The Conscious Roots Festival workshops will be focused on sustainable and health conscious practices. Permaculture, Theatre, Community, Rongoa, Yoga, Music, Mirimiri, Alternative Housing, Natural Medicines, Ceremony, Non Violent communication, Star navigation, Kids Zone and more..will all be a part of your Conscious Roots experience.
We are still working on getting the best speakers to join us for the festival, but below you can see speakers we have already secured :-).
Karl Russell - (Kai Tahu) Karl has lived off the land his whole life and has eaten every Māori kai you can think of. He now spends his life teaching anyone who’s keen, how to live off the land and how to protect it for future generations, using tikanga Māori.
(Ngāti Awa) grew up on the wild south coast of Te Whanganui A Tara, learning about the ocean and the natural environment from his parents. After a number of years holding senior and executive management roles, Te Kawa is returning to his roots, bringing his skills to the environmental restoration and education space. Te Kawa is passionate about Māori-led kaitiakitanga projects, and is supporting the capacity building of a number of roopu around Aotearoa. He is currently working as a contractor for Sustainable Coastlines, has his own social enterprise business and is studying Te Reo and Bachelor of Environmental Management at The Whānanga o Raukawa.
Robina has been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design and tutoring on a global scale for the past 25 years.
She has developed a range of environmental education resources and participatory processes for collective decision-making and action. Robina has taught & applied her powerful community-building methods with households, neighborhoods, schools, farms, ecovillages & bioregions, in Aotearoa/New Zealand and many countries overseas. See - Earthcare’s ‘Localising Food’ project.
Gary and Emily live on a small permaculture farm in the Horowhenua with a diverse garden, farm, forest and wilderness. They have an organic management approach and practice with their farm. Gary’s professional work is in water and soil resource management, he provides advice and design services to a wide range of clients from individuals to councils and government departments.
Emily works as a landscape architect/permaculture designer and also does some organic horticulture tutoring. Her background includes a strong design focus, with experience from large rural through to urban scale. She has a wide knowledge of plants for a variety of uses (herbal, medicinal, fibre, wild foods etc), which extends through to growing food, eating seasonally and food storage.
Light Earth Builder - “I teach people to build houses out of untreated pine, bamboo, raupo, clay and natural fibres that turn into beautiful compost in 100 years time when you have finished living in them.” Tutor at Northland Polytechnic. See more on his youtube channel here.
Inna will be offering us an introduction to her work in Deep Ecology, inviting us to access and give sustenance to our interconnectedness to one another and all Life, as well as our internal motivation and capacities to heal our world.
Inna has studied Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy in 2009, and has been teaching workshops around NZ for the past 7 years. She says: „For me, Joanna’s “Work That Reconnects” is the bridge between our spiritual journeys & how we act in the world. I’m amazed how powerful this work is in enabling us to experience ourselves as part of the Living Whole and recommit to wholeheartedly engage in its healing.“
Bomun is a sustainable builder and natural building instructor. He travels throughout New Zealand teaching about sustainable shelters and how to build them.
Bomun is dedicated to helping people move onto the land to create an abundant life in these changing times. He shows how to build homes that are much lower cost using local/natural materials and volunteer help.
Dan is an experienced builder who is passionate about tiny house + tiny house building. Creating a livable space that is both functional and pleasing to the eye is no easy feat. Dan and a panel of tiny house builders will take us through the process of why, how and what's needed to build a tiny house.
Carlos will lead an expressive drumming workshop. An introduction to Middle Eastern rhythms, taught with emphasis on self-expression through drumming. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to communicate with others through drumming, learning the basics of three widely utilized rhythms for belly-dance music.
Is a spoken word poet. He comes from the Iwi of Ngaiterangi in the Tauranga region. He usesspoken word poetry as a way of educating people, raising discussion about issues and communicating his thoughts and feelings among other things. He has won the national spoken word poetry slam among many other achievements. He has travelled to many places overseas to run poetry workshops and to perform. He delivers poetry in many various spaces, from international conferences, to schools, to music events and pretty much any sort of space you can imagine apart from the page. He works at Community Law on the services to Maori team. He is passionate about Te Ao Maori, youth work, advocating for silenced voices and justice, or the lack of, in Aotearoa.