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'I didn't understand how life can deal you some cards' - Leigh Arnold reveals how losing baby Flynn changed her life and how her quest for healing inspired Ibiza retreat centre


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Leigh with husband Steve and children Hunter and Piper at their home in Ibiza

Leigh with husband Steve and children Hunter and Piper at their home in Ibiza

Leigh with husband Steve and children Hunter and Piper at their home in Ibiza

Christmas, 1982. Two-year-old Leigh Arnold was taken into town by her father David from their home in to see Santa Claus at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street.

"We were holding hands through the snow," she recalls. "Then after we saw Santa, my dad said to me: 'I have another surprise for you. Mummy's just had a baby girl. And we are going to the hospital and I am going to introduce you to your new baby sister, Chloe.'"

Many years later she has her own babies, Hunter, Piper and Honey. Living in Ibiza since 2014, where Leigh and her husband Steve run a retreat centre called Transformation Station, she says it's a great place to bring up their children. "They are very feral," Leigh laughs. "They are like kids growing up in the countryside. They climb trees. Really open-minded. Happy. Funny. Sweet."