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The Warriors Team

Rowena Viljoen

Rudi Viljoen


Rudi’s studies are ranged from Spirituality, Metaphysics, Hypnosis, NLP, EFT and Performance Coaching. His belief is that we control our own destinies through the knowledge that we are able to conquer our fears and reach our true potential through understanding our limitless potential and ourselves. Rudi guides the Warriors through a journey of self-discovery, safely allowing them to see who they really are and how wonderful each individual truly is.
  • Masters completed in Ontological and Performance Coaching
  • Event Co-ordinator for various sport and charity events
  • NAUI Scuba Instructor Trainer
  • First Aid & DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Ocean Skipper with night racing
  • Private Pilots License
  • Abseiling Supervisor
  • Survival Instructor
  • Past Chairman & Honorary member of Round Table
  • Past President of Letaba Rotary Club
  • Past Chairman of Youth Development (Rotary District 9400)
  • Paragliding & Skydiving
  • Business Management
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Warriors Academy Safety Co-ordinator
Rowena Viljoen

Rowena Viljoen

(Program Director)

Rowena’s excitement and love for the finer things in life assist Warriors in the appreciation of Arts and Creative projects. She has a drive for perfection in all aspects of life, she shares this character with the Warriors assisting them in finding the best in themselves and inspiring a sense of self-worth and respect. Rowena is the Princess of the outdoors, she adapts from ball gowns to mountain gear in mere seconds and faces challenges with an award winning smile.

  • Human Resource Management Degree
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Spinning Instructor
  • Ocean Sailing
  • Horsemanship
  • Master Scuba Diver
  • President of Rotaract Club 2007 / 2011
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chair for D9400 2016 / 2017
  • Rotary Exchange Student
  • Water Sports Facilitator
  • Outdoor Adventure Facilitator
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health and Wellness Facilitator
  • Rebounding and Lymphology Instructor
  • Social Skills Development Facilitator
  • Nutritionist
  • TRE Facilitator Level 2
  • Spyck-K Practitioner
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Yoga
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Guiding
  • Scheduling
  • Finances
  • Marketing
  • PDP
  • Skippers License
Rowena Viljoen

Charles Thompson

(Training Director)

Charles has more than 20 years of teaching experience, specialising in special needs education. A man who truly cherishes and values leadership development of all pupils as an integral part of every young person's growth. His experience and skill makes him perfect for the position as he strives to take the students to the next level of commitment and readiness for the outdoor professional workforce. He is an aspiring artist who loves the outdoors and wild life conservation. His resilience and smile go hand in hand with his unrelenting positivity.

  • BA(Ed) (H.M.S)- Human Movement Science and Geography- University of Port Elizabeth
  • The Open University- Understanding the Autism Spectrum
  • Team Teach Advance Training Module
  • Eduguide Leadership Development
  • PGL( United Kingdom) Multi-Activity Instructor
  • Drifters Intermediate Safari Guide
  • ARA Level 2 Outdoor Adventure Instructor
  • Caro Level 1 Adventure Leader
  • Africa Medical Level 3 First Aid
  • S.A.C.U. Level 2 Cricket Coaching
  • SARFU Level 2 Rugby Coaching
  • S.A.A.A.U. Grade 3 Athletics Official
  • S.A.H.U. Grade 4 Hockey Coach
  • S.A.A.S.U. National Swimming Coach Certificate
  • Code 8 Drivers and PDP
Rowena Viljoen

René Viljoen

René specialises in the natural processes of health and wellness. Her passions are achieving total wellbeing through body, mind and spirit. Her uplifting personality combined with her maternal love makes her a loving and nurturing mother to all. René’s focus in on achieving a balanced full life as naturally as possible. René assists the Warriors in healing mentally, emotionally and physically through the practice of QEC and TRE. René is also the guide to exploring cultures and understanding one's own sexuality.
  • Registered Educator at PPASA (Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa)
  • Life skills & HIV Aids Master Trainer
  • Sexuality Education
  • Scuba Instructor
  • First Aid & DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Registered Spinning Instructor
  • Mountaineering
  • Certified Health Practitioner in Nutrition & Detoxification
  • Reflexologist
  • QEC & TRE Facilitator
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Psyk-K Facilitator
Rowena Viljoen

Tumi Matlou


Tumi's ambition to do her best and be the best in her respective fields has led her to various achievemens. Her passion for marketing has put her in line to make sure Warriors is well branded and well represented. She adds "Colour" to the team and as the famous qoute say, "Dynamites comes in small packages"
  • Bcom Marketing Degree
  • Event Coordinator
  • Coastal Skippers License
  • First Aid Level 1
  • TRE Facilitator Level 2
  • Zumba Instructor
  • Dance Instructor
  • Advanced Scuba Diver
  • Running Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Rotary Exchange Student
  • Warriors Rotarct President 2012
  • Rotaract member 2009 – current
  • PDP
  • Monte Blanc SA Team Runner
  • Marketing and Communications for Warriors and Revlon SA
  • Coaching Facilitator