MEDICINE FOR THE LAND & THE PEOPLE
Donna Kerridge, one of the country’s foremost practitioners of rongoā (traditional Māori medicine), will be bringing two very special workshops to the North Shore starting in June.
Rongoā is a system of healing that has been passed on by word of mouth, with an emphasis on the spiritual side of well-being. Rongoā includes herbal remedies using native plants that are plentiful in the bush around us – kūmarahou, kawakawa, mānuka, kōwhai and harakeke.
Passing on to others the knowledge she has been privileged to learn is Donna’s passion – she sits on the board of the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine (Ellerslie) and is a lecturer at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Grey Lynn.
The workshops, a two day workshop (9 & 10 June) and a three day evening workshop in October, will be the first of their kind to be held at Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre in Birkdale, and have been specially developed for the Centre.
Anna Halliwell, responsible for education programmes at Kaipatiki Project, sees a direct link between rongoā and the Environment Centre’s core work. “At Kaipatiki Project we care for the well-being of the forest and regularly witness the joy that working with plants brings to people. By offering these rongoā workshops, it means people can experience an even greater connection to our natural environment – one that can give them a sense of peace and balance both physically and spiritually.”
The workshops will appeal to holistic medicine fans and anyone keen to learn more about Māori heritage and culture. They would also be of interest to devotees of Chinese herbal remedies who will find out how to source useful ingredients from readily-available plants on their doorstep.
Participants will take bush walks to get to know their ABC of medicinal plants and will learn practical skills like bush first-aid and making their own herbal remedies.
Places on these workshops are expected to book up quickly – for more information and to make a booking visit www.kaipatiki.org.nz/courses , email [email protected] or phone Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre on 482 1172.