Back to Basics Program

We assist people to learn the ‘why’ we must change, and the motivation to do so!

Back 2 Basics is a 6-week program that is a face to face, interactive, educational experience which teaches youth, young mothers, and households to understand the basics of our physiology and how the body systems all work together as a functioning whole (nothing exists in isolation). This foundational theory will be balanced out with the practical hands-on cooking experience, using seasonal fruits, vegetables and nutrient rich ingredients which will focus on experiencing how easy it can be to sustain healthy families by providing simple, nutritious, cost-effective meals.

The core aim of Back to Basics, is to demonstrate how we feel and function when in a state of wellbeing and how we can learn to take self-responsibility by being equipped with the tools to make better lifestyle choices. Thus, not only preventing illness, but achieving vibrant health, strength, and vitality.

Our goal is to provide educational and practical knowledge that is easy to implement, enabling participants to make healthy lifestyle choices to balance body and mind. Promoting a healthy lifestyle in the home and raising healthy children ensures positive happy attitudes that encourage all to actively contribute to our communities.


At the end of the course, the participants will understand the basics of the human body and its functions and the connection between physical and mental health. The meal preparations, using a variety of simple, tasty and cost-effective recipes, will encourage the participants to integrate and apply the learned knowledge and cooking skills into their daily lives using the practical skills and techniques taught during the six-week program.

The focus is on education, self-responsibility, empowerment, wellness, and prevention. We aim to provide basic knowledge that will form a solid foundation for future generations.

Duration of course: 6 weeks @ one day per week

Date: Wednesday’s 6 July thru 10 August 2022

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Location: Strive Community Centre – Southern Cross Campus

253 Buckland Road, Māngere East, Auckland


Shirley Tuffery

Shirley Tuffery has been dedicated to a path of self-discovery and Truth since the early 1970s when, having recently graduated with a Batchelor of Social Sciences Degree, majoring in Psychology, she landed in Canada where she experienced a ‘spiritual awakening’. At this time, she was introduced to Astrology, vegetarianism and ‘alternative’ natural therapies which laid the foundation for her subsequent life’s journey. Going on to qualify and practice as a Naturopath in the early 1980s, she combined her love of healthy living, self-development, education, and service with her Astrological counselling, helping others psychologically and spiritually, on their journey to self-understanding.

Through her years of further in-depth study, she has also served as a meditation teacher, and co-ordinator of her local spiritual group, and is more passionate than ever about helping people make some sense of their lives and find answers not only to the WHAT in their life, but to the WHY, in the deepest spiritual sense. Her current passion and focus include healthy lifestyle education and weight loss coaching, organic plant based nutritional supplement business, Naturopathic health care, spiritual meditation, and all things colourful and creative. 

Dee Petit – Sassy Red Ltd – Director. Coach. Facilitator

Dee’s ancestors come from a French and German heritage and her grandfather, Augusta Petit, was a head chef at the Cadillac Hotel in Detroit Michigan in the early 1900’s. He purchased 200 acres south of Detroit before leaving his job as head chef and developed the property into vegetable gardens and sold his produce at the Detroit markets during the depression. Gardening, cooking and preserving home grown nutrient rich food were instilled in Dee from an early age and she brings her passion for preserving the past into her classrooms.   

Reflect. Reprogram. Regenerate


“As I walked into this programme, I didn’t know what to expect but was greeted by a bubbly and full of life Dee who sported a SMILE. BOOM from then on, I knew this was going to be a one hell of an experience. Sure enough she taught us how to make meals from scratch that would benefit us in the long run.  I would always look forward to class every Monday, purely because I knew Dee would make something delicious to eat while giving us cooking tips. Preparing meals alongside her was never dull. There would be smiles all around as well as jokes and laughter, and not to forget the aroma of flavours that would fill the kitchen. Such an inspiring individual who is amazing in what she does as well as down to earth.” – Helen

An excellent way to learn the basic ways of surviving and using basic ingredients and ideas to make simple food taste and look amazing. Everyone has been used to eating and thinking lazy, so this course was needed and useful to takeaway to be mindful with your input to the gut and body. Health is your biggest wealth. – Salamasina

Learning about the body itself was very interesting and I was introduced to some new ways of cooking and preparing food that is great for my body. Not to forget the yummy food that was cooked fully satisfied the tummy without feeling bloated. Enjoyed every moment! – Serena

The presentations educate and bring awareness to some of the everyday things I do and eat and are beneficial baby steps that I am willing to take towards a healthier lifestyle. I love how Dee is making the food and we are encouraged to interact with making our meals. Overall, I really enjoy the programme. – Jasmine

Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this AMAZING programme. I’ve gain so much knowledge and experience from this. I would highly recommend this programme to all my family and friends. I would love to take this class again if I ever get the chance too. THANK YOU – Natasha