The 6th bi-annual Gathering Of The Four Winds will be held in November 2017, over the weekend of the 3rd, 4th and 5th. An opening ceremony will be held on the evening of the 3rd, commencing with a traditional Aboriginal ‘Welcome To Country’, followed by a spectacular event of Indigenous song and dance.
About The Four Winds Gathering:
The bi-annual ‘Gathering Of The Four Winds’ is a two day multicultural gathering held at Kupidabin Wilderness every second November. The gathering was created to allow people to experience the teachings, ceremonies and traditions of various Indigenous peoples and other cultures from around the world.
First held in 2007, the gathering hosts a variety of different workshops, ceremonies, and teachings to allow guests to more deeply connect with Mother Earth, with themselves, and with the various aspects of the spirit world and amazing universe we are all part of.
With facilitators including Indigenous Elders, the Gathering Of The Four Winds allows people to learn about a variety of different cultures and teachings, to explore various channels of personal healing and discovery, and share their spiritual and cultural experiences and beliefs with one another.
3rd, 4th & 5th November, 2017
Cost To Attend:
Opening Ceremony Only:
- Adults: $40.00
- Children (6-14yrs): $15.00
- Family: $95.00 (2 adults & 2 children)
- Concession Card Holders & Students: $25.00
Weekend Event (includes Friday night performance):
- Adults: $325.00 (early bird before 30th September $275.00)
- Children: $50.00
- Saturday: $180.00
- Sunday: $150.00
Groups of 10+ P.O.A.
Registration Now Open
Book before 30th September for early bird special
Closing date: 20th October, 2017
Meals & Accomodation:
Meals and accommodation are included, with campsites available (BYO tent) along with mattresses in the Cultural Centre (BYO sleeping bag / bedding).
Bookings & Inquiries:
For booking registration form and program details, please contact us.
To book your tickets, please CLICK HERE
Workshop & Presenter Information
Dreaming and Yarning Circles - Aunty Jenny Thompson
The Dreaming Circle includes healing through our dreams that can help us to move on to what spirit has for us to do. It would take shape for what is the call for the day. The Yarning circle will focus on “Unfinished Business”. This too will help us to move forward to what our future holds for us.
Biography: Reverend Jennifer Thompson (Aunty Jenny) is a Deacon of the Anglican Church of Australia, and a qualified counselor/therapist. She is a member of the Australian Counselor Association. Jenny is also a qualified Mental Health Clinician and works within the area of Child and Youth Mental Health. She works on a part-time basis with the Mater CYMHS as a consultant and provides cultural clinical support to the service. Much of Jenny's work has been with Indigenous women and their families; she has done this for many years. Jenny also provided a counseling service for the Youth Detention Centre and Women's Correctional Centre. Jenny is also trained in emotional therapy, grief and loss counseling, play therapy, suicide intervention and sexual assault counseling. Through her private practice Jenny offers Individual and Family counseling, Professional Supervision, Spiritual & Ancestral Work, Cultural Intuitive Clearing and Cultural Body Work. Jenny is a respected Elder within the Aboriginal Communities as well as the wider communities.
Aboriginal Ceremony and Teachings - Old One
Old One will be leading ceremony and sharing Aboriginal culture. Old One is a shaman/healer and lore keeper of the western desert people from the Tanami Desert west of Alice Springs. He brings a timeless and deeply shamanic energy to the work of connecting to authentic manhood, drawing from his extensive experience and knowledge of indigenous spirituality. Old One is one of the original people this land and is an elder of the Men’s Wellbeing community.
