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1 FIND YOUR TRIBE ON­LINE

Sis­ter­hood Camp is known for its cre­ative and in­spir­ing women’s re­treats. This sum­mer it’s cre­at­ing an on­line haven for women to con­nect, learn and grow: Sis­ter­hood Camp Com­mu­nity. Each sea­son you’ll be of­fered the chance to de­velop your ideas, make new con­tacts and top up your in­spi­ra­tion with like­minded sis­ters across the globe. Your three-month mem­ber­ship (spe­cial in­tro­duc­tory price £150) in­cludes e-cour­ses, guides and in­sight­ful ar­ti­cles on busi­ness devel­op­ment, well­ness, health and cre­ativ­ity. You’ll also be given the chance to join the vi­brant on­line com­mu­nity fo­rum, take part in fun cre­ative prompts and get dis­counted tick­ets to fu­ture Sis­ter­hood events too. To find out more, just visit sis­ter­hood­camp.org or fol­low Sis­ter­hood on In­sta­gram @sis­ter­hood_­camp

2 A DAY FOR RE­LAX­ATION

Ever wish there was a pause but­ton on life some­times? Well, you might be in luck: Tues­day 25 July is known as the ‘day out of time’. Based on the 13-moon Mayan cal­en­dar the day out of time is the tran­si­tion be­tween the old and new year. It’s ob­served as cel­e­bra­tion of art and peace in some cul­tures and an op­por­tu­nity for re­flec­tion and re­lax­ation in oth­ers. If you’re look­ing for a sign that you need to book a re­treat or du­vet day in, this might just be it.

3 CAP­TURE YOUR DREAMS

Sleep… isn’t it just the best? Climb­ing into a freshly-made bed af­ter a long day re­ally is a treat. Yet, more of­ten than not, busy days turn into late nights and we’re left feel­ing ex­hausted when we wake in the morn­ings. Well, gor­geous Swedish brand Kikki K hopes to change that. Its More Sleep Please range of swish sta­tionery and lux­u­ri­ous home­wares in­cludes ev­ery­thing from silky soft eye masks to slip­pers and pretty porce­lain cups. Our favourite has to be the sleep jour­nal: scrib­ble down all your notes and dreams to en­able you to get bet­ter sleep habits. Treat. Your. Self. kikki-k.com

4 LIVE A SOULCENTRED LIFE

Zoe Howarth, aka Sa­cred Wild Soul, is an artist, in­tu­itive soul and or­a­cle deck cre­ator based in Corn­wall, UK. Her beau­ti­ful art­work and in­spi­ra­tional quotes adorn her sets of cards, which en­cour­age mind­ful­ness and can add de­tail to your read­ings. Zoe has just re­leased a new set of tarot-sized Sa­cred Wild and Soul Search­ing Or­a­cle cards which come in their own hand­made zipped stor­age pouch. Un­sure of how ex­actly you’ll use them? There’s a full guide on her web­site but ul­ti­mately it’s im­por­tant to just have a play. “There’s no right and wrong with the in­tu­itive process, it is all fluid,” she says. Fol­low Zoe on In­sta­gram (@sa­cred­wild­soul) or sign up to her news­let­ter for weekly card read­ings, morn­ing mantras, jour­nal prompts and more. sa­cred­wild­soul.com

5 CREATE A CALM­ING RIT­UAL

If a full 40 winks feels like a life­time away, Scen­tered’s award-win­ning Sleep Well Ther­apy balm might be able to help. Made with a so­phis­ti­cated, ori­en­tal flo­ral blend of 14 dif­fer­ent es­sen­tial oils, this nat­u­ral, laven­der- based balm re­laxes the body, qui­etens the mind and clears the head. Ap­ply it to your pulse points and in­hale deeply to pro­mote rest­ful, restora­tive sleep at home or away, and re­set your mood. scen­tered.me

6 GUIDED BY THE MOON’S CY­CLES

One of the great things about life is that ev­ery­thing runs in cy­cles. Dr Ezzie Spencer’s new book hopes to har­ness the power of this – the ebb and flow of life – and use it to our ad­van­tage. Lu­nar Abun­dance looks at how we can fol­low the moon’s cy­cles to achieve our own po­ten­tial. It’s a man­ual of sorts, ex­plain­ing each phase of the moon and how it can re­late to us. Through charts and other re­flec­tive ac­tiv­i­ties she in­vites us to re­late to dif­fer­ent stages of the month, set in­ten­tions, tune into our feel­ings and gen­er­ally re­gain a bit of bal­ance in life it­self. You can or­der a copy of Ezzie’s book and learn more about her, at lu­narabun­dance.com

