Staying on track after WLS and not returning to old bad habits and patterns is hard

Some of the common struggles that we see in WLS patients include:

  • WLS only deals with the ‘plumbing’.

    It doesn’t deal with the underlying issues that brought you to the point of surgery in the first place.

  • Transfer of addiction.

    Addiction transfer from food to other substances and behaviours is also common in patients of WLS, however by addressing the underlying causes, this can be avoided.

  • A new body, but an old mind.

    Most surgical programmes offer great support in preparing for the operation, but don’t have the resources to deal with why the surgery was needed in the first place.

That's why we created the PACE Program


The PACE Program has been specifically designed for patients of WLS, however as you will see, it has little to do with weight loss or eating.  The PACE Program is actually the Foundations of Healthy Living.

Throughout the course of the 7 modules you will go on a journey of deep personal discovery that will answer the problems that caused your weight gain in the first place, along with the support and education that you need to make your WLS a lifelong success.



PACE stands for Practicing Awareness through self-Compassion and Education and each of the 7 modules has at least one of each of these components present.

Hear from Andrea Schroeder and Lorraine Hamilton, the founders of the PACE Program, as they share the philosophy behind the program.

What You Get


  • 7 modules of content, containing over 30 easy-to-digest classes. 
  • 26 additional exercise demonstrations that you can mix and match to suit your goals and constraints
  • Additional worksheets and tools to embed your learning and growing awareness.
  • Access to our secret FB group where you can meet other PACE Program participants and share your journey (as we know that we do not heal in isolation, we heal in community), as well as get support from the team and ask questions.
  • An entire TEAM behind you, with decades of experience in working with over 3000 WLS patients and running over 50 live in-person retreats.

But what you are really getting is...

  • Personal Discovery

    Understanding the reasons why we do things, and that it is normal.

    You will uncover what is most important to YOU, what your triggers are, and how to change them.

  • Tools & Strategies

    Almost every retreat participant tells us that they want tools and strategies to help them create their own roadmap and toolkit for lifelong success.  PACE is jam-packed full of tools and strategies now and for the future.

  • Community & Fellowship

    Isolation is a common story for patients before AND after weightloss surgery.  We know that we do not heal in isolation, we heal in community. Being supported by people with a shared, lived experience is invaluable. As much or as little as you need or desire.

  • Ability to Put Yourself First

    Putting yourself first is not selfish, it's self-care. We'll show you how to put yourself first so you can continue to be there for others.

Here's How It Works

Login & Join

As soon as you join you will receive instant access to the PACE Program with Module 1 ready and waiting for you to dive into.

Explore & Learn

Watch each video and begin to put the concepts and learning into practice.  You'll have a whole week to master each module before the next one is released. (And don't worry, we'll let you know when new content has been added to your portal.)

Grow & Experiment

Each module builds on the previous one so you can begin to see how to make the necessary mindset shifts required for lifelong success.  We know change happens when you experience yourself as successful and competent, so we have designed the PACE Program to help you be just that!

Get Help & Support

The PACE Program Team have decades of experience working with WLS patients. Over 3000 of them at last count, so we know what we are talking about.  You have the support of the team behind you and can use the secret FB group to ask questions and get answers.

Meet Your Team


You will be learning from leading experts in their fields all the way through the PACE Program.  This is not just an online course designed from a single perspective, this is a wealth of international experience and expertise from decades working in the field.

Andrea Schroeder

Andrea is a Registered Nurse and Bariatric Consultant who has been working within the field of Bariatric surgery for the past 18 years.

As Director of Weight Loss Surgery Ltd and Foundations of Healthy Living Retreats, her role is to oversee the integration of the entire Bariatric teams in Hamilton and Wellington, as well as facilitate the team and the program at the retreats.


Andrea is co-founder of The PACE Program.

Lorraine Hamilton

Lorraine is the lead trainer and owner of Coach School, and the creator of Thin[k] Program - a 6 week program designed to address the mindset aspects to successful, sustainable weightloss. Lorraine is a mindset expert, life coach, NLP practitioner and creator of the SWITCH Coaching System.

