Meet the team
Meet our dedicated staff who bring extensive knowledge and expertise to all of our classes
Christy – Fitness Manager
My name is Christy and I am the Fitness Manager for Be Well Barn. I have been in the industry since 2011 and working as an instructor since 2015. I love to help people reach their own personal fitness goals and watch their growth in confidence through exercise. This is a personal highlight of mine and something I aim to see in all clients and members.
Part of my role at Be Well Barn will involve teaching fun, motivating and varied classes for you all to enjoy. Instructing group exercise is an absolute favourite of mine which I hold great passion for. I look forward to welcoming you into our friendly community.
Heather – Front of House
After over 20 years working in primary education, I know the importance of physical and mental well-being enabling you to live your life to the fullest. This can take many forms; physical exercise, relaxation and engagement with the natural environment. I’m really excited to make this move to front of house at the Be Well Barn.
Angie – Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer
After initially qualifying as a Personal Trainer, to gain knowledge to help myself and my friends, I discovered a passion for helping people enjoy being active and improving their health, fitness and overall wellbeing. So, after 20 years of caring for animals I decided to swap four legs for two and began working in a gym facility where over the past four years I have been helping people through their health and fitness journeys, instructing and personal training clients of all abilities with varied goals.
Exercise together with an active, outdoor lifestyle, caring for the environment and enjoying the world we live in have always been an integral part of my life. I love climbing mountains, walking and challenging myself to achieve new things.
Rachel – Pilates Instructor
Rachel is a Special Neuro Physiotherapist with a passion for Pilates. Following completion of training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute she is a certified Pilates Instructor and offers varied matwork sessions integrating small equipment and mindfulness for holistic wellbeing.
Lara – Pilates Instructor
After working in banking and commuting to London for a number of years, I decided I wanted to make a change and do something I enjoyed! I have always had an interest in health and decided to train as a Pilatesinstructor, studying with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). I am also a qualified Nutritional Therapist (College of Naturopathic Medicine, London), and Sports Massage Therapist, and am passionate about looking after your body both physically and nutritionally. I have a particular interest in rehabilitative Pilates for those with previous injuries, and encourage anyone with an interest in improving their functional movement or posture to give it a go! I teach Pilates mat-work and Reformer classes, enabling clients to get the most from their classes.’
Andy – Tai Chi & Chi Gong Instructor
Andy had the privilege of completing all of his training on a one to one basis with Ken Johnson, head of the Liang Yi school of Tai Chi, and 8th Dan in Shito-ryu Karate. After training extensively for decades, Andy qualified to teach Tai Chi, Qi-gong, Karate and Kung Fu. His lineage for Tai Chi & Qi Gong is;
- Yang Cheng Fu – considered the best known teacher of Yang-style Taijiquan
- Yang Shou-Chung, eldest son of Yang Cheng Fu
- Master AFC Kong who learned directly from Yang Shou-Chung
- Master Ken Johnson, elevated to the Head of the Liang Yi school by Master AFC Kong
- Andy Rees – Instructor Level Liang Yi School of Tai Ji Quan & Qigong
Healthy Core Strength & Authentic Yoga
Andy was fortunate to receive many years of private tuition from Master John Gent, the co-founder of the British Wheel of Yoga, and co-founder of Friends of Yoga. Master Gent is still the most senior examiner in Britain for training yoga teachers. Andy enjoyed access to a wealth of authentic information on Chinese, Indian and Tibetan yoga which are integrated into sessions, combined with a modern approach to stretching, core strength and stability training.
RBM Self Defence
Andy has trained a wide range of people from specialist military personnel in close quarters combat, to using this information to develop his own version of self-defence primarily focusing on how to understand and restrict the impact of stress on everyday life. Whilst most self-defence systems, both martial and military concentrate on how to defend yourself from physical threats, RBM instead shifts this focus onto how to change how you think about and respond to stressful situations in your life, because stress is a far more likely and occurring threat to your health. You will learn some ‘unique’ self defence information along the way to keep you safe, but this is just the tool, the method to illustrate how to become a solution based thinker rather than having anxiety and rumination in daily life.
Jen – Earthdance & Meditation Instructor
Jen is a qualified Brown Belt Nia and Yoga teacher, teaching across Suffolk. She will be teaching Earthdance and EcoNIDRA meditation classes at Be Well Barn. Her style of movement takes its foundations from our natural world and movement from across the globe. S love to share the Nia experience and to see the benefits and reactions I get from students when they “step in” for the first time. It really is like nothing else.
