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The Jiva Healing Team


Rebecca Andrist, Nutritional Advisor and Retreat Coordinator

Rebecca Andrist is the co-founder of Jiva Healing, and has been running healthy eating, detox and yoga retreats in the UK and abroad since 2004. She is a qualified Nutritional Advisor, Yoga teacher and Massage Therapist who has worked in healing centres in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Thailand and the United States before starting her own business. Her healing work ranges across yoga, meditation, bodywork, nutrition, exercise, mind-body healing and colon care. She strives to inspire and motivate all guests to live happy and healthy lives and impart the necessary tools in order to achieve this


Melissa Kendall, Retreat Coordinator

Melissa, co-founder of Jiva Healing, lives at Littleton Mill, Jiva's UK venue, with her husband Richard and son Curtis. An ex-investment analyst on socially responsible funds, Melissa spent years studying the social and environmental impacts and practices of large food, chemicals and pharmaceutical companies. Her great passions are yoga, wellbeing and sustainable living. She has a Diploma in Advanced Nutrition, and teaches healthy eating and nutrition workshops on the retreats.


Susie Hampshire, Meditation Teacher and Massage Therapist

Susie is a professional bodywork therapist with a deep interest in holistic, sports, deep tissue and no-hands massage techniques alongside acupressure, reflexology, facials and kinesiology. She has taught massage therapy at the Claire Maxwell-Hudson School of Massage, and qualified in ITEC Nutrition and The Mehta Facial at the Champissage Indian Head School in London. Susie balances Eastern and Western healing traditions. Susie's passion is Meditation and she is currently studying towards a MA in Mindfulness Meditation.

  Teresa Montano, Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist
Teresa Montano was a professional dancer for many years before becoming involved in yoga. Since the late 1990's she has been studying with various teachers and traditions and is a fully qualified teacher with Yoga Alliance and Sivananda Certification. Her commitment to yoga continues to expand both with her work as a qualified Yoga Thai Massage Therapist and her ongoing studies with the Inner Yoga Trust. She is also an Aquatic Bodywork Therapist (massage in water).

Angela Walker, NutritionistAngela has a busy clinic in London where she practices an integrative and functional approach to nutrition, health and wellness. Some of her key areas include digestive health, immune function, energy levels and detoxification. Angela has worked with Jiva Healing since 2008, on retreats in Goa, France, Turkey and at the UK base at Littleton Mill.


Louise Ramsden, Chef, nutritionist, yoga teacher, consciousness coach
Louise Ramsden is a nutritional advisor, holistic chef, yoga teacher and consciousness coach. She is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance 500 and Birthlight. Louise has been involved in alternative health practices for 15 years. She trained with The Yoga Academy and Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia. From there she studied nutrition and fasting and became a ‘zest4life’ practitioner. An interest in mental and emotional patterns led her to train as a consciousness coach.

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