KAITIAKI (Guardians of the SOUL)   

Graham Henricksen, Wilhemeena Monroe


Kiri Schumacher, Wilhemeena Monroe

Creative Team

Wilhemeena Monroe - Creative Director

Management & Admin team

Rochana Kennedy, Dani Lydamore-Prasad, Luke Gabites

Dianne Knight - Accounts

Katherine Tate - SOUL Retreat Co-ordinator + SOUL Clinic Collective Co-ordinator

Thank you for giving me a place to work that inspires me creatively and gives me freedom to develop and grow in my career and in myself
— Janine Parkes - Administrator 2010 - 2011

Interns & Karma Credits:

Claire Hamilton - Media & Design

Dani Lydamore -Prasad - Marketing & Media

Bella - Environments: Clinic

Valentina Barrios - Environments & Kirtan co-ordinator

Diana - Research and environments

Russ- Maintenance & magic

Tanu Richardson - Lady of laundry love

Frances Levi Collier - Environments - gardens + surrounds

Soul Centre has been for me a home full of holy energy. The teachers are the most inspiring and encouraging people . I have improved my life in every aspect by all the skills I have learnt here. Thank you so much!
— Justine Pinier (SOUL intern 2014)

Weekly class teachers:

Wilhemeena Monroe, Hannah Taylor,  Melissa Jackson, Lucy Brooking, Luke Gabites, Brittany Kohler, Tom Wilson



Jocey Fong, Katherine Tate, Simon Gosling, Kerry Le Galloudec , Stefanie Rockwell,  Seonaid Lyons, Clare Taylor, Claire Atkin-Smith, Deven Sharma 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.....


Wilhemeena Monroe

 BPSA, Dip CST, Cert SRT, Cert BIB, Cert Shin Somatics, Dip TMHST, RME


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 and meditation. 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.


Rochana Kennedy


Rochana decided to leave university after studying psychology, philosophy and sociology for 3 years because her soul was yearning for a more hands-on, holistic path. After she left university she was offered a job to teach yoga and meditation at a small holistic wellness centre in Auckland. She did so using the experience of her own practice and roots in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Since then Rochana has completed her formal yoga teacher training in Bali. One of Rochana’s deepest passions is natural medicine. After a lifetime of doctors visits and prescription medication, Rochana found true healing through nutrition, detoxification, juicing and deeper energetic and emotional work. Rochana wishes to help others in their healing journeys by sharing the knowledge she has gained through her experience and deep research of healing mind, body, spirit. She is always learning more and being back in her birth country of New Zealand is embarking on her journey at SOUL and will be focusing on cellular detoxification, Energy Medicine in our Elemental Alchemy training, healer training in our NEW 100 hr SOUL SOMATICS programme and learning the ways of Rongoa (traditional Maori plant medicine.) 


Hannah Taylor


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.



Lucy Booking


Lucy enjoys exploring life and all that it holds... the practices of yoga, Cacao Ceremony and Meditation are constant inspiration along her journey. It is of great service and joy for Lucy to share these practices with community. Just as Buddha says "A single flame can light a thousand candles and the life of the candle will not be shortened..." For each of us are a single flame and through the art of sharing we light many along the way.

Luke Gabites


Luke returned home to New Zealand in May 2018 after several months in India. He completed a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh. He also spent much time travelling around practising; Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Iyengar, Kundalini, different breath work techniques, sound healing and all the beautiful things available in India with many different teachers from all over the world.

After experiencing and seeing the power and transformational effect of these practises, he wants to help make them more available in the world, to help people discover their truth and step into their power.

He has a background in Web Development and has worked with clients from all over the world, helping them to make a living doing what they love.




Drawing on ancient mantra in combination with his own cultural roots, Franko’s devotional sessions are bound to coax your own divine voice into the open with his distinct fresh sounds for today. With years of touring rock music under his belt, Franko’s compass has drawn him north toward a movement, which brings people together, celebrating our unique gifts, our connection to one another and to mother earth. Sought after for yoga, meditation and transformational festival events, Franko’s boundless energy for the betterment of all beings.

