Self help • inspiring speakers • Storytelling Conversation • Workshops

The Big Retreat Talk Tent is a collaboration with the global Shelf Help community, the world’s first self-help book club dedicated to celebrating, inspiring and supporting personal development. The Big Retreat Shelf Help Talk Tent brings you experts and leaders in their field to share inspiring stories and to offer you the tools to be able to help yourself!

Matt Johnson

Popular Welsh Broadcaster, Matt is well known for presenting for hit ITV shows including Surprise Surprise, Good Morning Britain and previously ITV's award winning daytime show This Morning. Recently, Matt completed a project close to his heart by producing and presenting a documentary confronting the difficult subject matter of Mental health. This was aired on Welsh Channel S4C as well as BBC Iplayer. Matt is also the founder of ‘Check In” about supporting people with mental health.

Meg Matthews

Meg Mathews is an activist and entrepreneur. She rose to fame in the Britpop scene while working in music management. In 2018, she launched MegsMenopause, a platform dedicated to breaking the stigma around the menopause.

Nick Hayes

Nick Hayes is a writer, illustrator and print maker who lives on the Kennet and Avon canal. He has written four graphic novels, exploring the relationship between the human and non-human. His most recent book The Book Of Trespass has spurred the ‘Right To Roam’ movement Nationally.

Sean Fletcher

Sean Fletcher is an American-British journalist, and television presenter. Fletcher is best known as a presenter on Good Morning Britain and on Countryfile. 

Toni Jones

Founder of the Shelf Help Book club, Toni Jones will be presenting live from the Talk Tent throughout the weekend. Toni is a british journalist who founded Shelf Help in 2017. It is now a global online and offline collective with a network of over 12,000 readers and seekers worldwide.


Sushma Sagar

Sushma Sagar is a master energy healer, teacher and speaker. Her introduction to energy began in 2001 after a chance meeting with a Mexican shaman, soon after in the UK, she met a Reiki Master who invited her to train and so began a lifelong fascination with energy, chakras and all things healing. Sushma is the founder of The Calmery in Harley Street, london.

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