The Journey to Self Enlightenment with Andrew Cuerden and Carmen Rendell from Soulhub
In this episode we talk to the founder of Soulhub Carmen Rendell and her partner Andrew Cuerden.
We all have our stories and this forms an integral part of our journey to enlightenment. In this podcast Andrew and Carmen are open enough to share their stories of how they ended up where they are today.
Gift: Andrew is a skilled movement and emotion therapist. By integrating dance with a variety of other physical and metaphysical disciplines, Andrew assists individuals to find their own unique state of physical and emotional grounding, balance and effortless rhythm.
Biography: He spent his life learning to Latin and Ballroom dance from the community halls of South Africa, before coming to the UK when he was 20 years old. He was one of the professional dancers on ‘Strictly’ in 2005 and has since spent his life dedicated to teaching others his love of dance.
His work is about facilitating nourishing social interactions and a sense of community through music and dance. He specialises in expertly crafting social dance experiences that not only entertain and educate but inspire holistic wellbeing through meaningful connections.
Whether you’re looking for an online fun ‘Cha Cha Cha’ class, or you want to learn how to express yourself fully, Andrew uses dance as a mechanism to tap into the body and our emotional states. To unclear the blockages, work through presenting emotions, and build confidence in all areas of your life.
So to book a group class, corporate team building, one-on-one lessons then Andrew uses his 30 years of dance experience to reach you at the level you’re at, and create the best environment for you to thrive in. His nature is soft, approachable, kind and soulful. He leads with strength and passion, and will take you on a dream journey through dance.
Why we love Andrew: For his undeniable raw talent and passion for dance. His cheeky smile. His ability to translate movement and emotions, and use his intuition to work through what’s really going on for you, using dance, movement and language. His gentleness, humour, and presence.
As unique as we all are, we are also the same. Humans, as a species have a limited amount of emotions, but the complexity about how they are seeded in our bodies, how they are expressed, and how we deal or don’t deal with them depends on many variations. Our environment, our upbringing, even our past life existence, how we are perceived in the world, and how we perceive the world. Everything has a role to play in our evolution.
That’s why I do what I do. I love to help others unravel their patterns and behaviours. To explore themselves with a curious eye to ultimately find freedom in their minds and bodies.
I do this in many ways, but mostly by simply being with you, and enabling you to go through your unique process to self understanding. It can be painful, it can be joyful. But ultimately it’s a path worth taking more than any other in this world right now. It’s a gift to yourself.
The exploration is supported through my education, but also life experience which has been influenced strongly by some of the best mentors in the world, and my own fascination with the human psyche.
If possible, I love to walk in nature with you. To connect to something bigger than us. To allow the world to guide us. If walking isn’t an option, online can enable a space for new creation and freedom of expression too.
As Founder of Soulhub, my vision is to help others understand themselves better, because from this place, the world will already be a better world.
There are 3 key ways to work with me:
1 – Deep Dive
2 – Your regular walking therapy (Soulwalking Therapy) or
3 – Leadership/team offsite exploration
Firstly, a bit more about ME.
I’ve delved deep into my own soul. Especially over the last 10 years. It’s been quite a path, which has led me to the most scary places, and the most incredible.
The Staple Stuff
I spent 20 years in corporate life. Working for big brands from Barclays, to Lloyds to Musto and Jack Wills. I’ve led international marketing campaigns, created marketing, sales, social, partnership, sponsorship, events plans and worked with remarkably talented creatives and marketers. I always loved the creative, and getting things done. But none of the products pulled me to a place which felt like I was ‘meant to be doing’ this. I just felt like a square peg in a round hole.
The Adventurous Spirit
I’ve packed by back pack a hundred times to take me on some of the best adventures you could think of. Around the world trip, taking me to the glaciers of Patagonia, sand of the Atacama Desert, bright lights of Vegas and huts of Vietnam. I sailed from Brisbane to China on the Clipper Round the World Race. I walked the (half so far) of the Camino, and to Everest Base Camp. In January 2020, I started walking the British Isles coastline. In March, life changed, and I’ve devoted more time to Soulhub, and the creation of a beautiful partnership with my boyfriend Andrew.
The Inner Work
Along the way I’ve healed with shamans, Balinese healers, danced in the jungle, drank medicine, and looked inside. I spent 2 years training with Andrew Wallas and friends at the School of Wizards. Held the mirror up time and time again to understand why I took certain choices, and why I behaved the way I behaved. Retrained as an integrative therapist for 3 years, worked in an addiction charity for 3 years. And now I bring all that together and work with whatever you bring.