PHILOSOPHYcharacterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
MEDICINEcharacterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
Daylesford has it all: a shop that sells everything from farm-fresh food to beautiful homeware, a holistic spa and a restaurant serving sustainable produce. Its about an hours drive from London, making it the perfect escape from the city.
Waiting at the spa
Lunch is included in the Haybarn Destress package (that also includes a facial or massage!)
I opted for a selection of salads – super greens, heritage beet slaw and toasted grains. It tasted so fresh, like it had just been picked from a farm – oh wait..
When you killed me
It was silent.
I stood before you
At the heart you held in your hand
Under those dead eyes
That mirror mine.
The moment lingers
Where did you lose it,
Was it in my eyes?
Did the laser-light of my devotion
And throw my heart
All over the floor
Blood splattered everywhere
Like we care!
The Gate is a vegetarian restaurant located a short walk from Angel station. It strikes the perfect balance between casual and classy and its dishes follow an equally balanced theme of healthy and a little bit naughty (like the ‘white chocolate sphere’ that is also available free from gluten!)
Sweetcorn & cilantro fritters
In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear. It is scarcely less bitter than death: but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there.
I cannot rightly say how I entered it. I was so full of sleep, at that point where I abandoned the true way. But when I reached the foot of a hill, where the valley, that had pierced my heart with fear, came to an end, I looked up and saw its shoulders brightened with the rays of that sun that leads men rightly on every road. Then the fear, that had settled in the lake of my heart, through the night that I had spent so miserably, became a little calmer. And as a man, who, with panting breath, has escaped from the deep sea to the shore, turns back towards the perilous waters and stares, so my mind, still fugitive, turned back to see that pass again, that no living person ever left.