Anita Vlasic-Manaia

BASW, MAAT(clinical)
I am currently an Arts Therapist in South Auckland and I’m passionate about using creativity and nature as healing tools. I was a Social Worker in South Auckland working with youth and was inspired  to study Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe School of Arts and Design. I saw a gap and a need for alternative therapies for young people in South Auckland and in particular approaches that incorporated indigenous models of healing. I  resonated with Shiloh’s holistic vision of supporting the community I work and live in with well being, creativity and education.  I am married to Wiremu Manaia and we have 6 children between us and 4 grandchildren.  I was inspired by Dee’s passion for Shiloh’s mission after meeting with her and was invited to come on the board.  


BeYOUtiful is a programme that equips young women aged 9-13 years old to discover their full potential in a fun creative space. It helps young women find confidence within to be their authentic self, and teaches them tools and strategies to help them to be their BeYOUtiful self inside and out. We do a creative art project each week and generate discussions with regards to issues that are important to the young women and emphasis the importance of embracing self-worth, self-care and self-love for themselves while learning to set boundaries and be the best versions of themselves.

4 Week Term 3 Workshops

Date: Wednesdays starting September 2, 2020
Location: Pasadena Intermediate School – 2 Moray Place, Point Chevalier
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Cost: $120 per young woman. per five weeks


Dads and Lads Fishing Programme

Dads and Lads is an 2-day programme that teaches men and their boys how to fish, using simple and inexpensive methods. Something that is missing in the lives of many boys is quality time spent with a father or father figure.

This programme will encourage the boys and their fathers or male caregivers to spend time learning together and enjoying each other’s company. This programme is specifically designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and get the family, especially the young people outdoors in nature using their physical strength, their newfound knowledge and their ingenuity to catch a fish for the family. It also encourages Dads and Lads to achieve their goals of spending quality time together and with other men & boys in their communities, while being inspired to learn a new sport that is a life skill that can be used throughout their lifetime.

The principle teacher, Bill Hohepa has seen the benefits this programme offers reinforced time and again when Camp Hohepa ‘old boys’, now with families of their own, have contacted him to say it was the best time of their lives and they are teaching their own children the skills he taught them.

Date. September 12 & 13, 2020

Location: Saturday September 12 @ Ardmore Community Hall

Location: Sunday September 13 @ Maraetai Beach

Time: 10am to 4pm

Cost: $100 (ONE DAD. ONE LAD)


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Youth Tribe Art Connection

Youth Tribe Art Connection is an eight-week after school interactive experience for female and male students ages 14+ with art therapist Anita Vlasic and life coach Dee Petit who lead youth through a series of creative art projects & mindfulness activities based around Maori concepts.

Participants are offered an opportunity to experience and explore the application of Māori concepts utilizing creativity as it relates to individual wellbeing.  It is presented in a non-judgmental supportive environment that focuses on the process, not just the outcome.

Each session will incorporate visual arts, a range of art materials and recycled products. All will be able to participate at a level that is comfortable and suitable for them.  No prior knowledge or experience needed.

 Date: Thursdays starting Oct 8, 2020 thru Nov 26, 2020

Location: Ardmore Community Hall – 177 Burnside Road, Ardmore, Papakura

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Cost: $160.00 per participant . per eight weeks.

(We have applied for funding so please contact us if you need financial support)


ART Collective Project

Four female artists from diverse cultural backgrounds living in Auckland collaborate to teach a wide range of original practices that offer opportunities of self -development in one’s individual art practice. Each artist will host eight week classes. Participants will learn skills and techniques such as drawing, painting with acrylics and water colours and creating sewn textile fibre art. 

Each participant will be encouraged to explore and express the wonderment of ART through a wide range of mediums . Through discovery and play one uncovers personal jewels that lay beneath the surface. 

32 art classes taught within an eight-week period during October, November and December 2020 with an art exhibition of the collective art pieces on Saturday December 5, 2020, all taking place at the Ardmore Community Hall. Adults 18+.

Dates: Starting Oct 13 thru Dec 4, 2020

Tuesdays: 10:30am – 2:30pm – Linda Wills- Watercolor Painting

Wednesdays: 5pm – 9pm – Dee Petit – Fibre Art

Thursdays: 10:30 pm– 2:30 pm – Nicky Hartly – Human Figure Exploration

Fridays: 5pm – 9pm – Agnes Ishak – Pallett Knife with Acrylics

Location: Ardmore Community Hall – 177 Burnside Road, Ardmore, Papakura 

Cost: $25 per participant. per session


Back 2 Basics Programme

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It is easy to tell people what to do, but to really assist people to change, it is important for everybody to learn the ‘why’ in order to be motivated to do so. This programme aims to teach complex bodily functions in an easy to understand manner, connecting health to specific areas and outcomes. Areas to be addressed are healthy lifestyles and eating habits that enables families to provide a nurturing home environment. It includes healthy social habits, healthy sleeping routines, and teaching simple yet nutrient rich ways of cooking that fits into a busy modern family.

The goal is to provide educational and practical knowledge that is easy to implement. During the course different healthy aspects will be covered through guest presenters, and practical teaching of relaxation techniques. This will enable participants to make healthy lifestyle choices, which greatly contribute to balanced bodily functions and stable mental/emotional health. Promoting healthy lifestyles in the home and bringing up healthy children ensures positive happy attitudes that encourages all to actively contribute to our communities.

At the end of the course, the participants will understand the human body and its function, and the connection between physical and mental health. It will enable the participants to apply and integrate the learned knowledge into their daily lives with the practical tools taught during the eight weeks.

Date, time and location: TBA

Women’s Support Circle

Wednesday’s starting February 3 thru April 21, 2021
Nine On-Line Zoom meetings: Wednesdays 6:30pm -8:30pm
Three Face to Face meeting places and times: TBA
Free participation for 12 women this term

Women’s Support Circle is a space for women who have experienced family abuse. It is a 12-week programme that allows women of different cultures to sit in circle and safely share their stories and support a healing journey in the process. Our weekly contact will consist of nine on-line two-hour zoom calls and three face to face sessions which allows the women to intermingle and have that physical interaction with the group.

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