In 1980 Mani participated in and subsequently taught a two-year program for developing intuition and emotional clarity (Inner Vision). In 1987, she completed her training as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, as well as an extensive program at the Institute for Accelerated Personal Transformation (APT) founded by Jeru Kabbal.

Over the last twenty plus years, Mani has had an individual counseling practice and has taught workshops at diverse venues such as the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the San Francisco Business and Professional Women’s Conference and the Asilomar Conference Center. She is the author of Journey from Anxiety to Freedom (1997) and in 2012 published The Woman in the Photograph: The Search for My Mother’s Past. This compelling historical memoir/biography describes her 20-year quest to understand and come to terms with the startling events and buried family secrets that came flooding back into her life with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Papaji and Mani

Papaji and Mani

Mani’s life has always been motivated by the commitment to live fully and to look beyond the surface appearance of things. She was a disciple of Bhagwan Rajneesh, also known as Osho, and in 1992 traveled to India to sit with Poonjaji, an awakened master. She also participated in programs with Thich Nhat Hanh, Gangaji, Adyashanti and other teachers who modeled truth and awareness. Mani’s intention is to offer her clients and students practical tools and the benefits of her own journey of discovery.

Mani’s Perspective

Over the past twenty-five years, I have continued my journey of exploration, finding many keys to the peace and presence I sought. One of my important realizations is that you don’t have to figure everything out yourself. If you look too far down the road, the goal seems overwhelming. When I was so anxious that I couldn’t drive from Berkeley to San Francisco, the thought of going to India seemed impossible. But I learned that if you just do your part, whatever that is each day, support and possibilities you hadn’t previously imagined begin to unfold. Move at your own pace; trust your journey.


A problem cannot be solved from the consciousness that created it.

—Albert Einstein