WE RUN THIS: PILATES + YOGA POP-UP EVENTS | WELLNESS RETREATS | SEASONAL WORKSHOPS | PERSONAL TRAINING | NUTRITION, LIFE AND CAREER COACHING (+ MORE TO COME…)
Hi! We’re Victoria + Abby, and Holistic HQ is our long-held dream of creating a thriving and joyful wellness community, who will support you on the path to good health, a sustainable lifestyle and spirited, happy wellbeing.
We run pop-up Pilates + Yoga events in beautiful spaces, women’s wellness retreats and seasonal workshops, and connect our tribe with our wonderful team of massage therapists, life and career coaches, holistic chefs and nutritionists, and more.
Our blog is a celebration of creative, healthy, and sustainable living. We regularly feature inspirational people in our community (our HQ Muses), delicious, nutritious and simple recipes, and design mini-retreats that you can take yourself on any day of the week in our “A Day In…” features.
Our community, events and online pages are built with love by our contributors, collaborators and curators – please drop us a line if you’re interested in working with us!
Peace + love,
Victoria Brockfield + Abby Mclennan
Founders, Holistic HQ
BEHIND HOLISTIC HQ:
Victoria Brockfield | PT and Pilates Instructor, Meditation and Reiki
Victoria is a qualified Pilates Mat, Reformer, Barre and Boxing fitness instructor, Personal Trainer, Reiki Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, and the Director and Co-Founder of Holistic HQ.
Nine years ago Victoria completed her Pilates certification with the Australian Pilates Academy, as well as a studio apprenticeship with Matrix Pilates. She’s since completed her Certificate 4 in Fitness and Certificate in Pilates via Breathe Education, and is currently completing her Diploma in Clinical Pilates.
Victoria has trained and successfully competed as an INBA Sportsmodel, winning 2nd place at the Victorian championships in 2010, and has a big love for Pilates, Yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, and… mermaiding! She is a proud Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, and has a decade-long background in marketing, fundraising and events for some of Australia’s most loved charities and not-for-profits.
Victoria teaches Pilates mat and reformer classes at White Dog Studio in Footscray, Breathe Wellbeing in Melbourne’s CBD, and Armature Pilates in Brunswick, as well as 1:1 and 2:1 Personal Training sessions throughout the week. Email Victoria direct at email@example.com for more info.
“Victoria is just so lovely and is really a total star! I started seeing her a while ago and she has just been so patient, and fun and she has really tailored the training to my needs. No other PT has been so good at getting results from me. She takes the time to work out a program that is interesting and challenging but never pushes beyond what you can do. Viva Victoria! Thanks again…” — Trevor, Melbourne
“Before I signed up for personal training with Victoria I was a little bit intimidated. I thought, ‘what if she pushes me too hard?”. “What if I struggle too much and I’m too embarrassed to say anything”? “What if I have a freaking heart attack at her feet?”. By the second session all my worries disappeared and rather than dreading the sessions I started to look forward to them.
Victoria is energetic, positive and very aware and understanding of personal fitness levels. She was there to help me meet my goals and could tell if I needed a moment to recover. She knew just how hard to push and is just such a pleasure to be around! She taught me how to reach my goals and gave me a fantastic eating plan which worked for me.
I remember these sessions only with fondness and recommend her to anyone looking for a bit of a health boost. I came away not only looking healthier but feeling much more healthy, happy and confident.” — Gemma, Melbourne
Abby Mclennan | Nutritionist
Abby is a qualified Nutritionist having just completed her degree in nutrition and psychology, as well as a qualified beauty therapist with an advanced diploma in skin biology/aesthetics.
When completing her beauty diploma, she began to notice the connection between nutrition, cellular health and skin function. She began to understand how inner health affects outer beauty.
True health, both inside and out, is dependent on a holistic balance of good nutrition, managing stress, moderate exercise and having a supportive social community around you.
Abby loved this insight and it’s what led her to study nutrition and psychology at Deakin University. She takes what she has learned in nutrition, psychology and skin biology to help guide people with the best choices for their wellbeing to live at their healthiest, both mentally and physically.
Abbys’ great loves are yoga, travelling, and pugs. If you’re interested in booking in for a 1:1 nutrition consult, drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Sides | Retreat Chef
Our HQ Getaway Chef, the super-talented Miss Laura Sides, trained as an apprentice at the Andalusin-inspired Añada in Fitzroy, and has worked in some of Melbourne’s top restaurants as part of the front of house management team: Lucy Liu and Taxi Dining Room in the CBD, and La Luna in Carlton.
Never hugely drawn to the confines of a restaurant kitchen, she craved creativity and being able to do her own thing. The last few years she has worked behind the scenes to create spectacularly healthy treats for Australia’s first Paleo food truck, and is a regular recipe writer and contributor to the That Sugar Film website.
Laura’s joy in life is cooking up and providing healthy, nutritious, seasonal and well sourced food for everyone and anyone who is fortunate enough to know her. She believes that eating well should be easy and accessible, and never a chore nor a privilege.
When she’s not cooking, Laura trains hard with Crossfit Victoria which keeps her grounded and gives her the super-strength she’s renowned for, all whilst surrounded by a wonderful and encouraging Crossfit community.
Stacey Irving | Massage Therapist
During the day, Stacey works in environmental conservation & creative community development (she runs her own charity called Creative Spark – check out their fabulous website). But outside of 9-5, she explores the world of healing the mind, body and soul through massage.
Stacey believes touch and connection have an incredibly powerful impact on our physical and emotional states, relieving muscle tension, soothing pain, improving circulation and even treating certain medical conditions. It also brings about a sense of calm and quiet that is so important in all our lives.
Stacey’s massage style is Swedish (think slow and gentle movements), and treatments will be tailored to your specific needs. Every body deserves a massage, and her aim is to provide an affordable and flexible service that everyone can access. Contact her direct at email@example.com for bookings.
Janelle Kingsley | Yoga Instructor
Janelle Kingsley is a spirited yoga and meditation teacher and writer based in Melbourne. Her exploration of yoga began more than ten years ago whilst studying philosophy at university.
Janelle has taught diverse groups of people, ranging from the Department of Defence, students at La Trobe University, and managers for Lush Cosmetics. Having previously worked at The Yoga Social in Melbourne’s CBD, she can now be found teaching regular classes at White Dog Studio in Footscray. She teaches Hatha and Yin styles of yoga, pranayama, meditation and Yoga Nidra.
With her bubbling energy and downright infectious laugh, it’s hard not to see the brighter side of life when in Janelle’s company.
Alice believes that everyone is at their best when they are doing what they truly care about. Whether it’s in work or life, it’s what sparks you that ultimately fulfills you. In her work as a mentor, facilitator and ICF accredited coach, Alice specialises in strategies for career ruts, career change, finding more purpose and helping people to thrive in their work, businesses and lives.
As well as her one-on-one coaching programs, she supports the community with workshops, events and online resources that help them create the experiences, growth and life they want.
Special shout-out to our community + partners – we love you!