Our dream to open a community hub

As Naked Wild and Free we are part of a community interest company called Bohemia Blackpool C.I.C, which also includes The Gathering fields and Elephant creative thinking

Together and separately we have done all sorts of work in and with the community, and last year we was blessed to be awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund to do an 8 week course with young (under 25) mums to teach them to cook, all about natural living, sewing, knitting, open up their worlds with vision boards, dreaming, yoga and meditation and have a trip to the  farm at The Gathering fields to learn about growing foods and herbs, this went down really well and I am pleased to say one of the mums has totally changed her eating habits, she has ditched her addictions to unhealthy food and has made some massive changes in her life.



We love that we are linked from our deprived Blackpool town to an 288 acre farm in Dolphinholme, where children and adults have the opportunity to get away from the grey buildings and be totally immersed in nature, and learn practical things to change their lives. When the young mums experienced a sound bath for their first time, some of the children fell asleep they were so relaxed and the mums said it felt out of this world!

Planting herb/fairy gardens to take home went down really well, and story time in the yurt for the small ones was exciting. Sharing life stories and having the experience of older mums to talk to about worries and concerns was a brilliant part of the course, and keeping the network of people going to help and inspire is key too.


It is our dream to restore this old Quaker meeting house into an alternative community hub, we believe in living without toxic chemicals, eating clean food that nourishes our bodies and minds, living a purer life and sharing positivity to be the best you can be and encouraging optimum health through talks, food and special events.

Combining this with workshops, theatre productions, cinema evenings, mini festivals, encouraging the local elderly to come and share their stories, holding groups for homeschoolers, parents, children, ethnic minorities and those in our community that feel different for not living in a mainstream way.

We want to open a place where we will welcome community members to come and stay a while, be surrounded by like minded people, eat cleanly and refresh the mind and relax the body, make new friends, get a support network and learn new skills.

It will be unlike any community centres that already exist, we will have a faded elegance decor with twists of a travelling circus, there will be a relaxed bohemian vibe throughout the building. Our ethos is all about eco living, upcycling, reusing, bringing joy and happiness through positivity, growing and learning.

The front room will be dedicated to eating wholesome, vegetarian and dairy free food with squishy sofas, mismatched tables and lots of books, a children’s area with bean bags and wooden toys. There will also be a juice bar serving smoothies, juices and raw foods. This will be Blackpool’s only dedicated vegan/vegetarian, dairy free, fairtrade, organic eatery. With gluten free options available too. The nearest one similar is 30 miles away.

The hall will house many projects including workshop space, mini festivals, vegan fairs, craft projects, farmers markets, art gallery evenings for local artists, yoga, meditation, dancing, sound baths and much more plus having a rentable space for other community groups to use. There will be a stage area for performers to come along and share their talents plus we can put on special evening events in this area too.

Sometimes the hall will be transformed into a cinema showing documentaries and wellbeing films. It will be a great educational space too for homeschool groups and other community projects to use.

The garden is perfect for us growing organic foods, for teaching the community how to grow your own too.

This project is needed in Blackpool as it will educate, socialise and bring together community minorities who have no other place they feel they can go in a safe and homely environment. It is also needed to educate people in eating healthily and on a budget as Blackpool has some very deprived areas. We can teach skills in growing veg, crafts, arts, cooking, eating well, juicing, foraging, meditation, alternative therapies, sewing, composting, keeping chickens, self employment, PR and marketing, blogging and social networking, nutrition, eco parenting and many more.

After putting out a survey to local people our findings showed that there was a lack of communal space where people could meet up, eat, talk, share stories and meet like-minded people who didn’t serve alcohol. Also cafes ect close at 5pm and the only other establishments to meet up in are nightclubs, pubs and fast food outlets. Health conscious non drinkers don’t want to go to these places.
There is a lack of a wholesome venue that teens can feel safe in.
There is no venue specifically for vegans/vegetarians/gluten free/organic eating in the fylde coast. Over 60% surveyed said they would like an organic venue.
59% said they would like to see mini festivals, small concerts and workshops available to all ages.
Positivity and healthy living are the subjects people are most interested in.
There is a lack of friendly, safe places for mums with children that are not play areas to meet and make new friends.

We can’t wait for this dream to come true so we can help and serve more of our diverse and wonderful community and give something to Blackpool that it has never seen before.