Earth connection – Nunumunganah and Djalambu
The winds of change are blowing from many directions and felt upon the skin of peoples throughout all lands on dear Mother Earth. We are being challenged to remember the old ways and dance the new with sacredness, purpose and potency. Our Earth is calling, the Ancestors are calling, our children are calling for us to reconnect and step forth as balanced Spirits. Ochre is part of the life blood of Sacred Earth that has been used for millennia in ceremony to mark the skin and open the connection between the physical body of the Earth, the person and to the Spirit of all. A circle will be created and attendees will be invited to take part in both being the Spirit artist marking others with Ochre and also the Spirit canvas marked by others with deep honouring and respectfulness. One person will be invited to be the canvas at a time and with mediation others will be invited to mark their sister/brother with symbols, images and colours that they see in that person. Once complete the person marked will join with the artists and a new canvas will arise. From experience this ceremony quietens the mind and opens the heart to visions and clarity of purpose, yet is different for each person. Nunumunganah will co-facilitate this workshop with Djalmbu, to share this healing energy and spirit from nature with others. They will assist you create your own ritual (healing tool) from connecting with the awesome healing power if Mother Earth. This Earth Connection puts Nunumunganah and Djalmbu in touch with their feelings and soul story, from their higher selves. This ceremony is in acknowledgment and honouring of all traditional peoples on Mother Earth and their Elders, their ways and belief systems.
Biography: A number of years ago, Nunumunganah found out the possibility of having Aboriginal Heritage. In 2005, he embarked on a 3-month solo journey through the deserts of Central Australia to hear dreamtime stories from Indigenous Elders to try to understand, reclaim and connect with this ancient culture and the spirit of this land to understand “who I am. What is my purpose in life". He has done many similar journeys since. Many years of Men's/Elder business. So often, he has felt like a black man on the inside and a white man externally. On the trip, he learned much about himself, connecting with the spirit, the very essence of this land, the emptiness, the fullness, the timelessness, feeling a sense of belonging there, just to be in the now. Everywhere he went he felt the healing and nurturing presence of the Earth Mother, always feeling safe. Nunumunganah’s passion is to empower people to connect with their feelings through nature to create their own internal healing.
Djalmbu walks in many worlds. Caring for Country and acknowledging those that have gone before. Sacred ceremony and journeys of the soul and a hands on healing touch. Creating opportunities for affordable, sustainable and socially connected lives via learning and sharing knowledge in academia and within community. Creating the safe space for words of truth to be spoken and heard and growth to occur. And lastly, most importantly, he loves with a full heart the dance of the divine feminine, his children and those close. Djalmbu brings a calmness to sacred ceremony with a mix of past learnings and guidance from the moment that is. Experienced in sacred sweat lodge, healing ceremonies for people and place, fire and stone circle creation, Djalmbu rises to what is required in that moment to be in sacred service.
Awakening the New Human From Within - Kim Koreke
If we are dreaming in new beginnings, a new earth with new humans etc, many of our ways of identifying ourselves must fall away. Drawing from her own journey of identity, including her indigenous heritage, Kim will invite participants to look at the ways we may be keeping ourselves small and limiting our expansion into the multidimensional beings that we are.
Biography: As one of the Grandmothers of Australia’s Counsel of 13 Grandmothers, Kim is now anchoring in the Elder wise woman. The journey of life has brought her to a balanced, aligned and embodied place within the feminine. She brings forth her gifts of wisdom and guidance now as she offers unique and personal journeys to the Central Desert of Australia, her homeland. “Being comfortable in my own skin as a woman, accepting all facets of my personality and fully acknowledging and owning my indigenous heritage and bloodline has been an incredible journey for me.” As an Arrernte woman, born in Alice Springs, and living mostly on the East Coast of Australia, Kim knows that the connection to country and her indigenous family has been a pivotal part of her own journey. She now invites others to come home to their own unique essence through the various workshops, talks and journeys she offers.
Medicine Wheel - Richard Littlefeather
This is the natural way of things – that everything flows one into the other – unless of course, we aren’t listening and have to repeat the lesson again!! Round we go to pick up what we missed the other time, or times, as the case may be. Take a look at Mother Earth, the seasons; Spring, Summer, Fall or Autumn, Winter, then back again to Spring, Summer…. and the circle continues. These things provide constant flowing rhythms. Their vibrations resonate in and through each of us. And when we are tune with these rhythms we are happy, healthy human beings.
Join us as we take a quick glimpse into the Medicine Wheel and how each of us can use this simple tool to find out where we are. Because, you see, if we know where we are – we will know the next step to take. The Medicine Wheel will show you!
