About Us

The Barefoot Sanctuary Founded by Life Coach Bernadette Petrie, The Barefoot Sanctuary is a spiritual centre of creativity and healing. we believe that loving and cherishing who we are is essential and is our number one responsibility. By doing so we give ourselves permission to shine and thats a win win for all concerned. 

Join Bernadette Petrie and The Barefoot Sanctuary Collective – a team of like-minded coaches, authors, creatives, yoga teachers, counsellors, therapists for experiences either taking place in the The Barefoot Sanctuary itself, outside in North Berwick’s beautiful green spaces and beaches, or online at www.thebarefootsanctuary.co.uk

Meet Bernadette Petrie 

Bernadette Petrie Creator of The Barefoot Sanctuary. Originally from Northern Ireland, I moved to Scotland in 1992 after my studies in England. The ‘Scottish’ boyfriend became my husband. A career in sales and marketing later and new found motherhood, the beach pulled me and my family to live in North Berwick in 2005.

My whole perspective changed in 2010 and I subsequently became a Life Coach. I am passionate about helping people practice mindfulness and follow their intuition.We now have two teenagers heading into the big world hopefully following theirs. 

Spending much more time barefoot in nature and diving into the Scottish sea brought me back to my true self and set me on a path of spiritual awakening. 

I created The Barefoot Sanctuary in 2014 and I published my first book, Permission To Shine in 2019.

In 2020 at the same time as lockdown, I experienced dealing with breast cancer. This has given me another reminder of the importance of healing, and resting to produce restoration. My intuition guides daily, sometimes it’s hard to listen, but following my Soul’s core desires means everything and I’m committed to walking the walk.

The Core Desires leading me today are compassion, patience and joy. 

Are you ready to come on a barefoot journey with us too?

Read on to meet the rest of the amazing Barefoot Sanctuary collective….

Meet The Barefoot Sanctuary Collective

Andreas Ragavelas
Andreas Ragavelas

I have had the privilege to be trained in four core healing aspects of Shamanism. Divination, Power Retrieval, Soul Retrieval and Extraction.  What I bring to you in this introduction 1-2-1 and a six week course that could follow it is the ceremony that links all these aspects together, The Shamanic journey. 

It is my intent to help you cultivate a practice using the shamanic journey for personal healing, guidance and information so you may transform yourself and strengthen your connection to life. 

When we take responsibility for ourselves and begin to transform the use of our awareness and perception toward the spiritual, we open up a line of direct communication to the force that creates all living things. We find tools, systems of belief that help strengthen that connection to edge us closer to what is a true representation of humanity. The tool, the system of belief  I wish to pass on in these workshops is A Shamanic Practice. 

We are dreamers, healers, storytellers, guides. We have the immense capacity to truly love our selves, our kind and everything else we perceive. Any practice that brings us closer to what we truly are is worth having in our tool box. This Shamanic practice sings to me, captures my imagination and feeds my soul bringing immense joy into my life.  Try it. Xx

Lizzie Martin
Lizzie Martin

Drawn to North Berwick by ‘a knowing’ that her future life and work was there, Lizzie moved to Scotland from Buckinghamshire 8 years ago. She left behind a career in the Probation Service and a thriving complementary therapy practice. Teaching mindfulness and meditation has been the main focus since arriving running classes and courses from The Barefoot Sanctuary, from home and other venues. While mindfulness remains a large part of her life and work, Lizzie, like so many people over the past year, has taken time to reassess her life and work. 

Lizzie began to practice meditation and follow a spiritual path as a teenager and throughout her life has been aware of and guided by angels. She now feels that it is time to share her experience of angels and work as the angel guide. She has always been helping others to connect with the support and guidance of their own angels who will help them to thrive and flourish in their lives.

