We feel honoured to have the endorsement of other professionals as below.
Amani is a preventive care company providing mental well-being solutions through the setting of well-being retreats and customized programs focused on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Consequently, our specific consulting need focused on the understanding of the treatment programs that existing well-being retreats offer and given our positioning and approach to well-being what and how could we develop a more effective and efficient treatment program than what is out there already. At first we discussed the project with certain consultants who claim leading position in the world of well-being industry consulting and then resorted to an online search as the consulting expertise is limited. Given the usual risk of making a buying decision based on online search we invested time and energy in getting to know Sonja and she us. Sonja patiently answered not only our incisive questions but also started to debate and discuss our business concept without even being retained. This to us meant that Sonja is absolutely passionate about the subject of well-being and cannot but share her knowledge even without certainty of being engaged. We found this to be a sign of partnership, innate sense of duty of care and purity of intention. Given the field of well-being is underpinned by humanistic values, to find people like Sonja who lead a humanistic approach to life is rare in the field of consulting – so we feel blessed to have found her and signed her up.
The negotiations related to the engagement letter and fees were easy, transparent and further, evidence of a partnership approach that we both share. The project work itself involved a lot of communication between us and Sonja. We being relatively new to the well-being industry meant a lot of learning on the job, basic questions, etc. – all of which Sonja handled with utmost respect and thoughtfulness instead of resorting to “being the expert” or defensiveness when challenged. Her open-minded approach notwithstanding true expertise in the sector means that she is a student at heart and believes there is something to learn from even the novices such as us. As a consequence of the environment we created together she developed a report that went beyond the scope of work and our expectations. Her work was mission critical to us and our journey ahead in the well-being field that we are committed to. Included in her scope was to help assemble and expert panel. Sonja’s network is made up of not only passionate and expert professionals but also who all seem to share a genuine passion for what they do than for the pursuit of money. Being a small business we have financial limits so her being able to attract and sell our proposition is further testament of how much respect her peers hold for her.
Lastly, we have enjoyed our work with her that we are hopeful that we will continue working together as we continue to evolve our business and grow.
Ranjit Bhonsle (CEO Athena Global Partners)
Sonja far exceeded our expectations and provided an excellent design brief and floor plan layout with attention to the fine details, which added great value to our proposed Purovel Spa project in Swissotel Hope island. -
Ellen Guan (Project Director GH Properties)
"Sonja’s hands on approach to spa consulting tailors a result that encompasses all elements of spa operation. She inspires and energises drawing the best from the people working around her while delivering creative and innovative concepts to refresh the day spa model. It has been a pleasure working alongside of Sonja during the Waterlily brand implementation into two five star properties. Her professionalism, experience and dedication to the wellness industry combined with strong business acumen offers a unique focus for Day Spas. I look forward to the opportunity of working with her again in the very near future."
Michelle Reeve (Founder of Waterlily)
"Sonja is a proven industry leader in the arena of luxury spas, wellness and health retreats. She holds a commitment to personal growth, natural organic skincare, ecology and sustainability. And with wellness emerging as a growing trend in our industry, its imperative that we stay true to what it actually means. Sonja is one person who walks her talk and can confidently fly the flag as a wellness ambassador."
Mark Wuttke (Principle of Wuttke Group and President of Amala Beauty)
“Sonja Sorich is a dedicated force in the luxury spa market and worldwide wellness industry. Her passion for excellence and vast experience combines a unique ability to manage both boutique start-ups and established corporate destination spa retreats. This makes her a global leader in the flourishing arena of wellness tourism.”
Samantha Gowing (Australia’s Leading Spa Chef)
"I had the pleasure of first meeting Sonja at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives where she was the Spa Director and where I was facilitating a wellness retreat that Sonja was assisting me with. Here I witnessed her grace, dedication and passion for the wellness industry, as well as her extraordinary kindness, generosity and gentleness required to make her guests, as well as myself feel welcomed, nourished and nurtured. She has a wealth of knowledge in this industry and I believe she is amongst the best in her field. It is clear she is living her purpose. Beyond work, I believe she truly is one of the most genuine, authentic and inspiring people around. She demonstrates integrity in her word and every area of her life. She adds values to the lives and businesses she touches."
Jemma Rivera (Founder of Jing Life)
"I stayed at Gwinganna for the Chill Out Weekend and found it to be simply amazing. All the staff were fantastic, however a special mention goes to our program manager Sonja, who spent the weekend with us. Sonja was like a breath of fresh air and made the experience even more relaxing and comfortable by being approachable, knowledgeable and being an inspiration for everyone in my group. Her array of expertise and caring manner was greatly appreciated. I got exactly what I wanted and more from my chill out weekend and I will definitely be coming back for more!"
Candice Hill (Guest at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat)
"Sonja is a woman of integrity and action and I am extremely grateful to Sonja for helping turn my dream into reality. She mentored me through the difficult start-up stages of my business, helped implement organization and structure, co-wrote content for my programs and continues to be an inspiring presenter at my workshops for teens. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and business prowess has been both invaluable and inspirational. What I appreciate most, is her dedication to each task, her impeccable attention to detail and her ability to multitask without becoming overwhelmed. I have witnessed Sonja manage a number of projects at once (including mine), giving each one the professional detail and attention they deserve. If you want to expand, grow and take your business to the next level, Sonja is definitely your woman."
Antoinette Tahere (Founder of Teen Spirit Wellness)
"Sonja delivers tremendous value and a personalised approach through her consultancy. Within the first two weeks of working within our operation she had lifted retail sales and service standards, organised systems and added her aesthetic touch. Her detailed business evaluation 'rocked our world' and offered a complete education into all things spa. She had researched our competitors and drilled down into every part of our business. She also equipped us with a critical path, a treatment menu draft, an interior styling concept and sales and marketing plan. From there we discussed the execution strategy, which she has since delivered, and we have already begun to see a positive growth."
Malcolm Bean (Owner of Reef House Resort and Mt Lofty Hotel)
"I've had the privilege of working with Sonja for close to a decade on several retreat and wellness projects throughout Australasia. She is a details orientated and customer-centric professional with extremely high levels of productivity and success. She knows how to optimise sales and promotions with exceptional and perfect time-lined execution. She also understands how to engage her client's customers easily with an in-depth knowledge of each brand's demographic. In addition she has an extensive background in spa operations and management, including creating and designing new spa menus, product launches, spa fittings and interiors and staff training and assessment. She is a seasoned international consultant of the highest standing and I recommend her confidently."
Jo Brown (Retreat Facilitator and Specialist)