Celia Gaze, made a name for herself putting bow ties on llamas – after hitting burnout in a high powered NHS job and experiencing the very real de-habilitating impact of stress. Quitting her high pressured job, she spent three months reflecting and reviewing her life – and found the answer to her future staring back at her, in a rundown farm owned by her partner.
Attracted to a new challenge that took her ‘back to basics’ Celia decided to dedicate her time to bringing this farm back to life, with a vision of harnessing nature and using the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ to design and build a venue focused on wellbeing. She created The Wellbeing Farm.
This passion project saw her in court, nearly bankrupt and once again experiencing high levels of stress as she had walked in blindly to a project she was out of her depth in…..then inspiration came when she put a bow tie on a llama and she transformed the venue into an award-winning wedding venue that attracted couples from miles around.
Having made this a hugely successful business Celia has now revisited her original goals of the farm to provide a wellbeing space for other burnt out professionals and has proudly just incorporated Wellbeing Corporate into the Wellbeing Farm, offering events space and team building days to corporates keen to look after their staff. In 2022, The Wellbeing Farm will become one of the first hospitality businesses in the UK to become a B Corp.
Celia has written a book about her experience: ‘Why Put a Bow Tie on a Llama? How a crazy idea can change your life and transform your business’, is an honest and highly practical guide to starting your own business, recovering from work-related burnout and bouncing back from failure.
Bursting with down-to-earth, straight-talking advice and Celia’s passionate guidance on self-care, it is an inspirational and invaluable read for anyone looking to transform their business or even start their own.
Celia’s book was a finalist in the business journey category of the Business Book Awards 2021. Celia has been listed amongst some amazing business stories including Rob Law, MBE who founded the Trunki and Rob Angel who created Pictionary the bestselling board game.
The Wellbeing Farm
The Wellbeing Farm is a fun, unique and sustainable farm-based wedding and events venue based in Lancashire, UK which embraces wellbeing by saving the organiser time, hassle and ultimately stress. The business also has a corporate events arm Wellbeing Corporate specialising in delivering sustainable corporate events. We aim to achieve the highest standards in sustainability and employee involvement. We are committed to working with the local community and employees to make the business as inclusive as possible. We carry out our purpose through delivering amazing weddings, parties and corporate events. In 2022 The Wellbeing Farm will become one of the first B Corp accredited venues in the UK.
The Wellbeing Farm website: www.thewellbeingfarm.co.uk
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