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
Meditation Teacher and Massage Therapist
Jed’s first encounter with yoga was on the hilltops of Vagator beach in Goa, India. At that time she began to study and practice Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga. It was 1992 and she has practiced and made yoga a part of her life ever since. Jed has spent many years in India where the teachings really get under your skin. She likes to pull together many different influences and aspects of yoga in order to offer a potent practice that delights the senses and awakens the participants to the mystery of the magical design that we call life. The bliss that yoga offers through the asanas (postures) ,pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation allow one to open to yoga beyond the physical. Jed also likes to explore the philosophy of the ancient texts and the teachings of the Buddha and show how these ancient arts can lay the foundation for a happy healthy life.
Laura is passionate about creating plant-based menus using locally sourced seasonal ingredients which are nutritious, wholesome and bursting with flavour! She advocates a holistic approach to food; combining pulses, gluten free grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables which aim to keep you satiated whilst full of energy and mental clarity. She adds the magic ingredient of love into each mouthful. Laura has always held a deep belief that nutrition plays a huge role in our overall wellbeing. Her passion was ignited many years ago when she saw the quote by Hippocrates which states, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Wishing to combine her love for food with her new way of eating she went on to study at The College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She interned with Jiva Healing in 2019 and graduated with a diploma as a Natual Vegan Chef in 2020. She has since joined us at our retreats in Oxford and Devon.
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.