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Rongoa Maori: Traditional Maori Medicine Workshops

There is a growing interest in traditional Maori Medicine - Rongoa Maori. The biggest obstacle that people face when learning about rongoa is that they don't know enough about the bush to be able to find the plants they need, nor how to collect them properly in a way that will not damage the plant/tree, and then prepare them for medicine. This also needs to be done within the context of the tikanga (customs) that apply to Rongoa Maori.

These are the areas that will be covered in these three workshops: Rongoa Maori 1, Rongoa Maori 2, and Rongoa Maori 3. The courses will be run in the ngahere (bush) with Rongoa 2 & 3 being overnight, working with plants and observing the practices that are important to traditional healers. The aim is to give participants a good foundation towards developing an understanding of Maori medicine.

To be eligible for the 'earlybird' fee, the enrolment fee must be received at least ten days before the class commencement date. If the class is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Rongoa Maori 1

Rongoa 1 introduces participants to the tikanga that applys to rongoa Maori. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their ecological literacy through the collection of leaves for identification, and through the discovery of how and where certain native plants used for traditional medicines grow. Participants will also be able to create a chart and/or book of plant leaves to help learn the morphology and terminology to aid identification.

Dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018 (SORRY, NOW FULL)
Time: 9.00am Saturday to 4.00pm Sunday
Presenter: Rob McGowan (Pa Ropata)
Venue: Aongatete Lodge, Katikati, Tauranga
Early-bird Fee: $150.00 (accommodation on Saturday night included, but not catered)
Fee if paid after 14 February: $170.00

Next Workshop: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, 2018

Rongoa Maori 2

Rongoa Maori 2 will build onto the knowledge learning in Rongoa 1. Rongoa 1 or a similar plant identification course is a prerequisite for Rongoa 2. This workshop is overnight and the fee includes your accommodation on Saturday night and full catering on Saturday and Sunday.

Dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018
Time: 9.30am Saturday - 4.00pm Sunday
Presenter: Rob McGowan (Pa Ropata)
Venue: Waitaia Lodge, Lower Kaimai, Tauranga
Early-bird Fee: $300.00 (incl full meals, and accommodation on Saturday night)
Fee if paid after 14 March: $320.00

Rongoa Maori 3

Again, building on to the knowledge learned in Rongoa 2 and aims to further develop understanding and appreciation of rongoa. This workshop is also overnight and the fee includes your accommodation on Saturday night and full catering on Saturday and Sunday. Due to the venue's location, participants may wish to also stay Friday night which is optional. No catering is provided for Friday night/Saturday morning so participants will need to bring their own if staying Friday.

Dates: Saturday 21 and Sunday 2 April 2018
Time: 9.30am Saturday - 4.30pm Sunday
Presenter: Rob McGowan (Pa Ropata)
Venue: Te Kauri Lodge, Kawhia
Early-bird Fee: $350.00 (incl full meals and accommodation on Saturday night)
Fee if paid after 11 April: $370.00

Friday option: $20.00 (applies to Friday accommodation only)

Rongoa Maori Handbook

Rob McGowan has published his ownRongoa Maori Handbook covering: introduction to rongoa; key principles; Taonga; Taha Wairua; Treaty of Waitangi and Maori health issues; practical issues such as identifying plants, harvesting and preparing rongoa; and Wai 262 and Intellectual property rights. The books are A5 size and full colour. The cost of the handbooks are $15 each which includes postage to anywhere in New Zealand (if you are from overseas, please contact us for courier costs). If you wish to purchase a handbook, either as an introduction before undertaking a workshop or as a gift for family/friends, please contact Titoki Education & Learning and we will give you payment details.

If you would like more information or would like to enrol in these workshops, please email: titoki.education@gmail.com or see our Enrolment Information page