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Fri, 14 Apr


Memorial Hall


The great moment of turning towards ourselves to be ready for this winter, supported by the darkness and the depth it brings to your be ~ ing. This is an Art in Motion Wānanga. This is the place where movement, creativity, and our collective expressions will be honoured.

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Time & Location

14 Apr 2023, 6:30 pm – 17 Apr 2023, 12:00 pm

Memorial Hall, 98 The Parade, Paekākāriki 5034, New Zealand


About the Event

A marking of this moment in time with ceremony, ritual and awareness. 

This wānanga is a rites-based exploration. 

We begin the journey on Friday evening, our first dance with the darkness. 

To exist within this great cycle of our seasons, our maramataka moon cycles help our wild skins understand what is coming, 

what is expected and what to do now. This is the season of letting go, harvest has been done, and we are saving seeds. 

These seeds are the gifts from our summer months ~ During this process, we will dance, create and write. 

This is ancient and can be really methodical ~ this no longer serves me, it is time to let it go back to the earth. 

What are the seeds I am saving, and caring for this winter?

Poipoia te kakano kia pua wai ~ nurture the seed and it will blossom.

Let's make sure that this winter we are nurturing the seeds we want to blossom, 

not out of habit, but from consciously choosing what is right for us. 

And again we come back to being with the darkness, supported in the darkness. 

Te Pō is such an important presence in this wānanga, we all have a relationship with darkness, and we all came from here. 

We spend time in the dance, in the making, in the creating, in the ceremony with Te Pō. 

Taking time with Hinenuitepo, Hineuku, Hineahuone, all while in the whare of Hineteiwaiwa ~ Te Whare Pōra. 

We will be constructing and deconstructing using clay and charcoal. 

Please dress with clothes that you are not super precious about, you may choose to get messy. 

This is a place where movement, creativity, and our collective expressions will be honoured. 

We will be in ceremony and personal ritual will be encouraged to explore. 

This is a brave space of personal inquiry directed towards honouring yourself and this time we exist in. 

Deep long uninterrupted dances, ocean offerings, connection to source, and resourcing all the way through. 

Atua ~ Hine nui i te Pō, Hineteiwaiwa, Hine Ahuone, Hineuku, Hine Moana. 

Space to exist, Space to decompose, Space to form. with form. 

Our whakapapa o Te Kore and Te Pō.

We will take inspiration from these stages as we journey thru this workshop together.

Making, Moving, Creating, Resting, Contemplating and Exploring.

Notice which stage calls to you as we journey into our winter months.

Te Kore - the void, energy, nothingness, potential

Te Kore tē whiwhia - the void in which nothing is possessed

Te Kore tē rawea - the void in which nothing is felt

Te Kore i ai - the void with nothing in union

Te Kore tē wiwia - the space without boundaries

Te Pō nui - the great night

Te Po roa - the long night

Te Pō urirui - the deep night

Te Pō kerekere - the intense night

Te Pō tiwhatiwha - the dark night

Te Pō tē kitea - the night in which nothing is seen

Te Pō Tangotango - the intensely dark night

Te Pō whāwhā - the night feeling

Te Pō namunamu ki taiao - the night of seeking the passage of the world

Te Pō tahuri atu - the night of restless turning

Te Pō tahuri mai ki taiao - the night of turning towards the revealed world

Te Whai ao - the glimmer of dawn

Te Ao mārama - the bright light of the day

Time Table :

Friday night session 6-9

Saturday morning session 10-1 pm

Lunch 1-3 pm

Saturday afternoon session 3-6 pm

Dinner 6-8 pm

Saturday night session 8-10pm 

Sunday morning session 10-1 pm

Lunch 1-3 pm

Sunday afternoon session 3-5 pm

Sunday evening session 8-10pm

Monday morning session 10-12.30pm

This timetable is not absolutely fixed, there will be times when it becomes more fluid. 



after that date if you would like to take part it will be at the disclosure of Kaia and their team, as it will depend on the amount of clay that has been purchased - please reach out if it calls and you have missed the cut off time x

We begin the dance of decomposition, giving what needs to be shed the space to do so. 

With the process of shedding there is often the sensation to take your clothes off, this is a conceptual space, and this will only be possible with the consent of the group body. We will include this conversation in the opening circle and the parameters around nudity if this comes forward ~ together. 


Full investment $400+ includes lunch for Saturday and Sunday and all creative materials. 

Iwi Māori $300

Payment plans are available please reach out. 

All payments must be completed before the wānanga begins unless pre-organised with Kaia. 

2 x Partial scholarship spaces are available, please send me an email if this interests you and give me your why xox

This is not a residential workshop, you will need to source your own accommodation 

Lunch is supplied for Saturday and Sunday. 

Shared kai is encouraged.

I am asking for early registration and payment for this workshop as I need to order clay.

For accommodation

Check out; Paekakariki Camp Ground, they have great cabins and showers!

Please share this event out with people you know who may be interested. It makes for a fantastic dance floor. 

This is open to all ranges of movers, and humans. 

With love, courage and kindness


Small print.

This workshop will only take place with enough participants.

If I chose to cancel this workshop I will let people know by APRIL 4th - you will receive a full refund.

If you chose to cancel your participation in this workshop;

Up to the 4th of April = Full refund minus $30admin fee will be charged including price of the clay.

The week before workshop = 50% refund ~ you are able to transfer it to another person, or another workshop of mine. 

48 hours before the workshop - Zero refund ~ you are able to transfer it to another person, or another workshop of mine. 

For any inquires please reach out


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