Jasmin Lesniak – Motherground Founder & Counsellor
Jasmin has a background in health and wellbeing as well as expertise in running women’s retreats and special events. She is a qualified Counsellor with a strong interest in holistic health and wellbeing.
“I was needing some time out; somewhere to go for a couple of days where I could re-ground and centre myself, most importantly somewhere I could go with my new baby. Nothing existed. So I created exactly what I was needing.
Every aspect of a Motherground Retreat has been gently and thoughtfully designed with new mum’s wants and needs in mind. Motherground retreats are something that every mother should be able to experience and enjoy”.
Jasmin’s hope for all new mums is that they can allow themselves the gift of time and space to relax, re-connect and find their balance so they can tune in to their innate wisdom and strength of their Motherground.
Lael Stone – About Birth Founder & Postnatal Care Counsellor
Lael is a proud mother of three children who has worked as a Birth Attendant/Doula, Childbirth Educator and certified Calmbirth Instructor since 2004. From a background in wellbeing and counselling Lael was compelled into the field of childbirth education by her own birth experiences. Lael has interviewed and collected birth experience data from hundreds of Australian women throughout her career. This data provided insight and motivation to develop the About Birth Online Education Program, a pioneering way to learn about birth and early parenting.
Lael has spent the last few years working one on one with women around negative birth experiences as well as working with families to develop more connection with the Aware Parenting model. She is a certified Aware Parenting Instructor and runs regular groups for mothers as well as workshops and private sessions. Her passion is to create wellness in families through connection, communication and education. Lael’s website is here.
Skye Phillips – Yoga Practitioner
Skye is a dedicated yoga practitioner, a certified teacher, and personal empowerment coach with ten years of experience in ‘vinyasa’ (breath synchronised) styles of yoga. Her grounding as a teacher began in India in 2010, which has paved the way for a fascinating journey around the globe ever since, studying with some of most influential teachers of our time.
Skye is currently training under Tiffany Cruikshank (Yoga Medicine), and is part of an inspired team who are looking to create global awareness around the healing power of yoga and the ability to provide yoga as medicine.
Skye’s approach to teaching honours tradition, yet is fresh, authentic, and designed with the modern yogi in mind. She brings forth her eclectic knowledge of movement to her yoga classes, drawing from experience in gymnastics, rock climbing, dance and snowboarding. But her greatest teacher of all arrived in February 2015, with the birth of her beautiful son, Finn. This has led to a journey of softening, surrender, and finding strength in moments of vulnerability.
It is Skye’s mission that every student leaves their mat more nourished, more balanced and more vibrant than when they arrived.
Suzanne Cork – UK Partner, Motherground
Passionate about all things healthy and an advocate for organic living, Suzanne is a certified nutritional therapist and a yoga instructor. She specialises in vinyasa flow yoga but also loves teaching (and practising!) restorative and yin yoga. Suzanne is currently completing her 500 hour advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank (Yoga Medicine) focussing on learning how to use yoga to improve or heal injuries and medical conditions.
Having being told she would struggle to have children due to a 11cm fibroid and subsequent myomectomy, she (very) happily became a new mum to her beautiful daughter Olivia in February 2016.
Suzanne specialises in creating innovative holistic retreats in the UK and Dubai, workshops and events for women who need to reground, relax and recharge. In her quieter moments (which are fewer these days with baby Olivia) you might find her wandering around her favourite organic markets, doing yoga, experimenting with and creating new recipes or snapping away on her camera.
Joining Motherground on their first ever UK Retreat in March 2017, Suzanne is the perfect match for Motherground and embodies the same values.