I had a wonderful chat with Soph and got the following from her, for the blog:
Soph Shepherd: The name of the Koru Guild is derived from a Maori word meaning life, growth, strength and peace. The Guild is the end of a long path and the beginning of a new one. There will be bumps along the way, there were bumps getting here. Special thanks to all the loyal people in the Guild, Lelana for pushing me to do it and to Steve and BJ for their invaluable advice.Congratulations Soph and best of luck Koru Guild!