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Fri, 10 May


Okataina Outdoor Education Centre

Rongoā Mauri Wānanga ~ Okataina Outdoor Education Centre ROTORUA

Immerse yourself in the physical and spiritual nutrients of rongoā for deep healing. Identify rākau that can be used for specific ailments. Learn to apply rongoā poultices with simple mirimiri movements. Deepen your connection with the ngahere at Lake Okataina.

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Rongoā Mauri Wānanga ~ Okataina Outdoor Education Centre ROTORUA
Rongoā Mauri Wānanga ~ Okataina Outdoor Education Centre ROTORUA

Time & Location

10 May 2024, 3:00 pm – 12 May 2024, 2:00 pm

Okataina Outdoor Education Centre, 397 Lake Okataina Road, Lake Okataina 3074, New Zealand


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

This will be a powerful and intensive wānanga designed to enrich your spiritual life in partnership with the native plants of Aotearoa. You do not need to be experienced with rongoā to do this wānanga however, having a love of plants will be an advantage. This is a wānanga to develop and strengthen your matakitetanga.

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.

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 it.  Plants combined make music and harmonise with each other therefore shifting and aligning the receiver to the angelic harmonies of rongoā. Learn how to apply rongoā poultices to resound the tinana back to alignment.

Leading up to the wānanga 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

Don't miss out on this wānanga. Numbers are restrcited to ensure an intimate setting for deeper learning.


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."


Wānanga amidst the sacred and experience the mystical healing energies of the ngahere and its powerful healing medicine traditions at the Okataina Outdoor Education Centre at Lake Okataina.

The Centre is surrounded by 4,500 hectares of ngahere and avariety of walkways enjoying total seclusion. 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.


There are 10 twin rooms and all have heating.

You will need to bring your own pillows, sheets, blankets, and or sleeping bags. 

You will be sharing a room with one other. If you book with a friend please let me know and I will ensure you share a room.

There is also plenty of room for Campervans, Motorhomes, & Buses should you choose to bring it.


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

Full rate: $ 555 per person. 

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

Deposit: $100 (non-refundable 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 wānanga there will be limited spaces.


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