Trew Fields is the UK's first holistic health and cancer awareness festival, brainchild of Sophie Trew. Brought to life in 2017 with partner in event crime and friend, Will Herman.
Having seen too many friends and family struggle through cancer, fearful about the limited options they had and in a lot of pain, Sophie wanted to use her own experience of Hodgkins Lymphoma as a force for good. Trew Fields has become a legacy to those she knew who died of cancer, while giving strength to others and meaning to her own experiences. She wanted to bring light to the world of illness. Knowledge is power and information can help reduce fear of the unknown.
“I believe everyone should have access to all health information and at the moment, this isn’t readily available. Trew Field is a space to explore this in an uplifting environment. When I was diagnosed it was a confusing and isolating time because although there was a lot of information, much of it was contradictory and negative. Through research I came across a proactive health and cancer community. Trew Field was born out of a dream to bring together the people who inspired me in my recovery and a like-minded community in a context where we can share stories, exchange wisdom, have fun and build an empowered education movement. Above all, it’s about hope, which is often lacking.” Sophie Trew
The UK has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe. By coming together with open minds and representing both sides of the health debate, we can progress. Trew Fields aims to facilitate this progression.
Trew Fields was conceived as the UK’s first Cancer Awareness festival, but it has become a space for anyone interested in holistic approaches to health, regardless of their experiences of cancer. It’s a place to laugh, learn, relax, dance and celebrate all the wild curveballs life throws our way. A “restival”, to rest and rejuvenate, if you will.
In December 2016 the festival dream became a reality when good pals, Will and Sophie spoke about the idea in a London pub. Will amazingly offered to host the event on his family’s farm. The main thing was the pigs had to be up for it. After a site visit, they were on board and a beautiful co-founder partnership was formed.
With a diverse career in theatre and event production, Will helps turn the ideas and doodles into reality. In great alignment on creativity and ambition, they share in the festival legacy to build a health foundation to fund meditation in London’s primary schools through the 2018 festival & beyond.
The inaugural Trew Fields in 2017 drew crowds of 500 people and included workshops, holistic treatments, music, comedy and a range of vibrant and engaging speakers, each with their own stories to tell. Tickets for the festival in 2019 will be on sale soon. Like our page on Facebook for updates.