Mind, Body and Soul Festival

Published: 10 March 2016

Mind, Body and Soul Festival

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April

North Devon’s annual Mind, Body & Soul Festival will take place at The BIG Sheep family attraction in Bideford on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 April.  Visitors to this popular Festival will have an opportunity to come along to find out ways in which to improve and nourish their mind, body and soul.  With all the pressures of modern life it’s so easy to feel stressed…. but what exactly is stress? Stress is a modern, widely used buzzword that’s used to describe the pressure of modern day, leaving people unable to cope.  North Devon’s Mind Body and Soul Festival will be like no other and promises to leave visitors feeling relaxed, pampered and give them all the tools they will need to lead happier and more fulfilled lives

We may live in a world that has more appliances and technology to make for a more comfortable life than previous generations – but does that mean we have better and more fulfilling lifestyles?  In today’s busy world where more of us have to work in demanding jobs as well as raising a family we have very little time left over for ourselves and when we do find time, we feel guilty about enjoying some ‘me’ time and this undoubtedly plays havoc with our well-being. The Mind, Body & Soul Festival  will have a wealth of exhibitors and activities at this event which will  include yoga, tai chi, reki, beauty treatments, relationship and personal life coaching, healing, psychic readings, holistic therapies, massage, crystal, Sliming World, prayers, homeopathy  and much more.

Nic Alder, event organiser, is confident this year’s Festival will draw visitors from across the region and says, ‘We want our visitors to enjoy the wide range of experiences at our Mind Body & Soul Event and, at the same time, feel confident that they are in good hands.  All our exhibitors have been recommended to us so we are confident we have created a safe, honest and ethical environment that allows visitors to come along secure in the knowledge that they will be treated with respect, that they can trust the advice or service they require and that they will enjoy their day. As well as having an opportunity to talk to therapists there will be a series of taster sessions, workshops and talks for visitors to enjoy.’  Nic has been surprised by the level of interest that the event has generated to date and adds. ‘Taking care of our physical and spiritual needs is an important element in caring for our whole selves and I’m sure those attending the Festival will be able to enjoy happier and more fulfilled lives.

If you would like to book a physic reading or any of the tasters session on the Mind, Body & Soul Festival log on to www.thebigsheep.co.uk and book your space.  For a full list of exhibitors see below:

Confirmed Stallholders

Bideford Centre of Light - They are a spiritual centre offering weekly services, development circles and psychic suppers. They also offer naming ceremonies, weddings and funeral services.

Ebb & Flow Massage - Provide and natural approach to let your aches, pains, stress and worries drift away. Their unique healing massage that incorporates stretches, under body and tissue work. Forearms, elbows, wrists and hands move continuously over the body in a fluid, rhythmic motion, making it hard to tell where one stroke ends and he next begins, leaving you feeling totally nurtured, balanced and relaxed.

Hayley Raistnick-Episkopos – Hayley is a professional tarot reader and medium.

 Arbonne International - Arbonne provides individual wellbeing consultations, skincare workshops and healthy living workshops. They also sell botanically based, vegan health and wellness products.

Celia Estella - Celia is an international clairvoyant, clinical hypnosis-hypnotherapy-Reiki master. She offers private readings and clinical hypnois.

Devon School of Reiki - The Devon School of Reiki (based in Exeter) provides high quality Reiki Training to individuals, groups and children wanting to learn Usui/Holy Fire Reiki from experienced and committed Reiki Masters.

Breath South West - They offer one to one breathing sessions, introductory workshops and retreat weekends  They specialise in a form of conscious connected breathing, with added use of acu-presssure.

Christians Together in Bideford & District - Here to share the Love of Jesus with all who come, Christians Together offer Jesus’ healing ministry to all who are sick in body, mind or soul, a warm welcome to all who want to chat and prayer to anyone who asks.

Cornish Crystal Cavern - They supply all kinds of beautiful crystals for healing and decoration. For example tumble stones, pendulums, tea light holders, healing sets, orgonite generators, runes, geodes, wands and much more all at an affordable price. They also sell Buddha’s, cards and CD'S.

Infinite Touch – Rachel Littlejohns has 12 years experience as a Holistics Therapist and a Reiki master. She holds healing circles every Wednesday from home and holds a small meditation group once a week. She also runs and Indian head massage workshop and will soon be teaching Reiki level 1.

Christian Science Society - The Christian Science society offers spiritual healing based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is founded on the discovery of the Science of Christianity which Jesus taught and lived. By 1879, Mary Baker Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist 'to commemorate the world and works of our Master which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing'.

Holistic Gateway – Coli John is a Reiki healer/teacher ,a card reader and a numerologist and will be performing crystal healing/chakra and aura balancing.

CN Holistics with Neal's Yard Remedies - They offer holistic based treatments and products. With over 20 years of experience, they specialise in massage, facials, and nutrition and herbal remedies. The organic, ethical products of Neal’s yard remedies enhance any treatment.

