Who We Are

Sonya Bolek

Board Secretary

Sonya Bolek has been a passionate facilitator of the labyrinth for over 18 years; she is immersed in the Labyrinth Society as Secretary, as well as Regional Rep in New Zealand, International Regional Rep Liaison and an Energy Keeper. She is also a V.I.A. (Veriditas Int. Assoc. of Professionally Trained Labyrinth Facilitators).  As a Spiritual Life Guide (Jubilee Spiritual Direction Program) and Artist of Sacred Practices, Sonya Sarayu offers her life balance courses; Elemental Declutter and Inner Avalon.  Her workshops and retreats are inspired by finding sanctuary within oneself drawing upon the wisdom of the labyrinth and creating sacred practices that suit each individual.  'Sarayu' is her spiritual name which serves as a reminder of the Spirit within the wind, 'Breath of Spirit'.

Her labyrinth work was prominent in her communities in Ontario, Canada, but the dream of living life in 'Middle Earth' brought her family to New Zealand in late 2018.  She is now embarking on the discovery and storytelling of New Zealand labyrinths as she collects their stories for a documentary and hopeful further connections of the NZ labyrinths.  She has two portable labyrinths, with plans to create more and enjoys creating labyrinth-inspired paintings.

She is inspired by Avalon Traditions, Buddhism, Mary Magdalene, and Jesus and is a student of the Herbal Academy training in Herbalism.  Her personality of creatrix and inspirational wise woman have led her to create Bathology NZ which offers sacred bathing ritual kits for self-care.  A lover of the garden and an Earth Witch, she adores growing plants to create teas, balms, and lotions and looks forward to creating a garden labyrinth on land in New Zealand when the time is right.  Sonya Sarayu is also a Yoga and Meditation teacher, with a practice that is evolving into a beautiful new slow-flow for women that want to move with the rhythms of the seasons and the moon.  Her greatest blessing is being the mother of two beautiful young women and a loving son and wife to her soul mate of almost 25 years.