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This three day workshop, where the participants create a whao pounamu, also known as a chisel, is about creating a connection between pounamu, the esoteric understanding of the origins of Pounamu - myself and you the participant. Not only will you evolve a usable workable tool of great beauty, but you will learn an ancient chant, a traditional song, and other tools taught to you, create a lasting connection between yourself and your pounamu.

I also like to incorporate traditional haka, and one reason for this is to invigorate the self and this energy is often translated into the mauri created between yourself and your pounamu.

I bring and supply all of the necessary materials. The types of binding that are used are also traditional, although the waxed nylon binding material is contemporary, used for its strength.

My workshops have a maximum number of 10 participants. 14 is the youngest age. There is no upper limit.

Throughout the three day workshop, I will download to all participants huge amounts of information concerning the origins of pounamu, the usage of pounamu, the ancient names of pounamu, why these aspects were a part of traditional Maori culture, and much much more. Including a full translation of all Maori phrases, words and meanings.


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