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Fri, 19 Apr


Lakes Lodge Okataina

Rongoā Mauri Retreat ~ Lake Okataina ROTORUA

"Entering the ngahere is like entering your soul". Join me on a Rongoā Mauri Retreat where we will immerse ourselves in the mauri of the ngahere for deep healing and inner peace. On the shores of Lake Okataina it's the perfect sanctuary to hold space refuelling on the spiritual nutrients of rongoā.

Rongoā Mauri Retreat ~ Lake Okataina ROTORUA
Rongoā Mauri Retreat ~ Lake Okataina ROTORUA

Time & Location

19 Apr 2024, 3:00 pm – 21 Apr 2024, 4:00 pm

Lakes Lodge Okataina, 692 Lake Okataina Road, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand


Join me on a Rongoā Mauri Retreat where we will immerse ourselves in the mauri of the ngahere (forest) for deep healing and higher consciousness. Surrounded by the ngahere and on the shores of Lake Okataina it is a perfect sanctuary to hold space.

Plants in their wholeness are a bridge to higher dimensions. They hold light codes that can shift your cells and attune your body to a higher path of consciousness.

Entering the ngahere is like entering your soul. The heart leads the way and there is only the present moment, no past nor future. Prepare to be in awe of the holy ground that lies before you. Karakia provides entry and tīkanga keeps us safe. You will feel the forest as you walk, so vast and expansive, sensing in every direction for miles. You will observe the tohu (signs) and learn to perceive them. This can only be done through the manawa.

Learning how to listen to your body for answers is an essential tool. Your body is a multi-faceted antenna and it helps us to tune in to certain frequencies to receive and give information. We will align with the mauri of Papatūānuku to restore our connection to the tinana (body).  Mirimiri will support your alignment. Rongoā will provide the spiritual nutrients.

When our body is out of tune, plants can re-tune. We have the ability to re-sound back to it with our voice and/or the electromagnetic forces emanating from our heart. Plants combined make music and harmonise with each other therefore shifting and aligning the receiver to the angelic harmonies of rongoā.

Rongoā can 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 go deeper into ourselves.

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

Being able to decode the transmission cannot be carried out by using the brain. We cannot use thought to understand the messages. It must be done through the Manawa. Our beliefs and perceptions that we have gathered in our lifetime will certainly try and filter the transmission to suit our own small understanding. Therefore, it is imperative that the vessel be as clean and clear as possible.

Leading up to the Retreat I will be sharing kōrero on my social media platforms to clear the tinana (vessel) and sweep the chambers of the manawa in preparation for a deeper retreat. Feel free to follow me on Facebook and TikTok


No Ngāti Raukawa me Ngāti Whakaue

Joanne is the founder of Rongoā Mauri. She is a Rongoā Māori healer and has been healing for nearly 20 years. She works with traditional plant medicine and draws upon the ancient traditions and life-force of the ngahere to facilitate healing.

She is an educator, writer, photographer and healer.

Joanne has been delivering Rongoā Retreats for over 10 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.

"Entering the ngahere is like entering your soul.  The mind can be like the mauri of a ngahere. We just need to learn the tools and resources to be in that space and the ngahere is the best teacher to show us how."


Retreat amidst the sacred and experience the mystical healing energies of the ngahere and its powerful healing medicine traditions at the beautiful Lakes Lodge Retreat at Lake Okataina.

The Retreat is surrounded by the ngahere on the shores of Lake Okataina. In the midst of the forest we have the perfect surrounding to deepen our connection to all elements and to our own sacred centre. Lake Okataina is a taonga of great cultural, spiritual and ecological importance to the people of Ngāti Tarāwhai.

Your accommodation offers stunning lake views from the comfort of a Lakeview Hotel Room.

- King bed

- Complimentary unlimited Wi-fi (hot-spot)

- Complimentary Room Mobile with free call and TXT to NZ and AU

- Smart TV with Freeview

- Ensuite shower and toilet

- Refrigerator

- Kettle & Toaster

- Balcony with lake view

- Serviced every second day

- 2 rooms with wheelchair accessibility


  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Wānanga Friday from 7pm - Sun 4 pm
  • Lunch is provided Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner is a 3 course meal on Friday and Saturday evening

Full rate: $ 1200 per person. There are discount for couples sharing a room. 

Instalments Option Available: Please contact me directly if you would like to pay a deposit and pay in instalments

Deposit: $150 (deposit required when registering to secure your spot).

  • Payment plans and credit card payment is available.
  • Invoicing and receipts are all available as personal/professional development and training 
  • Final payment due by 1st April 2024.
  • Deposits are non-refundable
  • If you cancel within 30 days of retreat starting, you will be refunded minus 30% of the payment.

Due to the nature of this retreat there will only be 14 spaces available for this wānanga.


  • Rongoā Mauri ~ Lake Okataina




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