The Jin Shin Jyutsu New Zealand Charitable Trust is an independent body, acting to advance and develop Jin Shin Jyutsu in New Zealand. To advance, safeguard and maintain the health and wellbeing of the New Zealand community through the vision of a world where Jin Shin Jyutsu is recognised and accepted as a complementary path to wellbeing.
The aim of the Trust is to raise awareness, support and encourage New Zealanders to seek greater knowledge and understanding of health and wellbeing issues, helping them make informed choices that benefit themselves, and others.
A firm focus is increasing understanding of the value of Jin Shin Jyutsu through Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help workshops and events to the public, refining our care service for people with mental, emotional and physical, critical needs. And, with the establishment and development of a capital fund we can ensure ongoing support, growth and potential for Jin Shin Jyutsu students and practitioners, and increased availability of education, scholarships and gateways to opportunities that assist in their advancement.
The NZ Office is set up to provide administrative support for the Trust, and a wide range of services to students and practitioners who are a part of the wider network of Jin Shin Jyutsu New Zealand.
Details regarding the Trust and the NZ Office will soon be available on the website.
Jennifer Holmes began her practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1998, was an avid student and Self-Help teacher, later being invited into the faculty as an international instructor representing the Asia Pacific/Australasia region in 2011. Jennifer has been actively involved in all areas of Jin Shin Jyutsu for over 20 years, as a student, practitioner, serving on the committee of NZ Association (now dissolved), NZ Seminar Organizer, and is co-founder of the Jin Shin Jyutsu NZ Charitable Trust. Teaching classes in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Europe and Asia, Jennifer is interested in languages, speaks Spanish and wants to learn Mandarin in the future, loves travelling, good literature and meeting students globally. She is married and has 5 children whose spouses all come from different cultures. Her passion for teaching Jin Shin Jyutsu relates to her interest in “relationships” which is an integral part of her teaching of the Art.
Lester Miller is originally from Auckland although spent more than 20 years living in Hokianga where she raised her family and was a teacher aide. Lester first heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu whilst studying NZ Flower Essences in 1997. She took her first 5-day seminar in 1998 and has attended many classes over the years as Jin Shin Jyutsu continues to play an integral part in her life. Lester held a number of roles on the NZ JSJ Association and is co-founder and Treasurer of the new NZ Charitable Trust. She has always been passionate about environmental issues and is very involved as a volunteer on NZ pest control projects, centred around protecting the endangered forest Kokako birds. Lester currently lives in Auckland and is retired.
Julie Wells came to Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1999 after her newborn daughter came through a critical health crisis. She and Tony, along with their 3 young girls, emigrated to New Zealand from the UK in 2002, and it was here that she formally embarked on her journey with the Art. Since 2006 Julie has served as committee member on the (now dissolved) NZ Association, was Editor of the NZ newsletter ‘The Mediator’ (2007-2014) and briefly stepped into the role of President. Julie has offered regular self-help workshops in her region since 2008 and organized South Island NZ seminars for 11 years. In stepping down as seminar organiser, Julie now offers her knowledge and experience to the new NZ Office; a hub for students and individuals in Asia Pacific communities. Her love for her family, and for Jin Shin Jyutsu is entwined and inseparable… each complement and is enhanced by the other.
Tony Wells was invited to join the Trust to take advantage of his extensive business expertise, and in particular his experience with Charitable Trusts and not-for-profit organisations. His close relationship with Jin Shin Jyutsu for many years is a bonus. An engineer by profession, Tony has been a company director for over thirty-five years, working extensively in Europe, USA, NZ and China. He gained his master’s degree at Cambridge University, UK and is expert in Strategy Development and Business Excellence. He is Director and Vice Chairman of one of New Zealand’s leading social initiatives, Kilmarnock Enterprises in Christchurch, an organisation devoted to the development of people with intellectual disabilities; he also runs his own business consultancy specialising in strategic visioning and goal deployment. With life-long dedication to adding value in society, Tony spends much of his time assisting Charities and Trusts who focus on ‘wellbeing’ and is proud to be a mentor and coach for a number of social enterprises too. In addition, he and his 21-year-old daughter Sophie recently had their first children’s book published in London.
The Trust offers a shared vision and strong foundation, which combined with the dedication to pro-actively realize the pledge of the vision and purpose, as detailed in the Trust Deeds, support and funding will get right to where it is most needed.
And in the development of practitioner support, educational opportunities and subsidised services available through the new NZ Office, New Zealand communities can continue to benefit and flourish in this evolving world.