Lorraine facilitates the fundamentals of the retreat program in an energetic and approachable way, bringing her vast experience to every session.


Lorraine is co-founder of The PACE Program.

Maree Gibson


Maree Gibson is a co-founder of Skin Theatre and a Palmerston North Globe Theatre award winning actress. An English and drama teacher, public speaker, actor, storyteller, writer,  WLS spokesperson and a group facilitator, Maree is also a shenanigan maker, star gazer, mother, partner, best friend, a one armed bandit and believer of serendipity. Maree believes that life mirrors art and her 'MC' role within the retreat program gives her the opportunity to peel back the layers and explore what makes up a woman or a man. “The biggest challenge for the modern person is accepting who they really are - can people exist without a mask? Knowing they can be enough just as they are?” Currently, Maree is in the middle of launching 'Arm Yourself', her own motivational business, arming people with the skills to be stronger in their own skin.  Maree is also a patient of WLS.

Kate Berridge

Kate is a Registered Nurse with over thirty years experience in a variety of clinical and educational roles. She was involved in the development of the Counties Manukau DHB Bariatric Service in 2007 and began her immersion and specialization into all things relating to Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery (WLS). The next nine years saw her coordinating and providing the pre and post surgical support for the service at Middlemore Hospital. In 2016, she completed her Master’s Degree and left the DHB to begin providing independent long-term support for those who have had WLS. Her study and experience has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and understanding around what to expect physically, emotionally, and psychologically after weight loss surgery. Kate shares these learnings with participants and encourages self compassion as a key to long term success.

David Schroeder


David Schroeder is an experienced laparoscopic abdominal surgeon who has been performing weight loss surgery in the Waikato area for 20+ years. He pioneered laparoscopic obesity surgery in New Zealand, introducing the gastric band in 1996, and performing the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in New Zealand in 2000. He has performed over 2500 primary and revisional obesity operations. David has developed a keen interest in the role of the brain in getting the best results after surgery and shares his learnings at the retreat through sessions on mindfulness, breathing, meditation and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Support Crew

In addition to the team you will be learning from, The PACE Program has additional support built right in. 

Use the Closed Facebook Group to ask questions and get support and guidance from dedicated Specialist WLS Coaches.

This elite team are all patients of WLS themselves as well as being trained life coaches through Lorraine's internationally accredited Coach School.

  • Robyn Graves 

    From couch potato to triathlete; stay at home Mum to CEO; this 47 year old grandmother has lost over 90kg and maintained that weight loss for more than 2 years, following her Gastric Bypass in 2016 and with the support of Foundations for Health Living Retreat  and the teachings of The PACE Program . 

    A successful business owner, she has diversified her coaching background to deliver personal success coaching and support, providing tools for others on how to find their mojo and focus on the hardest part of any success in life – our mindset.  She can share her story and some insight into how she has learned to overcome countless hurdles in her life, to reach goals she never imagined were possible.

  • Sonia McIndoe

    I have 16 years experience in coaching and a passion for personal development of mind body and soul. 

    Since having WLS 3 years ago and going through the Foundations of Healthy Living Retreat personally, I have been coaching and supporting others through their weight loss journeys. 

    I have helped people lose weight prior to and post surgery by supporting them with tools and personal coaching one to one 

    I have helped many with the ‘head stuff’ and working on their minds to enable them to change their thoughts, limiting beliefs and negative self sabotage head talk. 

    I also support them to truly love themselves and live a life in alignment with their core values.

What Does It Cost?

We thought long and hard about the value of this program.  We know that it is this work at our retreats, that makes your investment in WLS succeed.

But we also know that to many it is just not accessible, either due to distance (our retreats are in person, in New Zealand and Samoa), or financial and time constraints.

With this in mind, we are offering the PACE Program at an extremely low price of just $500 NZD which is phenomenal value when you consider the amount of teaching and support that you will receive.




(prices are in New Zealand Dollars)


NOTE: If you have attended a LIVE Foundations of Healthy Living Retreat, you may be entitled to a discount.  Please email to check eligibility.

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