Meet the team

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 a bit off the beaten track – the places where beauty and wild nature make your soul sing.

We run around 8 yoga retreats each year and I personally host each one. 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!) I am also really good at funny stories to help pass the time on a long journey.

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.

Emma Henry teaching in Iceland. Photo by Karen Yeomans

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.

    Reclaim Your Self yoga teacher Adam Husler

    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.

      Faye Riches

      Yoga teacher

      Faye has been practicing for 12 years and teaching for 10. Her classes are primarily a dynamic, bhakti, soulful style vinyasa flow with an intention often linked to the subtle body, the chakras and the koshas. 

      Faye has studied with Liz Lark, Judith Hanson Lasater, Shiva Rea and Claire Missingham and more recently with teachers Suzanne Faith and Noah Maze. "My classes are a tapestry of strength, grace, empowerment and clarity woven together with eclectic playlists."

      Faye is a yoga pioneer in the Colchester area, having built a vibrant yoga community and now Our Yoga Tribe, a team of teachers who offer yoga classes, workshops and events focused on healthy wellbeing and mindfulness. Check Faye's videos here.

        Saba Rahbar

        Retreat chef

        Saba's discovery into plant based food started four years ago after she became ill and she embarked on a powerful journey to health and wellness. Her obsession with ensuring she was fuelling her body with pure goodness led her to start a blog to share her recipes.

        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 also runs pop-ups and supper clubs, gives talks on plant-based nutrition and runs wholistic cooking workshops.

        Saba is certified in plant based nutrition and her aim is to spread the knowledge she has gained to cultivate awareness around eating delicious and nourishing plant based foods.

          Bettina Campolucci-Bordi

          Retreat chef

          Bettina's plant based journey started off as an experiment. She started to run retreats where she did all the cooking. All the food was to be plant based, refined sugar free and gluten free. Enthralled by this task, Bettina dove straight in and started to create dishes that tasted familiar, were comforting during a sensitive week and could be re-created anywhere in the world.

          "There are no labels or rules, just good food. I hope my passion and creations inspire you to view food differently and restore your faith in natural, healthy eating.

          My passion has taken me on so many adventures and led me to cross paths with many incredible people - I am eternally grateful." Check out Bettina's Kitchen.

           

            yoga weekend food

            Gemma, Gaby & Teri

            Kitchen crew

            Gemma has a background working in Women's projects where cooked nutritious and wholesome meals to help improve mood and well being. She ran a vegan takeaway business in Barcelona and runs her own catering business in Brighton.

            Teri lives in the Tuscan mountains, having moved there from San Fransisco to escape the rat race. She learned culinary arts from her Italian grandmothers and now provides catering services in the Tuscan region.

            Gaby hails from Malta and has a background in hospitality. She left London 5 years ago, lived in Indonesia for 4 years and now runs retreats in Europe and chefs on a number of healthy living projects. She now lives in Ibiza and works with Saba Rahbar.