The name Kawai Purapura

Kawai Purapura is the Maori term for that eternal oneness that exists within the heart of all peoples and all creation. In other cultures and traditions this has been called: Self-realisation;  satchidananda (being-ness, awareness, blissfulness in Vedanta) or nirvana (the essential nature in the Buddhist tradition). It is the state of non-dual awareness in which all the past (kawai) and all possible futures (purapura) exist in the eternal moment, pure presence.

A place is inherently sacred when people come together with the sacred intentions and work with the whenua (the land), papatūānuku (the earth) and their own sense of belonging to the place and to the community that inhabits the place.

Te Tai Hauāuru in Glade

The vision

“To create a sacred place where we transform the way we relate with the land, each other and the planet, so that future generations will live in a healthier, harmonious, socially responsible, spiritually aware, regenerative world.”

The land

Born on a bright morning during a whakawātea (dawn blessing ceremony) it emerged out of a sense of the history of the land and a hope for the future. This place has been developed as a taonga (treasure) and koha (gift) to Aotearoa (New Zealand), preserving the ngahere (forest), awa (stream) and the tamariki o Tane (the flora and fauna) for future generations.

Ka aranga te wairua o Kāwai  Purapura ko te ao. The spirit of Kāwai  Purapura arose with the dawn, in that time that is neither dark not light, neither night not day, but the place between this world’s dual phenomena; the timeless space that exists beneath the apparent flow of life.

Being at Kāwai  Purapura is an opportunity open to our true nature through conscious living.

Kotahitanga – the oneness of all peoples and all nature is an essential principle that underlies the kaupapa (purpose – vision) of Kāwai Purapura. This awareness of non-duality has been the cornerstone for spiritual traditions over millennia.

Prema Centre Deck during Festival

Retreat Centre

The 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.
Yoga Class in Lotus Studio

Social Consciousness

Social consciousness in New Zealand is blossoming into an integration of health care, social concerns and spiritual awareness. We reflect this integration by providing a fostering environment for a sense of peace and well-being.
Veg Garden at Kawai Purapura

Holistic 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.

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 & healing, spirituality, sustainable lifestyle and social responsibility.