Biography: Born in Chimney Rock, Pennsylvania, USA, Richard has been following his Native Culture for many years. Growing up, he was taught many hand crafts such as leather working and beading from tribal members. A Lakota Sioux elder taught silver smithing and instructed Littlefeather in some of the cultural ways of his people. For over 24 years, Littlefeather has been counsellor, teacher, University lecturer, and public speaker. Richard has been running workshops sharing culture, handcrafts, and teaching Personal Awareness. His teachings are based on the tenet of respect and awareness of the natural world around us.
Flute workshop and a Native American Dreaming Ceremony - Claudia Ocean
Flute Circle: Learn to play Native American flute! Hear the story of the first flute, receive a flute blessing and experience playing this wonderful instrument which can become your second voice. A Lakota prayer song will be learned together, in flute and in human voice. Flutes available for those who do not own a flute.
Dreamwork Sessions: As a Dream Scout, I will show you a way to work with your own dreams, to remember them and even to re-enter them for guidance. On average, we spend seven years of our lives in our own dreamlike realm. Significant dreams can be our wisest guides.
Biography: Claudia Ocean comes from Turtle Island and is a relative of the Lakota Nation. She is a storyteller, musician, dancer and artist. She leads flute circles and storytelling sessions in many languages including Lakota, Cherokee, Iriquois, Spanish and Sanskrit. Since 2002, Claudia has worked in Australia for a number of leading NGOs to raise money and awareness for worthy causes. She has raised a large family and now steps into her Native American lineage as a Dream Scout, remembering and sharing teachings from her grandmothers. She teaches how to play flutes and leads Dream Work gatherings in Byron Bay, which has welcomed her as home.
Kowhaiwhai for Kupidabin - Nina Maika
The Kowhaiwhai for Kupidabin workshop is for all people to participate in the creation of the unique Kupidabin Kowhaiwhai. Kowhaiwhai are designs created by Maori that adorn their traditional meeting houses. They are elaborately painted scrolls. The Kowhaiwhai panel once completed will then become a permanent artwork within the Kupidabin Long House.
Biography: I come from the Land of the Long White Cloud – Aotearoa, my ancestors and me. Tuturu Te Arawa, yup thats me. I assist people in their journey in creativity. I love to instigate cultural instincts and birthing new ways to see. Culture Art Style are intrinsic elements to my creativity. Kiaora, yup thats me.
Whistle Dreaming - Mike Mee
Peruvian Whistling Vessels are an entheosonic device, which have been used by the indigenous people of South America for thousands of years to induce a liminal state of consciousness for accessing spiritual wisdom and healing (entheosonic = access to the divine within through sound). They fell silent when the Spanish arrived 500 years ago, and remained silent until their purpose was rediscovered in 1972. They are active in the world again through the skills of Donnie Wright, who makes tuned sets of the vessels to order in accordance with the traditional way, and they are now spreading out into the world, heralding a new era of consciousness rooted in indigenous spirituality. Mike has a set of eight vessels, which we will use to access our inner wisdom to provide us with insight and healing.
Biography: Mike has been on a journey from his head to his heart in search of his authenticity as a man since his painful divorce at the end of last century. Coming from a heady engineering background, he launched his journey to the heart through the vibrant men’s movement in this part of the world, attending the Manshine Men’s Gathering in 2001 – his first of many gatherings and deeper men’s workshops. Mike discovered Peruvian Whistling Vessels in 2014 through a serendipitous set of circumstances, including a vision quest, a retreat in the East MacDonnell Ranges with Frank Ansell, Arrernte lawman and traditional healer (nungkari), and a journey into the Andes with Luzclara Camus, Mapuche medicine woman (machi).
Empowerment through Mindfulness - John Unal
Discovering your inner wisdom and living an empowered life based on your uniqueness
Mindfulness is our natural ability to be fully present. It is developed through simple focusing-type practices, which involve calming the restless mind and relaxing the body. In this workshop you will engage with the theory and practice of mindfulness in order to develop and embody increased presence, awareness and responsiveness. The workshop will cover the concept of the mind and brain, definition of mindfulness, fun exercises to cultivate present moment awareness, inspiration to live a meaningful life, guided meditations and discussion to share experience, progressive ideas and build on the group’s learning.
