Wairua Winter Wellness Workshops

Wairua Winter Wellness Workshops

Toi Oriwa Creative & friends invite you to participate in a 7 week program where your art practice is cultivated to help with the emotional and mental wellness of yourself and your community. This is for all the adults that need time to replenish and refocus on the health and wellbeing of your inner self. Join Oriwa and friends in one or all of the workshops and take a big step forward to retune your body and soul through creative activation and meditation. For more information check out the Museum’s @TeAwamutuMuseum or @ToiOrwaCreative Facebook. To book phone 07 872...
Toi Oriwa Creative Space

Toi Oriwa Creative Space

The Te Awamutu Museum implemented an opportunity to activate creativity in the Museum from a Māori arts practitioner perspective. It embodies a collaborative learning experience empowering visitors to ignite and inspire their own creativity. Oriwa Morgan-Ward of Toi Oriwa Creative was invited to develop a creative space open to the public on Saturdays. A regular workshop presenter for the Museum, specialising in Māori culture through a creative lenz, transformed a corner of the education space into an active experience for visitors. Ko wai au? From which waters do I flow from? A whakapapa of Tainui, Te Arawa and Ngāpuhi, Oriwas has always had a connection to her iwi and papa kāinga through the strong legacy her mother Rosie Morgan (nee Tahwai) had shared with her and her whānau from as far back as she can remember. Born in Tokoroa, raised in Australia later moving to America where she had her son, Oriwa returned to Aotearoa in 2013. “On returning home I knew I wanted to reinvent myself and therefore pursued my love of everything Te Ao Māori and enrolled in a Te Reo Māori class” Continuing with her Te Ao Māori journey Oriwa relocated to Hawkes Bay studying a Bachelor of Māori Art at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Heretaunga. Upon completing her degree, Oriwa returned home to Putaruru making a special journey to visit with Uenuku at the Te Awamutu Museum. It was then she built a strong creative relationship with the Museum and for the following four years, began presenting a number of Māori creative public programs including Pā Harakeke – a six month solo artist studio installed...

Matariki Creative Activity Workshops 2021

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Creative Inspiring Activity

The Toi Oriwa space is open most Saturdays until September 2021. Oriwa will be in the space creating her own toi mahi or taking workshops. If you need more info please ring our reception.

Saturday 19th June, 3rd and 10th July 2021

Learn how to weave a Matariki star

Oriwa will show you step by step how to raranga weave a Matariki star, and the significance of this art form to Māori culture. You can weave one for yourself and another to add to our Matariki Star Installation in the Mezzanine

Space is limited so please book by phone 07 872 0085 or call in to the Museum at 135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu.

Cost: FREE

This is a drop-in session open from 10.15am – 1.45pm. Max. 10 people at once, on a first come first served basis. Thank you:)

A series of seven Saturday workshops especially designed for adults health and wellbeing through creative activities.

The Museum will play host to Toi Oriwa’s Winter Wellness Programme on Saturdays. Seven creative workshops to enhance your creative wellbeing.

Cost: Check each workshop for costs

Time: Saturdays 10.15 – 1.45pm

Ages: Adults preferred but please check with the Museum if you have children who are able to work alongside adults.

Skill: Beginner – advanced

Bookings: Essential

Meditation Harakeke Mats: Sturday 17th July. Cost: $5 per participant. All materials supplied.

Participants will be shown how to weave their own Mediation Mats with traditional Māor i weaving techniques with Kairāranga Awatea. An intermediate level of weaving required.

Has Breath Series: Saturday 24th July. Cost: Gold coin Koha. Bring your own yoga mat, seat cushions available.

This workshop encourages you to slow down and be present with yourself. Techniques shared are from Oriwa’s own personal practice which involves Māori Meditation, stretching and Te Reo Māori. An open mind and hear enjoy the journey.

Spoken Word Poetry: Saturday 31st July. Cost: $5 per participant. All materials supplied.

This workshop will show how we can find empowerment and enhanced health & healing through writing, connecting and finding meaning with our ‘own stories’. We are all natural storytellers – sometimes the gap is in just needing to really connect and ‘hear’ our own voice.

Art Journal: Saturday 7th August. Cost: $5 per participant. All materials supplied.

Each participant will discover the ‘Artist Within’, by creating an art journal page from an assortment of paper and tangible art supplies. The objective is to create artwork in a safe place. A place where you can express your most intimate feelings using words and images.

Atua Face Badges: Saturday 14th August. Cost: $5 per participant. All materials supplied.

In this workshop you will learn how to draw faces onto fabric with personality, making them into badges you can wear and dress. This is a lead up to the Hine & Tama Dolls workshop.

Hine & Tama Doll Workshop Saturday 21st August. Cost: $10 per participant. All materials supplied.

Hine & Tama Māori Atud Fabric Doll making is the sharing of pūrākau storytelling. Learn how to fuse materials, face drawing, and fabric styling to make your own Atua doll cut out. Stitch it together into a beautiful new taonga special gift. Basic hand sewing skill required.

Kanikani Ora: Saturday 28th August. Cost: $5 per participant. Bring comfortable clothing and footwear. Floor is carpeted.

Kani Ora is a movement mediative full body response technique designed to engage participants with their emotional intelligence. The process consists off using a combination of dance movements, storytelling and science to promote mental clarity, relaxation and understanding of positive relationships.