Susie – Yoga Instructor
Susie Wonfor holds a British Wheel of Yoga (NVQ Level 4) Teaching Diploma. Her passion for yoga began in her years living in East Africa, with her personal path of yoga flourishing into teaching. It’s Susie’s personal practice and study (svadhaya) that provides the basis of her teaching, which she considers a vital resource, as well as continued annual training.
She offers weekly classes to all levels of student, in a style which combines a traditional Hatha Yoga foundation with dynamic and sequenced asana (postures) and movement. The breath is integral to the yoga practice, in which you will also develop a deeper connection to your breath and breathing techniques to support this. Meditative spaces are included and we end each session with relaxation. Susie likes to explore specific postures more deeply, allowing you to confidently develop a home practice. The class caters for complete beginners, who work with a safe and foundational practice, whilst offering deeper and more advanced posture work to the more experienced. Susie very much welcomes both men and women to the class and has a mix of both men and women attending classes.
Abie – Yoga Instructor
A search for a yoga retreat after covid restrictions lifted turned into a 6 week trip to the Bali yoga school to complete my 200hr teacher training. On a quest to find ways to reduce my own anxiety and improve my overall health after lockdown and with a plan to bring it home to help my family. 12 months later and Yoga with Abie has a substantial local following! Family and friends call me ‘action Jackson’ as I’m always out trying new activities! I spent a few winter seasons as a ski instructor before the pandemic hit and now enjoy bouldering and taking weekend trips to the Lake District to hike and trail run.
Hayley – Yoga Instructor
Hayley has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She completed her Yoga teaching training in Norfolk in March 2022 and has been guiding a relaxing weekly group for over a year. She is soon attending her further advanced Yoga teacher training. Hayley has always been interested in holistic wellbeing, especially nutrition and movement, and is currently studying her Health Coach qualification with College of Naturopathic Medicine alongside her full-time day job.
Paula – Pilates Instructor
Paula started off her career as a professional dancer travelling around the world. After setting down back home she retrained and has enjoyed managing health and fitness clubs before becoming self-employedinstructor. She has taught classes for over 30 years and is looking forward to being part of the team at the Be Well Barn offering her Pilates classes.
Faye – Fitness Instructor
Faye has been a Personal Trainer for over ten years. She is also a qualified kettlebell instructor, nutritional therapist and mum to two teenagers. After a career in marketing, she decided to retrain after having children in order to fulfil her passion for health.
Faye’s main interest is long-term health, focusing on food along with strength training to not only improve life span but also health span. Strength training is imperative tor staying active for longer, for regaining and maintaining muscle that we start to lose in our thirties.
Faye is serious about good form, ensuring that you are doing exercises correctly and safely for the best outcomes. She is also a great motivator and brings her energy and passion to every class!
Becky – Pilates Instructor
I have been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and have qualified in many different disciplines ranging from cardiac and cancer rehab to Pilates and fitness yoga. I teach a lot of community based classes as well as in leisure centres.
Movement is life and I enjoy helping people get the best out of theirs!
I run my own successful fitness business and am very much looking forward to delivering Pilates sessions at the BE WELL Barn.
When I’m not training with clients or teaching you can find me walking my rescue dogs in our beautiful Suffolk countryside!
Peter – Beyond Birth Conditioning & Empowered Strength Instructor
Meet Peter Dunsmore, a highly experienced Personal Trainer, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Pre-Postpartum Fitness Specialist who has been coaching in the fitness industry for beyond a decade. With over 15,000 hours of personal training experience and counting, he is passionate about his clients and helping them make lasting changes in their lives. Peter believes in engaging, educating, and empowering his clients to understand how their choices for change can become habitual and life-changing.
Alongside his professional fitness career, Peter is a devoted husband, and father to his young son and daughter, balancing his time as a family man. He finds inspiration through their children’s perspectives, seeing the world anew and finding awe and amazement in their achievements.
Peter’s daily habits include conventional weight training, but he also enjoys combining his love for endurance adventure events with amazing locations. He has completed a range of adventure races, marathons, and ultras across the Cornish coastlines, the peaks of the Welsh mountain ranges, and the undulating terrain of the Lakes. Furthermore, he has also navigated self-created ultra-marathons across Norfolk and surrounding counties. Whenever the opportunity for an adventure arises, Peter is sure to be there, fuelled by his passion for health and fitness and striving to reach his and his clients’ greatest potential.