ALEKSANDRA SASKA NEIL
A yoga and meditation teacher and practitioner, 500h RYT, working with private clients and also with Harold Robinson Foundation. The organisation brings inner
city kids to a beautiful retreat and has them participate for 3 days in activities that awaken and nurture a sense of community, empowerment, compassion, kindness and empathy for one
"I grew up with my medicine woman grandmother who took me to forests and abandoned vineyards to pick special plants and herbs she would then prepare at home and chant over, making healing potions for people who needed it.
Later, I studied philosophy at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, only to leave the University and move to new Zealand and land a lead role in a feature film (continuing to act for the next decade), I removed myself as far from my grandmother’s shamanic upbringing as I could… Until my firstborn Gitane was born with a Down’s Syndrome.
The desire to help Gitane thrive was strong and I refused to accept the limiting content of the books I read on Down’s Syndrome which, needless to say, did not match the vision of cognitive/emotional development and well being I knew to be possible for my daughter. Love for Gitane and the determination to help her blossom and reach her full potential, guided me to tap deep into natural healing instincts I did not even know I had available within me. Baby Gitane’s daily bath and massage ritual became our bonding, loving times and inspired me to create numerous aromatherapy oil potions to make my baby joyous, free and loved which gradually grew into business Gitane Oils is today. I always remember great words of beautiful human being, Joseph Campbell: Fallow your bliss, fallow your heart, to which I'd like to add : and everything else will come to you."