The REPUBLIC OF SOUL
KAITIAKI (Guardians of the SOUL)
Wilhemeena Monroe, Matua Louis Kereopa, Caroline Robinson
SOUL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Wilhemeena Monroe - Creative Director
Management & Admin team
Wilhemeena Monroe + Amber McLeannan - Studio Management
Dianne Knight - Accounts
Katherine Tate - SOUL Retreat Co-ordinator
Kathrin Kreubler - SOUL Clinic Collective Co-ordinator
Interns & Karma Credits:
Claire Hamilton - Design
Melissa Irace - Marketing and social superstar
………….. - Studio Environments
…………… - Environments - gardens + surrounds - who wants to do cool stuff??
Rustla - Maintenance
Weekly class teachers:
Wilhemeena Monroe, Hannah Taylor, Melissa Jackson, Lucy Brooking, Brittany Kohler, Tom Wilson, Carissa Hine, Amber McCleannan, Charlotte Keirle and Tatiana Oliek
SOUL CLINIC COLLECTIVE Clinicians:
Kathrin Kruebler, Amy Lynn, Clare Taylor, Deven Sharma, Melissa Irace and Wilhemeena Monroe
Workshop Facilitators are professionally trained and are leaders in the modalities they teach, they have included:
Al Wunder(AUST), Sondra Fraleigh(USA), Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (USA), Stephanie Skura(USA), Ged Sumner(CANADA), Elena Tonetti-Vlaimirova(USA/RUSSIA), Olive Bieringer and Otto Ramstad(USA), Gabrielle New(AUST), Lorraine Blackley, Connor Kelly, Aven Darling(AUST), Felicity Molloy, Martin Hughes(AUST), Raewyn Thorburn, Val Smith, Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe, Zjamal Xanitha(AUST), Christine Cutbush, Ali East, Karla Brodie, Joan Laage(USA), Peter Sanson, Peter Fernando, Schirin Diba , Rena Czaplinska-Archer, Kate Rawson, Claire O-Neill, Louisa Walker, Robin Kelly, Gus Simonovic and Siri Risnes, Frank Van der Ven(HOLLAND), Katherine Ukleja, Jules and Michael, Shiela Kean, Amanda Levey, Josephine Costain(BALI), Shubda crew, Miranda Brown, Jaguar and Luen, Courtenay Stickels, Judy Satori, Kamilla Harra, Stephen Archer, Myrna Martin(USA), Karen Smith(UK)......
More about us.....
BPSA, Dip CST, Cert SRT, Cert BIB, Cert Shin Somatics, Dip TMHST, RME
SOUL FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, SENIOR THERAPIST, TEACHES STRENGTH + SURRENDER, SHIN YOGA and CHI KUNG
Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe is the founder and director of the SOUL CENTRE, and the founder of many of the programs it runs. She has been working in dance and holistic health and wellbeing approaching two decades. She is an established choreographer, director, filmmaker and dancer and has performed all over the world. She is also one of NZ’s most prominent somatic practitioners and has a current practice at SOUL CENTRE combining, biodynamic cranio-sacral therapy, massage, movement therapy, dance, yoga, chi kung, meditation and plant medicine. She is a certified SRT facilitator, A Shin Somatics movement therapist and trainer, a certified Birth into Being instructor and teaches for the International College of Elemental Chi Kung - she has taught somatics and movement in many institutions, universities, training programs and communities. Willa teaches Chi Kung, and Shin Yoga classes at the SOUL CENTRE as well as workshops and retreats worldwide. She is also a workplace wellness consultant for selected businesses in the Auckland area.
SOUL RETREATS CO-ORDINATOR
Katherine Tate holds our retreats portfolio and helps us get you to Samoa and Tonga and all manner of beautiful places in the world to get SOUL-ed up! She also teaches Skinner Releasing Technique and Shin Yoga at SOUL and has been Wilhemeena's assistant teacher for over 4 years. She is a certified SRT teacher, is one of SOUL CLINIC COLLECTIVE's massage therapists. She has a certificate in Relaxation massage from New Zealand College of Massage. She is also completing Somatic Movement Therapy Training in Land to Water Yoga through Eastwest Somatic Institute and SOUL CENTRE. Katherine graduated with a BPSA in Contemporary Dance in 2006, with a focus on choreography, somatic practice and research. Passionate that dance and body knowledge can be therapeutic and accessible to everyone, she aspires to create spaces for people to feel empowered in their bodies, deepen awareness and explore their expressive potential.
TEACHES SOUL SOMATICS + MANAGES THE STUDIO
Amber loves to listen, dance and heal through touch, movement and conversation.
Her practice includes working with flower essences, whole foods, somatics, yoga & more.
She is committed to creating rituals of healing and self care that connect us to our authentic selves and our earth.
She has trained with Sondra Fraleigh with the Eastwest Somatic Institute and SOUL CENTRE and Vincent Bolletta, founder of Hansa Yoga.
