MEET THE LOCAL EXPERTS
We've got the best bunch of local expert human beings together
SIMON WILLIAMS - Mountain Biking & Cycling @gorats
Simon is the owner and committed front line man of GoRats - the home of outdoor adventure along the Great Ocean Road, who specialise in creating mountain biking, cycling & kayaking tours in the region.
To Simon, it's all about giving everything to each and every job, and the rest flows from there. From the best equipment, awesome staff to how a job is structured, they all add up to ensure the programs exceed the clients demands and needs. He cater to all groups, corporate, school and public. From a single person seeking a quality one on one, to large groups with multi-day programs.
7 Lorne Anacondas solo, best place fifth (Cat.)
5 day Keen race, where I nearly died, racing on average 20hrs per day.
Third (Cat) in the Marysville to Melbourne 2012.
Winner Colac Vets (road racing)
Simon’s goal is to challenge, inspire, and encourage. But most of all, it must be FUN, and it must be SAFE. Oh and there must be some PAIN, in a good way.
LORNA FOX - Yoga @lornajoyfox
Lorna is a yoga teacher based on the Surf Coast. Teaching at various leading studios around the local area including Geelong and Melbourne, alongside her passion project Yoga For Cancer. She began to explore yoga in her home country of Ireland in her early 20s and has since completed over 800 hours of training and continues to attend workshops with world renowned yoga and meditation teachers. Lorna holds a welcoming and kind space for all levels. Facilitating a practice that encourages self-compassion and exploration through choice-making. Guiding you towards feeling a greater sense of ease, freedom and connection.
Off the mat Lorna loves surfing, cooking, a glass of red or a warming chai along with a good chat. Her wild heart feels nourished by the ocean, community and friends.
ADAM MARTIN - Tai Chi / Qi Gong @fiveelementskungfu
Adam is the owner of FiveElements Kung Fu in Torquay on the SurfCoast. A qualified martial arts expert, with over 30yrs experience, Adam’s passionate for the elements and for martial arts study started as a young boy and has fuelled much travel and education across the world.
Zi Ran Men 6th Generation Disciple.
Black Sash 2nd Duan - Shifu
Graded and certified directly by Master Liu Deming, 5th Generation Zi Ran Men Lineage
Gold Medallist - 2016 Xiamen Int Martial Arts Competition - Bagua Zhang
Silver Medallist - 2016 Xiamen Int Martial Arts Competition - Bagua Jian
RAW Combat International Head of Training Development - Australia
Filipino Combatives Global Certified Trainer
Wushu Tai Chi Practitioners of Australia Certified Instructor & Member
Adam runs classes for Adults and Children in Ziran Qigong, Meditation, Traditional Gong Fu, Functional Fitness, Sparring, Self Protection and Weapons. Adam continues to train and teach directly under Master Liu Deming, catering to all types of students, with his open and relaxed teaching style. Adam is very passionate about using the five elements concepts of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water in his teachings to harmonise mind, body, qi (chi) and spirit.
LUKE MCLEAN - Meditation @lukemclean
A certified life coach, meditation teacher and executive coach with 10 years of experience building leadership based wellness programmes for global companies. Ten years as a health and wellness coach and manager of the Cotton On Group has taught Luke a lot; working one on one with Owners, CEO's and Executives gives a solid foundation crash course on leadership, high performance and people. Luke now applies a decade of wellness and leadership learning's to his meditation, life and coaching.
Father of five and happily married, I feel deeply grateful for life and I don't say that lightly. I love nature, wellness and simplicity; our family philosophy works around being healthy, kind and outdoors. "Do lot's of good and minimal harm to planet, people and animals." It’s pretty simple but it works. He lives in the Otway Rangers in Victoria (Australia), think 30 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from the deepest Rain Forrest you can imagine. Coaching and teaching are his passion, whether he is teaching his son Cooper how to unicycle and juggle or facilitating a full day on mindful change; He loves to give and get knowledge. Mountain Biking, trail running, surfing, triathlon; whatever it is; if he is moving and outside he loves it. Creator of Conscious Conversations Podcast.
Passion is to help people become more conscious, connected and calm.
