The Conscious Kids Team
CK Co-Founder and Director
Maria is an Italian mum that has been traveling around the world with her family (her 3 kids were born on 3 different continents!) to study and learn from indigenous cultures, different philosophies, and natural therapies.
She’s a highly experienced yoga and mindfulness teacher having taught in many studios as well as facilitating retreats, workshops, and conferences all over the world. Her passion is to share the life, joy, and creativity that arise freely in everyone when there are balance and harmony with nature and within ourselves!
CK Co-Founder and Director
Rita is a Brazilian mum of two girls and a qualified Graphic and Interior Designer. After visiting different countries with her family, they have found New Zealand the best place to live a conscious life, connecting future and past, nature and development, love and respect.
As a designer Rita is passionate about making the world a better place to everyone, full of colours and happiness. She believes that every new day is a miracle and small changes make big transformations.
Conscious Kids Co-Founder
Harriet was a mum to 2 girls, a qualified teacher, holding a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. During term time she could be found exploring Long Bay Regional Park with a group of intrepid pre-schoolers who attended a Nature Kindergarten that she used run. Harriet had a passion for getting children outside, whatever the weather, to do what they are designed to do best… play. Harriet was constantly amazed by the huge developments she could experience with her Nature kindergarten children and with Maria and Rita founded CONSCIOUS KIDS to share these benefits with school-age children.
CK Development Manager
Dana has an array of experience working with children. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in outdoor education instruction, before/after school and holiday program care, surf school, and paddleboard kids programs, along with coaching and running sporting programs. She absolutely loves the freedom kids can have in these environments and the ability to just simply play and enjoy whatever each day brings.
Dana is personally motivated by the principle less is more and finds enjoyment in the simplicity life has to offer. She loves most things in life but in particular anything adventurous surrounded by nature. She is currently working on a concept that is dedicated to community gatherings, walking trails, connection with nature, creating environmental awareness, and all events created are dedicated to restoring and rejuvenating the land in which we live.
CK Operations Manager
Liss is passionate about the amazing vibe of interacting with kids. Originally from Venezuela, she has always been enthusiastic about hiking and nature; traveling through Venezuela and other countries have given her the opportunity to enrich her love of nature and adventure. This drew her to New Zealand and experiencing its magic has been a lovely experience so far for her. Being a Dietitian and a Yoga teacher, the quality of caring for others has always been paramount in her professional and personal setting.
Since she started working with the Conscious Kids Programme, she discovered her passion and talent with clay and arts, showing we can all learn through play – whatever your age is!
Conscious Kids Educators
Ines is passionate about the way children learn. With a background in ECE, psychology and yoga teaching she came to New Zealand in 2011 and became the mum of 3 Playcentre kids.
Ines believes freedom to move and choose and lots of time to play and explore give children the perfect grounds for positive learning experiences. She is excited about having outdoor adventures with kids to connect with nature and find ways to look after our planet together.
When she is not working at Conscious Kids she is teaching yoga, at Playcentre, running around with her kids, working in community events or facilitating play sessions for children in the Devonport community.
Briar grew up with the Waitakere Ranges at her doorstep and has always felt a deep connection to nature. Her professional training is in ecology and conservation, but as a proud mum to two energetic, creative, curious kids she developed a huge passion for sharing her love of nature and ensuring as many children as possible could connect with the natural world around them.
During 9 years within Playcentre and the local homeschooling community, she helped to set up and coordinate two separate outdoor sessions. She also works as a freshwater environmental educator delivering a hands-on programme for ECE's, schools, and community groups. Briar strongly supports and believes in the power of free unstructured play in nature to provide the ultimate canvas for children's learning and development.
Kia ora! My name is Tref Turner I am the proud father of my eight-year-old son Tobias. As a young lad, I climbed with my father in the mountains of Scotland and Wales giving me the foundation for many outdoor pursuits. My first degree sprung me into the world of entertainment for twenty years of traveling extensively.
With the arrival of my son, I retrained, completing a three-year educational degree focusing on the benefits of the outdoor environment for the youngest members of society. I have lived in the hills of the Waitakere ranges for the past ten years and am proud to call Aotearoa my home. I love a good chat and am very much looking forward to meeting you all.
Kia Ora!! My name is Gabi and I’m currently a student at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, studying Graphic Design.
I have been living and breathing Conscious Kids from the age of 13 and don’t plan on changing that any time soon! As I was slightly too old for the programme I quickly became a teen helper, then went on to become an assistant, and today a supervisor for the Holiday Programmes.
As someone who spent the majority of their childhood in the concrete jungles of Brazil, I am so appreciative of the hard work CK has put in to be able to facilitate this growing connection between our tamariki and nature.
The concept of free, child-led, and nature-based play that CK endeavours to spread is so powerful and contagious that it is merely impossible for it not to touch the children who experience it. I feel very lucky and grateful to be part of this awesome CK family.
Kia ora, Ko Logan taku ingoa.
I have completed a Bachelors's Degree in Sport and Recreation majoring in Outdoor Education at Auckland University of Technology. and I am currently working as a contractor, working for various company’s in Auckland such as Auckland Sea Kayaks, Bigfoot Adventures, and Adventure Works Limited, and have done some work for
Auckland University Of Technology for the outdoor education program. Further, I have been contracting to Higher Ground Group an outdoor education provider in Australia. I have also worked as a park ranger for Auckland Council in a number of different parks.
Amy is from the U.K and arrived early this year. She was looking forward to opportunities New Zealand had to offer including adventure and nature. Let's just say this beautiful country is living up to all her expectations!
Trained as a Primary school teacher and holds a degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Amy wanted to take her passion for educating to the outdoors! She believes there are a wealth of benefits to learning outside, having fun, and getting muddy - our skin is waterproof after all!
In her own time, Amy enjoys keeping active, hiking, cycling, and swimming. She also keeps the rewards of volunteering with conservation charities and organizations, passionate about making a positive difference in our world, no matter how big or small.
Hola! I am Teresina and am originally from Mexico. I have a Degree in Environmental Engineering and am a Permaculture believer – currently working towards my diploma.
I am a Sustainability advocate. Living lightly is our responsibility and we can contribute with every single action, every single day. I love water, from swimming in it to researching and testing it.
Sharing knowledge and learning from kids is one of my passions. I also work providing environmental education at schools - kids are the hope for a better future – and being able to help to plant the seeds is amazing. In my free time, you will find me hiking, reading, blogging about sustainability, working on muggy weather, or drinking a good cup of coffee.
Ada is originally from Hong Kong and has been living in NZ since she was 11. She is a mother of 2 gorgeous children, a qualified ECE and Primary teacher, plus loves spending time at the beach and bushwalk. Ada has a strong belief in play-based learning and Nature as 3rd teacher.