Mana Moana Experience Reflections
Participants reflect on the words and lessons that resounded with them from each of our sessions.
“This retreat was a reminder of many small and large steps of courage taken to get us here. It also showed other steps that might improve the space we’re in - for ourselves and our loved ones and our communities,” writes EUGENE ELISARA.
“New paths are being built, new eyes are being opened and new connections are anchoring me in a way I had never considered prior to taking the leap into this vaka with these amazing contemporaries and all of our ancestors,” reflects RAYMOND SAGAPOLUTELE on the first retreat of The Mana Moana Experience.
"This is such a deepening of spirit. We have shared tears, laughter and hugs. We have been digging for that deep essence of our leadership being." The first retreat of The Mana Moana Experience ignited a special fire inside for DR. CHERIE CHU.
There was so much to enjoy and to learn about Retreat Five. Coming together again with my new family. Learning and sharing new stories. But for me, it was these experiences, these moments that have endured.
We arrive into a shared space. Sit in front of invisible pou, bright morning sunlight memorializing silhouetted edges of a fale. Lounge furniture is backed up against the walls of a rectangle living room. Ula-draped photos of family, sports teams, choirs, da Vinci’s The Last Supper, white net curtains blowing across open windows. Every place we have ever sat in this way, is also here. Va tagata.
A homecoming, an uncomfortable situation and an inspiring theme. Nora Swann shares her journey of Retreat Four of the Mana Moana Experience.
“In a sense, we have continuously negotiated who we are with Pakeha and other cultures in order to fit in, to be accepted, to feel a sense of belonging and worth.” Christina from Salvation Army shares her reflection on our Mana Moana Experience.
“E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea.”
Therese shares a poem, reflecting on Session Two of Mana Moana, centred on the theme of Moana. Read more here.
Iani reflects on his journey so far and looks out to see the interplay of the past and the future, the ancestors and his path.