Brittany Kohler


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.  

Katherine Tate


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.


Diana Nankya


Hi my name is Diana-Karin Ssempebwa and I am 26 years old. I am from Denmark and have Ugandan roots. I came here to New Zealand for an internship, but my life took a turn a soon as i dived deeper into myself and my truth here. I met the amazing soul tribe and wanted to be apart of this amazing movement. I am on the path to start my own heartbusiness with healing tools for women and children. It is a universe with meditations,movement and so much more. I have this passion for working with people from my study which is social education and have gained a lot of knowlegde there. I am looking forward to meet you.  





Bella Hernandez


Hi! My name is Bella.I come from the waters of the Pacific ocean in Mexico and have been living in Aotearoa for the last 2 years. I’m passionate about life itself and find joy in dancing, acting, painting, being in nature,connecting with people and myself. I’m a speech therapist and artist by heart and have been enjoying being part of the journey of my clients and myself.
I’ll see you around can’t wait to hug you!


Tom Wilson


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.



Melissa Jackson


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.

Valentina Barrios

SOUL Intern program

Valentina is a Pisces, a citizen of the world, an artist. Born in Santiago Chile, she has lived in Spain, Mexico, the UK, and now New Zealand, something that has enriched her experience of this world and made her a cultural diversity-lover. She enjoys anthropology, food and the Oceans, and being the creative soul that she is, truly flows when expressing herself through singing, acting, dancing and painting the cosmos. 

Victoria Camplin-Welsh


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.

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Dan Fanthorpe


Dan has been a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher for the past 30 years. His background is in Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Meditation, and Yoga Therapy. Dan started practising Iyengar yoga with his mum in his childhood. He completed his first Yoga teacher training with the IYTA in New Zealand before studying for nine months in 2003 with Louisa Seers, Clive Sheridan & Lance Schuler in Byron Bay. Dan then moved to Sydney in 2004 to study and teach under Eileen Hall at Ashtanga Yoga Moves. Since 2004 Dan has travelled to India each year to study with Sri K. Pattabhi & Sharath Jois, in 2012, Dan was blessed by his teacher Sharath Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga Method as an authorized level 2 teacher. In 2009 Dan opened Ashtanga Yoga Newcastle and for the last 9 years Dan has devoted his time and energy to the wonderful yoga community in Newcastle, Australia. Dan likes to keep yoga simple. His method of weaving traditional yoga philosophy, asana and anatomy together, helps guide students to a better understanding, appreciation, and application of yoga in everyday life. Dan's goal is to provide his students with a healthy body to live in and a calm mind to live with. Dan is currenlty studying osteopathy in Auckland while conducting workshops around the globe.  

Claire Hamilton


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!!

I love what SOUL is about, it is a safe place for me, to learn, to explore, to create, and be in relationship with myself and others. I feel I naturally contribute to its existence, with my own heart and Soul; this means its not just the hours I work when I am there, it’s the way I am there, how I talk about SOUL, also on the outside, which becomes part of referring people to SOUL through my own participation... I guess this is community building, we draw people to what we love, by the way we are in the world.
— Ingrid Nagl — workstudy participant 2011 - 2012

This has not been a job, this has been a journey of many steps and leaps. By contributing to something so beautiful and being emerged in it alongside Willa, I have realised that I have the capacity of beholding an ability to help and heal even in very small ways. I feel as if I have found a part of myself here that I never knew existed. Willa, your (what seems like magic) ability to create and hold a space has enabled me to unfold and grow in deep, amazing ways. SOUL has helped me find direction when I was very lost. I have learnt invaluable lessons that will continue to reveal their meaning as I grow with them. I thank you from the depths of my hearts universe.
— Clare Douglas - Summer Intern 2012