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Move beyond your conditioned limitations and roles

into simple naturalness, ease and joy

Prioritise your profound awakening journey

What are you looking for in life?

Perhaps you long to be in touch with your tender heart?
Or your passionate raw power?
Or your love of life?
Maybe you have questions about who you are?
Or about your next steps?
Would you like to understand and break through all those old patterns that hold you back?
In the way you relate to others?
In the way you relate to yourself?
In the way you relate to Life itself?

Do you want an opportunity to explore the stories that you tell about your life?
Are you willing to be lovingly challenged on these?
Are you thirsty for the freedom that lies beneath and beyond all stories?
Are you hungry for the nourishment and company of a band of committed fellow travellers?

Secret Garden may be just what you’ve been looking for! Joy uses her extensive experience and profound intuition, to help you break through to your shining essence. She gives you tools you can use for your whole life. This is a practical, real and natural approach, combined with world-class facilitation and powerful energetics.

Explore and receive nourishment & connection through circles, ongoing retreat groups & trainings, one-to-one & couple sessions.

This profound awakening work is at the leading edge of our evolving humanity and is for you if you value love, truth and depth – and good company – do get in touch and get involved!

  • I had a knowing of the peace and presence that I am. This knowing gives ‘me’ much more relaxation and acceptance. Everything is arising and it's great! Nothing needs to change! I have so much gratitude for this opening

    Julia West, Cirencester

  • Joy's ability to help individuals & couples understand what real love and happiness is, is beyond expression. Her warmth, love, patience, courage & passion has forever imprinted itself on my relationship with myself & with others. If I could afford to double her fees, I would do that in a second. She is definitely the first person on my wedding list!

    Fiona Cambell, Bristol

  • I am eternally grateful for what you have shared with us; it is incredible to see where I was and where I am now. I will definitely continue on this journey and build on the wonderful learnings

    Tom Lowery, Stroud

  • Absolutely amazing, you are such a delight and I am in awe of your ability to facilitate all that virtually on your own!
    Clearly I can’t stop now. The thought of living my life with that sort of sparkle and pleasure is something I did not imagine was possible at my age!!!! Well I had not actually given up all hope, but was beginning to doubt. And then this. You.

    Philip Batchelor, Stroud

  • The biggest thing that came was that ‘it’s alright to be me’ & that ‘there is nothing wrong with me and how I do life’. I suppose before there was an underlying feeling that what is right for others should be right for me which left me feeling inadequate. But that’s all gone now. It inspires me to be true to my own needs which makes me feel truly liberated.

    Kim Rossi, Notts

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Work with Joy Hicklin-Bailey

Experience depth, authenticity, connection and transformations that Last

Receive world class facilitation in superb company with kindred spirits…

Beyond separation,
beyond unfulfiled longing,
beyond suffering,
is aliveness and unknowing…

Joy Hicklin-Bailey is expert in facilitating breakthroughs in consciousness & in facilitating relating for singles and couples. With over 30 years’ experience, she brings an unparalleled, agenda-free blend of skill, immense energetic sensitivity,  & an intuitive sense of your innate potential.
Join us in exploring the themes of life, beingness, service, sexuality, intimacy, and relating. Awaken to the freedom of simply being.

You can experience the power – which comes from the energetic, a dedication since childhood to love & truth – of the gatherings, & sessions. Join us – explore the themes of life, beingness, service, sexuality, intimacy & relating & awaken to the freedom of being.

Joy is writing 2 books with the working titles Only One and Joyful Loving – How You Can Live Awakened Intimacy

Those heart friends we meet in this Garden are so important to us. Thanks for being here, and for sharing the joy and wonder of being human. We love our participants & private clients, &, thankfully, they love our work, & love what they discover in their own beings, through it. We hope that if we haven’t yet met, you join us too, & receive the gifts of being.

