Lou Buckingham

My vision for the CIA is a heart-centered sanctuary space offering Children new pathways of learning and self-discovery. We see wellbeing education must come first, and also the importance of creativity, time to reflect, integrate life-learning and have meaningful connect with others.

We support children as unique individuals and show them ways to stay connected their vitality throughout their formative years and beyond. 

My qualifications are in Western Psychology, Eastern Therapeutic Bodywork (Shiatsu Practitioner) Children's Programme Management, Youth Mentorship, teaching Children's Meditation/Yoga. I teach Drama at the Lyttelton Arts Factory and am the founder of Imagination Yoga and Imagination Dance (NZ). I love being a mother, music, nature and peace!

I'm passionate about creating change in children's education through bringing wellbeing awareness to the forefront.

Georgina Rhynd
In 1996 I  completed my degree in Occupational Therapy at the university of Pretoria in South Africa and worked as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist from 1997-2010. 
I completed my Rainbow yoga training in November 2018 taught yoga classes to beautiful 4-6 year olds whilst doing support work for kids with ASD, and recently started working as an OT again at the Seabrook Mckenzie Centre for kids with specific learning difficulties.
Children are my passion! Especially seeing them happy and loved and supported to become the best versions of themselves. I enjoy yoga, meditation, music, nature, stories reading/writing, imagination, spiritual evolution, swimming in the ocean and exploring our planet.
I am excited about this wonderful supportive space for our special young people to be free to explore, create, be, transform, develop and evolve and would love to continue co-creating with kids through yoga and meditation.
Clarice Furniss

Hi, I'm Clarice and I'm a Programme Guide at the CiA!

I'm a qualified primary school teacher, with a Bachelor's degree in Education Studies.

I'm so excited to be part of the CiA's vision for child-centered education and learning.

My interests include arts and crafts, dance, storytelling, poetry and exploring our beautiful planet.

Working with children is my passion and I'm thrilled to share this magical space with them.

Tina Timings

I have over 15 years’ experience working in marketing and business management in London, Australia and New Zealand. I especially enjoy working for start-up organisations, setting up the right systems so that they run smoothly, professionally and supporting the team environment so that they can focus on the children and creativity.

I believe that all children should love learning throughout their most formative years by following their own interest in a supported environment. This in turn helps them to learn what makes them happy, develop their self-confidence/self-belief and understand how to manage their own wellbeing.  

I love watching children learn in a way that inspires and excites them and how this helps to build their confidence and understanding of what makes them happy.

I am currently studying Naturopathy (Nutrition and Herbal Medicine) once I am qualified, I would love to run CIA workshops empowering children to make healthy living choices and to feel great about them to help support a positive connection to their body. 


Sinead Ray

I am CIA’s accounts administrator and I am so excited to be part of the beautiful team and bring my passion for organisation to help support the smooth running of CIA on a day-to-day basis. I will be the main point for contact for enrolments and accounts enquiries.  I am qualified in business administration and technology (2018) and am currently managing the accounts for an automotive company.


I have three children of my own and believe this programme offers an amazing opportunity for a brighter future the children who attend.  


Previously, I worked as a nail technician, and I still love making beautiful nails but in contrast I also love fast cars, you could also even call me a petrol head!


Being part of this team is a dream for me and I am excited to make the enrolment and accounting run smoothly supporting the programme leaders in their mission to nourish children’s wellbeing and creativity. 

Valeria Sprea

Hi, I’m Valeria and I’m CiA’s Marketing assistant. I will be the point of contact for marketing, social media and events. I completed my Degrees in Economics and Business Administration and my Masters’ degree in Tourism Management in Italy and Finland.

I have recently gone back to ‘school’ and completed a certificate in Small Business and Project Management. I travelled a lot and I moved to New Zealand in 2011 after one year in Australia and I started writing for my blog sharing my experiences in this amazing place with other Italians and I got passionate about social media. I fell in love with this peaceful country and the ‘less stress is better’ lifestyle.

I think CiA summarizes perfectly this feeling and it represents a sanctuary for kids where they can freely express themselves. I have a kid of my own and I believe that allowing Children the right to personal expression is a very important element to their becoming the people they wish to be. When children are allowed total freedom of creativity, they learn to be confident in their choices. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be part of this amazing team and I’m happy to share with all of you, via posts and pictures on social media, Cia’s vision of a ‘child-centred way of educating and learning’.

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