Learn how to cure Crohns disease naturally

Learn how to cure Crohns disease naturally

Today we had the pleasure to chat to David Donovan Brown who against doctors advice for medication, healed himself naturally from crohns disease.
What an inspirational and positive story, showing how imbalances in your body can be cured naturally.
“I was diagnosed with crohns disease in April 2015 but I had been suffering for much longer without a diagnosis.
By the time I was diagnosed I had already started to change my eating and drinking habits. I gave up smoking and consuming alcohol in June 2014 so I was already 10 months into that journey and I had also gone from vegetarian to vegan shortly before that.
In 2014 I was training for the Paris marathon and I started to notice quite drastic weight loss which ultimately lead to my diagnosis.
It turned out that my Ileocecal Valve had developed scar tissue and was almost closed and I couldn’t absorb nutrients effectively. I was also diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia and my small and large intestines were covered in ulcers.
I was told that I may need surgery to open the Ileocecal Valve and my specialist recommended that I start a 2 year treatment plan of Immunosuppressants.

You must try cacao, its the new healthy high!

Have you tried cacao yet? it is amazing and the new healthy trend that is taking the UK by storm.

Raw Cacao (pronounced Ka-cow)

It is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter), you can get it in various forms, nibs ( like little chocolate chips), beans, powder and in blocks. It is the purest form of chocolate you can get.

What better than pampering yourself with a hot chocolate made with Sicilian orange oil, cacao, almond milk and maple syrup.

It’s blumming delicious!


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Or make yourself some bliss balls.

using only 3 ingredients, cacao powder, ground almonds and medjool dates, so simple and tastes like heaven!

Bonus is they only cost 30p per ball

bliss balls

Check out our energy boosting raspberry and cacao smoothie recipe

Also check out what all the fuss is about with our guide to cacao

or how about trying this amazing Matcha and peppermint chocolate crunch bar, totally delicious!



Vegan Caramelised banana with candied walnuts and lemon sorbet

We have been very blessed by Mark Hartstone, chef proprietor at La Fosse at Cranborne  for sending us a special vegan recipe to share with you.

The restaurant has a special vegan and vegetarian theme night coming up on 14th July, pop over to book your place.

Vegan Caramelised banana with candied walnuts and lemon sorbet

The great thing about this recipe is that it is almost entirely from store cupboard ingredients.

Other than the sorbet the dish can be put together whilst your dinner guests are digesting their main

course! The walnuts can be prepared in advance along with the sorbet, however the caramel on the

banana will dissolve into the fruit and therefore must be done at the very last minute.

lemon sorbet

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Energy boosting Raspberry & cacao smoothie

When you get that afternoon slump instead of grabbing a bar of chocolate blend up an energy boosting smoothie, if you go out to work, make it in the morning and take it with you just make sure you keep it chilled at work. Simple to make and tastes like velvet, you will get a buzz from the cacao and baobab which will last a lot longer than a bar of chocolate.


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10 simple tricks to sneak more vegetables in your diet

Do your meals tend to look mostly beige on your plate?

When was the last time you had a portion of veg?

Can’t remember? Don’t worry – you are not alone! According to latest research, nearly 70% of Brits don’t eat their ‘5 a day’! *

How much is enough?

Nutritionists and food experts have been saying for some time now, that the  ‘5 a day’ rule is outdated and should be seen as the minimum, not the optimum recommended daily intake. But does this mean five apples a day will keep the doctor away? What are the rules?

Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at www.SuperfoodUK.com, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing explains, “People don’t generally seem to have a problem eating fruit and the 5 a day concept is confusing – with some thinking that the message translates into 5 portions of fruit per day. Fruit, while nutritionally good for us, does still contain natural sugar (fructose) so the ratio should be 1 portion of fruit to 4 portions of vegetables. If you eat more than 5 portions of vegetables in one day, do not exceed more than 1-2 portions of fruit”.

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Gennaro’s summer vegetable stew recipe

With more of you embracing vegetarian options because of social media and environmental awareness and hopefully this website 😉 I thought you might like this lovely Summer Vegetable Stew recipe by Gennaro Contadlo who is going to be at this years BBC Good Food Show Summer.

Gennaro has, had a place in our hearts since appearing all those years ago on Jamie Olivers cookery programmes, his accent and smile are infectious and I am so excited to see him on Thursday 16th June with the other half of the Greedy Italians Antonio, when they will be cooking live on the  Supertheatre. We will be going to check out the show and bring you back all sorts of foodie goodness if you can’t make it to Birmingham yourself.

We have a Special offer to our lovely readers if you want to visit the show, 20% off tickets using code MV20.

veggie stew

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Easy dairy and meat free lasagne recipe

Easy dairy free and meat free lasagne recipe, serves 6.


