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POSTPONED TO 2018: Maori Healing Course

Kawai Purapura

Friday, 13 January 2017 at 9:00 am - Friday, 27 January 2017 at 5:00 pm (NZDT)

POSTPONED TO 2018: Maori Healing Course

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Te Rito Oranga
Traditional Maori Healing Course

A 14-day practioner training and retreat, located on Kawai Purapura’s
beautiful 19-acre native bush on the outskirts of Auckland. 

Te Rito Oranga: "the core of wellness" from withhin. 
Everything comes from a seed, and inside of the seed is
the "living essence" of that seed; this is "Te Rito"

A unique sacred journey of learning and healing, held and guided by our Maori elders, healers and teachers from 
Ngati Whatua iwi, from the Auckland region, together with other Māori kaiako (teachers) from other regions of Aotearoa sharing their wisdom and knowledge through immersion in Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and practical aspects of healing. This allows the experience of re-connection to our authentic Self, deepening our relationship with nature: Papatuanuku (the earth), Ranginui (the sky), Te Moana (the ocean), Nga Maunga (the mountains), Nga Awa (the rivers) and Ngahere (the forest). Integral to the learning will be an understanding our whakapapa (genealogical connection to the ancestors).

The programme is designed to foster connections, to grow in knowledge and understanding of how we are connected to the whole web of life – mauri, and how this fosters well-being (mauri ora) on all levels: wairua (spirit), hinengaro (thought, intellect), mahamaha (emotion) and tinana (the physical). Re-establishing this relationship is the key to unity.

Components of the Program:

  • 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)
  • 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)  

Practical Details:

  • Course fee is included vegetarian meals and Marae-style accommodation

  • Marae-style  is a shared sleeping hall. A mattress, fitted sheet and pillow with pillowcase is provided (bring your own blankets/sleeping bag). 

  • Retreat rooms are available if Marae-style does not suit. There are additional cost of: Twin Share $30 per night, Single Room $55 per night.

For more information, go to the Kawai Purapura website
or email our Te Rito Oranga Co-ordinator:

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Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre
14 Mills Lane
Auckland, 0632
New Zealand

Friday, 13 January 2017 at 9:00 am - Friday, 27 January 2017 at 5:00 pm (NZDT)

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Kawai Purapura

Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre has grown steadily over the past five years, becoming one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations for retreats, conferences and seminars in natural health, environmental awareness and personal development.

Our name:
Kawai Purapura’s name signifies the nexus point between the past and the future. Kawai is the memory, ancestry, and tracing of the lineage from the past. Purapura is the seed of the future.

Our Vision:
Our vision is to create a healing space wherein people can find their own potential for being well. This vision will develop into focused healing programmes that not only serve those who lack privilege, but contribute to natural health taking a significant place in overall health care delivery.

The Retreat:
The call to retreat is the call to spirit, authenticity, and joy. It is the call to step away from the many forms of busyness in our everyday lives, to find sanctuary, time for deep reflection and to nourish the body, mind and spirit. It is the call to be in community with others who are also on a path of self-discovery. Every moment spent in meditation, yoga, and sacred community are moments that bring insight and clarity to our lives. Retreats infuse your being with inspiration on the path, which makes anything seem possible.

At Kawai Purapura we have designed a range of yoga retreats from healing and rejuvenation, to deep transformation. We bring together outstanding mentors, guides, way-showers and inspirational facilitators from around the world.

Our Philosophy:
The underlying philosophy that guides development of our retreat centre is one of harmonious living with the land. We believe the omniscient consciousness is to be found within the human heart where all is synthesised into oneness. We aim to manifest ideals of natural health and healing, spirituality, sustainable lifestyle and social responsibility.

Residental community:
At Kawai Purapura we have a residential community that offers the opportunity to live and work in harmony with each other and the environment. The residents contribute greatly to the overall vision for the land.

Workshop venues:
We offer 5 different workshop spaces varying in size, character and charm. The spaces provide an ideal environment for retreat participants to pursue self-exploration, growth and re-discover personal peace and wellbeing. Our smallest space seats 1-30 (Prema Lounge) and our largest up to 150. In the warmer summer months we also have 2 additional outdoor tents to hire.
Free WiFi is available to retreat participants with laptops in designated areas (our WiFi covers most of the indoor areas in Kawai Purapura retreat centre).

For more information about hiring a venue for your next workshop or seminar please contact

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