At Solothurn, we have brought together a team of passionate, purpose driven individuals who are each experts in their field. We share a singular focus on providing a place of healing where you will receive caring, non-judgemental and professional support and encouragement for every step of your journey.
Collectively, we aspire to the best at what we are doing in Australia. We can’t wait to meet you!
Alicia Eugene, Founder and Managing Director
Solothurn Wellness Retreat is the realisation of Alicia’s long held vision of a place of healing where people will come to change their lives in the healthy and healing environment of a country farm.
With a successful career in senior management and executive level roles in both the public and not for profit sectors; Alicia looks forward to combining her skills in leadership, business development, program design and project management with her passion for social justice.
Alicia holds a B Justice with Distinction, Honours (1st class), Grad B Education and is a Prince2 certified Project Manager. Alicia’s work in program design has won various sector awards and she is also an experienced and capable facilitator and educator who has worked with diverse groups, including delivery of group based programs to people in prison with substance abuse issues.
Alicia looks forward to building a high performing team of therapists who are experts in their fields and welcoming you to Solothurn: seeing you breathe deeply, cherish your blessings and reconnect with the best in yourself.
“If I plant a green bough in my heart; the singing bird will come”
Dr Dixie Statham, Clinical Psychologist (Senior Consultant)
Registration No. PSY0001369094 – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) www.ahpra.gov.au
Dr Statham has many years of experience in both private and public sectors where she has been involved in the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic depression, anxiety and alcohol use problems. Additionally she has published research in these areas in leading international scientific journals.
Dr Statham graduated from The University of Queensland with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, as well as a Master’s Degree, obtained following her Honours Degree.
She is an active member of two professional organizations, the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists (APS) http://www.psychology.org.au, and the Australian Clinical
Cassandra, Registered Music Therapist
Cassandra is a vibrantly creative woman. Both a contemporary musician and Registered Music Therapist (RMT), she has combined her life long passions of music, art and movement with therapeutic support culminating in a career that for her is as sweet as an ol’ soul record.
With a Bachelor of Contemporary Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, Cass facilitates music interventions such as singing, songwriting and active music making; creation of strength based journey journals and exploration of the self when facilitating group or individual sessions. Cass is also trained in Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) and is undertaking Neurological Music Therapy training in Nov 2016.
Her personal mission is to empower clients to discover purpose, make meaningful interpersonal connections, and experience personal growth through music and creative expression. Cass is experienced in working in a variety of settings such as Domestic Violence Support, Special Education, Acquired Brain Injury, Mental Health and Paediatric Care. Cass works part-time for QLD Health with hospitalised populations at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Cass provides Music Therapy sessions specialising in mental health and social / emotional well being.
Natalie Menyweather, Equine Therapist
Natalie has a love of people and animals and has combined these to follow her dreams and create her life’s work as an equine therapist and researcher.
After completing a Bachelor of Social Work, Natalie has worked in diverse fields including the housing and homelessness sector, remote aboriginal communities, the disability sector, child protection and prisons. Through this experience and knowledge Natalie aims to provide a calm, safe and supportive approach to her equine practice with children, adults and groups.
After realising the innate connection between all animals and social work practice, Natalie has been passionate about developing her knowledge and wisdom in this field. She trained with Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI) in November 2013 and went on to complete a post graduate certificate with the University of Denver on the human animal bond in 2014. For the last two years Natalie has been specialising in supervision for EPI equine assisted learning and psychotherapy practitioners across Australia and has presented twice at the Institute’s conferences. In 2016, Natalie completed her Masters of Social Work by research in the field of equine and animal assisted therapy.
Natalie also works part time at the University of the Sunshine Coast supporting social work students on their field placements and tutoring in the Social Work program. She looks forward to working with you alongside her herd here at Solothurn in the near future.
Joshua Bennett, Surfing and SUP Coach
Having grown up with the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine Coast on his doorstep; Josh has grown up in the water and started surfing when he was 6. His love of surfing has also helped to fuel a passion for travel and he has surfed his way around the world through Asia, Europe, Central and South America.
He holds a BA Education and is currently teaching part time in PE at a local college. He has completed a Certificate in Water Rescue and Safety, Swim Coaching and Water Safety (Level 1), Surf Coaching and Water Safety (Level One) and also holds First Aid and CPR qualifications.
