Te Ahi Kōmau – “The sacred fires”
A 12 day residential journey traveling through ancient Maori landmarks
in New Zealand’s beautiful North Island.
Come and join
Embark on a sacred 12 day journey of spiritual learning and healing that will take you from Auckland to the beautiful Bay of Islands and beyond. You will pass through sacred Maori sites, learn ancient native rituals, live among local Maori communities and immerse yourself in a spiritual journey of learning and healing like no other.
Join our journey and forge your pathway with our exceptional Maori Healing Course called Te Ahi Kōmau – “ The sacred fires” In the eternal embers of ancient Maori wisdom, we ignite the sacred flame within.
Journey with us
The quest begins at Auckland’s Kawai Purapura retreat centre (New Zealand). Here you will partake in a Powhiri (welcoming ceremony) then 5 days travel to the north of NZ to visit sacred sites of Kai iwi lakes, Tane Mahuta and Ngawha springs. You will live among local communities staying at a local marae where you will learn marae protocol. You will be led on spiritual journeys through our ancient forests where you will learn ancient chants, karakias (prayers) and waiatas,(songs) as well undertaking traditional Maori bird dances before returning to Auckland for much more.
Throughout you will be working towards a Level 1 and Level 2 certification in the ancient Maori healing of Mirimiri and Romiromi. You will see hear and work with tutors that will give you a better understanding of Traditional Maori Philosophies, and indigenous ways of healing that will stay with you forever.
Course Options – Level 1 or Level 1 & 2
Te Maurea is about enlightenment.
Our core purpose is to awaken and effect spiritual consciousness and awareness by using ancient traditional Maori esoteric and spiritual teachings and philosophies handed down through the ages to ground us within today’s modern world.
Taking ourselves into the fire – becoming immersed within the fire so we can be re-connected to our physical, spiritual and emotional selves and elements.
Learning traditional Maori philosophies and techniques that include esoteric and spiritual teachings
Connecting in to self – the environment – the client
Facilitating and navigating emotional, psychological and ancestral trauma through ones pathway around self healing and healing of others
Using incantation and bodywork techniques, to help facilitate change
Restore harmony and balance – to re-harmonize the body and its soul being
We will cover a level one and two certification workshop to introduce students to the philosophies and practices of Traditional Māori Healing and Whare Wānanga Lore. This course will cover the dynamics of karakia (prayer), takutaku (incantation) and kaupare (shield of protection). All tools needed to shift blocked energies that have a causal effect on the bodies holistic well-being with wairua (spirit), tupuna (ancestors) and kaitaiki (spiritual guides).
The philosophies are taught in both Māori and English.
It is about developing spiritual awareness, the importance of safety for both the practitioner and the client. It will provide you with the tools to understand, navigate and stimulate your spiritual growth and consciousness not only within the mahi of Mirimiri/Romiromi but also in our everyday lives.
You will meet…
My name is Ruatau Perez and Te Maurea is the development and evolution of my Mahi as a Kaiako and practitioner of Maori healing over the past 17 years. My specialities include Māori Rongoa, romiromi, mirimiri, koomirimiri and whare wananga lore. I currently run two weekly wananga clinics in Auckland and there are many of my past students practising in Auckland and throughout New Zealand and Australia. Te Maurea is a Karere for upcoming wananga workshops, puure, romiromi and mirimiri clinics. I was privileged to have trained under Hohepa Delamere affectionately known as Papa Jo for ten years, and have been running his wananga since his untimely passing. Papa Jo was a highly renowned and internationally respected practitioner of Mātauranga and Rongoa Māori. I am proud to contribute to the continuation of his teachings and good works in the hand to hand way that keeps Māori healing alive.
