Mauri Tū Mauri Tau – Manahau Embodied Movement
We start close in, exploring with movement our pathways to Mauri Tū. Tāku Rekereke Tāku Turangawaewae – I dig in my heals, I am home (Ngāti Pauwera Whakatauki)
So yes we start close in, the internal wānanga of Ko Au Tēnei | this is me, right now amongst festival life, after the exhaustion of living – this is me and I place my naked feet on this earth, digging in my heels. We don’t rush this process, we settle into this dance, just there. Without the push – Here I am. Nothing to prove, me existing as I am.
This is our place of Mana Motuhake.
Once we are here our dance of Mauri Tau begins. Our movement becomes a mihi and acknowledgment of all that is us, all that was us, and all that will be. What a fucken gift to ourselves and to all those around us.
Come as you are, but come on time.
We begin karakia and then movement is our mihi.
Supported by a soundscape created in real time and guided by Kaiakindness.
Nau mai, Whaktau mai.
The following from this Embodiement Wānanga is Mauri Ora, Mauri Aroha.
He Aroha whakatō, He Aroha Puta Mai <3 Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Ko Ngā Ruahine ōku iwi. Ko Ngāti Kurahikakawa, Ko Ngāti Pahauwera, Ko Ngāti Tū ōku hapu.
He Ringa Toi ratau ko Rongoā Toi ko Manahau Embodied Movement practioner ahau. Ko Kaia Hawkins au.
I am an Open Floor International Teacher, the founder of Ecstatic Dance Kapiti, and the Creator of Manahau Embodied Movement. A neurodiverse human facilitating brave and indigenous spaces, with embodied movement, creative expression, and deep tempo. Inclusive to all humans.