Te Ritō Oranga Traditional Māori Healing Course
A 14-day practitioner training and retreat January 2018
Te Ritō Oranga: the “core of wellness” from within.
Everything comes from a seed, and inside of the seed is
the “living essence” of that seed; this is “ Te Ritō”
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.
This programme is suitable for practitioners of any healing modality, who wish to extend their skills and knowledge into the traditional healing methods of the Maori, or those simply wishing to experience Te Ao Maori in a deep and authentic way. It is a journey into our sacred relationship with nature and how this has the potential to restore balance and harmony to the individual and the society.
The programme will allow you to discover your unique healing ability and develop this through the guidance of the experienced tohunga (medicine men and women) from Ngati Whatua and other iwi.
The basis of the programme will be to discover the essence (Te Ritō) of life and how this activates the mauri ora (breath of life), wai ora (waters of life) and the hauora (vigour) to create harmony and healing. Te Ritō Oranga is rooted in the practical wisdom that guides the traditional healing methods of the Māori.
The Kaiako (Teaching Team)
The team of Maori Wisdom Keepers Naida Glavish, of the Ngati Whatua iwi and a team of other prominent Maori practitioners will lead the course, including other teachers from other iwi, Te Kaha (Master Pounamu Carver), James Webster (Traditional Maori Instruments), and Wiremu Sarich (Traditional Maori Games) will guide you and hold you as family, on an immersion in tikanga (cultural ways) and the application of these practices – introducing traditional ways of healing and strengthening the mind, body and soul.
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)
- 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.
Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend the whole course.
For more information about the course and our Scholarship program, please contact our Te Ritō Oranga Co-ordinator.