Lizzie will be offering angel guide sessions and angel card readings. Later she plans to run a monthly angel circle. She will also be continuing to share the benefits of mindfulness in individually tailored 1:1 Discover Mindfulness

Andrea Gardner
Andrea Gardner

When I was 16, an intuitive wizard who ran a shop in Glastonbury, England, took one step back and said ‘Wow. Healer-communicator.’ He kept nodding slowly while his eyes scanned my energy field. To be honest, it freaked me out a little. But since that day I’ve dedicated my life to both those paths, first as a conscious communications consultant, shaping messages, creating an unplanned viral YouTube video, becoming a Hay House author and speaking from stages around the world. More recently as a healer, changing course in my 30s to become a Reiki Master, clinical hypnotherapist and one of Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life coaches.

Only now am I confident enough to combine the two, to come out as a fully-fledged healer-communicator using the healing power of words. By fine-tuning conscious communication with your intuitive self in four key areas of your life – health, work, money and relationships – I can help you reclaim your joy and natural energy so you can attract positive experiences.

Whether you’re interested in receiving a Reiki treatment, learning Reiki as a self-healer or practitioner (Levels 1-3) or exploring your gifts through coaching or magical writing, I look forward to accompanying you on your sacred journey.

Melanie Frome
Melanie Frome

As an optimystic, I am equal parts creative wild child who loves the moon and obsessively organized planner who loves problem solving…which might explain why I booked a one-way ticket in July 2020 from Toronto to Scotland (in the middle of a global pandemic) to write the next chapter of my life in the country where I was born but never lived. Until now. Movement saved my life. It began with yoga and became so much more. Over the past decade, the countless classes, workshops, courses, and certifications in a variety of modalities, have helped me integrate and alchemise the symbiotic relationship our movement has with our mental health.

Through the years, I’ve led and guided movement classes, workshops, corporate events and even presented on stage with the mission to share movement as medicine. Let’s face it, healing isn’t linear and neither is movement. Time and time again, life has shown me that movement shifts stagnant energy and is the catalyst for so much more. For me it lead me to become a life & business coach, a mentor and an author, along with my continued love affair with movement.

And now, the next chapter begins, here at The Barefoot Sanctuary. Leading movement classes, guiding Moon Circles, some soulful workshops and offering you 121’s that include movement, and practical life-coaching weaved with magical tools, like tarot.  

The core desires leading me today are Alchemy, Reclamation & Liberation.

Fiona Fisher
Fiona Fisher

Originally from Dublin, I moved to East Lothian with my family in 2010 having spent many years visiting the area. I first discovered the benefits of massage after our third daughter was born. These sessions really supported me through this wonderful yet very demanding time in my life. I realised the importance of the power of touch and how transformative it can be. I decided to study so that I could help others in the same way. I am a qualified Deep Tissue Massage Therapist and now study Advanced Clinical Massage with Jing Advanced Massage Training in Brighton. I take an intuitive client based holistic approach with the intention of easing tension, increasing range of motion and addressing any discomfort or pain conditions. 

I am also a Community Herbalist having studied with Nikki Darrell in Ireland for the past couple of years. I am now training to becoming a Clinical Herbalist. My curiosity in plant medicine was sparked after learning so much from my own Herbalist while he treated myself and my family. Through these studies I have found a much deeper appreciation and connection to the land and plants around me in a way that I never expected.  There is much joy to be had from immersing ourselves in our local plant life and being fully present in each Season. 

I have been involved in the local yoga community for many years. In my spare time I love to be outdoors foraging wild food, cycling and swimming in the beautiful waters of East Lothian. 

The core desires leading me today are Connection – Truth – Earth

Lyndsay Taylor
Lyndsay Taylor

I moved to east Lothian from Galloway in 2011 to pursue my passion for helping others in the form of studying Health Psychology. As a child I was deeply fascinated by individual differences, how the mind works and how we are all influenced by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors unique to each individual.  

The desire to teach yoga came through my travels in Australia and South East Asia where I began to see the difference that this practice could have on mind, body and soul. I loved how this form of mindful movement complimented the study of psychology and how it can act as a valuable tool for managing the demands of everyday life which can be overwhelming to so many.  

In January 2020 I travelled to the magical grounds of Bali where I embarked on the first of my yoga teacher trainings. I teach Vinyasa style, Hatha, pregnancy, postnatal and mum and baby classes. I love nothing more than feeling the collective energy of many unique souls coming together to practice in the same space.  