7 STAY CU­RI­OUS, BE IN­SPIRED

Happy tenth birth­day, DO Wales! This in­spi­ra­tional mi­cro fes­ti­val is an amaz­ing gath­er­ing of 24 speak­ers and just 80 at­ten­dees on an old farm in the Welsh coun­try­side. Blend­ing camp­ing, live mu­sic and good food with ex­cel­lent talks and work­shops, this bril­liantly in­ti­mate event is cre­ative, fun and al­to­gether ex­tra­or­di­nary. Tick­ets are now sold out for the tenth an­niver­sary week­end, held from 28 June – 1 July, but luck­ily for us all the con­tent from the pre­vi­ous years’ talks is avail­able for free. There’s so much wis­dom in video and pod­cast form stashed in the archives. High­lights for us in­clude talks

by Rob Ryan: ‘ You can still do a lot with a small brain’; Lunch Lady mag­a­zine’s for­mer ed­i­tor Kate Berry’s ‘ You can al­ways turn around’; chef and au­thor Anna Jones ‘On trust­ing your in­stincts’ and cin­e­matog­ra­pher and surfer Mickey Smith’s ‘Do trust in the things you love’. Have a watch if you can. the­do­lec­tures.com/talks the­do­lec­tures.com/dopod­cast

8 STO­RIES OF UN­USUAL FEATS

Char­lie Glad­stone is one of the founders of The Good Life Ex­pe­ri­ence fes­ti­val, home­wares brand Ped­lars, owner of the Hawar­den Es­tate Farm Shop and The Glynne Arms. In pod­cast, Mav­er­icks, he talks to peo­ple who have swum against the tide and done some­thing truly un­usual and in­spir­ing. From fa­mous co­me­di­ans to chefs to authors and cam­paign­ers, this is about do­ers and cre­ators. There’s no agenda; Char­lie’s aim is just talk­ing to peo­ple that will, he hopes, in­ter­est you. Episodes avail­able in­clude Kirstie All­sopp, Mi­randa West of The Do Book Co, Nick Clegg, Harry En­field, Bill Granger and Valen­tine Warner, and many more. sound­cloud.com/ chas­glad­stone/tracks

9 MO­TI­VA­TIONAL MES­SAGES

To­mor­row I’ll Be Brave is the first chil­dren’s book by the tal­ented let­ter­ing artist Jes­sica His­che. Wo­ven in among her beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions is an up­lift­ing bed­time story that en­cour­ages its read­ers to re­flect on their day and set in­ten­tions for the next. Page by page, we’re en­cour­aged to be smart, cu­ri­ous, cre­ative and brave… but if we haven’t man­aged those things to­day, there’s also plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to­mor­row. A pos­i­tive and in­spir­ing mes­sage we could all ben­e­fit from, don’t you think? Avail­able to pre-or­der now. jes­sic­ahis­che.is

10 GET DOWN AND DIRTY

Mother Dirt is a beauty brand that cham­pi­ons good bac­te­ria. Es­sen­tially a pro­bi­otic for your skin, it’s said to re­store the skin’s nat­u­ral bal­ance. In­de­pen­dent re­views so far sug­gest that it’s es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial for suf­fer­ers of acne. The range in­cludes a live pro­bi­otic spray for your skin, cleanser, sham­poo and moisturiser. Since they are un­pre­served prod­ucts, ev­ery­thing but the moisturiser (un­fra­granced and plant- based) is best used within eight weeks of open­ing. Good news: this US brand is now stocked in the UK! For more info, head to moth­erdirt.com

11 CON­SCIOUS APOTHE­CARY

There’s no deny­ing Mar­ble & Milk­weed’s botan­i­cal skin­care blends and teas are just gor­geous. Our favourite has to be the blos­som fa­cial steam: made up of sooth­ing and skin-friendly in­gre­di­ents, such as roses, chamomile, yarrow and el­der­flow­ers, it’s a great way to un­wind af­ter a long week. To feel fur­ther re­freshed and cen­tred, try a cup of or­ganic flo­ral rose and calm­ing chamomile white tea: high in anti-ox­i­dants and low in caf­feine, this el­e­gant blend will lift your spir­its. New for sum­mer is a limited-edi­tion skin­care trio that’s sure to im­press too: a rose and tulsi hy­drosols fa­cial mist; pink pep­per and jas­mine body oil and cold-brew tea blend with green tea, rose, lemon balm and tulsi. For more de­tails visit mar­ble­and­milk­weed.com

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