Biography: Jon is a registered counsellor and the founder of Conscious Beginnings – Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Education. He works with clients struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, and self-esteem issues. He is also an associate of Mindfulness Works Australia, one of the leading mindfulness training organisations in Australia and New Zealand. He has been practising meditation and mindfulness for over 10 years and it became an essential part of his daily life. Mindfulness helps him to live in the moment and be fully present with people he works with. Jon currently lives in Brisbane and runs individual, group and corporate mindfulness trainings and retreats in addition to his private practice.
Appreciating Place - Daniel Rekdahl and Merryl Simpson
A guided walk and talk around Kupadabin identifying natives, weeds, bush-tucker and other interesting features, with time to connect and appreciate the place we get to know.
Biographies: Daniel is a Field Botanist in residence at Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre and Eco Guide at Binna Burra. Nicknamed ‘Mr Botanoogle’ for his extensive knowledge of ecology, Daniel appreciates the cyclical cycles of nature… “Place makes the plants and plants make the place”.
Merryl is a Teacher at Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre facilitating programs and workshops to reconnect children and adults with nature and co-facilitator with My Yoga Retreat. Passionate and heart driven, Merryl loves creating space for others to “slow down and notice the extra in the ordinary”.
Ancestor Circle - Steve McKenzie
The Circle is opened in a shamanic way calling in directions, animal energies, elements, and the Ancestors of this place. Our own ancestors, particularly our four grandparents, are also invited in to join us. The connection enables us to acknowledge the gifts passed down and an opportunity to hand back what is not ours. Why connect with ancestors? They want to support us in this life, help heal the family soul, hand back stuff that is not ours to carry, and know and use our gifts and talents.
Biography: Steve (Soulpaths Founder) is the caretaker for Kupidabin and lives on the property. Steve is a trained Vision Quest facilitator and Vision Quest protector trainer (Stalking Wolf lineage, New Jersey). He is a Family Constellations facilitator provides group workshops, as well as one-one constellation work. He is an Ontological Coach (Newfield Institute) and provides one-to-one coaching, soul-path guidance, as well as corporate workshops. Steve understands the relevance and place for ceremony and ritual, connection with Nature, living our life purpose, earth spirituality, shamanism, sacredness, consciousness, working with ancestors, Elderhood, ancient wisdom, balancing the feminine and masculine, and inner transformation.
Crystal Meditation Ceremony - Kyla & Ben
Join Kyla and Ben, and their Crystal Merkabah for a relaxing and profound meditation and journey ceremony.
The crystal meditation ceremony utilises a set of crystals that form a Merkabah, or ‘light-body’ that the ceremony is performed within. The Merkabah and ceremony is based on a combination Hopi medicine wheel teachings and Chakra teachings.
The ceremony aids people to strongly connect with themselves and the Earth and universe around them, allowing their spirit to journey through the various planes of consciousness, and to experience aspects of the self and the universe that can typically be difficult to reach.
The crystal Merkabah also works to balance the various aspects of a person, while providing a channel to ground away stale or negative energy, replacing it with pure energy from source.
Entering dreamspace – trance, rituals & shamanic techniques in youth work
When born we all are naturally connected to the unseen realms and non-physical worlds. Growing up in most Western cultures we loose our ability to tune in and stay connected as there is hardly any space for intuition and sensitivity in everyday busyness. We need “empty” spaces and unstructured surrender for intuition to emerge and creative energies to be in balance.
In this session, Birgit Baader shows you how to hold a safe space for youth and share some tools with you that will help them to navigate through life.
Your feminality – your power Working with girls & young women
Female energies have been suppressed or held back for a long time in both women and men. Now we can observe the transition into a new consciousness, women reactivating their innate powers, linking into their “womb power” and finding new ways of restoring the balance by awakening dormant female energies.
In this session, Birgit Baader gives you some insights in her work with girls and young women, touching on topics such as body wisdom, womb power, giving birth, moon cycles etc.
Biography: Residing in the south Island NZ, Birgit grew up in the Black Forest of Germany, surrounded by natural power places and energy portals that had been honoured and nurtured by many human traditions.
