culture

THE MAORI HEALERS OF NEW ZEALAND

THE MAORI HEALERS OF NEW ZEALAND

Traditional Maori legends and rituals come from a Polynesian homeland. It is believed that everything has a spiritual essence – land, nature, and humans. This essence is called Mana. New Zealand practitioners of rongoa Maori, known as tohunga or healers, are offering their knowledge to the world.

I spent time travelling and volunteering throughout New Zealand in 2011, learning about Maori culture, healing and the creative arts. There is a strong sense of respect for nature and wildlife in this part of the world. The local people I stayed with were resourceful and humble. New Zealand is an immensely beautiful place to explore and experience reconnection with the earth.

THE BUNUN PEOPLE OF TAIWAN

THE BUNUN PEOPLE OF TAIWAN

The Bunun are a group of people indigenous to Taiwan. Their tribe is well-known for vocal traditions and song. I spent a year in Taiwan, teaching English. Any moment I had the opportunity to escape city life and head to the hills, I took it. Indigenous culture, art and music stirs a curiosity within me. During my year in Taiwan, I learned about these cultures and traditions.

The Bunun tribe are the fourth largest aboriginal tribe in Taiwan. They are well known for their eight-part polyphonic singing, and speak Bunun.

I CHING

I CHING

I've been listening to an I Ching podcast (a form of ancient Chinese text) which took me back to my experience of visiting an I Ching master in a Taiwanese temple. Here are some wholesome thoughts for the day.

  • Love yourself first to create the space to love others and for others to love you

  • Care for your soul - the light and the dark

  • Forgive yourself and embrace your shadow - for this will resolve the fears and doubts that have been the obstacles to your desires and dreams

WORLD MUSIC

WORLD MUSIC

Throughout my travels, I've lived in busy cities, remote mountain villages and in between. I’ve experienced cultures from all over the world. And one thing that has been consistent where ever I've traveled, is music. From the buzzing, European city streets, to the beaches of Bali, the temples of Tokyo and Taiwan, and the Maori villages of New Zealand, there's always been music. I'm interested in how music can help people, how it lifts our spirits, makes us feel good and brings us together.