Director, Yoga Therapist, Massage Therapist, Japanese Needle Therapist, Irest Meditation Teacher

A pivotal experience was waiting for Jenn the day she walked into her first yoga class at age 22. “I remember thinking after the class, ‘I want to feel like this all the time. Not just every day but all the time. It was the thing that changed my life’,’’ says the New Zealand-born adventurer who discovered her healing journey on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

Avoiding distractions, she plunged not only into a regular yoga practice with a bush-dwelling teacher but threw herself into a 10-day vipassana meditation course, not realising it was 10 days of utter silence. She toughed it out to completion, and set the tone for the rest of her life.

Jenn took on one challenge after another, collecting diplomas and certificates along the path that brought her to Melbourne in the 1980s. Drawn to natural healing, she studied naturopathy with “a wonderful Dutch couple’’ in Queensland and learned to use their acres of herbs and plants as medicine. Besides mixing ointments for healing, her hands were drawn to massaging bodies – so she studied the art of touch and earned a few diplomas.

She has been part of a metaphysical congregation led by Rev. Mario Schoenmaker, with whom she did healings while studying psychodrama with Max Clayton, has studied Chinese massage with Professor Wong, turned her hand to Japanese needling with teacher Paul Movsessian, and has devoted long years to yoga therapy, iRest Yoga Nidra and so much more.

“I’ve had outstanding life-changing teachers,’’ she says with characteristic gratitude. She has been a good teacher, too, spending four years teaching at the East West College of natural therapies in Caulfield and running courses at her Karma Studio in Sandringham. These courses include iRest Yoga Nidra, for which she has excelled in Level 1 and 2 and is now studying for an international certificate.

Jenn can best be described as an intuitive healer who wears many hats and who soars highest when she can wear them all at once … drawing on her diplomas in Swedish, Remedial, Polarity and Chinese Massage, iRest Yoga Nidra, Japanese Needle Therapy, nearly 20 years of experience in yoga therapy, 6 years of metaphysics practice, 5 years of Communication, and also psychodrama, healing services and more.

“After more than four decades of loving attention on this path, I intuitively know what someone needs,’’ Jenn says. “The healing sessions work wonders because someone has given me permission to use everything I’ve learned.’’

Jenn, director of the Karma Studio in Bayside Melbourne, also runs regular, sought-after retreats and special events that bring the community together and uplift individual lives.

Qualifications Include:

  • Diploma Remedial Massage
  • Diploma Chinese massage
  • Certificate of Japanese Needle Therapy
  • Certificate of Yoga Therapy
  • Level2 iRest Meditation Teacher
  • TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment