Teaching Faculty

Dyana Wells

Dyana has been a lifelong student of many disciplines. She has a BSc majoring in Botany and Zoology, MA (Hons) in Philosophy, MCW (Hons) in Creative Writing, Dip Yoga Therapy from Wellpark College, a Cert Counselling and, most recently, a Cert Art and Creativity.

Dyana has been teaching for much of her life. She taught Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology to Naturopathic and Massage students at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies. She then developed the 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teachers Training Programme at Kawai Purapura where she taught Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Somatics and Anatomy & Physiology​

She continued teaching with the Contemporary Yoga Teachers Training school in Remuera.

Dyana has published a trilogy, Anchors in an Open Sea, charting the pitfalls and triumphs of a life lived in search of the elusive truth.

Her infectious curiosity about all aspects of living and the relationships between them is the gift she brings to her teaching.

Violet Sherwood

Dr Violet Sherwood is a psychotherapist, poet, author, and Qigong practitioner. For many years she has explored Eastern and Western philosophies and practices for cultivating wisdom, healing and spirituality.

Violet holds a PhD in imaginal psychology. In her psychotherapy practice she works primarily with grief-work, healing trauma, liberating creativity, and spiritual development.

Violet is a former lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University, and at BOP College of Homeopathy. She practised for over ten years as a homeopath.

Her current psychotherapeutic approach integrates mind, body, imaginal and energy practices from a range of modalities and wisdom traditions.

She is passionate about inspiring others to find their own unique paths to wholeness, wellbeing, and living authentically.



Qigong is an energy system developed in China between 4000 and 8000 years ago for strengthening and directing life force energy through the body. Ancient Chinese sages and healers observed the natural world, its cycles and seasons, the movements and habits of animals, and the elemental forces of sun, moon, stars, water, mountains, sky, earth and trees. They developed a system for moving energy in a synergistic flow with the rhythms of nature that proved to be an effective method of self-healing. In Chinese, Qigong is represented by an ideagram that combines two ideas – the concept of energy or breath, and the concept of skill or work. So, Qigong refers to skilful means of working with life-force energy, the energy in all living things. Working with our body’s meridians or energy lines, Qigong increases the healthy flow and distribution of life-force energy, thereby strengthening our vitality, boosting our immune system, calming our mind, and healing difficult states that arise from imbalances of energy.
Practising Qigong regularly helps us to feel alive, calm, alert, focused, relaxed and grounded. Through Qigong practice we cultivate and balance our life force energy for enhanced health, vitality and wellbeing.
Qigong uses flowing gentle movements to nourish and support the flow of energy through our body. Combining body, breath and mind within each movement, Qigong can be considered a form of moving meditation, combining all the benefits of a physical workout, cardiovascular exercise and meditation in one practice. As a result, Qigong may relieve or reduce stress, tension and pain. As the greater flow of qi balances our emotions we may feel a deep inner peace and relaxation. Integrating mind, breath and body in Qigong nourishes all our cells with vital life energies, clearing blockages or stagnation, strengthening weaknesses and reducing overstimulation or excess of energy. This has the effect of balancing our internal states naturally over time. … See the full introduction to Qigong and Five Element theory by Dr Violet Sherwood here.

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