She holds a BCS from AUT, a Diploma in Yoga from Wellpark College & a Certificate in acute prescribing from the Auckland College of Classical Homoepathy.
TEACHES CORE FLOW and on our SOUL WELLBEING AT WORK program
With a background in contemporary dance, Hannah has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years and teaching for the past 3 years in both Germany and Australia. Having completed both a 200hr Hatha teacher training and a 500hr classical yoga, philosophy and meditation training, Hannah teaches a range of Hatha, Pilates and Restorative classes that incorporate both strength and release work with a strong meditative quality.
SOUL CLINIC CO-ORDINATOR
TEACHES HATHA YOGA
Carissa trained in a traditional Hatha style yoga comprising asanas (yoga postures) with pranayama (breathing exercises). She has been teaching classes for the past 15 years alongside raising four young boys for the past 10. She knows first hand the need to carve out time for self-care and love so to better balance the demands of being a busy mother. She loves to share yoga with others and to help them along their yoga journey discovering the many benefits that a regular practice brings.
TEACHES FRI NIGHT YOGA
Charlotte started doing yoga about 10 years ago while she was living in Canada snowboarding competitively. She needed more flexibility so yoga seemed like a good option. We started off with yoga podcasts in the morning before snowboarding and in the evening after snowboarding and sure enough got hooked. She moved to NZ to teach snowboarding and one of her workmates put up a notice that she was teaching yoga on a Friday night. It turned out to be super popular and even though she hadn’t had any formal training She decided to give it a shot and planned a snowboarding and skiiing specific yoga class. At the end of the season when winter finished she moved back to Auckland into the Kawai Pura Pura community and took as many yoga classes as possible. Her favourite class was inspired by satyananda yoga and left her feeling calm and balanced emotionally and mentally. It was at this point she decided to embark on the 2.5 year 1400 Diploma in Yoga Science based at the Mangrove Mountain Ashram. It was an incredible journey in which yogic living became emodied in every single cell of her body due to many mandatory residential stays at the Ashram. The Training involved asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and kirtan. She completed her studies in 2018 and has been teaching at Kawai Pura Pura since that time. Her goal is to help facilitate a calming, relaxing and safe space in which people can leave their worries at the door and learn to be in this moment by connecting to their breath and body.
When Tom was a kid he wanted to be a "mad scientist". This bizarre ambition has turned out to be quite an accurate description of his life path. He has always been excited by experimenting with life and the resulting AHA moments that emerge.
It turns out that much of this experimentation has been through various movement and mind/body practices. It started with Kempo (2nd degree black belt) and quickly moved onto Yoga, Acroyoga, Qigong and more recently dance (5 rhythms, open floor and contact improv).
His latest and most fascinating discovery is The Feldenkrais Method (R)... which he is currently training to be a practitioner in. Through this gentle yet powerful work he has let go of patterns of long standing chronic pain and moved into a new way of being.
TEACHES PILATES and on our SOUL WELLBEING AT WORK program
Brittany is a contemporary dancer and choreographer, she completed her training at Unitec Institute of Technology in 2016 and now primarily works with Dance Plant Collective; a contemporary dance collective she co-founded in 2016. With years of experience working with the body through dance, Brittany completed her Mat Pilates training in 2018 and is now teaching at Pilates studios, gyms and independently. Brittany is passionate about working in movement and creative fields, and is also involved in Dance Movement Therapy throughout Auckland with children and adults.
TEACHES HATHA FLOW
Melissa found yoga while in London in the early 2000’s. She studied with Susannah Hoffman completing the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course in 2009 and, after returning to New Zealand, graduated John Ogilvie’s Byron Yoga Centre Teacher Training with Yoga Alliance 200-hour Accreditation in 2012.
Her classes incorporate dynamic flows and restorative postures, breath work and guided meditation. Her resolve is to share her passion and knowledge of the practice and philosophy of yoga with all who wish to take part.
SOUL KARMA CREDITS program - Media and Design
Claire discovered SOUL back in 2009 when she had just arrived on NZ shores from the UK. Claire became a regular Astanga student and a few years later became one of SOUL's work-study interns, assisting with graphic design and marketing of classes and events. Claire is an urban designer and photographer in her day job. Since becoming a mum a couple of years ago, Claire is helping SOUL mostly from behind the scenes but is looking forward to being more involved and studying more yoga as family demands evolve and allow a little more flexibility!!
TEACHES CHI KUNG
Victoria teaches the chi kung classes while Willa is away, she has worked as a health professional for over 30 years in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, and has extensive experience in complimentary and alternative pathways to healing, and with many different cultures. She has a deep commitment to ‘waking up’, and through her professional and personal explorations, a long-term meditation practice, and working with embodied awareness, she has come to love bodywork as the quintessential medium for honing awareness. Victoria practices tai chi, 5Rhythms dance, yoga, Chi Kung, and is currently completing her training as a Chi Kung teacher at SOUL.