Neal’s Yard stands for:
- A seedbed for ideas about living a fulfilled life, creative expression and expansion of consciousness which can be exchanged, developed and tested
- A green and peaceful communal place in Central London.
- A holistic people- and heart -centred ethos where playfulness, health and well-being as well as inner personal development and spirituality are highly valued.
- A collection of independent businesses with ethical values
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Neal’s Yard stands for:
A seedbed for ideas about living a fulfilled life. It attracts people who want to exchange, develop and test ideas about sustainable living, social inventions, creative expression and expansion of consciousness. This can take the form of debate, meetings, events, manifestos, art and other – including virtual – platforms for communication of ideas and information.
A green and peaceful communal place in Central London.
The yard is a human scale, natural breathing space in the middle of the city. It is traffic free and has a specific allocated area for communal seating surrounded by greenery. It is possible to sit, relax and meet people there without having to buy anything. Buildings are colourful and attractive and feature as much planting as practical. Noise is kept to a minimum to provide a peaceful atmosphere. Creative art projects are encouraged.
A holistic people- and heart-centred ethos which nurtures health, playfulness and well-being. Information, sharing and education in personal development and spirituality are key activities associated with Neal’s Yard. Different forms of consciousness’ expanding techniques such as meditation, breathwork, herbalism, yoga, journeying, ceremony etc. are on offer. A variety of products and services promoting well-being are available, such as wholesome foods, bodywork, bodycare, complementary therapies.
A collection of independent businesses with ethical values
Customers should be able to expect:
* fair pricing
* efficient and knowledgeable service
* straightforward descriptions of products and services
* freely available information about products and suppliers
Staff should be able to expect:
* a pleasant and stimulating working atmosphere
* a fair share of responsibility
* good work division, with jobs being rotated as far as possible and outside contractors avoided whenever regular staff can do the work
* opportunities for career and personal development
* encouragement to split off and set up independently if the business grows to an unwieldy size
* transparency around the companies’ policies and actions