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 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.

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.

    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. Check Faye's videos here.

        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.

         

          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.

            Kimberly Parsons

            Retreat chef

            Kimberly Parsons is a naturopath, chef and author. She spends her time developing bespoke programs for her wellness clients, teaching at the College of Natural Health as well as creating her delicious menus on select yoga retreats throughout the year.

            She also has a recipe book, titled ‘The Yoga Kitchen’ which follows yogic philosophy and combines food and holistic health as a way to connect our energy, mind and body through the food we eat

            Born and raised in Australia to an English father and Sicilian mother, Kimberly now balances her life between Surrey & London.

            You can find out more about Kim here.  You can also visit Kim's recipe hub here.

             

              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

                Gemma ran a successful vegan takeaway business in Barcelona for many years before relocating to Brighton.

                Gemma now runs Gems Wholesome Kitchen, providing healthy meals for private clients and running pop-ups, while cooking on a few select 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, transformational breathwork and somato-emotional release and will use any combination of these techniques to fix her clients.