Meet the experts on the Reign x Shine September 2020 Retreat
Kelechi Okafor aka Kelechnekoff is an actor, director and dance innovator who facilitates self-actualisation through dance. Kelechi opened Kelechnekoff Fitness Studio in 2016 and has since been featured (twice!) as one of the top ten fitness classes to attend by Timeout London. Kelechi has built her platform on talking honestly about fitness, pole dancing and about societal structures. Since announcing her pregnancy in February 2019 Kelechi has shared her experiences of exercising and keeping fit during pregnancy. As a qualified Antenatal and Postnatal Personal Trainer, she was able to demonstrate a wellness focused pregnancy and now motherhood. Kelechi's quick wit and thoughtful Instagram stories have provided a great space for her weekly podcast, Say Your Mind, to thrive. Kelechi created the character #SallyInHR as a way to address the micro and macro aggressions faced by marginalised communities in the workplace.
Kelechi will be leading not one, but two incredible workshops at the Reign x Shine September retreat.
Growing up in a Caribbean household, Carise spent a great deal of time with her grandparents and found a love for cooking. Not only did she enjoy the cooking itself, she loved to feed guests, and experiment with new recipes... She debuted a snippet of her skills and passion on MasterChef 2019 and has since pursued her career as a freelance chef. She develops recipes, shares recipes online, caters for intimate dinners and other private and bespoke cooking services. Carise cooks with love and does nothing by halves! She believes any dish can be elevated to make a masterpiece.
Carise will be creating delicious meals every day of the Reign x Shine September retreat.
Penny Jarrett (Pennybelle) is a Mental Health Blogger, Wellness Coach and Mentor . Penny is passionate about helping others understand and love their brains, so they can live fulfilling lives - whatever their past pains, experiences or current challenges may be.
Penny will be leading two creative workshops at the Reign x Shine September retreat.
Coming from a background of dance, Ebony is passionate about creative movement and specialises in teaching Vinyasa Flow. Her classes focus on linking the breath with movement to calm the mind, whilst building strength and flexibility. Ebony's teaching style is very inclusive as she strives to make her classes accessible and fun for everyone regardless of their level of fitness or flexibility. Expect mellow tunes, no jargon and good vibes!
Ebony will be leading multiple yoga classes on the Reign x Shine September retreat.
Krystal is a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor. She uses a Transcultural approach to therapy which stresses cultural sensitivity and awareness. Krystal works in private practice offering online and face to face counselling sessions. She also has a range of experience working with teenagers at Place2be, with adults at Sutton Counselling, and female survivors of domestic abuse whilst working at Woman’s Trust.
Krystal is particularly passionate about offering women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds the opportunity to access support in the form of Counselling.
Krystal is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She is also a practitioner member of the Black and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN).
Krystal will be leading a mental health workshop designed to support black women. She will also be doing a limited number of private consultations for our guests, on a complimentary basis.
As well as being Co-Creator of Reign x Shine, Trudie is a group exercise instructor that specialises in indoor cycling and dance fitness. Trudie's vibrant personality is contagious, which makes her classes a favourite amongst participants.
Trudie will be teaching water aerobics and a Bey Fit class at the Reign x Shine September retreat. Expect high energy and confidence-boosting routines to a Beyoncé playlist.