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Sat, 05 Oct


River Ridge Retreat

Rongoā Mauri Wānanga ~ THE CAITLINS

What is Rongoā? This is a profound question to ask and if you were to immerse yourself in this question you may find yourself on a transformational journey. Discover what rongoā is and how it heals on a deeper level in the captivating ancient forest, The Caitlins.

Rongoā Mauri Wānanga ~ THE CAITLINS
Rongoā Mauri Wānanga ~ THE CAITLINS

Time & Location

05 Oct 2024, 9:00 am – 06 Oct 2024, 4:00 pm

River Ridge Retreat, 348 Catlins Valley Road, Purakaunui 9586, New Zealand


This rongoā wānanga is a spiritual retreat essential to our physical and spiritual well-being. It is an exploration of 12 plants that are specifically chosen to facilitate deeper levels of healing for the hinengaro, tinana and wairua (mind, body and spirit).

As you are all aware, we are living in extraordinary times but what makes these times so rare is not only what is unfolding in the world around us. We are rapidly changing from within.

I invite you on a spiritual retreat essential to your physical and spiritual well-being. It is an exploration of specific plants and how they facilitate deeper levels of healing for our hinengaro, tinana and wairua (mind, body and spirit).  

Plants in their wholeness are a bridge. They have the mana to shift your cells and attune your body to a higher path of consciousness. They will reflect to you who you are and show you your highest potential. 

We will begin with Rongoā Māori healing for the tinana (the physical body)  to facilitate healing of any stagnation or stuckness. We will  then move into the wairua (the spiritual body).

Retreat amidst the sacred and experience the mystical healing energies of Natures Paradise and its powerful healing medicine traditions at the beautiful River Ridge Retreat in The Caitlins. We will be surrounded by the Captivating Catlins. This is a place of natural beauty and abundant wildlife. With its comparative remoteness and stunning vistas, its a great destination for our Rongoā Mauri Wānanga.

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 is also 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 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 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 an ancient forest we have the perfect surrounding to deepen our connection to all elements and to our own sacred centre.

"I share this mātauranga with people like you on the journey of understanding how the mauri of nature can help you fully embody your soul’s purpose."

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.


Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Hoturoa te tangata

Ko Tararua te maunga

Ko Ōtaki me Waitohu ngā awa

KoNgāti Raukawa ki te tonga te iwi

Ko Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti me Ngāti Maiōtaki ngā hapū

Ko Joanne Hakaraia-Olson tōku ingoa

Joanne has been delivering Rongoā Retreats for nearly 10 years. She is a Rongoā Practitioner and Kaimirimiri. She is the founder of Rongoā Mauri and has been 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. She has been coaching people to move through obstacles and connect more deeply with Papatūānuku and their inner guidance for nearly 20 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.


Located on beautifully groomed grounds beside the Catlins river, the RiverRidge Retreat resonates peace and tranquillity.

Situated in a picturesque setting, surrounded by lush native bush, stunning ridges, bird life and a crystal clear river, the RiverRidge Retreat is the Southern most retreat in the World.

With its abundance of nature and beautiful outlook, this slice of paradise is an ideal setting for our Rongoā Mauri Wānanga.


  • 1 night accommodation
  • Wānanga from Saturday 9.00 am - Sun 4 pm
  • All food catered during this retreat.

Full rate: $ 555 per person

Deposit: $150 (deposit required when registering to secure your spot). Cost is $555.Please contact me directly if you would like to pay a deposit and pay in instalments.

  • 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 September 2024.
  • Deposits are non-refundable if cancelled within 30 days of retreat starting or we cannot fill your spot

There are only 20 spaces available for this wānanga.


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