OUR expert TEAM
Sonja Sorich is an accomplished industry professional with a vast knowledge of spa design within the luxury spa and wellness market. She has managed, transformed and crafted some of Australia's most prestigious spa concepts and with her love for writing, she has also penned the text for numerous spa menus. Her 19 years of extensive experience in spa consulting, spa management, spa training and spa design support Sonja in offering a comprehensive and bespoke service.
In her realm as a wellness coach and retreat facilitator, Sonja led guest programs for 5 years at Australia's leading lifestyle retreat and over 15 years (alongside her roles in spa) she taught classes from yoga, qi gong and meditation to ecstatic dance and dynamic movement. She is also a gifted public speaker and loves to present on a variety of topics related to spa design, wellness solutions and personal development.
With a passion for wellness travel, Sonja's journeys have taken her to some of the most sophisticated healing sanctuaries around the world. Her interest in well-being and personal development keep her continually learning and exploring. And her experience in the spa, retreat and hospitality industry give her a competitive advantage when engaging a spa design, planning a retreat or creating a wellness solution.
Sonja's earlier years in hospitality, soft furnishings, overseas sourcing and retail sales have proved to be very complementary to her current consulting career and she is currently studying Interior Design & Decoration with Mercer Design College in Melbourne. Her keen attention to detail and her passion for clever business strategy, brand identity, copy writing and interior styling combine with a great deal of acquired skill and a commitment to giving her clients the very best.
Stefania Rendina is a graphic designer who specialises in the fields of identity (logo) design, branding, print design, promotional campaigns, events and more. She has a multitude of qualifications including training at the reputable and international Shillington Design College, combined with a Bachelor in Communications (Major in Advertising) and Diploma in Marketing from Charles Sturt University. It is this unique combination of training, combined with a strong passion and enthusiasm for design, that ensures her approach is strategically driven and achieves the intended results for clients. As all client’s needs are different, Stefania personalises her approach and crafts a unique solution for each brief. She brings a sense of pride and immense work ethic to each and every project. Stefania has now worked on several projects with Spa Wellness and the quality of her art is second to none.
Sudharma Hiremath hails from a former career as an Ayurvedic doctor and international spa consultant. His deep understanding of the spa and wellness industry along with his thorough knowledge of financials makes him the perfect feasibility consultant for Spa Wellness projects. Since moving to Australia, Sudharma has completed his MBA and a degree in Corporate Governance. He is the only person to have created an international standard for comprehensive auditing for the spa industry, and his approach to any task is comprehensively considered.
HOLISTIC WELLNESS SPECIALISTS
Our 'little black book' of spa and wellness specialists, comprises some of the industry's best holistic practitioners and healers. These experts can visit your resort as a master in residence, spa trainer and presenter. This offers your spa and hotel valuable PR and the opportunity to expand the spa menu during peak season, whereby guests can enjoy a specialty experience and your team can be re-inspired with some unique training. They are also the specialists we call upon when curating a unique spa menu, delivering wellness solutions or planning a retreat. Please email us here for further enquires or if you wish to be on our database of holistic wellness specialists.
Samantha Gowing is the Dr Seuss of health and nutrition. She has dedication and enthusiasm, knowledge and belief, which is second to none. Sam retrained in natural medicine in 1999 and has continued to raise awareness around the benefits of organic food ever since. A passionate entrepreneur, she founded her globally renowned business Gowings Food Health Wealth in 2000, which provides culinary and marketing solutions to the wellness industry. Sam holds a Diploma of Health Science, Nutrition and is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. She has certified with Paul Pitchford, author of Healing with Whole Foods and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate as part of her pursuit of the world class Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism degree. Samantha consults to Spa Wellness on culinary wellness projects.
Dr Sheri Rosenthal is known as one of the most sought after retreat strategists for coaches, speakers, and authors — and is the owner of Journeys of the Spirit Travel®, a boutique agency specializing in the planning and management of group travel. Through her Wanderlust Entrepreneur Community and her signature course, The Retreat Blueprint Program, she has taught thousands of facilitators how to design exceptional retreats that allow them stand out in their niche. She is famous for helping clients plan, fill, and profit from transformational retreats that change lives in a huge way while adding serious income to their bottom line! She joins the Spa Wellness consulting team as her knowledge, skill and expertise in the area of retreats supports us in creating the best possible retreat solutions for our clients.
TEACHERS & FACILITATORS
Our 'little black book' of teachers and retreat facilitators, comprises some of the most gifted retreat experts in the industry. These specialists are born teachers and leaders and when it comes to hosting a retreat they know exactly how to lead a group of individuals through a journey of self discovery and transformation. They also understand the specifics of planning and hosting a retreat, which is why they consult to us when we are planning a retreat or retreat ideas. Please email us for further enquires or if you wish to be on our database of retreat experts.
Caitlin Reid is a Physiotherapist and Wellness Retreat creator, with over 10 years of experience blending evidence-based science with holistic wellbeing to create effective wellness programs and treatment therapies. She consults with hotel brands to help them refine and expand their wellness offerings, as well as working as a clinician in one-on-one treatment sessions and at public speaking engagements. Caitlin attended the University of Melbourne, and now has over a decade of experience working in private practice in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and as a visiting practitioner around the world. Caitlin broke her back in 2015, but luckily made a full recovery. This inspired her to help others recover from those things holding them back, particularly injury, stroke or movement deficits via holistic and scientific avenues. With experience in traditional science and modern wellness therapies, Caitlin creates retreats, events and experiences clients buy into both intellectually and emotionally, helping brands and individuals realise their own unique ways to live better, while inspiring others to live their best lives through healthy movement.
Jemma Rivera is a truly gifted presenter, teacher and mentor specializing in holistic lifestyle practices and ancient teachings. With her depth of knowledge and over 25 years experience in both the healing arts and performing arts, Jemma is sought after because her programs successfully guide her clients towards achieving life changing results through incorporating ancient wisdom, holistic lifestyle tools and rituals. She is a regular presenter at International Yoga Festivals and Wellness Events as well as to corporate companies. She also facilitates global retreats at exclusive award winning spas and resorts, and has contributed articles to Good Health and Body & Soul magazines. As a consultant to the mind body space, Jemma brings a wealth of wisdom and practical advice on retreat design projects. Her knowledge of medical Qi Gong, Yoga, Ayurveda and other healing modalities for mind and body ensure that the wellness programs she develops are comprehensive, authentic and well thought out. As a person, Jemma brings her heart to everything she touches and is a shining example of what is possible through healthy living.