From the Heart

Sarah’s journey to creating Wellness New Zealand began in her teenage years and was influenced in many ways by her Mum, Christine.

Christine used to gather beautiful wildflowers and herbs and hang them from the ceiling in the lounge room, the fragrance of the flowers would permeate the room, creating a sense of happiness and warmth. She used these to make healing balms and ointments, combining them with beeswax and ?? Christine learnt how to massage, and using her own balms, she nurtured her children through this. Sarah remembers fondly these massages from her mum and what a lovely way it was to connect with each other.

A community minded person, Christine loved to cook for people, to celebrate and connect with her family and friends through food, often experimenting with flavours, many she had in her own garden. She was a writer, and a lover of music, and had a zest for life.

Sarah believes her mother laid the path for her journey ahead through the fullness of what her life was; giving to, and caring for others, being really joyful and creating a fulfilling life, where connection is at the heart.

Sarah trained as a desert chef and in tourism management before moving to Australia at 21. Finding her new home in a beautiful eco-village in the hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, she was introduced to permaculture and off the grid, sustainable living. This was a place about people, gardens and food, community and connection, and had an openness that allowed Sarah to live a more expansive lifestyle.

The parallels with her mothers passions continued when Sarah began working for organic skin care company, Mukti Botanicals, as a production manager which re-ignited her interest in organic products and essential oils, and their uses. During this time Sarah trained in Shiatsu massage, which gave her a good foundation in her early years working with the body.

A job change to an organic day spa in Montville, making products and treating clients allowed Sarah to combine two of her passions and gave her the opportunity to train further in holistic therapies including; hot stone, remedial and relaxation massage as well as Auvadec and reflexology sparking a real affinity for hands on healing work.

Sarah then went on to work at The Fountainhead Retreat, motivated by its alternative cancer treatments. Here she ran the treatment spa and began working with clients using journey therapy and massage. While working there Sarah was introduced to holistic hypnotherapy on a personal level and she experienced the power of hypnotherapy as a tool for healing and growth. Motivated by this, Sarah went on to study integrative hypnotherapy in Brisbane before returning to New Zealand.

On her return, a tramp in the Abel Tasman with her father ignited Sarah’s sense of connection and expansiveness she feels when in nature and she began working for a guiding company specialising in gourmet food on the Heaphy Track and in Nelson Lakes NP. Alongside the guiding, Sarah started offering massage after the walks. She continued to further her studies in NZ and Australia in holistic treatments, including retraining in suggestive hypnotherapy, life/abundance coaching, Hawaiian Healing (Lomi Lomi), reiki and myofacial release work.

Christine became ill with cancer and Sarah found that walking in nature gave her the space to reflect and process, to heal, leaving her anxieties and fears out on track. It created room for her to have the courage to face the next part of the journey. Sarah realised the missing piece to what her other work experiences offered was connecting in nature. The ability to walk, be present with others and conversations, disconnect from technology and reconnect with self, was healing and nurturing. Learning about traditional uses of native flora and hearing the birdsong enhances this connection.

Sarah then created a clinic space which as grown into “Wellness New Zealand”, a clinic based in Nelson offering intuitive massage, life coaching and integrative hypnotherapy.

synergy of 2 of us blending strengths

Sarah then blended her 2 passions - supporting and nurturing people in her clinic and walking and connecting in nature to create multi day journeys and retreats. Initially running packages in different locations in the top of the south, we are now located at Raetihi Lodge, a haven of birdsong and tranquility in the Marlborough Sounds. 

The perfect union

Liane and Alan Campbell, seeing and believing in our vision, have 

Wellness New Zealand runs our beautiful retreats from the Luxury Raetihi Lodge nestled on the shores of Kenepuru Sound, in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand. This area, rich in natural beauty, with its many coves and bays and lush native bush lining the coast, create the perfect location for stillness and connection. Wellness New Zealand provides a holistic approach to well-being, utilising the powerful healing benefits of nature, complimented by gentle natural health practices and healing cuisine.