In my classes you can expect a mix of breath work and mindful movement sewn together to anchor you to how your body really feels as it is now. All I ask is that you come as you are, with an open heart and mind and be prepared to tap in to what feels good for you in YOUR UNIQUE body and mind.  A class taught from the heart with love and compassion is what I offer to you. 

The core desires guiding me today are Connection, joy and freedom

Kamila Sokolowski
Kamila Sokolowski

I’m originally from the Czech Republic and Scotland has been my home for the last 15 years. I am a fully trained TA counsellor and Birth companion and I have my own business www.harmoniasupport.co.uk. 

I am passionate about people’s life stories and I love supporting them on their path through their life challenges. I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors which includes running, yoga, walking and socialising with friends. My connection with nature and the outdoors is hugely beneficial both physically and mentally to me and my family and I love bringing Mother Nature into my work.

Through my work in the Barefoot Sanctuary, I would love to share with you different skills, how to trust your body, how to connect with intuition and wisdom and how to stay calm and relaxed so you can live a balanced, peaceful life and overcome the life obstacles with inner strength and encouragement.

The core desires leading me today are StrongSharing and Action.

Vicky Logan
Vicky Logan

I am a parent of three children, a primary school teacher and a yoga teacher. Living in a busy, noisy and often rushed world, I find myself needing stillness and peace to stay balanced. Through practising yoga, particularly Yin yoga, where the holding of poses allows the mind time to explore feelings of acceptance whilst the body is able to stretch enables me to find the space to slow down and connect with myself.

I adore teaching, it is my passion and I feel more than lucky to have found yoga and be able to share the benefits of it.

I love spending time with my family and friends, walking my dog at the beach, baking and travelling.

The core desires leading me today are CalmHappy and Content.

Tine Breusch
Tine Breusch

I moved from Germany to Scotland in 2003, and continued working as a teacher for German and nutrition. Meanwhile, back pain has made me a client of Pilates for many years until – thanks to my competent instructors – I pursued diplomas in Pilates Level 3, Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions, ante- and postnatal Pilates and Suspension Pilates.

Today, teaching Pilates and its benefits is my “favourite subject”. Changes and new challenges due to the pandemic, brought about the wish to further deepen the balance between the body, mind and spirit as the Josef Pilates Movement philosophy intends to achieve. My desire is to create various ways for fusing functional motion with uplifting emotions and calming thoughts, my rekindled love for poems and inspirations from my treasured walks are woven into the flow of a barefoot and balanced session.

The core desires leading me today are Connected, Caring and Playful.

Fiona Unsworth
Fiona Unsworth

I live by the sea in North Berwick with my husband David, my two young girls Annie and Joanna and my dog Lola. The sea has always been special to me having grown up spending holidays with grandparents by the sea in Fife.

Over the years I have taken part in various water sports – kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, and more recently I have started sea swimming and really feel the benefit both physically and mentally. On dry land I love to play piano and sing my heart out! I am focused on living an authentic life, looking for guidance from within and following my inner compass.

My inner compass led me to massage therapy and am now a massage and reiki therapist. I have personally benefited from massage for stress relief throughout my life and often wondered what it would be like to be able to help people in the same way as I had been helped. It is the most wonderful feeling to put your hands on another body and to feel it physically change as tensions are released.

The core desires leading me today are Truth, Security and Confidence.

Bronwyn Macaskill
Bronwyn Macaskill

Born in South Africa and moved to Edinburgh in 1998 with my husband Doug. Edinburgh was where I first developed my love for Yoga and saw the many benefits of combining yoga with my long distance running.

We moved to AbuDhabi in 2008 where my journey into Yoga continued on a more emotional and spiritual level. In 2017 I completed my 200 hours with Kaya Peters in Yoga and Therapeutics and in 2018 I completed 100 hours Yin Yoga with Jacquelene Sadek.

In 2019 we moved to North Berwick where I discovered a passion for sea swimming which I find compliments my love of yoga from an emotional, physical and spiritual point of view.

My Intention is to share my journey, my joy and my love of Yoga in Barefoot and Restored.

The core desire values leading me today are Community, Excitement and Valued.

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