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Barre + Brownies with Luminary Bakery


On Saturday 10th March, we celebrated International Women’s Day with social enterprise Luminary Bakery through a special Barre + Brownies event.

After my mat-based BarreBodyLondon class at the lovely Yogahome studio (big thank you to Yogahome for kindly donating this space for the event!), we walked over to the Luminary Bakery cafe to indulge in delicious brownies. The brownies were HEAVENLY – so rich and gooey, exactly what you want on a Saturday afternoon! Rachael, Luminary’s Business Manager, then told us a little more about what they do and how we can get involved…


Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise offering opportunities for women who experience social or economic disadvantages to build a future for themselves. They use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world. Offering courses and qualifications, work experience and paid employment within the bakery, they empower and build confidence, enabling women to become independent and realise their dreams. They have many wonderful success stories, including a lovely and talented lady who has just set up her own cake business!

You can support this social enterprise in a number of ways, including:

  • Brunching at or buying from the bakery
  • Purchasing a celebration cake for a special occassion
  • Attending one of their bakery workshops
  • Becoming a mentor and providing roughly 1 hour of support a month
  • Donating directly
  • Recommending to a friend

I’d thoroughly recommend the brunch, bread and other baked treats!


As well as my mat-based barre class and yummy brownies, attendees were also treated to a goody bag with treats and discounts from brands that inspire, empower, or support women. These included:

  • Birdsong – a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ social enterprise offering fashion that’s fairer for women, paying living wage and supporting disadvantaged groups
  • Juta Shoes – a social enterprise employing passionate and skilled local women in London to handcraft espadrilles using reclaimed leather and environmentally-friendly materials ​
  • Freda – organic period care that gives back through partnerships with Bloody Good Period and A Bloody Good Cause in the UK and Kilipads in Tanzania
  • Pai Skincare – certified organic skincare that is effective whilst free from Parabens, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Petrochemicals, Detergents (SLS/SLES) and artificial fragrance
  • Natural Deodorant Co. – natural yet effective deodorant made using familiar and recognisable ingredients in a reusable glass jar
  • People Tree – a pioneer in ethical and sustainable fashion, using Fair Trade and Organic certified materials and pushing for a fairer fashion industry for all
  • AmaElla – an organic lingerie and nightwear brand offering conscious yet elegant underwear you can feel comfortable and confident wearing
  • Iam By Nature – a natural and organic certified skincare brand using very few ingredients all within recyclable packaging
  • Husk & Honey Granola – organic, gluten-free granola made in London, free from refined sugar, dairy and wheat
  • Joe’s Tea Co. – a London Living Wage accredited employer offering organic, whole leaf tea made with quality and ethics in mind

I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely ladies that attended the event – I really enjoyed it and I hope you did too. We managed to raise a wonderful £100 to support Luminary Bakery’s continued work empowering women.


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