At the beginning of April, 100 beauty therapists from around New Zealand gathered in Tauranga for the Janesce National Conference, themed, ‘A Holistic Journey - How to care for yourself, your clients and your business’.
The women spent two days at the ‘Waters Edge’ venue enjoying the harbour views, inspiring professional development and the chance to catch up with like-minded ‘slow beauty’ therapists over the deliciously nutritious meals that are a trademark of Janesce training.
Business Is Always Personal
Janine observed during the conference that wellness, holistic care, and slow beauty are all slowly starting to become mainstream phrases.
She said: “We need to clearly communicate that for Janesce therapists, wellness is not a trend. It’s right at the heart of everything we do and has been for the last 30 years.
She encouraged Janesce therapists to continue in their passion for holistic skincare. “It’s your time to help expand the influence of the Slow Beauty movement in your corner of the world - one client at a time. It’s the care you show for the one, that will help us collectively to influence the many.”
She said: “We put our heart and soul into making this training inspiring and accessible for therapists and we were blown away by how popular it has been.”
Around 75% of those in attendance had already graduated from Bestow University and given extremely positive feedback.
During the conference, Janine joined forces with her sisters Robyn Fairweather of Bestow, and Denise Arnold of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, to launch the Bestow Sisterhood.
This is a new beauty industry charitable initiative, creating an opportunity for beauty clinics to sponsor the education of a vulnerable girl in rural Cambodia. The session was very moving and as Denise told stories of despair and hope, the emotion in the room was palpable. 44 Cambodian girls were sponsored in response to the session – the most generous response the Cambodia Charitable Trust has ever had one from one gathering.
|No Janesce conference is complete without the launch of a recipe book, and this year was no exception. Foodie, photographer and designer, Sheryl Nicholson, did a cooking demonstration in which she introduced her favourite recipe, ‘Zucchini Wraps’ from SAVOUR, the new vegetarian recipe book from Bestow.
Sheryl explained that Savour offers a tasty collection of one-dish savoury meals, which celebrate organic, locally grown, seasonal vegetables. With energising summer meals and nourishing fare for the cooler months, this recipe collection helps therapists and clients alike to eat well all year round.
Kathryn Overall is a Tauranga-based freelance writer and advocate of the Slow Beauty movement.