Connected with her Celtic heritage, Birgit learned from Ancient Stone and forest beings as well from other teachers in the lineage of Wyrd. she is guided by non-human as well as human wisdom-carriers from the universal Sun Tribe.
she writes books and articles about Conscious Birth, Interspecies communication, holistic education, sustainable & future gen life styles and shamanism. Having published several books and documentaries Birgit is active in women’s and youth work, holds Red-Tent circles, vision quests for young women and talks, courses and ceremonies to nurture female energies and the power of the womb.
One of her main intentions is to assist children and youth to (re)connect with their inner power center and their innate “dream power” to find balance and inner peace and to feel the interconnectedness of all life.
(Lorna) Maikara Ropata - Hīkoi Tapu-Sacred Journey
We each walk a sacred journey transversing both the physical and the non-physical. Hīkoi Tapu is a Sacred Journey that holds the past in front, creating the present and future.
Hikoi Tapu welcomes you on this journey of New Beginnings with Taonga Pūoro- Māori musical instruments, waiata-song, sharing of mātauranga-knowledge and pūrākau-story telling.
Mauri Ora Maikara Ropata
Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ōtaki te awa
Ko Raukawa te moana
Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Huia ki Katihiku te hapū
Ko Te Rama-Roa te maunga
Ko Puna-ki-tere te awa
Ko Hokianga-nui-a-Kupe te moana
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Ngātirangi, ko Ngāti Kororkoro ngā hapū
Tenā Koutou - GreetingsThe Whakapapa/Genealogy above is my ancestry, a living connection to Ranginui-Skyfather, Papatuanuku-Earthmother and those gone before me, allowing me to stand daily in the splendour of my authenticity. I am mother of two tamariki/children and grandmother of two mokpuna/grandchildren.
A composer, singer, playing numerous instruments including Taonga Puoro/Māori wind instruments. I love weaving of harakeke-flax and people. As a practitioner in Rongoa Maori/Organic traditional medicines I also create natural remedies. When conducting sacred ceremonies, I honour and teach tikanga/cultural principles and practices.
Furthermore, I am a qualified mathematics, music and Te Reo Maori/Maori language teacher.
Heeni Kerekere - Maori Raranga (Maori Weaving)
In the Pūrākau (storytelling) of Traditional to Contemporary Maori Raranga, Heeni Kerekere will use Ancient wisdom, modern knowledge, wairua (spirit) and Natures flora and fauna of the whenua (land) to share with you.
Following this, weaving workshops for both days will be available for participants to gain practical skills in Maori weaving techniques, designs and their meanings for making a Tukutuku (wall panel) and Maori Whariki (floormat) to gift for the Kupadabin Long House.
Putiputi (flowers) and clayworks will be on offer.
Pre-Bookings are essential. Cost TBA.
Biography: Heeni Kerekere - Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Te Whanau a Apanui, Scottish decent.
Heeni Kerekere born 1958 Gisborne New Zealand, of Maori and Scottish descent,
studied traditional Maori weaving, received a Degree in Maori visual arts and design and Dip in
Teaching. She has been on and off teaching Maori weaving and Maori arts & design since 1983.
Heeni’s current life purpose is to share her gifts, talents and passions to help empower others with skills, knowledge and confidence to co-create their own authentic artist through both wananga (workshop) and one on one contact.
As a qualified teacher in Traditional and Contemporary Maori Weaving, Art and Design, Rongoa-medicine Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Artist, Humanitarian and Environmentalist, her unique holistic approach comes from a rich fusion of work, spiritual and life experiences, gifts, skills and expertise for inspiration and resources.
Darryl aka Pa Campbell - Workshop Presentation
Presentation on topics such as Te Orokohanga, The beginning of creation, a theme that will carry on to Whakaaratanga Hou, New Beginnings. Whakatauki: Some of today’s treasures will be gathered with those of the past.
Group activities will be included during presentation to be followed with the life giving energies of Te wairua Aka Mauri, The spiritual root of today’s life force.
Benefits: Re-awakening the body, mind and spirit.
Greetings to the original land owners Te iwi parauri o moemoea,
Greetings to all help organise up front and behind the scenes of Kupidabin
Greeting to all who attend the gathering and those who share knowledge.
Greeting to all our forbearers who gather with one and all.
