A Little About Me
Haere mai, my name is Cat Neale.
I have always been drawn to nature and had an ability to communicate with this realm in a unique way. As a child I loved hanging out in the crown of the large willow at the bottom of my grandparents garden and helping my grandmother in her plant nursery.
My connection with the nature kingdom took a back seat when I left school and went to university. I qualified with an honours degree in Regional Planning and worked for a number of years as a town planner in local government. Travel then beckoned and at the end of a three year stint overseas I made my way home via eastern Africa. This turned out to be one of those significant moments in ones life. I was drawn to independent travel and so cycled solo off the beaten track for three months. I really fell in love with Africa. Being on my bike allowed me to exist at a pace I could really appreciate the smells, sights and sounds of the landscape and people. I was invited into the homes of many of the locals and was deeply touched by the generosity of these people who had ‘nothing’ in western terms. They were rich in a different way, happy and healthy with a strong connection to their community and the land.
Once home I returned to my planning career. After about three years into a policy job low energy levels I gravitated to the clinic of a local naturopath. It wasn’t long after this introduction to naturopathy that I literally woke up one morning remembering what I was here to do.
Over the years I have had many extraordinary teaching and healing experiences with the plant kingdom. My dog Charlie developed septicaemia as a result of a skin infection. The vet's drugs were not working and in a moment of desperation I turned to a common ‘weed’ in the garden, plantago lanceolata (ribwort). I put the leaves through the juicer and applied the liquid directly to his skin. It was immediately obvious that Charlie found the plant material soothing. That was the turning point in Charlie's recovery and ribwort continues to be revered in our household for all sorts of issues to this day.
I have been working as a naturopath-herbalist and medicine woman for over 17 years now. It has been a wonderful period of my life and a pleasure and privilege to share the journey of others. What I have come to know without doubt over the years is that no matter your health condition, whether you simply feel a bit lost or you wish to live your life purpose, we are never given a challenge or inspiration that we are unable to rise to in one way or another.
THE MEDICINE WOMAN is very much a co-creation between myself and Mother Nature whom I continue to expand my relationship with. I am deeply convinced of the increasing need for her wise medicines to heal body, mind and spirit for when taken astutely and with respect, mountains truly can move.
Qualifications and Involvements:
Diploma of Naturopathy, Diploma of Native Plant Essences of New Zealand.
Certificates of Healers Studies; EMF Balancing Technique®; Shamanic Studies; Holistic Iridology; Sclerology.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner
Registered Natural Medicines Practitioner, NHPNZ
President of VENZ,Vibrational Essences New Zealand (non profit organisation)
Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters