Our Team

When on a retreat it is vital you have amazing trainers.  Sand Sea Spa has an incredible team to ensure your experience is second to none.

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Kate Burrows

Director and Head of Fitness

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Kate never stands still. She founded the #1 all girl personal training team in east London (KBPT) and has always had an ambition to run fitness retreats.

Having moved from London to Braunton in 2015, she wants to share North Devon and her tried-and-tested training techniques with as many people as possible.

A qualified Level 3 personal trainer, pre natal personal trainer and post natal personal trainer, Kate’s passion for fitness is infectious. With a decade’s experience in the industry, Kate specialises in sandbells, TRX, Beamfit, nutrition, weight loss, functional body weight, rehabilitation, cancer recovery, kettlebells, ViPR, BOSU, rebounding, strength training, medicine ball, swiss ball, running, boxing, cycling and sport-specific training. 

Outside of work, Kate’s a keen runner and cyclist and, of course, a regular at the gym and yoga classes. She’s also raised over £70,000 for charity through various fitness challenges. Her PT clients describe her as enthusiastic, motivating and kind. Yes, she’ll work you hard but you’ll have a smile on your face!

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Aimee Hill

Head of Yoga

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Aimee got her first taste of yoga at the age of 14. She attended classes while at university and qualified at Level 2 in Hatha Yoga in Byron Bay, Australia, before returning home to teach yoga in North Devon over the last five years.

Aimee runs her own yoga and massage business in nearby Barnstaple where she teaches gentle Hatha, Hatha flow, restorative yoga and yin yoga. She is trained in pre natal and post natal yoga and sports therapy massage.

Kate tried a few local yoga classes when she moved here and Aimee’s are her favourite so we’re delighted she’s part of our retreat team. Whether you’re a complete beginner or more experienced at yoga, Aimee will help you get out of your head and into you body.

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Alistair Bruce

Head of Coastal Walks

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Wild camping and hiking on Exmoor as a child gave Alistair his love of the outdoors. He now spends his spare time surfing, hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, running, doing motocross and working as a coastguard.

Based in Braunton, Alistair knows the North Devon coastline like the back of his hand so he’s the perfect walking guide for your retreat. With the South West Coastal Path starting next to Saunton Sands Hotel, there are walks to suit everyone. Rain or shine, Alistair will get you outside – as he says, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate equipment”.

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Tess Mader

Social Media

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Tess enjoys creating recipes, nutritional blogs and other content for KBPT’s social channels. She also loves keeping active – as well as weekly personal training sessions with KBPT, she takes her dog for long walks every day.

Tess helps to manage our social media content for the retreats, with a focus on sourcing stories and images that inspire you to join us here in North Devon.

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Lauren Keerie

Yoga Teacher

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Lauren has always had a keen interest in movement, first discovered early on in life through her involvement in a wide assortment of dance and movement classes and training. This led her to completing a first class honours degree in dance and movement.  Upon graduation, Lauren discovered her love for teaching went on to deliver a range of dance and movement classes and qualifications in stage schools, colleges  across the country.

Lauren discovered yoga in 2013, since then, Lauren has used her yoga practice as a form of expression, as well as improving her spiritual and body awareness.  She continues to find innovative ways to marry her dance training with her yoga practice and evolve her own methods and practice. Lauren's yoga classes combine elements of Vinyasa, mindfulness and alignment principles to encourage self actualisation, awareness and presence.