Who We Are
About the founders
Sophia and Rachel are the Founders of Beyond Wellness; a 360 mind, body, spirit experience. Beyond Wellness’ exclusive experiences blend traditional approaches with the most contemporary, scientific modalities, incorporating ‘life + business’ coaching and mind science learning.
Host to luxury wellness retreats in UAE, Bali and Maldives, working with corporates and individuals to achieve optimum health, happiness and vitality.
Rachel and Sophia bring nearly 40 years of combined experience in the corporate and wellness sector. Their journey has taken them all over the world, where they have learned from some of the most renowned experts in the wellness and coaching fields, including Tony Robbins, Dr Joe Dispenza and Richard Bandler.
Two-time cancer survivor, Sophia Bakkal is a Life Coach with immense love and passion towards living. She has always been passionate about helping people discover their greatness and unleash their power within. Travelling the world, and living in 6 different countries within 10 years taught Sophia that the human being has the same needs, fears, emotional patterns among this diversity and multicultural environment.
After more than 10 years working with some of the largest international conglomerates in the fashion and FMCG world, Sophia took a leap to reconnect with her true passion, dedicating herself to coaching and serve the world. Sophia partners with clients to identify and achieve goals for life betterment and personal improvement. Supporting them to improve general outlook in life, including self-esteem, confidence, optimism, and willfulness to pursue goals consistently.
A loving wife, mother of two amazing children, blessed daughter, caring sister, and loyal friend, her top values are Love, Health, Vitality, Integrity & Contribution. Sophia is certified by CTI (The world’s largest and most established coaching institute, accredited by ICF) and by Tony Robbins; considered the father of the coaching industry. She is Senior Leader for Tony Robbins and an NLP Practitioner, certified by Richard Bandler, the Co-founder of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming, a methodology to understand and change human behaviour-patterns) and trained Epigenetics by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
Rachel Dowes is the Co-Founder of Beyond Wellness; Life + Business Strategist, Hypnotherapist, NLP Master, Wellness Coach, Reiki Master, mother of two and your personal cheerleader for Wellness. As the Founder of a Dowes Wellness; a boutique holistic health centre and the owner of a successful branding consultancy, Rachel has dedicated the last 15 years to helping people and businesses achieve their goals.
On the Board of Advisors to The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, Rachel’s work has taken her across Europe, Asia, Russia, the Middle East, where she works with world leading corporates including Porsche, Aston Martin, Virgin and individuals including Richard Branson, David Beckham and The Kardashians.
Rachel’s passion is to support individuals to achieve their dreams both personally and professionally. Through one to one therapies, tailored programs, retreats and workshops, Rachel empowers clients to overcome fears and insecurities to achieve lasting fulfilment. She takes a pro-active approach, using Clinical Hypnotherapy, alongside powerful evidence based mind body and Neuroscience techniques at the cutting edge of therapy.
Rachel is the creator of RD Therapy™: a transformational therapy method with key a focus
in the areas of trauma and loss. “It is Rachel’s goal to support your growth towards a life
of optimum health and vitality and to see you succeed and flourish”.