Puke-tohu-noa is my sacred mountain.
Taumarere awa is my river full of life sustaining richness.
Karetu is my land warmed by my ancestors.
Ngamanu is one of my many grandfathers whose name is upon our meeting house.
Ngati Manu is all of my families fathered by Ngamanu.
Ngapuhi are my people made up of five tribes which hold up the Sacred House of Ngapuhi.
Within I hold the sacred breath of life, within I hold the sacred breath of life. Open to the beating heart of Grandfather Sky,
That of Ranginui, the long standing sky, the sky that guaranties life’s continuum.
The pro-creative energy of Grandmother Earth, all life is formed from her will to care for her own.
I long for the pure waters of life, all life is depended on and sustained, all life forms from old.
Life in spirit sustained, life in this standing world sustained, again I breath which sustains my life.
Biography: Who am I ?.... A grandfather first, a father, husband and friend or foe, a student experiencing life, a servant to all people no matter which path is taken, a mentor who champions and has fallen to life’s challenges, a life coach teaching cultural values in a world void of traditional song, a spiritual practitioner born to walk, following the call of my grandparents.
Following the leadings of my grandparents has lead me to the esoteric knowledge of all thru my language, helping all who are in need of cultural, physical and spiritual guidance.
My passion has lead me to meeting hundreds of young teenagers and parents and help build up family ties, past and present . Event coordinating, general hand and grandfather role.
String Figure Art, Sacred Geometry and Our Golden Rainbow Dreaming
String Figure Art, weaving a looped piece of string between your fingers, teeth, feet, toes, and even other people’s body parts is an ancient art in all nature based cultures. The looped piece of string is like an ancient library of a culture, carrying knowledge of weapons, transport, food, housing, astronomy and much more. Learn how weave some of these ancient shapes, and share the ones you already know.
Our looped piece of string is also used as a mathematics tool. When two sicks are placed in the string one can draw our most ancient sacred geometries on our earth with amazing ease and precision. Through these ancient shapes thee Golden Rainbow Geometry is born.
Everything has Mother, including the Rainbow. The Golden Rainbow Dreaming is Earth’s new colour frequency for our journey into this Golden Age of Enlightenment. With a loop of string we create a meditative prayer Flower of Life and begin to haiku this new golden light spectrum into our consciousness.
Biography: Gabrielle Quakawoot is a String Figure Artist all her Life. She learned this Art from her Grandmother. While still in infant school, String Figure Art introduced Gabrielle to what is now known as the Seed of Life and Sacred Geometry. Following her artistic passion, Gabrealla has and is continuing to derive, workshop and tutor forms of Cultural Mathematics and more recently, Tribal Mathematics from String Figure Art.
Gabrielle is been holding Golden Rainbow Yarning Circles since 2015.
Didgeridoo Playing Workshop for Beginners
This workshop with Didgeridoo Teacher, Troy Aaron, is a fun and supported space to awaken your didgeridoo playing skills. It includes:
- A Guided meditation into universal presence of self
- Connecting with the local indigenous, the instrument, and your breath
- How to make a basic drone sound out of the Didgeridoo
- Learning the foundations of circular breathing
- Space to practice the exercises
If you have your own didgeridoo, please bring it on the day. A limited number of Didgeridoos will be available for playing at the workshop, plus didgeridoos will be available for purchase on the day. Troy runs ongoing circular breathing classes in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.
Biography: Sound has been used by a variety of indigenous cultures through the ages, to open portals to access divinity in a genuine & palpable manner. Musician and consciousness practitioner Troy Aaron, combines his love of musical expression, with his passion for conscious awakening, to support listeners in connecting with deep indigenous roots, as well as distant starry origins. Through his business “Tune2Peace,” Troy shares sound and presence as a vehicle for awakening, offering performances at Events, guided Sound Meditations, Instrumental Lessons on Didgeridoo, Native American Flute, Irish Whistle, and Voice, plus Sacred Instrument Sales.