A keen social entrepreneur; Josh co-founded the successful Frontier travel journal with his wife – Kerrie Anne; which inspires people to pursue their passions and live the life of their dreams. He is looking forward to helping people discover the healing power of the ocean and the restorative process it can bring to finding calmness.
Selina Stewart, Yoga and Meditation Instructor
Selina Stewart is a fully qualified Hatha yoga teacher with 20 years experience. “Yoga for me is an expression of life. I am so grateful to practice the teachings and techniques of yoga in my daily life and share these with others. I love to encourage and support others through the practice of yoga, allowing them to truly reconnect through movement, breath and relaxation / meditation. My aim is to instil and restore peace, balance and joy within, giving individuals the best opportunity to reach their full physical, mental and spiritual potential throughout their journey of life.”
Owner of Smile Within Yoga and Smile Within Chai Tea.
Natalie Harms, Clinical Nutritionist (BHSc Nut Med)
Natalie Harms is a university-trained nutritionist who uses the latest science and her knowledge of food and its impact on health to help her clients achieve optimum health.
Natalie’s connection with food comes from growing up on a farm in Western Queensland and being part of a family where growing food and cooking from scratch was part of everyday life. This connection with food was lost while she pursued a career in the corporate world and it took many years for her to realise that the food she was eating (or not eating), how she was eating it and her lifestyle were impacting her health.
A trip to Brazil volunteering with a charitable organisation to treat disadvantaged children with heart conditions, a passion to give her own children a healthy start to life and memories of a healthy, carefree life on the farm put her back on the road to connecting with real food again and becoming a nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine.
Nutritional medicine is the scientific study of understanding how foodsand their nutrient chemical components function in the body, and how food and their nutrients can be used as medicine to keep a person in optimum health or to assist in the treatment of a broad range of health conditions.
It is evidence-based and draws on the latest biomedical and scientific research to develop treatment approaches to illness and disease,
for primary prevention and to promote optimal health and well-being.
Natalie’s philosophy is to empower her clients understand what foods and nutrients are required for optimum health and to focus on a dietary pattern (not select foods) full of natural, fresh wholefoods to provide the right balance of nutrients for health. She helps her clients understand what’s impacting their health and works with then
to develop dietary and lifestyle changes that are sustainable.
Counsellor And Family Therapist
Michelle Govanis a registered counsellor with adults, adolescents, and children and has experience in three diverse roles: community support, education, and therapeutic services. These form a strong foundation for her understanding of human behaviour and development in the care of individuals and their families. Married for 32 years and a mother of 4 herself, she recognizes that the journey of life gets hard at times. We all need the opportunity to be heard, understood, and receive compassionate support to navigate life’s challenges to enable us to move forward into genuine and lasting happiness.
Having completed a Masters in Counselling and a Bachelor of Education, Michelle offers a service to help you make sense of inner confusion and past wounds, repair relationships, overcome grief and loss, while developing personaland professional growth, buildingresilience, and creating that work-life balance. She will assist you todiscover tools and strategies that will move you closer to the life you have yearned for.Michelle has a desire to see individuals achieve restorationand wholeness that aligns with the ethos of Solothurn, partnering with a team of specialists for wellness.
Her approach to counselling is calm, embraces a client centred framework,is non-judgemental and non- confrontational. Utilizing a variety of interventions tailored to client needs and with a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship, Michelle strives to ensure positive outcomes for clients and best practice standards.Michelle is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association – Level 2 Number 2073. She is also a Trainer and Assessor for students studying the Diploma of Counselling course and group facilitator.
Chef - Shane Galvin
With 20 years experience as a chef, Shane has been on a food journey. After training in Sydney, he took his experience back to his home in tropical North Queensland, where he has successfully run his own businesses, catered for many celebrities and worked in some of Australia’s finest 5 star resorts, including the Sea Temple Port Douglas and Sheraton.
Whatever the job description or occasion, Shane has used his wealth of knowledge along with the understanding and importance of eating clean, healthy local produce to showcase his skills. Here at Solothurn, Shane says: “It’s very important to eat right, using the freshest locally grown produce to support the local farming communities. The local produce sector is what keeps Australia ticking”
Outside the chef world, Shane has been heavily involved in the local AFL scene here on the Sunshine Coast, where he has been a successful coach of junior teams for the past 4 years. With over 35 years experience in the sport playing in some of the highest leagues in the country he is again putting on the boots this season at 40 something.
“Keeping fit and eating right is very important for a good life balance. Life throws challenges at you, it’s up to you if you want to take them on.”