Chi - Mind, Body and Spirit - Founded 12 years ago, Chi - mind, body and spirit offers workshops, spiritual development groups and Reiki training levels one, two and three.

Back to Beauty - back to beauty offers professional therapy both in the treatment room and in your own home. They are offering taster facial, foot and leg massages during the festival.

Heart of Life (aka the Family Firm) - Debra Simmons teaches an understanding of our human and spiritual nature and how these two aspects of us combine to create our lives. She believes that understanding creates positive changes in our lives and aims to help others with this knowledge. Heart of Life is all about showing you how to recognise the difference between things you have the power to change, and the things you don't, then how to live with ease in peace and harmony with these things.

Forever Living - Forever Living is a global health and Wellbeing Company, selling Aloe Vera based products that promote a healthier lifestyle. They offer products, talks, samples and pamper parties.

Gems - Carolyn Knight has ten years experience of selling minerals and fossils, backed up with information on the subject, i.e. how crystals can enhance our environment, workplace or home and how wearing or carrying a different minerals may help us cope with life's experiences.

Big Pot Kitchen - Specialising in high quality, locally sourced food in their unique giant cauldron. They will be cooking sweet potato and chickpea curry and aubergine curry, with a side of flatbread ,raita and chutney.

Katrina Joseph Therapies – Katrina specialises in holistic body massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, aromaflex, Reiki, metamorphic techniques and holistic facials.

Littlebirds Therapy Centre – They offer a wide range of healing and relaxation therapies including massage and meditation.

Marbles and Stones – They provide a selection of handmade egyption stoneware to enhance and enrich your home.

Margeret Copp – Margeret Copp is a professional tea reader

North Devon Tai Chi/ Tui Na – They provide Tai Chi sessions and Tui Na. Tui Na is a massage which is over 4,00 years old, it is performed while the person is fully clothed and is effective on most muscular and skeletal conditions through the use of accupoints and massage techniques.

Nu-Body Massage – They provide holistic, deep tissue, therapeutic massages which improve wellbeing by finding and removing tension in your body. A tailored approach to the massage helps relieve muscle tightness caused by injury, stress and life in general. Benefits of this massage can include efficiency improvements to bodily systems, better mobility, fewer aches and pains and it can also improve sleep.

R & R Spa – R & R Spa in an exclusive place to rest and recuperate. Their variety of massages and treatments will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised, rejuvenated, restored and most importantly relaxed. They also offer a variety of beauty and hair treatments.

Susy Dixon- Suzy specialises in Thai foot massage, silk cushion covers and homeopathy

Wellbeing Bristol – Wellbeing Bristol combines products and services that enhance your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your family and friends. Simplicity is at the heart of what they provide, bringing health back to basics and simplifying the wellbeing process. They sell alcohol-free reed defuses made with 100% organic essential oils providing therapeutic value as well as a superior scent for to up to four months, along with a high quality range of supplements. They also provide counselling and healing.

The Wise Hippo – They provide hypno-birthing classes, relaxation classes and parent and baby classes, along with products for children and babies.

Zara Triconnet – Zara is a sound therapist who offers private sound treatments using Himalayan bowls, crystal bowls and voice. She also offers sound baths (group sessions). These are used to give you a sense of how sound works in your system and whether it would work for you, private treatments being the next step. She will be showing some of the instruments and explaining the benefits of taking part in sound therapy.

Red oak Coaching –  Red Oak coaching works with individuals, businesses and organisations to improve health and wellbeing. Karen Thomas is an experienced therapist using coaching, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) otherwise known as tapping, and Reiki.

Country Chiropractic - Country Chiropractic is a wellness based family chiropractic and massage centre. They help families live life to the full with natural health care. They will be offering spiritual health screens/ checkups and massage taster sessions.

Mind over Matter – Marie Gould is a happiness coach and mentor; she offers life coaching and NLP (Neuro Linguistics Programming).

Young Living Independent Distributor – When it comes to essential oils, Young Living sets the standards for purity and authenticity. They carefully monitor the production of their products from beginning to end through their own unique seed to seal process, ensuring the purity of each essential oil and protecting nature’s living energy in every bottle.

Craig Huxtable – Craig is raising funds for an expedition to Ecuador in 2017 with Camps International, organised by Bideford College. He has one and a half years to raise £3950. During the four week trip, he will be living in a rural community and working on important social and cultural projects to improve the lives of the local people. He will also be working on a forest regeneration project and would appreciate your support.



North Devon Attractions
What they say

A lot more fun than Ascot - Michael Burke BBC National News

We had a fantastic action filled day at The BIG Sheep and saw some very bizarre things, from cool mountain boarding to racing sheep! - BBC Blue Peter

The BIG Sheep is the best all weather family adventure park in the area - Time Out

Age 8-57 had a fab time! One of the best theme parks we have ever been to - Loads to do! Lots of fun animals shows - made us laugh!

Something for everyone...even 17 lasses on a hen-do !! Trip Advisor Review