42 ACRES was started by brother and sister Lara and Seth Tabatznik, with a belief that the most effective outer change starts from within. Their goal was to create intentional spaces that remind people of who they truly are, and to realise their highest potential. By encouraging change from within, Lara and Seth believe individuals can have a meaningful impact that serves both human and planetary wellbeing.
Our team and culture is a reflection of how we wish to see the world. All our staff either teach or practice a form of personal development. We support each other to thrive, whilst letting go of conventional hierarchies and structures. There’s a freedom to explore and an encouragement to create a new way of being in the world.
Lara is the co-founder of 42 Acres. On her journey of inner-work and personal transformation, it became clear to her that true change comes from within. During her time of self-discovery, Lara was privileged to both experience and witness how healing work can transform people. She felt a calling to create a dedicated home for others to have these life-changing experiences. A safe space for those with the desire to grow, dive deeper and actively engage with the world.
Lara dreams of combining her worlds of social change, consciousness and transformation –with a firm belief that when you allow yourself to go deeper inside, you can go further outside. She previously founded Bertha Foundation, and aims to bring leadership and transformation into the organisation.
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Seth is the co-founder of 42 Acres, bringing his commitment and passion for the environment into the initiative. Since 2011, he’s managed Berti Investments, which supports young, environmentally focused businesses in the UK.
Previously working in central London, frequently found staring at a computer screen, Seth realised that his worlds of nature, self and impact were misaligned. He now lives in Somerset, working remotely on impact investments, evolving his home into a self sufficient farm and nature reserve.
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From NGOs to social enterprise and from activists to entrepreneurs, Jeya has worked with a variety of people in different roles and environments with social good at the core. Her dream of leading her own project and stepping in the shoes of an entrepreneur has culminated in 42 ACRES Shoreditch. She believes that one answer to disrupting the system and creating a happier world is to foster a more conscious society supporting more activists to thrive across the globe, she hopes 42 Acres can play a small part in this vision.
Jeya attributes much of her belief and alignment with the vision of 42 acres to her parents, her ancestry and her desire to see beyond the surface. After years of suffering with anxiety she turned to mindfulness and holistic practices to help, never looking back.
Jeya holds a BA in International Relations (University of Sussex) and an MA in International Politics and Diplomacy (Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS).
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42 Acres Somerset
Our sister retreat center is nestled within a secluded valley surrounded by 700 acres of ancient forest and wild meadows. Providing elegant comfort and tranquility, the space is home to a range of pioneering transformative programmes, guided by trusted, supportive practitioners who help us reconnect with our world and our true purpose.
Planet-friendly and socially aware; we invite nature and community into our living, breathing space. We use the most ecological and socially conscious products and services.