About Us

About Us

MOVEMENT | NUTRITION | LIFESTYLE | MINDSET | EDUCATION

The Nourish Nook is a boutique space where movement, nutrition, relaxation and education cross-pollinate to support happy, healthy humans.

Our crew of professionals in the Health, Movement and Wellbeing industry are here to nurture and guide you with your health journey. We believe creating a space for you to immerse yourself completely and leave behind the busy world outside our walls to concentrate on YOU is a key component to your physical and emotional health.

We have created specific classes, holistic health consultants, nutrition, forms of relaxation as well as workshops and guest speakers to best cater to your every need. Whether you want to sweat it out in a Powerhouse Barre class, or nurture yourself in a Yin Yoga class, we can offer classes that best suit your mood and whatever your body is craving on that day.

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meet our team
Joanna Hodges

Joanna Hodges

Joanna Hodges

Joanna Hodges

Manager - Jo Hodges is a holistic health and lifestyle coach, author, motivational speaker and business owner. Jo is, also, a professional commercial photographer, but, after 19 years in the business, has slowly gravitated away from photography and delved into the health and wellness industry. Jo’s holistic health journey has lead her into studying integrative nutrition, writing her autobiography, which reached #3 in Australia, motivational speaking, and now creating The Nourish Nook. During a visit to Gwinganna Health Retreat in 2009, Jo fell in love with the holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing. It was after this trip that a seed was planted – to create a boutique holistic health space, incorporating movement, nutrition, mindset, lifestyle, community, education and above all, happiness! Jo is passionate about creating a strong community at The Nourish Nook and looks forward to welcoming many faces through the doors.

Tarsh McCallum

Tarsh McCallum

Tarsh McCallum

Tarsh McCallum

Resident Physiotherapist/Rehabilitation expert/Dry Needling/Acupuncturist - Tarsh McCallum is a qualified Physiotherapist and Personal Trainer. Spending most of her childhood playing sports and growing up in an active family, it was a very natural pull towards a career involving the human body and movement. After completing high school and accepting offer to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UniSA, Tarsh enjoyed a gap year were she undertook her certificate three and four in fitness. ‘This was one of the best steps I could have taken as the two fields compliment each other perfectly. It also gave me a head start on my degree’. On completion of her studies, Tarsh was awarded the Elma Casley Award for her high standard of both Clinical and Human Relationship Skills, which cemented for her that physiotherapy was where she was meant to be. Tarsh has continued to expand her knowledge base since graduating, undertaking a Dry Needling and Westernised Acupuncture course allowing her to perform these treatments to a number of musculoskeletal conditions. She has also completed her Physiotherapy Sports Level 1 & 2 courses, both providing her with an enormous amount of knowledge in this area. During her first few years of working, the gap between treating clients in clinic and returning them to their normal movement environment became more evident and this is where the idea of intertwining the two began. Tarsh thrives on working closely with clients to gain a holistic view of each individual’s story and that is exactly her aim in creating Soul Physiotherapy & Movement: encouraging better movement, real performance and good energy.

Jayde Doody

Jayde Doody

Jayde Doody

Jayde Doody

Movement coordinator/educator/trainer - Born and raised Mount Gambier local, the search for education and a greater calling took Jayde away from the area for the past decade. Throughout that time Jayde has accumulated an enormous amount of experience and numerous qualifications within the Health and Wellbeing Industry (including a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science!). Being a dancer from the young age of three, Jayde was always searching for that ‘something’ to fill the void left behind when she made the decision to pursue academia. Pilates and Yoga teaching became that ‘something’. Full of passion, knowledge, and wanting to make a difference in the world, Jayde has returned to her hometown to play a significant role in assisting the Community on their health and wellbeing journey. Jayde believes health encompasses mind, body and spirit. Jayde is passionate about educating and empowering the individual to be in control of their journey, their life. She believes whole-heartedly that movement, in all its various forms, plays a pivotal role in changing the way we view the world. With her Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy background, Jayde takes a scientific approach to her teaching, emphasizing movement quality to achieve all physical goals. She encourages clients to delve into themselves, to feel where the movement is coming from, using visualization and breath. Jayde is incredibly excited to work with all the wonderful trainers, teachers, educators, and clients who become part of ‘The Nook’s’ Community. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Laura Earl

Laura Earl

Laura Earl

Laura Earl

Laura is a passionate Yin Yoga instructor and student of life. Laura will be gently guiding you through beautiful Yin Yoga classes. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. It is a floor-based practice delving into the deeper tissues of our body, targeting our energy system to promote healing and balance within the body. Laura’s classes will cater for absolute beginners, through to the more advanced yogi. Laura started attending yoga 3 years ago, but almost immediately, was drawn to the practice and knew then that it would one day become a career. Laura completed her teacher training in Adelaide and has relocated back to Mount Gambier and is looking to further her education in various styles in the upcoming future. Laura has a strong passion for energy work and over the last two years, has studied Reiki, level 1 & 11 and is a wellness advocate for dōTERRA Essential Oils. You can follow Laura on her Facebook page, Essential Living with Laura Earl. Laura is looking forward to nurturing and guiding you through her classes.

Marissa Altorfer

Marissa Altorfer

Marissa Altorfer

Marissa Altorfer

Marissa is a bright, fun loving, energetic, self-confessed “pocket rocket” who is blessed to be a part of an industry that she is so proud and passionate about. Marissa took her first group session in Holland nearly 20 years ago. It wasn’t until Marissa came back home from travelling that she ventured down other career paths, but physical activity still remained a big part of her life. From a young age, Marissa played many sports and was fortunate enough to be a part of state teams. At the age of 16, she was included in an AIS coaching program where she learnt valuable life skills, training and disciplines. Marissa will always be grateful for this opportunity as she has been able to apply them in all aspects of her life.  Fitness has always been an outlet for Marissa. It has been a release, a life line, but most of all, it’s given Marissa the life she lives today. She is thankful to be a qualified personal trainer/coach and assistant manager, but also still be able to compete in many different sports across the spectrum. Marissa is currently enjoying both yoga and Crossfit, as Marissa feels they give her the balance her body needs. Marissa is a Mumma bear to 2 children, 16 and 8. Marissa thrives on being a positive role model for them and she can already see her 8 year old following in her footsteps! Marissa has qualifications in: * Kick Boxing * Boxing * Metafit, * HIIT training * TRX suspension training * CF level 1 certification * Older adult specialised needs * Muscular and cardiovascular development * Weight loss * Biomechanics re-active movement