In September I was proud to share the announcment of a brilliant project which would enable 6 women to come on a very special adventure with me to a place which has long held meaning in my heart…
As part of the New Explorer initiative with The North Face, I looked back to the places, the people, which had inspired me along my journey to founding my business, Mad To Live. Having spent my formative years adventuring and surfing in Devon, it was on one of my many trips the seeds were sown for me to develop the courage to create my business. I cared and continue to, passionatly, about giving more girls and women access to the joys and happiness of exploration, of the outdoors, and of forging meaningful new friendships.
And so with our 6 winners, we headed to Croyde, Devon, a place with deep meaning in my heart, for a special adventure. We exploried the wild outdoors, hiked through the National Trust ragged and raw lands, explored cold waters, and joined in yoga practice and meditation.
The natural beauty of this area has long galvanised and inspired me, and getting to share this with 6 brilliant women who I was lucky to spend time with on this weekend, was really a special experience.
We were stoked to score great surf conditions on the first day, and as we stretched out into a candle lit practice by Mad To Live head yoga teacher Lucy Sweeney, plus an intention setting of exploration, the days adventure was happily embedded in our hearts.
The soulful act of breaking bread together after a days adventure is always a personal highlight of mine on Mad To Live, with POTENCY providing an unbelievable spread every day.
From harissa and manchego omlettes, to expresso banana bread with cherry cardamon compote and tahini cashew cream (recipe coming soon to the blog!), pulled smokey BBQ jackfruit burgers with winter slaw, whole roasted cauliflowers with creamy carvolo nero, butterbean mash, mushrooms and chesnuts to sweet potato and fig pancakes, the post-adventure hungry souls were well nourished through the weekend. Bonding over dining is something I have loved through out my life, and the enjoyment of food, of it’s nourishment, and over sharing it with friends something I always look forward to.
Check out the full edit of the weekend, and check out more on Thermoball and The North Face here.
It also made me think about what I stand for now, and I penned a few words…