These sessions can be booked with each healer - may be a cost involved
Crystal Reiki Drum Healing - Grandmother Wendy Williamson
As one of the founding members of Australia’s Counsel of 13 Grandmothers, Wendy will be offering a Crystal Reiki Drum Healing technique she have been using for over 20 years. This will be held in a tipi which will enhance the energy to a high level of healing. Wendy uses her shamanic teachings taught to her by three different Native American Elders - an Inuit, Apache and Sandhill Lenape. She is a certified Drum Healer and a Doreen Virtue Certified Angel Intuitive. As a Physic Medium and Reiki Master, Wendy is well versed in all ways of ceremony and trained in all aspects of healing. Grandmother Wendy works from the heart.
Connecting With Our Inner Healer
Paying tribute to the first breathe of life, we present to you the strands of love, which guide our healing practises. Tihei Mauri Ora.
Traditional Maori story telling speaks about the connection between the Atua and humanity as being solidified in the exchange of breath, 'haa'. A continuous exchange which is exercised with each breath we take - Haa ki waho, haa ki roto (breath outwards, breath inwards). As we breath out we give energy to the spaces around us, as we breath in we receive the breath of life from our utlimate source.
As a roopuu we connect together to weave the different techniques of healing which have assisted us all to continue to release and receive aroha within our sacred spaces.
Raaranga Aroha - Weaving together the threads of Love
Collective Bio: Our shared spaces are connected via an overarching love energy which allows us to weave together our complimentary healing modalities. All at different stages of growth and development each contributing energy adds love and light to the healing spaces we occupy.
Maria Davey – AIO Counselling, Supervision and Healing Facilitation
Maria is of Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Rereahu, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou iwi. She has been exploring healing and body work for the last decade. She is guided by tipuna (ti - devine spark, puna – spring forth) (ancestors) when she works with the body in a combination of mirimiri and romiromi. The meanings of these two words mi (to stimulate) and ri (to agitate). Ro (internal), mi (to stimulate). To mirimiri is to stimulate and agitate the body (to awaken) and romiromi is deep internal work to stimulate and release cellular memories that are lodged or parked in the physical body. The ultimate aim is to assist in the activation of the devine spark within that we are all born with and have access to.
Ko au, ko koe, ko koe, ko au
I am you and you are me, something within me resonates with something in you
The work we do together is one of reciprocity - we both give and receive through healing
Healing available: mirimiri/romiromi, mahi wairua through card readings
Tau Huirama - Four Tides Indigenous Healers
The wisdom, perceptiveness and skill that Tau has as an indigenous spiritual energy healer means people have been drawn to him for spiritual healing throughout his life. Individuals, families and whanau, groups and organisations seek his help to bring healing energy into their lives and activities. He has a gentle and meaningful approach to his healing work and has found ways of infusing Indigenous forms of healing to connect in with those he is working with.
Ko te tangi o te manu aa te Huia,
Hark to the sweet cry of our Huia bird,
Ki te hui hui, hui mai tatou,
To come gather one and all,
Whakahuihuitia mai ki te kaupapa e te tangi atu nei,
To gather, to share, to listen to each other in our endeavors,
Ki nga hua i roto i o tatou kaupapa korero e whakatupu ake nei,
To select only the finest fruit that surfaces within our discussions to develop further.
Healing Available: Numerology, Mahi Wairua (spiritual healing)
Vanessa Eldridge - Four Tides Indigenous Healers
Vanessa is a beautiful healer whom applies a philosophy of inclusiveness and passion for indigenous approaches to healing in all aspects of her life. As a Kaimahi within palliative care she supports whanau to transition into the next world with comfort and light. As a member of, 'Four Tides', she gives back to the community through Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Health Services (Wgtn) through mirimiri and other healing modalities. She is an educator, facilitator and qualified bi-cultural supervisor. Belonging to Ngati Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine people she has a specific interest in empowering communities to manage grief and bereavement.
Healing available: Soft Tissue body work; Mahi Wheua (Bone alignment)
Mary Bennett - Four Tides Indigenous Healers
Mary Bennett is within her own people of Nga Rauru acknowledged as a Matakite (seer of spirit). As a medium she connects in with the energy of those around her and is guided by tupuna (ancestors) to support you through your healing pathway.
