TE PUĀWAITANGA - SEEDS OF SOCIAL CHANGE: KAUPAPA MAORI CONCEPTS OF HEALTH and WELLBEING IN ARTS THERAPY PRACTICE (WEEKEND)

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TUTORS: ANITA VLASIC-MANAIA & TANIA LE PERE

This workshop offers an opportunity to experience and explore the application of Māori concepts in Arts Therapy practice utilising creativity as it relates to individual wellbeing. It is presented in a non-judgmental supportive environment that focusses on the process and not the outcome.

You will be guided through the application of the following Māori concepts within Arts Therapy practice:

1.    Karakia: Prayer

2.    Whakataukī/Whakatauākī: Traditional Māori proverbs

3.    Whakawhānaungatanga: Relationship building

4.    Tūrangawaewae: Belonging and kinship

5.    Whakapapa: Ancestral awareness, understanding & knowledge

6.    Kotahitanga: Individual strengths used collectively

7.    Pakiwaitara: Māori myths and tribal legends

8.    Te Ao Māori: A Māori Worldview

Each session will incorporate visual arts, a range of art materials, movement, music and utilisation of voice for example, chanting. All will be able to participate at a level that is comfortable and suitable for them. No prior knowledge or experience in Arts Therapy or Māori development is needed. Each day will start and end with Māori customs and protocols including karakia or prayer.

By the end of the workshop you will have gained knowledge and confidence using a range of creative processes and a deeper understanding of utilising creativity and Māori concepts for wellbeing. There will be opportunities for all to feedback and share throughout the workshop.

This workshop provides a creative opportunity to experience the application of Māori concepts in arts therapy practice. It examines traditional Māori customs, protocols values and beliefs within an arts therapy setting that is comfortable for all participants. It is for anyone interested in creative ways of working with arts therapy from a kaupapa Māori persective. It is a user friendly opportunity for anyone even if you have no knowledge or experience with Arts Therapy or Māori development.

'We are all Tangata Whenua / Indigenous to Papatūānuku / Earth Mother.' (Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere)


Note from the tutors:

It is important to note that this is not a typical class for training Arts Therapists and that the Maori concepts presented in this workshop are applicable to all ethnicities. Furthermore, this course does not teach any particular or specific arts therapy techniques. One of the main objectives if to help each participant develop and appreciate Maori concepts in their own creative processes and how to make meaning from this.

The workshop involves individual and group work with opportunities for participation in group discussion and shared experiences. An openness to working with others as well as self-directed art making is desirable. No prior knowledge of things Māori or the Māori language is necessary. This is an opportunity to utilise holistic Māori concepts and processes for self exploration using creativity to inform wellbeing. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and willingness to participate in learning processes that you will be carefully guided through.

MATERIAL LIST:

All arts material provided. Please bring pen and notebook if you want to take notes. 

WEEKEND COURSES - TERM 2

SATURDAY 18 & SUNDAY 19 MAY

$250.00

ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN UNTIL 13 MAY

CLASS WILL START AT 10AM AND FINISH AT 4.30PM EACH DAY.

Includes 1/2 hour lunch break - BYO


In 2016, Anita, Tania and Lea Te Huia-Eastwood developed a model for indigenous arts therapy practice in New Zealand called Ngā Toiora Manawhenua Aotearoa: Kaupapa Māori Arts Therapy. This workshop outlines and presents the application of Māori concepts in Arts Therapy practice outlined in this model.

About Anita Vlasic Manaia - BASW, MAAT (Clin) Hons. 

Anita is of Dalmatian, Scottish and Maori (Tainui) descent. She has a bicultural degree in Applied Social Work and a Masters in Arts Therapy (Clinical)Hons from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. Her passion is working with indigenous peoples to strengthen identity and build resilience using arts therapy. Her Masters thesis was entitled 'Te Puawaitanga - Seeds of Social Change: The Restoration and Reinforcement of Identity using Arts Therapy.'

She currently works as an Arts Therapist with Maori and Pacific Island clients who live in low socio-economic communities with high and complex needs in South Auckland. Her work involves acknowledging ancestral, spiritual and intuitive knowledge and using creative modalities to use this as a resource for healing and building resilience. Anita also incorporates the making of traditional Maori cloaks (korowai) and the weaving of flax (raranga harakeke) in her therapuetic processes.

About Tania le Pere - MAAT(Clin) Hons, PGCHS, BAN, DPA 

Tania is of French, English and Māori (Ngati Kuia, Nga Puhi) decent. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Nursing Degree/Tihei Mauri Ora, Diploma in Performing arts and a Master of Arts in Arts therapy (clinical). Her Masters thesis was titled ‘Nurses experiences of creative arts therapy for promotion of wellbeing from an Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.'

Tania offers an invitation to explore the creative opportunities and therapeutic benefits of combining an arts therapy process with Māori models of health and various creative modalities including image making; authentic movement; music/sound/rhythm; poetry; creative journaling; drama; myths, legends and symbols.

She has supported those in professional roles and those who access services for wellbeing individually and in groups with a bi-cultural, holistic context and creative communication medium to self-explore and bring an awareness of holistic health and wellbeing from Te Ao Māori (A Māori Worldview).


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