxton before heading to East Africa to work on 2 exclusive private island projects before opening his own restaurant in South Africa.

            Now back in UK and in high demand, we are delighted to have Richie as a guest chef on our biggest retreat of the year.

              Kate Lewis

              Kitchen Crew

              Kate has a lifelong interest in health, fitness and nutrition and cooking.

              Having originally trained and worked as a Pilates teacher and journalist, in recent years Kate has qualified as a professional chef and a yoga teacher.

                Gemma Ogston

                Kitchen Crew

                A busy working mum, Gemma runs her own business - Gems Wholesome Kitchen - a busy bespoke plant based food delivery service in Brighton. Certified in plant-based nutrition, Gemma also run sell out pop-up events and supper clubs and cooks on a few select yoga retreats.

                  Amanda Tizard

                  Massage therapist

                  Amanda uses advanced bodywork techniques that include Thai, deep-tissue massage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. She is a also a master in Craniosacral Therapy and transformational breathwork and uses a combination of these techniques in every session.