Claire 'Frenchy' French - Frenchy Productions - Director and Facilitation Frenchy, originally from the UK, has been in NZ permanently for over 8 years. She is an international Event and Festival Producer, Social Worker, qualified Chakradance and Hoopdance Instructor and Circus and Fire Performer with over 20 years professional experience in the Entertainment and Events Industry.
Frenchy loves directing retreats as she feels her cup gets filled along with the participants. She believes there is a real power and healing in bringing together circles of women and giving this gift to the world is something she is really passionate about.
Having built a gypsy caravan, and more recently a tiny house that she now lives in, in central Otago, Frenchy is currently training as a pyrotechnician and in her spare time loves yoga, meditation, bike and horse riding and snowboarding.
Lisa Maia Ambrose - Studio Tula - Facilitation, Belly Dance, Yoga, Wellness Lisa is a belly dancer, yogini/yoga teacher, meditation guide & womens wellness facilitator. She is the founder of Studio Tula, an urban oasis of Dance, Yoga and Wellness, in her hometown Ōtepoti Dunedin. This is where she teaches classes in Yin Yoga, and Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga throughout the week.Lisa has been Belly Dancing since she was 13 years old, and so dance has been a close companion of hers for over 12 years. Lisa specifically loves Tribal Belly Dance for the way it cultivates teamwork and a sense of equality and sisterhood in dancers, and for its earthy antique aesthetic. She occasionally leads classes/courses in both American Tribal Style Belly Dance and Contemporary/Tribal Fusion Belly Dance at Studio Tula, but with the precedence that Yoga and her Studio takes in her life at the moment, she loves the opportunity to share her passion out and about, as and when the opportunity arises. When she’s not teaching or practising yoga, or dancing, she’s probably in her veggie garden, cooking, spending time with the people she adores most.. or watching funny animal videos online (her other passion)
Hagar - The Organic Cook - Chef and catering A mother of four and Israeli born, Hagar arrived in Nz 30 years ago and lived in Auckland where her relationship with cooking first started. As a young vegan she was working as a chef in the cafe scene in Auckland. She moved to Coromandel where she lived for 12 years where she owned a small health food shop and was part of a funky community cafe. She now lives in Dunedin, where she is still working as a chef - in her own business as “The Organic Cook”, providing catering and private chef services, as well as cooking classes. She recently started a radio show called Sustainable Gastronomy on OAR FM a local community radio station and her my free time I do a bit of ‘Selecting’ a reggae record DJing which she LOVES…. As well as her love for community and music she is passionate about natural healthy food, and nourishing others gives her much pleasure.
Steff Willmore - SWAY - Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Yoga Teacher, Hoop Dance Teacher and Fire Performer Steffi has been working in the health and wellness field since 2005 and is passionate about teaching these therapies to maintain a healthy and strong body and mind. In this world of ever increasing stress and distraction, she believes that having a regular movement practice is essential to well-being. She hopes to convey some of her movement and body knowledge to you through her calm and grounded nature.
Linda - Nourishing Ways - Chef, Catering and Nutrition Workshop Linda is an Integrative Nutrition Therapist, Mind Body and Eating Coach and Wholefood Chef. She says 'I support and empower women of all ages transform their relationship with food, health and self. Blending Functional Nutrition, Food medicine, Mind Body Wellbeing and Nourishment Psychology I facilitate a safe and sacred space to meet you where you’re at, explore personal growth and healing and help you fill your bowl - nutritionally, physically, emotionally and spiritually'.