11-Day Traditional Māori Healing Course

Where: Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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We invite you to join us on this rare opportunity to experience the highest level of Māori learning. Tatau Pounamu “A Journey Through the Greenstone Door” will take you on a sacred, spiritual journey of learning and healing like no other.

Pathway to Healing and Sacred Journey:
This 11-day quest begins and is, based at Auckland’s Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, includes five days where we travel to the East Coast, visiting hot springs and caves, to the magical land of Lake Waikaremoana and the mystical beauty of Tuhoe’s Uruwera Forest.

We will experience learning in a traditional wānanga of the ancestors, at times right in the ngahere (bush) during the day and night. Staying at a local marae, we have the great honour of learning from two of Māoridom’s most renowned and respected teachers/healers (Shamans) resident in this region – Tohunga, Rehua Kereama and Tohuna Tipuna,

Dr Rangimarie Rose Pere, together with other well-respected key teachers, sharing their wisdom and knowledge of the importance of the re-connection of the spirit with the land, environment, and self.

After five days in this rich East Coast, we return to Kawai Purapura to continue to consolidate our experience of how we may incorporate change into our lives and practices in a more natural, yet meaningful way.

Re-connection:
In Maori tikanga – All Is One. Pounamu speaks of the interconnectedness of all things and beings, and Tatau Pounamu “Greenstone Door” offers a doorway to this unmovable, unbreakable place of peace. This requires an inward journey of healing, forgiveness and awakening.

Māori Tikanga offers a more holistic model for health and wellbeing incorporating taha wairua (the spiritual dimension). One model, “Te Whare Tapa Whā,” speaks of the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health, incorporating all aspects of healing, the tinana (body), hinegaro (emotions), oranga wairua (spirit) and, to know where you came from and who you are, teha whaanu (geneology/DNA) – our pillars of the House of Wellbeing, giving you the sense of connection and Oneness.

It is from this foundation that all subjects will be taught from. Another, “Te Wheke” used by Dr Rose Pere, is based on the eight tentacles of the octopus that collectively contribute to total wellbeing.

This journey of learning and healing is suitable for anyone without any prior knowledge to Te Reo or Māori culture, and for those who truly wish to expand their knowledge base in the areas of healing and wellbeing, especially for the deeper connection and understanding of Self and all living things around us, the re-connection and balance to Earth, and the Cosmos. To know who you are, where you came from gives you a sense of connection and Oneness.

Components of the Programme:
- Rongoa (healing with native plants)
- Practical medicine making with the native plants
- Whaikairo (greenstone carving)
- Mirimiri and romiromi (body therapies)
- Waiata (song)
- Karakia (ritual chanting)
- TaMoko (traditional tattooing – a spiritual awakening)
- Puoro (creating and playing traditional musical instruments)
- Raranga (weaving using natural materials)
- Haerenga (sacred journey, including marae stay, hot pools and caves where tohunga were initiated in early times)

Through all your journeying and crafting you will encounter and experience a new shaping that is compelling and profound.

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For more information about the course and our Scholarship programme, please contact our Programme Co-ordinator Alyse via: festivals@kawaipurapura.co.nz

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