About Mana

Our mission is to nurture and strengthen the connection between mind, body and spirit, thereby creating the conditions for good health. Mana is a centre for healing, learning, research and collaboration. We host workshops, retreats, lectures and academic meetings alongside our core business of mind-body integration therapy.

In response to the burnout epidemic in healthcare, the vision for Mana is a sanctuary for healers, a place where clinicians, practitioners and therapists from all disciplines can come to relax, recharge and reintegrate.

 

Mana is located in a lovingly restored 19th century villa in the heart of Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand. The building was purchased in 2017 as a place for healing, compassion and integration.

The concept for Mana originated somewhere in the wairua between New Zealand and Fiji. Mana is a Fijian word with a variety of meanings - 'power', 'miracle', 'an omen or sign' and 'magic' are just some of the translations depending on context. In Te Reo Maori, Mana speaks to ' spiritual power, authority and respect'. 

 

The Directors

Dr. Ingo Lambrecht
Clinical Director

Dr Ingo Lambrecht is the Clinical Director of Mana Health. As a Consultant Clinical Psychologist he brings with him over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist and clinical leader in the mental health sector as well as running a successful private practice. He is also a mental health advisor for Māori health services. His clinical work in the public health sector and his experience in leadership roles provide him with a significant platform from which to support health professionals and organisations through both individual and group supervision.  

He continues to provide training, lectures, workshops, presenting at national and international conferences, as well as publishing professionally. He has written a book Sangoma Trance States (2014) based on his PhD research, and is currently co-editing a book on culture and psychosis.

To review more detailed clinical expertise and contact details, please access the psychologist page on this website.

Dr. William James Evans
Medical Director

 

Will is a physician with a background in palliative care, general medicine and neurology. He graduated from Princeton University in 2003, where he studied the evolution of consciousness and the use of psychedelics by indigenous cultures. He gained his medical degree with honours from the University of Sydney in 2009  and has worked for 10 years in major hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. He is due to complete his specialist training in Palliative medicine in 2020. Will is a researcher at the University of Auckland, currently investigating novel treatment paradigms for depression and anxiety in palliative care.

Naima Evans
Studio Director

Naima is an experienced Yoga and Pilates teacher who has a masters degree in Gender and Culture studies. As co-creator of Mana and studio director, Naima provides in-depth functional assessments, integrative physical therapy and wholistic strength and conditioning sessions. With an up-to-date anatomical knowledge base and an intuitive approach, Naima brings world-class body therapy expertise to Mana. Born in London to Italian and Trinidadian parents, Naima also brings a truly cosmopolitan perspective to the team.

 

Contact Us

Mana Health
 

7 Ruskin Street

Parnell, Auckland

New Zealand

Aotearoa

Email: info@manahealth.co.nz

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