Sharing the love this Valentines

Easy raw ‘cheesecake’

Rasberry heart cheesecake

I made this lovely raspberry cheesecake for the monthly cafe I run at the Brighton Buddhist Centre for the Beauty of Mantra evenings. This recipe is adapted from one Karen from the Sensitive Foodie Kitchen prepared for her monthly supper clubs here at Jane’s Place. I followed the recipe below but mixed half of the raspberries with the ingredients from the ‘middle’ to create 2 separate layers. So healthy but oh, so tasty! For more information about Karen’s supper clubs please click here


For the base:

1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes or so

1 cup almonds

For the middle:

1 1/2 cups cashew nuts soaked for at least an hour in warm water

juice of half a lemon

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

heaped1/2 cup solid coconut milk (keep at tin in the fridge)

For the topping:

Fruit of choice – I like raspberries but mango or blueberries work well. Cooked rhubarb too if you want something different!

For one big one, you’ll need a round loose bottomed tin. For small ones, muffin tins. Make the base first by blitzing the drained dates and almonds together until they are fine and stick. Spread out over the bottom of the large tin, press down to the edges to get a good overall, firm base. For smaller ones, spoon equal amounts into the muffin tins and press down firmly with the end of a small rolling pin. Place in the freezer to firm up.

Now make the middle layer. Place the soaked cashew nuts, lemon juice and melted coconut oil into the food processor. Open the tin of chilled coconut milk and scoop off the firm, thick cream from the top only – avoid the thin water underneath. Add this to the other ingredients and blend until completely smooth. You may need to scrape the mix down off the sides of the mixer bowl a few times. If it’s too thick, add a little of the thin coconut milk but be patient!

Once smooth, take the base out of the freezer and poor over the filling (for big one) or spoon filling into individual ones, and even out the top. Put back in the freezer whilst you prepare the fruit.

The fruit can either be blended smooth and stir into to the filling, or slightly mashed to release the juices and spoon over the top. The filling layer needs to be slightly chilled and firm to do this, but not so firm it can’t be mixed in. So work quickly, then remove the cheesecake(s) from the freezer, add your topping then refreeze for 2 hours until firm.

Remove from the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to serve it, gently remove from the tins before it starts to soften too much. For the large one, drizzle some additional fruit puree over the top before serving to add to the colour and presentation. These can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months, but will need slightly longer defrosting time.

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Holistic Therapists & Business Owners Networking in 2016


Branch is a collective meeting of Holistic Therapists, Health Practitioners and business Owner’s linked to the Health, Well Being and Beauty Industry.

It’s aim is to bridge the gap between therapists and practitioners within our community. Offering a chance to connect, educate, support, encourage and share ideas. Our meetings are held at a variety of different locations throughout Brighton and Hove. Future meetings dates will be noted on our FB page as well as on our monthly communications.

January’s meeting will be held at Jane’s Place.

As well as the chance to network with other key well-being industry professionals. January’s meeting will be host to talk from Carmen Vesztegom, Theta Healer and Nikken Consulatant as well as Suzanne Jarrett, registered Osteopath and Naturopath in Brighton and Hove

We hope you will clear a space in your diary to come and join us.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 9:30–11:30

Meeting cost is £15 payable on the day
Bring business cards

Joy is Power


A magical candlelit evening of uplifting beautiful soulful harmonies bringing inner stillness, peace and joy was held at the Brighton Buddhist Centre. Where Jane’s Place served delicious festive cake, nurturing homemade chai and raw chocolate on a beautiful cafe table in the peaceful joyful atmosphere nestled in amongst Brightons North Laines.

If you fancy soaking in another nuturing tradition of the monthly Jane’s Place Cafe please register your interest here.

Future dates for Beauty of Mantra 2016 at Brighton Buddhist Centre supported by Janes Place Cafe.
Jan 16th, 13th Feb, 12th Mar, 9th Apr



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Who needs christmas pud when you can have raw chocolate?



With a toasty warm fire, hot chocolate infused with festive spice and warming smells waiting, Jane lovingly delivered the first of her friendly and relaxed festive raw chocolate workshops in her nurturing welcoming setting.

Festive8Teaching how to nourish tastebuds in true health, all enjoyed a journey of understanding how pleasurable and easy it is to invite the buzz of raw chocolate creativity into the home kitchen and to the festive gift list.

There certainly is a lot to love about raw chocolate and with it Jane’s Place. Thank you to all for attending and spreading some early festive cheer.

Should you wish a similar experience, please contact Jane’s Place for future nurture workshops and to register interest.


Supporting Local Enterprise with Gratitude

Get a little raw goodness this festive season



The festive season is our favourite time to feel great gratitude for the year that has passed and to look forward to spending quality time with our family and friends.

Here at Janes Place Jane has been working hard to ensure that chocolate lovers can enjoy learning to make personal, happy raw chocolate treats for the holiday season, packed with love, health, and heavenly delicacies. With this festive workshop you can expect expert tuition from Jane, a passionate teacher who loves to share her skill and extensive knowledge of food within a nurturing workshop experience.

janeJane is thrilled and excited to offer an honest and beautiful superfood, combining the purest raw cacao with delicate festive flavours such as cranberry, orange and almond chocolate bark in her current workshop series. Janes’ raw chocolate work is made without cane sugar and dairy ingredient, an elegant product of high quality raw healthy chocolate, made with utter love, gratitude and hearty goodness.

