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Fri, 04 Nov



Rongoā Healing Retreat - WAITAKERE RANGES

We invite you on a transformational journey of connecting directly with rākau (plants) from the heart of the inner being. Learn how Kawakawa can assist with the mystical chambers of the heart. Discover the higher dimensions of Pākaiahi (Fungi Kingdom) and more ...

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Rongoā Healing Retreat - WAITAKERE RANGES
Rongoā Healing Retreat - WAITAKERE RANGES

Time & Location

04 Nov 2022, 5:00 pm – 06 Nov 2022, 12:00 pm

Auckland, 8 Aio Wira Road, Waitākere, Auckland 0653, New Zealand


Retreat amidst the sacred and experience the mystical healing energies of Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa (Waitakere Ranges) and its powerfully healing medicine traditions at the beautiful Aio Wira Retreat. 

The Retreat is surrounded by the powerful nature of rongoā, the oldest natural healing system in Aotearoa. Close to the river and in the midst of the forest we have the perfect surrounding to deepen our connection to all elements and to our own sacred centre. 

Rongoā carries the mana and the mauri to penetrate deep into the tinana and flow where it needs to flow to unblock, loosen and release old patterns of energy. Rongoā holds the energetic blueprint of purity. As it flows in the tinana it finds a way to clear stagnation and bring to the surface unresolved conflict within the tinana. When we invite rongoā into the tinana it heats or cools problem areas, it soothes inflamed muscles, ligaments and joints. It has the mana to bring balance and clarity for our wairua.

Rongoā can also be a gateway to expanded consciousness. Higher realms of consciousness are accessible to experience the truth of our reality. We will be working with specific rākau (plants) to access higher dimensions. Learn how Kawakawa can assist with the mystical chambers of the heart. Discover the higher dimensions of Pākaiahi (Fungi Kingdom) and more ...

At this retreat we deep dive into the deep states of mind we use to communicate with the plant world. We explore the sacred dimension of plant and human interactions and the territory where plants are an expression of Spirit.  Learn what a direct experience with Papatūānuku feels like, who the plants are, how they’re interacting with us, and how we can continue cultivating a more profound relationship in reciprocity with them.

For those who are ready to open the door to this inner exploration, we are here to help guide and support you.

The Rongoā Retreat includes:

- Accomodation for two nights

- All meals will be provided and are vegetarian (Please let us know of any dietary requirements)

- Sauna

- Spa

- Meditation Sanctuary

- Forest walks

- River walks

Experience how plants offer an incredibly powerful mirror of guidance for us to understand more about how we can experience being rooted, fully Present, full of light, and resilient in these times of significant change on the planet.

Your Rongoā Retreat Facilitators are: 

Joanne Hakaraia-Olson from Te Waka Rākau and Marama Mata from House of Rehua.


Joanne has been delivering Rongoā Retreats for nearly 10 years. She is a Rongoā Practitioner and Kaimirimiri. She is the founder of Te Waka Rākau, a charitable trust empowering wāhine to share their stories through the traditional practice of Rongoā Māori. Joanne has been working closely with the native plants of Aotearoa for many years. I’ve been coaching people to move through obstacles and connect more deeply with Papatūānuku and their inner guidance for over fourteen years.

Having always felt connected to the spiritual foundation of life, Joanne shares this work with people like you on the journey of understanding how the conscious wisdom of Nature can help you fully embody your soul’s purpose.


Marama Mata is a mother of 4 children and grandmother to 5 grandchildren.

Marama is a Rongoa Practitioner of native plant medicine and traditional Māori healing. She is the founder of House of Rehua Limited which is a family-owned business of three generations of wahine that produces sustainable and natural products in line with traditional Māori healing practices. Marama is passionate about sharing wisdom and holding sacred spaces for women to heal through trauma and grief while connecting to native plant wisdom to transform their life journeys.


Aio Wira offers a natural sanctuary where you can escape the stresses of modern life for a while. Nestled within the beautiful native bush of the Waitakere ranges, it’s a place to breathe, meditate, heal, relax and learn within a group environment.

Aio Wira Retreat Center offers a 4ha bush-clad sanctuary to heal and relax, to connect and play, and to regain your sense of self and optimal health – In short, to simply take time.

Nau mai haere mai.


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