The Whakatā team is made up of local Southlanders who are all experts in their fields.
Whakatā Owner, Massage Therapist
Born and bred in Southland, Rachael Brown is a southerner through and through having grown up in Invercargill. As an 18 year old, she moved to Te Anau to begin a 12-year career in hospitality before heading to Australia and the UK on her ‘Overseas Experience’. After returning to New Zealand, a new path beckoned and Rachael graduated with a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine.
Whakatā Yoga and Mindfulness practitioner
My life is my practice; my practice is my life. I believe fiercely in the power of choice and change. For either to happen, we first require awareness. This is at the heart of my offerings to you. I am an American transplant from North Dakota USA. I currently live in beautiful Te Anau with my two boys and my husband. I work to cultivate self-awareness through yoga (movement), mindfulness (thought) and massage practices (social connection).
Kerri-Anne believes yoga is a wonderful tool for self-care. She teaches small-group classes and personalized instruction in Yoga, with an emphasis on breath-based functional movement, postural alignment, hormonal and nervous system support and mental/emotional health. Her teachings are offered with the intention of sharing tools that support greater self-awareness, contentment and quality of life.
Whakata Owner and keen Fiordland Outdoorsman
While Whakata is ‘officially’ the dream of Rachael, Perrin’s wife, he’s very much looking forward to connecting with guests and sharing his knowledge and passion for the great Fiordland outdoors. Perrin was born and raised in Fiordland, his mother a nurse and his father a professional hunter. After growing up in Te Anau, he left New Zealand for Australia at 16 years old working varied jobs before training as a chef.