TRUE WELLBEING HAPPENS WHEN WE HARMONISE OUR INDIVIDUAL DANCE OF LIFE TO THE BEAT OF THE EARTH.
The kaupapa/purpose of Earth Beat is to co-create a platform for transformation and celebration through strengthening our relationship and connection with the Earth and each other, so that we can inspire and empower new and regenerative ways of living.
We envision a world where life is not only sustainable but regenerative; a world where we focus on potential rather than problems, where individual contributions are aligned with the greater good, and where we live in harmony with the natural rhythms of our bodies and the earth.
EARTH—A LIVING BEING
On March 20, 2017, New Zealand recognized in law that the Whanganui river is a living being. Parliament passed legislation declaring that Te Awa Tupua—the river and all its physical and metaphysical elements—is an indivisible, living whole, and henceforth possesses “all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities” of a legal person.
Soon afterward, based on the Whanganui precedent, 820 square miles of forests, lakes, and rivers—a former national park known as Te Urewera—also gained legal personhood. Soon a mountain, Taranaki, will become the third person.
E rere kau mai te awanui, mai te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa, Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au
The rough translation of the above whakataukī is: The great river flows from the mountains to the sea, I am the river, the river is me.
The name of Earth Beat is predicated on the knowledge that Papatūānuku (All of Mother Earth) is a living entity, just as (her parts) the Whanganui River and Te Uruwera are living entities.
Whakarongo ki a Papatūānuku.
Listen to her beat. Practice breathing, walking, and dancing in concert with Earth’s natural cycles. This is the essence of Earth Beat. This communication is vital for our wellbeing, our survival and beyond.
EARTH BEAT EXPRESSION
We’ve determined the best platform for our kaupapa to be in the form of transformational, co-creative events. In hosting these events we aim to nurture and nourish the mauri of Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa, the land and the people.
Earth Beat as a gathering helps us build a field of support, a feeling of whānau, guided by wairua, and motivated and inspired by the love (aroha) we have for each other and this beautiful place we call home.