Our Team

When on a retreat it is vital you have amazing trainers.  Sand Sea Spa has an incredible team to ensure your experience is second to none.

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Kate Burrows

Founder and Personal Trainer

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Kate never stands still. She founded the #1 all girl personal training team in east London (KBPT) and has always had an ambition to run fitness retreats.

Having moved from London to Braunton in 2015, she wants to share North Devon and her tried-and-tested training techniques with as many people as possible.

A qualified Level 3 personal trainer, pre natal personal trainer and post natal personal trainer, Kate’s passion for fitness is infectious. With a decade’s experience in the industry, Kate specialises in sandbells, TRX, Beamfit, nutrition, weight loss, functional body weight, rehabilitation, cancer recovery, kettlebells, ViPR, BOSU, rebounding, strength training, medicine ball, swiss ball, running, boxing, cycling and sport-specific training.

Outside of work, Kate’s a keen runner and cyclist and, of course, a regular at the gym and yoga classes. She’s also raised over £70,000 for charity through various fitness challenges. Her PT clients describe her as enthusiastic, motivating and kind. Yes, she’ll work you hard but you’ll have a smile on your face!

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Samantha James

Personal Trainer

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Samantha has always worked in the health and wellbeing sector and for the last 8 years she has worked as a Sports, Complementary Therapist, and Tutor. Samantha recently completed a year of Sports Science at University, training as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.

 Samantha is passionate about all sports and is an advocate of the physical and mental health benefits they can bring individuals. She is looking forward to working with all fitness types, supporting retreat guests with both her physical and holistic knowledge.

 Retreat guests can be assured their fitness sessions with Samantha will end with a feel-good endorphin boost to last them the whole day.

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Jess Wright

Yoga Teacher

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Jess was first introduced to the practice of yoga in 2015 and she's been regularly practicing yoga ever since. Experiencing the positive benefits of yoga on both her mind and body inspired her to become a yoga teacher.

 In 2018 Jess qualified as a Hatha yoga teacher through the British School of Yoga and during her travels around India, she received her 200-hour RYS Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher certificate.

 Jess loves sharing her passion with others and has been teaching yoga around North Devon.

Jess’s Vinyasa Flow yoga classes allow you to practice moving your body and breath in harmony. It is an energising and dynamic style of yoga which helps to open the body and calm the mind. 

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Lenka Koubek

Yoga Teacher

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Born in landlocked Czech Republic, Lenka relocated to sunny North Devon in her early twenties, attracted by ocean living and relaxed lifestyle.

 Lenka first discovered yoga in 2012, completing her 200h YTT in Roshikesh, India in 2019, which enabled her to travel around the World teaching yoga. Lenka is continuously learning and believes that knowledge is power and the key to a happy life is balance. She is a strong believer in the 5 pillars of a healthy lifestyle - mindset, movement, recovery, sleep and nutrition.

 Lenka’s yoga classes are a chance to both recharge and unwind, focusing on connecting with your inner self through Vinyasa Flow. Lenka is looking forward to helping retreat guests find their rhythm, strength, and balance on the yoga mat.

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Aimee Hill

Yoga Teacher

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Aimee got her first taste of yoga at the age of 14. She attended classes while at university and qualified at Level 2 in Hatha Yoga in Byron Bay, Australia, before returning home to teach yoga in North Devon over the last seven years.

Aimee runs her own yoga and massage business in nearby Barnstaple where she teaches gentle Hatha, Hatha flow, restorative yoga and yin yoga. She is trained in pre natal and post natal yoga and sports therapy massage.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or more experienced at yoga, Aimee will help you get out of your head and into you body.

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Christina Gorinsky

Social Media Creative

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Christina enjoys creating wellness and nutritional blogs plus content for Sand Sea Spa Retreat’s website and social channels.

Living by the sea means she takes full advantage of the amazing beaches and countryside around North Devon, walking and taking the occasional wild sea swim - it’s definitely easier in the summer but those colder water temperatures give you such a feel-good boost afterwards!