The Acorn, Brimham Rocks Road, Hartwith, Harrogate, HG3 3HB
Owner & Founder
Katie created Acornwellness through her natural drive to support others. Her creativity was allowed to thrive; inspiring the design and development of the place itself. She loves being a central part of The Acorn and has found key interests and learning in Yoga, chakras, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Doterra Essential oils, wild swimming, herbal exploration and Whole Food Plant Based living. She is a Reiki practitioner and loves to include intuitive sound in her treatments.
Katie’s passion in supporting cancer patients has lead to the creation of the ‘whole soul retreat day’, a complementary day retreat for people on the cancer journey. She loves exploring wellness as a whole – mind, body and soul.
Having studied Whole Food Plant Based Living and received a nutrition certification for this, Katie loves to inspire others to make steps towards increasing plants within a balanced diet.
Katie loves welcoming people to this haven of healing and watching them flourish. She is grateful for the wonderful team of specialists around her that inspire her to grow every day.
Tiffany is a highly qualified complimentary therapist and reflexologist offering a range of wellness treatments to balance your mind,body,spirit and emotions.
Tiffany believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and works intuitively to assess your needs and create a bespoke therapy.
Therapeutic techniques are used as well as energy healing to reconnect your mind and body.
With 15 years experience in the hair and beauty industry and 3 years in the world of spa, Tiffany’s passion is healing and nurturing her guests.
Tiffany is available to offer treatments including Swedish body massage,hot stones massage, holistic facials,Indian head massage, mikao usui second degree reiki (OKUDEN)
Her passion is restorative foot reflexologist after receiving many benefits during her pregnancies and beyond,she would like to study maternity reflexology in 2021
Tiffany is looking forward to welcoming you at Acorn Wellness Retreat and will endeavour to make your treatment-whatever you may choose, as nurturing as possible
Sarah is a highly qualified Complementary Therapist who has followed her heart, developing her skills and qualifications in massage and Reiki, leading her to be a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Degree Master Practitioner, teacher and she is also a Reiki Drum Practitioner.
Sarah’s passions include crystals, which she likes to use intuitively with her treatments whenever possible to enhance the benefits of her treatments in balancing your mind, body, soul and spirit.
Sarah has trained with the Harrogate Natural Health School to enhance her skills and treatments in cancer and palliative care. Sarah has achieved NHS Certification in the Complementary Therapists to graduate at the NHS Natural Health School, Harrogate and District Foundation NHS Trust at Sir Robert Ogden’s Macmillian centre in Harrogate.
Sarah has since trained in Daoyin Tao, a treatment she is very passionate about and loves to share.
Sarah hopes to begin reiki training at The Acorn in Spring 2024. Please email us if you are interested.
Sarah looks forward to welcoming you to the tranquil cocoon of the Acorn Wellness Retreat. She will bespoke your treatment to suit your needs and desires wherever possible.
Debbie has been a long term supporter of The Acorn from before the doors opened.
Having 20 years of experience in retail and a further two in health insurance, she brings a wonderful mix of warmth, enthusiasm and organisation. She looks forward to giving you a warm welcome.
Integrative Forest Therapy practitioner
Hello! My name is Helen O’Connor and I’m a Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB) facilitator (certified by Integrative Breath) and Integrative Forest Therapist (certified by Nadur and ‘Mind’ Hillingdon). I work in Nidderdale – an area of outstanding natural beauty just outside of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I am passionate about weaving in the science to support the beautiful wholeness of our journey through life.
I offer both in-person and online group and 1:1 sessions, including Conscious Connected Breathwork, forest therapy/forest bathing, and Compassion Focused Therapy. I love to weave together these modalities to create space for connecting deeply to what is within and around us in the present moment.
Yoga Teacher and Sound Practitioner
Julie is our fantastic yoga teacher. Teaching a range of classes including Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini yoga. She also specialises in gong baths and yoga nidra which are so therapeutic and soothing.
‘I didn’t find yoga, yoga found me. After losing my son in 2002 my life was scattered. My mind was a runaway train, I had no control over my thoughts and at times I couldn’t see the woods for the trees. I began as a yoga student in 2003/2004. With posture, breath and meditation I soon found the most valuable tool I could ever have imagined. My life changed completely after that. I found focus and a healthy way forward. I started to see my life as a journey and this excited me.’Jules holds healing day retreats, shamanic retreats and one to one shamanic journeying.