Prem Morunga is practitioner and student of Mirimiri, Romiromi, Taonga Pūoro and Whakairo. He is an arts and well-being practitioner working extensively in Aotearoa and the Pacific with whakairo, performing, and creative arts. Prem facilitates workshops exploring Mātauranga Māori philosophies, and delivers movement & dance, taonga pūoro, taiaha, and art workshops. He is inspired by the desire to support the holistic well-being of people from all cultures. He has been studying traditional Māori healing practices for some time including romiromi, mirimiri and whare wānanga lore and is part of Te Maurea traditional Māori healing.
Rereata Makiha is our leading Maramataka expert. Rereata hails from the “Far North’ and has many tribal connections.
Maramataka or Māori Lunar Calendar – the phases of the moon, based on ancestral knowledge that tells of a connected universe, fish and animal behaviour and the flowering of different plants. This knowledge also extends to us, naturally, therefore, this knowledge can help us navigate this world and understand ourselves and our natural cycles.
The stars also play a part in the calendar. Each month is represented by a star or stars. For example, in Pipiri (May–June) the appearance of Matariki (the Pleiades star cluster) signals the Māori New Year. We define our days and months by tohu (signs) in our natural environment. The three key areas are tohu o te rangi (sky), tohu o te moana (water) and tohu o te whenua (land). The tohu are all connected and change as the year progresses.
Tāmanuhiri is a tā moko and Māori visual artist who was born and raised in Heretaunga – Hastings and has many tribal affiliations to the area.
A very humble but talented man, Tāmanuhiri is an outstanding leader in his community that is called to travel nationally and internationally sharing his tā moko/kirituhi and viusal arts.
Tāmanuhiri is an artist of exceptional calibre tha tbrings his high level of consciousness to everything he does. His skill and craftmanship are outstanding and his use of colour and detail is like no other.
Jack is a Tu Taua expert that hails from Tainui in the Waikato.
Within the line of intention that everything sits, healing is at one end and harming is at the other. One must know where they are on this line at all times. To develop consciousness, one must learn to harness their energy and channel it using intention.
Jack learnt from tohunga Papa Hohepa Delamare, the art of Māori martial arts balances out the healing teachings within our culture and he will share some of this amazing matauranga (knowledge).
Anikaaro Harawira is our leading female ta moko artist and her work is held in the highest regard. Born & raised in ‘The Far North’ of our beautiful country, with affiliations to Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, and Ngai Takoto tribes.
Anikaaro studied at Toihoukura, School of Maori Visual Arts under the tuition of Derek Lardelli and now travels extensively both nationally and internationally.
Anikaaro – “Its an honour to be entrusted by someone to permanently mark their skin, and to allow me to use my creative eye to interpret their story.”
Ko Huruiki te maunga
Ko Whangarūrū te moana
Ko Māhuhu ki te rangi te waka
Ko Ngāti Wai te Iwi
Ko Tangi-Metua Takie ahau.
My name is Tangi-Metua Takie, I am of Cook island and Māori descent, born and raised in South Auckland. My grandmother from my Maori Lineage was the medicine maker, the seer, the healer, the gardener and my connection to the Mirimiri is through our shared DNA to a higher purpose.
I trained in healing with a beautiful Kuia for four years who was affectionately known around New Zealand as Mother Theresa (now retired after 40 years of work) and it is to her I owe so much of what I know, she is still an integral part of my life today.
My journey as a kaimiri then led me to Ruatau Perez and Te Maurea traditional Maori healing, and I have spent the last five years helping facilitate wananga (workshops) with Ruatau – teaching, living and breathing our traditional Māori healing practices in service of healing our communities – in Aotearoa and further afield in Australia, Europe and Singapore.
I am part of Te Maurea traditional Māori healing, my specialties include Romiromi, Mirimiri, Haputanga and whare wānanga lore.
Ko Sarah-Rose tōku ingoa
Sarah is a healer and teacher that has a deep connection to the wisdom and knowledge of her guardians and tupuna (kaitiaki and ancestors).