You will need:

Packet of lasagne sheets (these can be gluten free if you wish)

Tin chopped tomatoes

Bag of quorn mince (or vegan option could be green lentils)

2 large cloves of garlic

1 onion

Salt, pepper, chilli flakes, paprika, mixed dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, sage, marjoram etc (fresh works great too)

Coconut oil

1 Aubergine


Wild garlic oil ( any flavoured oil would work, even plain olive oil)

Flour, dairy free marg, nutmeg (optional), non dairy milk, kale, garlic clove, coconut oil for the topping and side serving.

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Conscious Camp 2016

Feeling so grateful and full of love. I have just returned from Conscious camp.

First time camping at this amazing gathering of beautiful souls in Wales we had fun, dancing, bathing and swimming in the river, going to awesome workshops, attending yoga each morning at 8am, listening to inspiring talks, eating amazing vegan food and having a profound heart opening experience.

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The river, perfect for naked swimming ( I kept my clothes on), paddling and making your skin feel really smooth

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14:00 – 15:00 Free style Dance with Steve
15:00 – 16:00 Dream Building with Lisa
16:00 – 17:00 Peaceful Warrior Training with Phil
17:00 – 17:30 Opening Ceremony/Speed Meet
17:30 – 18:30 DINNER
18:30 – 21:00 Singing Bowls with Scott
21:00 – 22:00 Chanting round the fire with Suzie


07:00 – 08:00 Free space for early meditation
08:00 – 09:00 Yoga with Jessica
09:00 – 10:00 Awakening Dance with Lisa
10:30 – 11:30 Sound Bath with Suzie
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 14:00 Red Tent with Jane/Men’s Circle with Stephen
14:00 – 15:30 Red Tent with Jane/Men’s Circle with Stephen
15:30 – 17:00 Sound Bath with Scott
17:00 – 18:00 Tai Chi with Patricia.
18:00 – 19:00 DINNER
19:00 – 20:00 Foraging with Wil
20:30 – 21:30 Meditation with Suzie S
21:30 – 22:30 Open Mic for Music or talks


07:00 – 08:00 Free space for early meditation
08:00 – 09:00 Yoga with Jessica
09:00 – 10:00 Awakening Dance with Lisa
10:00 – 11:30 Conscious Connection with Stevi
11:30 – 12:30 Foraging with Wil
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 15:30 Ying and Yang with Jessica/ Menarche ceremony with Jayne
15:30 – 16:30 Feng Shui with Claire
16:30 – 18:00 Conscious Party with Steve
18:00 – 19:00 DINNER
19:00 – 20:45 Ecstatic Dance with Sharon
20:45 – 22:00 Open Mic for Music or talks


07:00 – 08:00 Free space for early meditation
08:00 – 09:00 Yoga with Jessica
09:00 – 10:00 Awakening Dance with Lisa
10:00 – 11:00 Child’s play with John
11:00 – 12:00 Drumming with Alan
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 14:00 Qi Gong with Philip
14:00 – 15:00 Closing Ceremony
15:00 – 16:00 Social time and goodbyes.

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The compost loo’s which despite adding sawdust got pretty stinky after 4 days.

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It was 4 days of bliss, being with like minded people, no alcohol, no smoking, no stinky perfume, just free, natural beings who smile. I could of easily lived there, the river was lovely but pretty cold, we bathed in it and washed our hair, had deep chats whilst fish swam by us. The vegan food was so tasty and it was lovely not to cook and not to worry what am I going to eat because I knew it was all lovely food. Stories and songs around the fire at night, chanting and a lovely way to make each single person feel special. We sang to each person “Ruby (or their name) we love you, deep down in our soul, Ruby we love you deep down in our soul, deep down, deep down, deep down in our soul” the feeling of love, friendship and gratitude was palpable. Not having to do anything you didn’t want and knowing you are provided for and cared for was a beautiful experience.

I didn’t miss facebook at all and felt less stressed and my back muscles didn’t ache at all. I didn’t sleep well at night, I was really cold despite a sleeping bag, blanket, pj’s, hat and onsie! But what I did love was waking up naturally to the birdsong and sound of the river, rather then squarking chickens, whinging dogs and traffic noises. I can’t wait to live in the countryside and breathe in the pure air and be surrounded by lush green fields.

Feel good Friday mantras


We all like positivity quotes right?

Well here are 5 feel good Friday mantras to get you through the weekend:

1. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. Abraham Lincoln

2. Giving back, doing motivational speeches and stuff like that, that’s always made me feel good. If you repeatedly go out there, and you are the change that you want to see, then that’s what you are. Keke Palmer

4. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  Mahatma Ghandi

5. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.  Oprah Winfrey

Today remember, no matter who you are or what you have, you always have something to give, whether its just a 5 minute chat with an old person at the bus stop who may not have spoken to anyone for a week or buying someone lunch, you can make such a difference in someone else’s life today, and in return you make a difference in your own.