Body, Mind and Soul Practitioner
Body, Mind & Soul Evolution Practitioner. Wellness, Sacred Feminine, Intuitive, Energy & Shamanic Teacher. Advocate for Sacred Womanhood Growth.
Evolve, embody and move forward.
Know, accept and love who you are.
Kay Turner has been teaching and working with children and adults in a pastoral and healing capacity since 1996. She graduated from Durham University with a BA (hons) First-Class in Theology in 1995 and went on to study a PGCE in Religious Education at York St John the following year.
She worked in Secondary Education as a teacher of RE, Psychology and Health and Social Care, a Curriculum Leader and a Sixth Form Head of Year between 1996 and 2016, apart from a short career break during which she gave birth to three children, completed a counselling qualification, MA in Theology and undertook volunteer pastoral work at a Healing Centre.
Kay is walking the Priestess Path and is an Advocate for Sacred Womanhood Growth. She works as a Body, Mind & Soul Evolution Practitioner working with clients individually, in addition to facilitating group workshops and retreats. As a Wellness, Sacred Feminine, Intuitive, Energy and Shamanic Mentor and Teacher Kay creates resources and online courses on these topics. As a lifelong learner, since 2016 Kay has qualified as a Wellbeing Coach, Yin Yoga Teacher, a Trainer and Advanced Practitioner in Energy Medicine, Mysticism and Shamanic Healing, completed a year Rose Lineage Priestess spiral and is currently training to be a Somatic Erotic Educator.
Kay is also The Acorn Crew mentor and supervisor.
After a lightbulb moment whilst following a spiritual lifestyle I studied and graduated from The Natural Gourmet Cookery School, New York City in 1995. I then began as a Vegan Chef in NYC restaurants and following on from there as a Private Chef in NYC.
On returning to England 6 years later I set up a small catering business called TRUEFOOD, providing Wholefoods with a world cuisine influence. Following this I ran a bespoke vegetable juicing service called Sustain Juice’s which offered tailor made juices and detox plans to individuals looking for better health.
My firm belief is that what we put into our bodies determines our health, our well-being and the quality of our lives.
Using the philosophy of Food as a healing tool the dishes I create are wholefood, world palleted, seasonal, nutritionally and energetically balanced, organic and local wherever possible.
In following a yogic life, I believe through healing our selves and souls that we can heal the world and each other as one. Having followed a plant-based lifestyle since early adolesenceit came as no surprise that my education in nutrition, and food as healing came at the exact same time I began sinking into a lifelong practice of yoga and its philosophy’s.
To keep my mind, body and spirit alive I practice and have learnt the art of Kundalini energy & yoga, Four Winds Shamanism and Hindu studies, specially on the Bhvagad Gita.
What we consume is truly what we become.
The world and my kitchen are full of love, I invite you to join.
Yoga and Reiki
Beccy has been practising yoga for over 18 years. She found it so beneficial to the mind, body and soul that she embarked on a two year journey to further her knowledge and become a qualified teacher. Beccy enjoys teaching about feminine energy and holding a safe space for women to grow and develop themselves. She uses kundalini kriya and relaxing breath work – creating a space to feel nurtured.Beccy also offers drumming circles and sacred women circles.
Beccy is now a shamanic practitioner and brings these teachings into all her work.
Open water swim coach
Lucy is a Swimming Teacher and Open Water Swimming Coach who is passionate about the benefits of cold water for our physical and mental health.
She offers guided swims as part of retreats and holds a range of group swims in the local rivers. Often found in the river Nidd she is a year-round swimmer who loves being immersed in nature and held by the water.
Lucy has 20 years’ experience of working in targeted services with young people and young adults, she is a mentor and trainer who specialises in Mental Health and Safeguarding.
Her love of the water is infectious, she will hold space, make you feel safe and supported so you can experience the many rewards of wild swimming.
Natalia is our expert herbalist and educator; passionate about promoting health and wellbeing.