Sarah lives in Titirangi which translates to ‘edge of heaven’, where she was raised, immersed in the ngahere – the forest and the moana – the ocean. Raised within the teachings of Sufism which showed her the truth of all religious teachings of the world and to understand the dualities present in everything, Sarah is driven to create change in our world through sharing the healing and knowledge gifted to her, thereby empowering others to heal themselves and others.
Sarah is a passionate teacher, healer, and artist that is inspired by ‘Te Kore’, the void from which all life springs forth.
She is a practitioner and student of romiromi, mirimiri, haputanga and whare wānanga lore.and am part of Te Maurea tradtional Maori healing
Debbie is of Cook Island Māori and Scottish descent.
Debbie owned and operated an early childhood centre and Oscar programme for 14 years and works well with young people. She has been working with alternative healing practices for many years including kinesiology and holistic pulsing. For the last 4 years she has been an integral part of Te Maurea traditional Maori healing specialising in Romiromi, Mirimiri and whare wānanga lore.
Her specialties are Romiromi, Mirimiri, and Haputanga. In Māori, ‘Haputanga’ can be translated as the ‘Way of Pregnancy’ or the ‘Way of Birthing’. As well as the esoteric concepts behind these ancient traditions, Haputanga covers practices such as massage, communicating and comforting – through touch – the arriving child. It is the ancient art of conveying energy, information and reassurance through tone and vibration and the massage is very beneficial for both Mother and child. Haputanga covers pre & post natal.
Alana has performed in competitive Kapa haka since she was 7 years of age. She traveled to South Africa with a Kapa haka Roopu and performed for the world indigenous conference.
She tutors and choreographs for Peowhairangi Kapa haka as well as still performing in a Northland competitive Kapa haka group.
Alana is also an amazing Romiromi practioner.
Waiora started competitive Kapa haka at the age of 11 and performed in an adult group at the nationals at age 14.
When he was 17 he was chosen to join the Kahurangi group tour. They traveled through 50 states in the USA, teaching, performing and sharing in-depth knowledge of Maori culture for 2 years.
Waiora also learnt Maori weaponry from Te Rautahi and from his father who was taught by Irirangi Tiakiawa. He has been Kaitataki Tane (kaea) for Rutherford college and continues to perform, teach Kapa haka and compete in Northland and Auckland groups.
He is a traditional Maori healing practitioner trained through Te Maurea
More about Kapa Haka…
Māori legend tells us that the sun god Rā had two wives: Hine Raumati, who was the maiden of summer, and Hine Takurua, the maiden of winter. Rā and Hine Raumati had a son called Tane-rore who became the god of haka and performing arts.
Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and literally means to form a line (kapa) and dance (haka). Kapa haka is an avenue for Māori to express and show their heritage and cultural Polynesian identity through song and dance.
Kapa haka dates back to pre-European times where it developed from all traditional forms of Maori pastimes; haka, mau rakau (Maori weaponry), poi (ball attached to rope or string) and moteatea (traditional Maori songs). These everyday activities were influential to the development of kapa haka. During the 19th century, missionaries tried to stop the use of haka and encouraged Māori to sing hymns and European songs instead. So it’s amazing that today, New Zealand haka, especially ‘Ka mate’, is known all over the world
Ta moko is traditional Māori tatoo. Traditionally, ta moko was worn by men and women. It told of a persons achievements and status within their tribe.
Kiri meaning skin and tuhi meaning art – Kirituhi – is the name given to ta moko work if it is given to a person that is not of Māori descent or is created by a person that is not of Māori descent. Kirituhi is utilising the matauranga (knowledge) of our Māori ancestors in a modern context and tells the story of the wearer
We are very excited to announce several tā moko artists that will impart and share while on our journey….
“From the shades of desert night
Coming out of sky blue flaming tails of orange reds
Destiny brings out the blooms
Showing us the ancient times
Keeping the rules of mystery
Healing the wounds of time passed on
Abdicating the throne but ‘not the earth ‘
Indigenous to the plans of austerity
Mana tau is the ‘one and only’
Whakatauki by Papa Hohepa