1. Can you please tell us more about your business?
A. Life Retreat was born out of the love and desire to guide and teach people to live, healthy, happy, balanced lifestyles. We have a beautiful yoga and movement studio at our Healing Hub on Lourensford Estate and an Online Studio where we Steam daily classes. We also have an online shop where we sell health and wellness products. I offer online Lifestyle consultations as well. We run a monthly Learn to Meditate Webinar and a Business Wellness Webinar.
2. When, how, and why did you start your business?
A. I have owned and run a few businesses over the years but never in the Wellness world. I have a passion for health and wellness and ultimately wanted to put all that I have learnt over the years from Degrees, Diplomas and Certificate into a wellness business.
3. What is your role in the business?
A. I own the business and personally run many of our workshops and retreats.
4. Where did you study and what did you study?
A. B Soc Sci Degree majoring in psychology at UCT, Herbalism Diploma through SA Herbalism College, Ayurveda through Ayurvedic Studies in the USA, Yoga Teacher Training through ISHTA Yoga School, Various other studies and short courses include TRE, Homeopathy, Semi Precious Stone Healing, Colour Therapy, Aromatherapy, Louise Hay, Brandon Bays.
5. How did you finance your business?
A. I used my own savings to finance my business.
6. Describe your average workday, if such a thing exists.
A. Not average for me. Post Covid my work is mainly online with Consultations, Webinars and Classes. I get up, meditate and do yoga or go for a walk on the beach, or up the mountains. I then settle into work and pretty much sit at my computer the entire day.
7. How do you balance your home life and your work life?
A. I pan every single day the night before and now that my kids are older my daily plan is more relaxed. We have 4 children born within 6 years of each other and I always had my own business so things could have become very chaotic. I planned everything including daily packing lists, monthly meal plans, daily schedules ,etc. Although everyday was planned to the last minute I always remained flexible for changes as nothing is ever set in stone and it is far easier to be flexible when coming from an organised space.
8. What drives you and inspires you?
A. I am driven by a passion to share my health and wellness knowledge with others. I am inspired by the positive transformation that I see daily in our clients and especially those that attend our Yoga Teacher Training Course. It is most rewarding and inspiring.
9. Where and when do you have your best ideas?
A. My best ideas are on holiday and when meditating – viewing my life from the outside in.
10. Where and how do you market/advertise your business for sales leads?
A. At the moment we have no marketing budget so we are sharing as much as possible through newsletters and social media.
11. What is next for your business?
A. I have no idea. The older I have become the more I have realised the less I know about my future. I am just going with the flow and seeing where the Universe takes me.
12. What advice would you give to female entrepreneurs hoping to start their own business?
A. Be Brave – Be very Brave. Believe in yourself and your ideas, be realistic. Life is a journey and so is Business.
Trish Taylor owns a business called Life Retreat & Lifestyle Shop Online which is focused on Wellness, Health, and Healing. She is married and the mom of 4 amazing adult children. “I began my health and healing journey many years ago, and have studied my entire life. I brought up my children healthy without using medication. Thankfully they have all followed in my footsteps and have followed the healing path with their careers. I am a Yoga Teacher and practice yoga and meditation regularly. I love hiking and the great outdoors.”
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