Recently, we asked over 20 clients what they value about Joy and Secret Garden

We were very touched by their feedbacks. Often the same words and themes were repeated, so here is a summary:

Joy is a pioneer, at the forefront of transformational and spiritual facilitation. She is no distant guru type. Joy has true genius in creating mutual trust, and the formation of close bonds, within any circle. Yet she is also sensitive and caring, a woman & friend to all she spends time with.


Joy’s commitment,  generosity, her wisdom about next steps, her capacity to deeply listen and feel, and her laser ability to help men and women cut through emotion & chaos to find focus and crystal clarity. She is touchingly gentle with those who are sincere and new to this work. Joy walks her talk. Tim supports Joy and all the men with humanity and heart. Their relating in circles inspires and is a wake up call for both men and women.


Joy has unconditional love, pure and innocent child spirit, acceptance of all that is, total surrender to Life in each moment, deep humility. She has been a lifeline. Joy is real, vulnerable and human. She models this for all, so that Secret Garden offers depth work of substance and a grounded, authentic circle of genuine safety.


The quality of facilitation is rarely, if ever, offered elsewhere. This builds a deep trust and connection that I have not encountered anywhere else. Joy sees me & all clearly and embraces me without judgement. She creates an absolutely safe space where I can totally relax and let go, where all that I am can unfold and express itself.


Light is shone into the darkest corners, and what needs healing has a chance to dissolve and be loved into wholeness. She supports men and women to shed old beliefs and wounding and helps them find a new and right way forward. It is wonderful to witness this and experience it.


Joy’s workshops are filled with playfulness, laughter, joy and deep friendship. For me,  Joy and Secret Garden is both ordinary and extraordinary – there is nowhere else to go – this is it. Why would I not want to come back? You can find more, direct and often unsolicited, testimonials here – just follow the links to courses that interest you

There is no separation. Embodied realisation of that is the only fulfilment & solution

Being is, it embraces all ‘your’ thoughts, beliefs & stories.

There is nothing to fix or fight.

You too can dance the magnificence … realising there is no separation, no separate ‘me,’ is key, beingness is the only answer

Two women voice the life that moved after a short Joyful Loving structure

Life is boundless and indescribable. Freedom is.


Beyond experiences, beyond what is apparently happening, beyond emotions & judgements, is space, no-thing, in its endless expression of what is, every-thing, vastness.


There is no meeting point

There is no meeting point between ‘healing the story’ – accepting, forgiving, being more conscious – and the message of Joy’s Only One talks, which point to the extraordinary, ordinary wonder of What Is.

Yet, Love is the unconditional source and receiver of all the stories, that which allows everything to be exactly as it is. ‘You’ are boundless freedom. Beyond separation, beyond unfulfilled longing, beyond suffering, is aliveness and unknowing. Wholeness is mystery.

There can be great confusion in the ‘spiritual marketplace’ about this. In Secret Garden these delusions dissolve. In the Only One events, Joy exposes that which is harmlessly misleading at the heart of most non-dual offering. Me’s dilemma is illuminated. Any sense of a separate self being able to do anything, or of prescriptive approaches, or of ‘approaching wholeness’, is cleanly absent. Freedom is.

In Secret Garden there are two utterly separate aspects. One is dialogue pointing to What Is and the other is profound explorations based on 30 years of psychotherapeutic practice.

In these live and online events – which include Joyful Loving, Essence, and Online Awakeness Is Circles – it is acknowledged that the separate, conditioned self appears in the dream, and that suffering and longing appear real. Deep exploration is facilitated, and liberated being is offered in a grounded way, so that the apparent story of a separate self is easier – and more fulfilling – to live. There is exploration of the fulfilment of human beingness, within the story.

The ‘approach’ is a sensing, feeling, seeing and listening to all that is apparently happening in the moment. The intelligence of life plays immaculately and sometimes surprisingly. Non-doing – rather than controlling what is happening with an agenda – allows apparent healing, and the revelation of the wholeness beyond the appearance of form, identity and role. The wondrous gift of life itself! The constricted and confined ‘me’ seems to find healing, ease and increased consciousness. Apparent problems and limiting patterns, beliefs and roles dissolve.