Staff & Volunteers

meet our team //

Johann Wilhelm


Founder of Retreat-2-Eden and full-time volunteer. Johann has dedicated his life to helping animals in need and works tirelessly to ensure their wellbeing in the sanctuary. 

Lynne Wilhelm


Founder of Retreat-2-Eden and full-time volunteer. Lynne is a committed worker, bringing love to each and every animal that call the sanctuary home. 

Dalene Schäfer


Dalene is a loyal member of Retreat 2 Eden. She’s instrumental in the strategic planning and operation of the initiative, ensuring the sanctuary runs smoothly. 

Patrizio Spitalieri

Project Manager

Pat is a financial expert involved in orchestrating R2E’s fundraising projects as well as the wider vision of the sanctuary project.

Nadia Spitalieri

Legal | Wills & Trusts

Nadia is a volunteer to Retreat 2 Eden. She handles the administration tasks and assists with wills and trusts for dog owners.

Jonathan Purnell

Legal advisor

Jon is a professional lawyer and volunteer, lending a helping hand when and where legal counsel is needed.

Zaheer Seedat

Financial advisor

Zaheer is the big finance machine behind Retreat 2 Eden. 

Georgia Carter

Content creator

Georgia is a professional copywriter and editor. She specialises in conservation and environmentalism, volunteering her craft to non-profit organisations in need. 

want to join the team?

If you want to find out more about being part of the team, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be in touch!