Retreat and wellbeing,
Social Impact and Regeneration
I completed an MA in International Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London with a view to become a diplomat. However, after a brief stint there, I did not feel the United Nations to be aligned with my values, which belong to a deep Feminine approach. As a result, I was drawn to more grass-roots organisations, and I spent 6 years working for human rights and environmental orgs within the NGO and Social Enterprise sectors.
In 2016, after working for UnLtd. - the UK's largest funding body for social entrepreneurs - I set up the first conscious co-working space in London; 42 Acres Shoreditch. Since this time I have lived across the globe: in jungles, cities, Post-Capitalist communities, and on regenerative farms and seed banks. I have learned from academics, business leaders, spiritual teachers, permaculture mentors and indigenous leaders about how to cultivate more meaningful lives and regenerative futures.
I now work exclusively with brands and projects which I believe have integrity. I facilitate the success of these projects or organisations through an approach which fosters effective growth but also maintains that precious integrity.
As a certified coach and facilitator, I work both with individuals and organisations - practically and holistically. To equip me for this role, I completed a coaching course with Pause Place which focussed on spiritual leadership and non-dual teachings within a therapeutic context; a leadership and facilitation course at Schumacher College, as well as working with my mentor and coach Mary Daniels for many years.
My passion and greatest strength lie in guiding projects from their infancy and infusing them with the necessary momentum to stand and thrive.
Most recent roles and projects:
Business Consultant for Dunford House, Sussex, UK
In my role as a Wellbeing Consultant at Dunford House, a pioneering wellbeing hotel and retreat center in Sussex, UK, I played a key role in shaping the identity and vision of the establishment. My contributions involved developing its unique offerings, programming a diverse range of retreats, and implementing effective business strategies. A significant part of my work also included assembling and leading a dynamic team, ensuring that Dunford House stands as a beacon of wellness and rejuvenation.
Co-founder and Former Director at Beckley Retreats:
As a Co-founder and Director at Beckley Retreats, a groundbreaking psychedelic retreat business in partnership with The Beckley Foundation, I was instrumental in researching and designing an innovative retreat model. My responsibilities extended to creating effective retreat offerings, recruiting skilled facilitators, and actively co-facilitating in numerous programs. My journey at Beckley Retreats, an award-winning enterprise, came to an end when I felt that the direction of the business was over-corporatised ad diverging from my core values. The experience, however, was profoundly enriching. It deepened my understanding of the sensitive nature of using psychedelics for healing, and let me highlighting the importance of integrating indigenous perspectives and voices into our leadership to responsibly shape the future of psychedelic healing practices.
Jeya has an amazing ability to connect and engage deeply with all people from all walks for life, making them feel warm, welcome and appreciated. Jeya has a deeply insightful and intelligent perspective to add to situations and is not afraid to speak her truth.
--Seth Tabatznik, Founder and Director Berti Investments