Workshop hosts
Alina - No Your Limits
Alina - No Your Limits
I am an International Trainer and Solution-Focused Coach dedicated to helping clients discover their strengths and establish healthy boundaries. With exceptional communication and networking skills, I excel in creating communities and assisting individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to integrate seamlessly.

I am proud to be involved in "No Your Limits," a monthly support group organised by Waimanako in collaboration with Yellow Brick Road. This group is dedicated to helping individuals set boundaries and find their voice, offering a safe and supportive environment for personal growth and empowerment.
Sarah - Find Your Calm
Sarah - Find Your Calm
Kia ora, my name is Sarah and I facilitate one of Waimanako workshop groups, Find Your Calm. I grew up in New Plymouth, had a decent chunk living elsewhere, then returned in 2022 and haven't looked back. After experiencing a challenging phase a few years ago, I hit a point where I decided there had to be a better way to live. I am passionate about how the little things we do everyday, such as meditation, transform us over time. I am also passionate about nature, creativity and community.
Ange - Anxiously Awesome
Ange - Anxiously Awesome
Ange is a Health and Mental Fitness coach with her own ‘living’ experience of anxiety. Her Anxiously Awesome workshop brings people together to get curious about how we experience anxiety, to know we are not alone in how we feel, and to re-discover what we can do to live well alongside any difficult thoughts/feelings that may come and go. Ange is mum to two teens, forever learner, animal lover, and enjoys watching either intense documentaries or reality TV trash - nothing in between!
Hamada - Effective Communication and Goal Setting
Hamada - Effective Communication and Goal Setting
Kia ora koutou! My name is Hamada Eleleimy, I was born in Duba, but I grew up in Egypt. The Nile is my river but Taranaki is my mountain.

I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Waimanako/Taranaki Retreat. In conjunction with our partnership, I offer workshops on effective communication and goal setting. The communication workshops teach participants how to gain clarity, remain calm in challenging conversations, and develop tools to achieve positive outcomes. Meanwhile, the goal setting workshops empower individuals to set practical and achievable goals, free from self-sabotage and limiting beliefs.

On a personal note, despite having homosexual attractions, I am married to a wonderful woman and together we are parenting 3 amazing children. I love the nature in Taranaki and my favourite activity on a sunny day is a short swim in the ocean.
Lou - Exploring Neurodiversity and Autistic Meetups
Lou - Exploring Neurodiversity and Autistic Meetups
Fuelled by my own experience of late-identified neurodivergence, I've been facilitating Exploring Neurodiversity workshops at Waimanako. These educational workshops aim to shift the narrative surrounding autism and ADHD away from being pathologies and towards a neurodiversity-affirming perspective, acknowledging them as valid ways of being and identifying.

I have background in tertiary pastoral care, and am now a friendly face in Waimanako, both as a mentor and a coffee maker. I'm currently working towards a health coaching certification, focusing on supporting late-identified neurodivergent folks.
Liz - You Are Not Your Thoughts, Stress Busters, Resilience Builders, and more!
Liz - You Are Not Your Thoughts, Stress Busters, Resilience Builders, and more!
Good on you for even thinking about taking some steps to come to one or some of the workshops at Waimanako; I have had a journey with shame, depression, alcohol abuse and more, and I get how those steps towards change, towards something different, can feel super hard/daunting/terrifying. What I came to learn is that those tiny steps we can take start to build up and inch by inch, get us closer to where we want to be. I look forward to warmly welcoming you in to the mix one day soon.
Cecily - Kindfulness
Cecily - Kindfulness
Kia ora, my name is Cecily

We all need to know how to find our way back to the still, calm place within, especially when life seems scary or uncertain.

At Waimanako, I offer a 4 week Kindfulness course - for 1 hour per week. We explore the hidden language of your autonomic nervous system - learning the little cues your body uses to alert you to danger - and ways to soothe it back to calm. By remembering ways to be kind and gentle to yourself you help create conditions for inner peace - and connection to everything you hold dear.

With daily practice, you'll soon become a pro at reading your body's signals and intuitively know how to give yourself the support you need to restore balance and harmony to your life.

I’ve always been fascinated by the interconnectedness of wellness, mental and emotional health, the body's natural ability to seek balance and the magic that happens when we learn in community. Come and join me on this journey of growth and discovery.
Amy - Speed Freaks
Amy - Speed Freaks
The Speed Freaks are running/walking for recovery To increase health, wellbeing and connection. Supporting recovery from addiction and mental distress through the vehicle of running. We are an open community group who meets every Thursday evening (rain or shine) 5.30pm Huatoki Plaza on Devon Street. We welcome everyone of all levels and there is no cost to attend. Gain a free T shirt after three attendances, access to our private Facebook event, tickets to subsidized local running events and even sponsored footwear if needed. Lead coach Amy is proud to support you, alongside the other talented coaches. I am passionate about the role fitness plays in mental health support and through our own journey walk alongside you with no judgement.
Glen - Watercolour Art
Glen - Watercolour Art
Kia ora - my name's Glen. I've been living in Taranaki for 25 years. I have 2 daughters and my passion lies in art and music. I enjoy sharing my love of art with people. Art is something I have always done and I find it is a good way of disconnecting the mind and forgetting worries for a while. Sometimes it doesn't turn out how you would like it to, but that's not a bad thing. For me its about finding beauty in the chaos.