Using the natural healing properties of herbs, she is wonderful at incorporating herbal medicine traditions from around the world. Based on the teaching that every one of us is created with our mental, physical and emotional spheres are interwoven and inseparable, she treats patients with this in mind.
Offering both one-to-one consultations to heal patients health and vitality and improve their lives and also workshops and courses. The workshops include plant medicine, self-healing and wellness.
With a focus on our connection to nature, inner-self and one another with the teaching that these are all key ingredients to healthy, vibrant living. Leave Natalia’s workshops feeling enthused and empowered.
Natalia also offers vitality screening with the aim of finding out where your vitality is at and finding your wellness balance.
Nutrition and Vitality Coach
Sara is a Nutrition and Vitality Coach.
“We are probably all familiar with the sayings from Hipoocrates: “let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” and “all disease begins in the gut”. What we put into our body is the foundation of our health. Sara believes that extends not only to the food we eat, but to everything we put in; be that our thought patterns, the way we deal with stress, how we interact with the world, the exercise we take, the things we do to relax and enjoy life…. Sara recognises that we are all unique and at different stages of our life’s journey, so what works for one person is not necessarily right for another.
Having embarked on a career in the “City” and quickly realising there must be more to life, as it made her ill, she returned to university and studied Nutritional Therapy at Westminster University. After a substantial career break and raising a family, Sara trained with John Ogden. John is a gifted practitioner and a Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy and Accupuncture and friend of the Acorn. Sara has gained her certificate in John’s Vitality Screening and now uses the “vitality screening” tool to assist in her Nutritional Therapy practice. Through doing the vitality screening, it takes a lot of the guesswork out of Nutritional Therapy and looks at the whole body as integrated systems working together to create the “whole”. Sara believes that by getting the foundations right, we can enjoy far better health of body, mind and spirit. She has been successful at treating people with a wide range of health issues. A keen cook and gardener, Sara will also help you to incorporate beneficial foods into your daily routine in a way that works for you. Sara has also studied iridology, done Reiki 1 & 2 and a Yoga Foundation Course, a keen learner, always curious to discover more. Her goal is to empower you to take the appropriate steps forward to better health and vitality.”
Mindfulness and Chakra practitioner
Trish is a wellbeing therapist and mentor with over twenty years experience.
She has a wealth of knowledge in the holistic approach to health and wellness. With multiple qualifications including, Biology (MSc), Stress Reduction Therapies (ITEC), Chakra Teaching (CA) and Mindfulness (MA).
Trish is a UK listed Mindfulness teacher and has supported many people to find ways to relax, heal, de-stress and cope with a wide range of challenges, including physical and emotional pain, addictions, anxiety and life pressures.
If you choose to have a talking or body therapy, her approach is guaranteed to be personalised, mindful and informative. Trish also facilitates classes, seminars and workshops at the Acorn; in particular the 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (the first step to a pathway of learning/teaching Mindfulness) and the Chakra Consciousness course for women.
Nikki is a compassionate and intuitive therapist with a passion for supporting women and their health and wellbeing.
She fell in love with reflexology when she received regular treatments through a workplace wellbeing scheme, she was always amazed at how relaxing reflexology was, making her feel rebalanced and restored.
Nikki is on a personal pursuit of wellness, she loves learning about health, healing, and wholeness. She is especially interested in the menopause journey, self-compassion, stress and the autonomic nervous system, detoxing and lymphatic health, connecting to nature and to each other.
Spiritual Teacher/ Life Coach
Michael is our incredible life coach who runs 1-1 consultations and runs interactive workshops and seminars. Michael’s use of Vedic astrology as a tool to coach clients provides deep insights into their lives and circumstances. It is a time-honoured ancient system that supports self-realisation. Consultations last between 75 to 90 minutes and are digitally recorded for your later reference.
Based in Yorkshire, Katherine creates herbal remedies that are aimed to relax, release and re-balance on the healing journey. When she discovered the ancient recipe of Fire Cider an immune boosting tonic, while on a herbal remedy course, she couldn’t wait to make it and give it to her clients and friends. It didn’t take long before they all wanted more of this powerful potion full of natural anti -bacterial ingredients such as Horseradish, ginger, garlic and many more.
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