The Village Recommends – May 2021


What our Village team are reading, doing and listening to at home.




Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell

This was recommended to me by Rachel, one of our Walkers & Talkers (thanks Rachel!), and it’s just hilarious realism about being a parent in lockdown. Plus in each episode they have an open dialogue with other famous parents about how they are coping. ~ Catriona




If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie

I feel every woman needs to read this to reconnect with the power of the feminine. When we reconnect with the feminine we reconnect with ourselves and the earth. ~ Sarah



Crowd Science: How does my mind talk to my body?

I love listening to science podcasts from the BBC and Crowd Science is one of my favourites. This episode is all about the Vagus nerve and it’s fascinating to hear about the research into how our body influences our mind as much as, if not more, than our mind controls out body. Have a listen and learn about breathing for good vagal tone, depressing gut microbes and potentially dangerous cold showers. ~ Molly




On Connection – Kae Tempest

This book is so beautifully written, so tender and thoughtful and so relatable. Like poetry, but not. Written during the first lockdown it really encapsulates how many of us felt about the lack of connection. Plus Kae is a SE London local! ~ Emma




The Unlikely Dads Club 

Absolutely loving this addition to help represent Dads in Lewisham. ~ Yasmin




Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PHD

I have become very interested in the womb (womb healing and womb yoga) since having a miscarriage in May 2020. This desire to learn more led me to finding an incredible spiritual coach called Nehanda aka Soul Mama Coach – we worked together earlier this year and this book was on my reading list from Nehanda. It is a beast of a book which I am dipping in and out of – I am loving the author’s perspective that ‘women’s spiritual transformation is the most potent revolutionary force’. ~ Yasmin



Join us at The Village to chat with us about these in real life! And let us know if you have any recommendations of your own that your fellow Villagers might be interested in.

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