Meet the team

From personal trainers to gourmet chefs, we have them all.

We have a bevvy of experienced professionals that will ensure your fitness retreat experience is perfect in every way.

Click on a staff member’s name to find out more about their skills and experience.


Dave Hoyland


  • Level 3 in Exercise and Fitness knowledge
  • Advanced Resistance programming
  • Advanced Cardiovascular programming
  • Qualification in Pre and Post Natal training
  • Advanced Kettle bell instruction
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • BTEC First Diploma in Sport – Grade Distinction

After spending over 10 years training people of all different ages and abilities in Poole, Dorset, I’ve decided to help people from further afield by giving them the opportunity to come and stay and exercise with us for one week at a time. Leaving them with as much knowledge as possible when returning to everyday life.


  • Weight training
  • Football
  • Boxing
  • Running
  • Chilling out in front of a good movie
  • Spending quality time with my very young family and lovely wife.

Being a fitness instructor is one of the most rewarding jobs going. Not only do you get to meet new people all the time, but you get to help them along the way.


Josh Cull


  • BSc Sport Science
  • Level 3 Personal Training
  • Level 3 Nutrition for physical activity
  • Level 4 Strength and Conditioning

Having recently graduated from Bournemouth University and then completing my strength and conditioning qualification, I have been working as a personal trainer focusing on making our clients goals a reality!


  • Weight lifting
  • Football
  • Boxing

As a personal trainer and group exercise instructor I have loved working with everyone with such varied goals, from weight loss and toning to specific goals such as sport performance goals and conditioning.


Alex Neilan

Sports Dietitian and Personal Trainer

MSc (ongoing), MSc, PgDIP, DIP, BSc, RD

As a sport dietitian and nutritionist, I help people feel more confident in their own skin and perform like athletes.

It can be frustrating and even upsetting if you train hard without getting the results you’re looking for.

It’s easy to become confused with all the conflicting dietary messages that saturate social media.

My mission is to provide clarity with an unbiased and evidence-based approach to nutrition that can be easily understood and applied.

Being behaviour change trained, my role is to resolve gaps in your current nutrition regimen with affordable nutrition support to give people Structure, Motivation and Sustainable results.

Whether your goal is to run a marathon or tone up to feel more confident in your own skin, I can design a bespoke nutrition regimen tailored to your goals and requirements.


Rachel Wilkinson

Rawyogi – yoga & body therapist
Founder: Community Yoga Collective
Co-Founder RAWsome ReTREATS


  • 200hour Yoga Teacher Training (Union Yoga)
  • MARK (Minded Addictions Recover Kit) Therapist (Minded Institute London)
  • Ourmala trained (Yoga supporting displaced people)
  • AYM (Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist)

I teach a variety of yoga styles and run workshops and courses in Dorset and yoga & nutrition retreats in Glastonbury.
Ashtanga & Vinyasa Styles are a dynamic and fluid practice combining movement with breath, compared to Restorative yoga that is a more static style. I specialise in yoga for those individuals affected by poor mental health, people struggling with physical limitations as well as yoga for athletes.


  • Running
  • Aerial hoop
  • Dance
  • Creative movement
  • Art & creative writing
  • Reading
  • Travel, people and exploring the world

Yoga & body work have allowed me to connect with a diverse group of people, encouraging individuals to become more body aware supporting good mental health.


Matthew McArdle


  • GNVQ in Hospitality & Catering Management
  • Level 3 diploma Sports Massage
  • RYA Sailing Instructor

Over 20 years’ experience in the catering industry and covered all aspects of catering from kitchen porter to sous chef. Also ran a conference centre for a year along with various bar and waiter jobs. Ran many different pubs over the years. About 1 years experience in Sports Massage therapy and deep tissue therapy but many years helping people with recovery from sporting injuries with general knowledge of the body through various study.


  • Running
  • Marshal at running events
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Exercise with a local company Fight For Fitness
  • Camping
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Football

Being a qualified chef is great fun as you get to experiment and make sure all the meals you provide are nutritional and healthy for everyone to eat. I like making the food look as good as it tastes.

Being a qualified sports massage therapist is great fun as it gives me the chance to help people get over their aches and pains and also fix people so that they can get through their day feeling revived, relaxed and just all round better about themselves with positive energy to go about their coming days.


Lydia Allen


  • Level 3 diploma Sport Massage
  • Level 3 diploma Beauty Therapy

18 years experience in beauty and spa body treatments. Including Swedish and aromatherapy massage. Recently qualifying in deep tissue and sports massage.


  • Paddle boarding
  • Camping holidays
  • Walking
  • Beach days
  • Running
  • Exercising
  • Family time

Being a massage therapist is very rewarding as I like to make people feel relaxed and ease their aches and pains. Making clients feel refresh and revived ready for their day or activities ahead.

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