The workshops run at Janes place are based in a beautiful heart filled space nestled in glorious Hove, East Sussex: offering an experience that is fun, friendly and welcoming.

A personal message from Jane

I love this time of year! Let’s get into the festive spirit and spend a cosy Sunday afternoon learning about raw chocolate – the healthier alternative to regular chocolate. The workshop is perfect for children, so you and your family can have a huge amount of fun learning new skills and create your own seasonal chocolate products to take home with you. We will make;

Cranberry, orange & almond chocolate bark
Chocolate popcorn cakes
Dipped chocolate apricots
Festive chocolates (mini santas, snowmen and more)

Whilst the chocolate sets, we get creative & decorate our chocolate boxes with seasonal stickers & gems.

Why Raw?

‘Huffington Post’ – If you’ve got a penchant for chocolate-y goodness, but don’t want to load up on processed food or sugar then cacao might be just the ticket.

Cacao is the raw, unprocessed chocolate superfood on everyone’s lips. Unlike your regular chocolate bar, raw cacao is supercharged with magnesium and flavanoids, which makes it good for you inside and out.

What Is Cacao?

Although cacao and cocoa are very similar (they look almost identical, are practically spelled the same, and both come from the Theobroma cacao tree) they are not be confused with one another.

Think of cacao as the healthier relative of cocoa: raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, which preserves the beans nutritional content; cocoa is heavily processed, roasted at high temperatures and has a lot of sugar added to it, which almost zaps away the health benefits.

To Book

Please contact Places are limited to 10 people, please do get in touch if you have any questions.


Sunday November 29th or 13th December

3PM – 4.30PM

£15 per person (£25 total for adult & child)


Janes Place Testimonial

What a delightful space Jane’s Place is. I attended a one-day workshop there and immediately felt comfortable as I walked through the door. Jane’s friendly, open approach and delicious food makes her the perfect hostess. The event room is large and bright and simply but beautifully decorated. I think we all really enjoyed eating lunch round the kitchen table which somehow just felt so joyous. A very special experience!


Jane’s Place raw chocolate ingredients are supplied by CHOC Chick. Not only is their organic cacao butter of the highest quality. Founder Galia places huge importance on the source of her raw ingredients.

”The provenance of our ingredients has always been incredibly important and sourcing ethically and responsibly is a fundamental value and very much a part of our Social and Environmental Policy. I feel very privileged to have had the chance to meet my cacao suppliers directly when I visited Ecuador in June 2011.”

CHOC Chick kits can be found in Infinity Foods in Brighton as well as Holland & Barrett, John Lewis Food Halls, Harvey Nichols, Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic to name but a few. Kits will be available to buy at the workshops for those raw choc enthusiasts who wish to experiment more at home! Check out CHOC Chicks website for more information.

Weekly YOGA with Lisa

yoga with lisa


Jane’s Place Yoga founder, Lisa Shaw has created a warming and inviting weekly space. Her style allows her to choose a style relevant to her practice and class. With an end goal; to bring about harmony and bliss through the reintegration of physical, psychological & spiritual aspects of who we are.

Teaching everything we need we already have, inside us, a happiness starting with you. Educating that by practicing yoga it provides a direction to connecting with the self, intuition, creativity & our boundless potential in life.

Through regular practice at Jane’s Place you will begin to notice those moments of space between thoughts, where the mind is quiet & still, thus creating a meditative practice of yoga & state of mind in a fast paced world

The classes include a variety of postures to produce a strong, dynamic practice to aid flexibility, strength, balance and fitness as well as relaxation and release, The classes are intimate and small, limited to 5.

Classes are held term time at the cost of £10 a class booked as a termly upfront fee.

Mon eve    7.30 – 9pm     

Tue morn  09.15 – 10.45am     

Wed eve    7.30 – 9pm   

Please contact for more information or to book

‘I have explored yoga at various points in my life – as a child, when travelling in India and before and after pregnancy – then in 2005, with a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old twin boys at home, I discovered Dynamic Yoga.

It ticked all the boxes for me, giving a fantastic physical workout as well as stimulating the mind and satisfying my soul; what started as a once a week ‘me time’ and weight loss tool became a passionate vocation.

Having trained with the British School of Yoga (BSY) and Stuart Tranter at Dynamic Hot Yoga, I have now been teaching yoga for over 6 years and hope to continue my learning and teaching throughout my life. I have more recently undertaken my pre- and post-natal yoga training with BSY, an area that many people have suggested my calm and caring mindfulness is perfectly suited.

As the daughter of a doctor and a psychotherapist, I have a deep interest in holistic and preventative healthcare. I have worked as a massage therapist, with a Buddhist training background as well as studying Thai massage at the Himalayan Yogic Institute, and incorporating reiki and reflexology.

I have always enjoyed an active and sporty lifestyle, including most notably hockey, climbing, surf-skiing and dancing. I also enjoy camping, hill walking, mountain climbing and kayaking and am vice-chair of governors at my childrens’ primary school.’