Healing Available: Mirimiri, Mahi Wairua
Rititia Royal and Simon Cox - Managing Director at Tutuora
Rititia and Simon embody the whakatauki: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari taku toa i te toa taki tini taki mano e...
Strength is not of an individual but of the many working together
Working together as a couple they both have beautiful skills of healing and are currently creating healing spaces, through the Maoriland Hub in Otaki, to provide support to their communities.
Rititia belongs to the Royal whanau whom are descendents of the local iwi Ngati Raukawa. Her current role is to connect the community together with the healers. Rititia has been part of various healing circles for many years where she has nurtured various modes of healing approaches.
Simon Cox is of Scottish and English descent, having been taken under the wing of several Tohunga throughout his journey, he has over many years developed a connection with several forms of indigenous healing. As part of his practise Simon connects in to tupuna guides through sound vibration and energy patterns to realign your mauri, resetting your patterns of potential.
Rititia - connecting you with the healer, Group Energy work
Simon- Sound vibration and energy healing, Bone alignment
Tania - Kaiwhakahaere for Ora Tika Rongoa Maori Clinic at Horouta Marae
Tania is a beautiful healer whom has been working with whanau for many years out of her home in Porirua. Having a background as an assisting nurse her sense of empathy with those she works with is based on wellness and working with you to bring past blockages to the surface. Recently she has become part of the Ora Tika Rongoa Maori alongside of other committed healers within the Wellington region. Tania has a range of approaches to body work healing ranging from soft tissue work through to deep tissue massage.
Healing Available: whanau mirimiri - pressure points, mahi wheua - bone alignment, deep tissue body work
Weaving a whariki (mat) of safety, comfort and security is how Hira starts his work with each person. Connecting into each person’s energy he assists you to release mamae (hurt) that needs to be moved and to recall the beauty that each person holds within.
Hira is guided in spirit by his nannies who act as guardians, both for himself and those who come before him and assist as necessary.
Hira is passionate about the different healing arts and continues his self-development through meaningful exchanges of knowledge and support with other healers, the results of which he brings together in his healing. approaches. As he is fond of saying,
"There are many paths to the top of the Mountain. Mine is not the only way, mine is just another way."
Hira hails from Ngati Porou, Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu
Healing Available: Deep tissue body work, mahi wairua
Justine Rangihaeata - Kaitiaki of Kawakawa Spa; Kaiwhakahaere for Ora Tika Rongoa Maori Clinic at Koraunui Marae
Healing is a part of Justines' whakapapa, as a child she was surrounded by traditional forms of healing with the sacred waters of her hapu puna wai (natural spring waters). Her approach to rongoa and mirimiri has been nurtured by her innate intuition which has connected her to many teachers throughout her journey. Her philosophy of healing is based on the principal of giving, guided by the whakatauki:
Ko maru kai atu ko maru kai mai ka ngohengohe
Give as well as receive and all is well
Justine is Nga Rauru, and works with your energy to help you to reconnect to your inner healer through various forms of energy and body work.
Healing available: Energy Healing, Whanau Mirimiri/Mirimiri - Soft Tissue body work, Mahi Wheua - Bone realignment
Ma Toi Te Hiringa e tupu ai te matauranga hei oranga mo tatou
Source energy is the portal through which healing knowledge is nurtured and grown
Sienna is guided by Toi energy to connect and weave spaces, people and knowledge together. Sienna is from Nga Rauru, Ngati Kahungunu and Raukawa iwi.
Healing Available: Mahi wairua, Readings and korero awhi
Tammie started her healing journey 4 years ago being led by the ancestors to connect with indigenous healers of Aotearoa (New Zealand) to learn, re-discover and nurture the inherent gifts each of us possess. As a qualified kohanga reo teacher Tammie works alongside pre-school children instilling the rich indigenous language to the leaders of tomorrow.
Tammie links into rainbow energy utilising crystal pendulums to assist in the release of blocked energy within the tinana (physical body), hinengaro (intellectual mind), whatumanawa (seat of emotions) and wairua (spirit) bringing forth realisations of your own atuatanga (uniqueness and spiritual connectedness) to universal energies.
Tammie connects into Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Raukawa tribes.
Healing Available: Rainbow Energy Healing, Kaiawhina.