About Us

Life can be hard. But the biggest problems offer the greatest opportunities.

If you’re experiencing ANY kind of stress, emotional turmoil or difficulty right now – including health problems, money worries, work demands, relationship issues and everything in between – The Life Raft is for you.

At the Life Raft we offer tools and resources to help you overcome difficulties and to feel HAPPIER, STRONGER, HEALTHIER and more in control than ever before.

​The Life Raft was founded in 2012 By Rob & Sally during their recovery from PTSD as a result of a near-fatal knife attack. The Life Raft is a hub where we share the transformational teachings, tools and resources to transition from worn out, burnt out and washed out to health, confidence and happiness.

Rob Plevin

Co-Founder, The Life Raft

I'm married to Sally & we live in the beautiful Eden Valley. We have 3 children, a crazy Tibetan Terrier called Bodhi and a pantomime horse called Ned. I love to be outdoors and enjoy sailing, running (slowly), mountain biking and swimming in the river or lakes nearby.

I’m a former senior Special Ed. Teacher and behaviour consultant. I’ve also written a number of teacher training books but my passion these days is personal development – in particular mindfulness, meditation & practical stress management. I’ve spent a huge part of my adult life in an immensely stressed & burned out state – not sleeping properly, chronic pain, fatigue etc. Yada, yada, poor me, boo hoo.

Discovering and practicing mindfulness has been totally transformative for me.  It has brought about incredible changes in every area of my life.

I train clients in 1:1 and group situations to help them become free from stress, feel better about themselves and find a more relaxed (and effective) way of dealing with the pressures of life. I teach our main mindfulness programs and work with school senior management teams, businesses and corporate clients through our Resilience program. I'm a qualified Mindfulness/meditation trainer, Qigong teacher and breathwork coach.

Sally Plevin

Co-Founder, The Life Raft

I’m married to Rob and we have three children, Poppy, Andrew and Joe.

My passion, alongside helping people find true happiness, is being in the countryside – on my horse, my bike, swimming in the river or simply on my two feet. And the best days out are always finished off with a lovely meal with my family and friends.

Previously I spent 15 years as a Police officer with Northumbria Police.
I love to teach the two things that transformed my life after I was injured on both a mental and physical level - Mindfulness and Pilates, which I teach in the form of Mindful Pilates classes online via our Mindful movement membership program. 

I am also privileged to teach my passion for Mindful eating in the form of a course called ‘Love food, Love you’. I am incredibly excited by this programme which I have designed on the back of my, now healed, food and weight issues and my recognition that every woman deserves to feel beautiful.

Clare Bland

Pilates Teacher, Mindful Movement

My name is Clare and I am a senior physiotherapist and Pilates teacher. I started my career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy nearly 20 years ago and regularly used Pilates as an adjunct to treatment.

After having my 3 children I developed an interest in Women’s Health and for the last two years have worked in obstetrics, gynaecology and breast cancer care. I trained as a Pilates teacher with APPI and enjoy using Pilates to help promote strength, balance and flexibility. I love how Pilates can be modified to create an inclusive exercise option.

Outside of work and Pilates, I have 3 beautiful children and a fabulous puppy who keep me very busy! I enjoy getting outdoors, walking, running and spending time with friends and family.

Sharon Jacob

Yoga Teacher, Mindful Movement

I'm Sharon and I live in a small village in Kent with my husband Steve. I turned to Yoga and Meditation 5 years ago, when confronted with a diagnosis of Breast Cancer. Using movement, breath work, mudras and being present through mindfulness I was able to address the mental and physical challenges I faced.

My yoga mat became by sanctuary and remains so to this day. I use this experience in my teaching practice to support students in their journeys of discovery and development, demonstrating that yoga isn't just about the poses and that everyone can benefit in some way, as it is often those who are the most reluctant to participate who could benefit the most.

I trained with Zenways in London in both Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation under the guidance of Zen Master Julian Diazan Roshi. Alongside my Zen training, my style of teaching is closely aligned with oriental medicine and the changing of the seasons.

I am a postgraduate student of Yoga Reloaded, which in essence is about learning how to apply traditional yoga to science, anatomy and biomechanics to build strength and functionality for movement.

Are You troubled by Emotional Eating and Over Eating?

The answer starts in making the decision to look deeper than the next diet plan or eating regime. Permanent food freedom is most definitely an ‘inside job’.  

The changes come FAST once you learn to work on the inside first and learn to love yourself.

Sally's new book, Love Food, Love You is now available in multiple formats from Amazon:

Love Food, Love You

"I was very stressed before the course. I worried a lot and was unable to relax. I felt responsible for the happiness of my whole family. I am now finding it much easier to stay relaxed and not become stressed. I am able to stay calm in stressful situations and to focus on NOW rather than worrying my life away. I am enjoying life again."

Steph Jack
Quiet Mind Client


Trained to teach Mindfulness Meditation in the Rinzai-Zen tradition


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