KERRYN ARNOLD - Surfing
Avid surfer and outdoor adventurist, Kez has been surfing for over 30years. Passionate about the outdoors and living a very wholesome fulfilling life, Kez has a deeply adventurous spirit. Qualified surf instructor, Kez has previous worked as a gym instructor and swimming coach. Kerry has a love for life that is contagious and is a truly talented teacher with a passion to give people the satisfaction and rewards of a simply great day out. Loved by all, Kez is a smiling legend.
DEE OGDEN - Meditation @deeogden
Dee believes that finding moments of stillness in our busy lives is the key to wellbeing. Meditation is such a personal experience, what works well for one person may not work for another. Dee is passionate about assisting people to find effective ways to slow down and give themselves some much needed space to relax, breathe and ‘be’.
Dee regularly runs meditation courses, full moon and new moon gatherings. She also works with schools and businesses to create meditation/mindfulness sessions to tailored to the organisation. She is passionate about infusing both tradition and science into her sessions to assist participants to experience peace and to better understand the workings of the human mind.
Dee has been practising meditation for over 10 years. Along with immersing herself on a personal journey of growth through meditation and various holistic modalities she has also studied a Diploma of Meditation Teaching and is accredited by Meditation Australia. She has been formally teaching meditation for two years. Dee has also been a Primary School teacher, food writer, recipe creator and cafe owner. She lives on the picturesque Surf Coast in Australia with her husband Ryan, daughter Addis, dog Ollie and 6 chickens.
NICO PAPAIX - Sommelier
A French Sommelier with a passion for surfing and a love for life. Nico has extraordinary knowledge of wine, with over 15years experience and with French blood, it makes it hard not to find a wine education experience with Nico as if you have flown to Europe! Nico has lived in Australia for the past 10years and has a deep understanding of the local wines and our local Surf Coast region. He is driven to share good wine, with good people and stimulate good conversation. The ultimate professional, Nico can read his audience delivering the right level of content, so it depends where you want to go and he will take you there!
MARITA REYNOLDS - Art Teacher @maritareynoldsart
Marita Reynolds is an artist and has been practicing art since 2001. Marita’s artwork is a combination of graphite, coloured pencil and pastel, with wildlife and nature the subject focus. Marita’s fascination with the natural world comes from her passion for environmental issues that affect our existence; how we, our planet and our animal friends, adapt to the ever-changing world that we live in. Marita feels that we can learn much from these creatures and the environment and how they have adapted to life in the 21stcentury. Marita loves the mood and sense of emotion that she can create with the versatility of pastel and pencil. Using either pencil or pastel, Marita is able to capture a different look and 'feel', relevant to enhancing the appeal she finds in each subject.
Marita is currently doing term workshops in children’s drawing classes and Adult drawing classes. Marita is an active member of the Golden Plains Arts Incorporated group and our ‘Let’s Make Art ‘workshops are a very popular addition and have been running now for over 2 years. It’s all about re-connecting with your creative side and keeping it simple, but effective. Teaching drawing, Marita sees people develop their own uniqueness, which is always inspiring.
Marita’s work has been sourced at home and overseas. Creating for my own pleasure, my stories are simple, inspired by this earth , animals and plants.
BRIDIE ROLLASON - Massage @torquaybeautyhouse
You will instantly feel connected to this unique person. Attractive on the inside and out, Bridie has a joyous heart that will lift your spirit. In a treatment with her, you will always feel cared for and loved.
Bridie is a fully qualified Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy graduate with a total commitment to professionalism, sensitivity and respect for privacy. She is very passionate about yoga, meditation, self-development and healthy eating.
‘When you don’t see Bridie in the therapy room, you may see her on the beach meditating or just absorbing Mother Nature
KATHERINE FISHER - Massage @geelongmobilemassage
Qualified massage therapist VFA, Certificate 4 massage therapy, with 6yrs qualifications and practising. Katherine specialises in Soft, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic Sports & Pregnancy massage. Passionate about understanding her client’s needs, Katherine is adamantly professional and restorative. Her practise is recognised as deeply therapeutic and thoroughly enjoyed by her clients.