Namaste Clean & Connected Yoga Retreat

by Dr. Lou Prendergast in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Namaste Clean & Connected Yoga Retreat
We did it
On 3rd October 2019 we successfully raised £1,310 with 32 supporters in 21 days

Namaste Clean and Connected is a new social enterprise that takes individuals who are in recovery from addiction on yoga holiday retreats.

by Dr. Lou Prendergast in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

This is just the beginning...our first financial target will enable our pilot project to go ahead. Additional money will allow more people to join the trip and/or help us make arrangements for the next one!


I'm Dr Lou Prendergast, a social entrepreneur and yoga instructor working with people who are in recovery from addiction. This brand-new venture offers people an opportunity to travel; to deepen their recovery in calm and nurturing surroundings. 

The Issue

Imagine having been in active addiction for 20 or 30 years. Imagine the adverse childhood experiences and/or other social or emotional circumstances that might lead a person into seeking escape or comfort through drugs and/or alcohol. 

Imagine the devastation on a person's physical and mental health, the breakdown of family relationships, the social isolation and stigma and the soul-destroying lifestyle and/or criminal activities that a person can get caught up in to feed their habit. 

The Vision 

Imagine a person gets 'clean'. Being among the worst cases of addiction, they might secure a place in a residential drug rehabilitation facility. Now they have the support they need to begin to heal. They undertake a strict programme of structured activities, they become yoga practitioners. They discover that they are capable of finding the strength to face their emotional demons and discover their spiritual self.

Now picture practicing yoga by the pool, meditation on the roof terrace. Imagine sharing experiences and supporting each other through stories of hope and strength; setting daily intentions to renew the sprit and restore one's positivity. Picture blue skies, the vast ocean, the warm sun on the skin and an inner peace.

The Mission

I've invested £1000 for a five-day break to the beautiful island of Majorca. This covers half-board accommodation for three people. My mission is to secure match-funding to make this project happen. With another £1000 we can buy passports and flights and provide a budget for lunch and maybe even some trips and excursions.

With your kindness and generosity, we can give two former heroin addicts this beautiful gift. Meet Andy and Terence, both of whom were addicted to heroin. Help me to reward their incredible recovery with this short break. Read their stories here:


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A personal letter from Andy or Terence explaining the benefits that they experienced from their Namaste Clean and Connected trip.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A postcard from Andy or Terence from sunny Spain, thanking you for giving this wonderful gift.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Insights from Dr Lou's daily journal of the trip and the changes she witnessed in the participants on their Spanish retreat.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A collection of moments from the trip, including postcards and letters from Andy and Terence, photographs and insights from Dr Lou's daily journal describing the impact of the trip on the participants.

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