Many of our past guests of Golden Door Health Retreat in Queensland would already fondly know Brigid from her role as Program Manager over a period of six years. For many, she played a major part in their life changing experience, positively influencing and inspiring thousands during her time there.
Brigid’s extensive experience in the health, fitness, wellness and sports spheres spans more than 20 years. During this period she has established herself as a reputable and passionate industry leader, inspiring and motivating others along the way. Brigid has held senior management and leadership positions within government, private and not-for-profit organisations, including The Australian Sports Commission, National Heart Foundation, Queensland Health and Golden Door Health Retreat Queensland.
With qualifications in management, sports science, health & wellness coaching, group fitness, PT and yoga, Brigid uniquely fuses her intrinsic knowledge of the industry with an evidence-based and holistic approach to wellbeing education, training and coaching.
Head of Program and Guest Experience
As Head of Program and Guest Experience Jaye has a vested interest in health, fitness and holistic living. She holds qualifications in Adventure Outdoor Education, Wellness Coaching, Personal Training and Group Fitness, Flower Essence Therapy.
Jaye’s journey into sports and fitness began at an early age, she travelled the world as a rock climber and outdoor educator, before returning to Australia where her interest in the concepts of positive psychology, wellness and life balance became her passion, she then become part of the Golden Door Queensland program in 2009.
Jaye lives and breathes the Golden Door philosophy, bringing her compassionate, optimistic and fun-loving nature to deliver the unrivalled Golden Door program, changing lives each week together with her exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate team members.
Holistic Health Services Manager
Peter is a holistic health practitioner and has been in practice since 1991. He has studied, practiced and taught many modalities of natural healing, body work and energy healing in health retreats and wellness centres in Australia, including Golden Door Willowvale in Queensland for a number of years.
Peter has a passion for education and enjoys inspiring others to make healthy positive changes to their lives. Via naturopathy, holistic wellbeing consultations, energy healing and presenting to groups he aspires to assist his clients using both tried and tested science-backed strategies, but also complimentary and integrative medicine to achieve ultimate health for body, mind and spirit.
Integrating the Golden Door philosophy of Body, Mind and Spirit, Peter utilises the modalities of yoga, meditation, Wellness Coaching, Stress Management, Bio-Communication and Naturopathy and Crystal Light Bed Therapy. “As Holistic Health Services Manager, I look forward to further developing the holistic health foundations here at Golden Door as a facilitator, presenter and consultant to assist in personal growth and transformation for both guests and staff.”
Growing up in rural NSW and coming from a family of pedigree butchers, James has had an inherent love of quality produce from an early age.
His career has found him working in some of Sydney’s best restaurants and hotels. Working with great chefs and managing kitchen teams large and small, recently leaving his post as executive chef within the Accor Hotels Group to pursue an opportunity in the health food space.
James has a real passion for fresh produce, prepared and served simply, creating balanced meals with food product as close to its natural state as possible“I enjoy cooking for people who have made a commitment to eat for their health; this encourages creativity in the kitchen and often provides the most enjoyment for the chefs and our guests.”
James believes that eating mindfully for optimum health doesn’t need to involve fads or fashion diets, rather just a balanced and considered diet that’s still delicious.
Movement and Fitness Manager
Matt was destined to have a life in fitness, having two professional athletes as parents. Training and a healthy way of life was what he was surrounded with and after playing state cricket and soccer in his teens, his competitive spirit took him into mountain biking and triathlons at 22. After a cycling trip around Australia, he returned home to study fitness and began his career at Golden Door in 2004. He enjoys taking the ‘Movement that Matters‘ seminar, Men’s Health, cardio vascular fitness training and functional training exercise classes.
Sophie grew up on a sheep farm in Gippsland, Victoria, where after years of drought they realised that conventional farming wasn’t sustainable and so her dad changed to a holistic farming practice which has seen their land, livestock, business and her father blossom. Her mum who trained as a Nurse, was always a wonderful hands on holistic healer when we became unwell. As a part of her integrative health and wellness approach we would always see a varied of specialist from doctors, naturopaths and hypnotherapist. Since then Sophie has trained as a Nurse, working in Melbourne, Darwin, Bathurst and Newcastle from Acute Hospital Wards, Theatres and Emergency Departments. She is passionate about holistic health and wellness and loves various modalities that enable this. Sophie takes the Women’s Health Seminar at Golden Door where she shares her holistic approach to health and imparts knowledge that women can use for themselves.
Wellness Consultant and Physiotherapist
Mel has worn many hats at Golden Door and is currently Wellness Consultant and Retreat Physio. She studied physiotherapy at Sydney University and has completed a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Wellness Coaching. Mel was attracted to the holistic nature of Golden Door Health Retreat, joining the team in 2004. She brings her wealth of experience to offer specialised services in wellness coaching, physiotherapy and a range of private classes including myofascial release and swim stroke correction.
Tony’s passion for the health and fitness industry began at the age of 16 when he worked weekends at his local fitness centre in the Blue Mountains. Tony studied Human Movement specialising in exercise physiology. Tony then completed a teaching diploma, adding another string to his bow that would allow him to not only become a stronger fitness leader but also a motivating presenter. Throughout these years he also developed into a well-rounded outdoor education specialist, teaching secondary school students and corporate groups to abseil, rock climb, canoe, and confront their fears on high ropes courses.This exposure to corporate groups fit in well with the evolving business of the Golden Door that was branching out into the corporate market. Based at Cypress Lakes Resort, the Golden Door Corporate Health Team provided corporate groups and conferences a wide variety of exercise classes, team-building activities, and health-based seminars. With the opening of the Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia in early 2004 the natural progression for Tony was in place, coming on board as the Physical Education manager, a role he has continued to enjoy and see great value in to this day.