Our Retreat Facilitators
Dr. Barbara Hochstein
Radiologist, Clinical Director for Breast Screen Aotearoa, Bay of Plenty since 1999, Clinical Lecturer at Auckland University Medical School. Over 20 years diagnosing cancer, frequently asked by patients for advice on what else they can do in addition to the surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy that conventional medicine offers. After meeting Professor
Shaun Holt, Victoria University and reading his book Complimentary Therapies for Cancer. What works, what doesn’t... and how to tell the difference (Craig Potton Publishing, 2010), Barbara formed a small group of people with appropriate backgrounds and awareness to
establish the Aratika Trust. The initial five trustees increased to seven in 2014.
Dr. Britta Norske
GP, Fellow RNZCGP, trained Meditation and Nutrition Facilitator
Has a strong interest in nutritional
and integrative medicine,
particularly in relation to cancer
management. Trained with and is a member of the Australasian College of Integrative Medicine, and the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Britta’s own cancer diagnosis in 2010 precipitated much research into lifestyle changes for cancer which has convinced her that much can be done by anyone with a cancer diagnosis to improve their prognosis and quality of life. Has attended a Gawler Retreat and trained as a facilitator with the Gawler Foundation. Britta facilitates meditation and nutrition courses for the Aratika Cancer Trust.
Susan Brown has a background in physiotherapy alongside 19 years as a Wedding and Funeral Celebrant. As an Aratika Trustee and with her own cancer experience, Susan has a strong interest in functional medicine. She works as a Roots Of Empathy Facilitator and Food Store Manager for Capers Café, Rotorua and is the Mum of three teenage children.
Liz began her career as a registered nurse specializing in oncology and hematology. She then trained as a Counsellor and worked in private practice in Auckland where she jointly set up Life Unlimited Counselling and Seminar Services and travelled nationally and internationally facilitating groups and teaching seminars.
In 1996 Liz moved to Wanaka and trained as a Spiritual Director and became involved in facilitating the Canlive cancer healing and wellbeing retreats which are a branch of the Gawler Foundation, Australia. She currently works in private practice as a Counsellor and Parent Coach and leads parenting and meditation seminars and cancer healing retreats with Drs.Ian and Ruth Gawler. She has also authored 4 books and is a marriage celebrant.
Liz lives on an eco lifestyle property with her husband and 2 teenage children and an old faithful lab.
Founder and CEO of Quest Foundation, Australia, established in 1989. Petrea is a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator. She is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher.
Petrea is at the forefront of wellness education, resilience training, healing and peace of mind.
Wendie has co-facilitated residential programs at Quest Foundation Australia for almost 20 years. Prior to that Wendie spent over 25 years as a teacher, school principal and was involved in educational leadership and facilitation of school executive groups.
Teena & Kehukehu
Kehukehu and Teena joined the Aratika journey after Kehukehu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. Kehukehu is a radio announcer with the Tauranga Moana Iwi radio station, he is the voice on Tauranga Moana Iwi radio. He and Teena have been married for over 40 years. Kehukehu affiliates to Te Arawa, Ngati Awa, Ngaiterangi and Nga Puhi Iwi.
Teena affiliates in Ngaierangi, Ngati Ranginui and Tainui Iwi. Kehukehu and Teena offer Aratika Trust cultural guidance and support in Te Ao Maori.
Listen to a recent interview with Kehu on RNZ Te Ahi Kaa Series
Tove has been meditating and studying Buddhist and Yogic philosophies for over 30 years. She has been ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition and apprenticed as a yoga teacher for many years. In 2016 Tove was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and a rare condition called Amyloidosis that severely damaged her heart. She has been through the rigors of chemotherapy and survived a dire prognosis. She now guides and facilitates meditation groups in Rotorua and works with Hospice (Taupo) as counsellor and whanau support person. She lives with her husband and loving dog Zak.
Kay is a registered psychotherapist and supervisor with over 30 years experience working with individuals, couples, groups and organisations in the healthcare setting. She is a founding member of Process Oriented Psychology Aotearoa.
Jane has a real passion for art. She loves sharing the creative process with like-minded people.
She was diagnosed with stomach cancer in March 2019. As she continues with treatment she is also bringing together other cancer thrivers in her Taupo community.
She continues creating a life that is fulfilling and filled with love, passion and meaning.
Jane shared her lively spirit and courage right up until she passed away in Dec 2020.