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Wednesday February 14, 2018

Soup kitchen volunteers create urban garden

Join UP t o d ay !

By Jamie Adams

Dreaming of a stress-free 2018? Don’t miss popular international presenter Ashirvad, who is offering a free introductory weekend meditation course over February 24-25. Ashirvad has taught meditation globally for over two decades and will cover many aspects of learning meditation, share personal stories and insights and cover the essentials of developing an effective practice. On the Feb 25th Sunday evening, the “Meetings with Remarkable People” talk series brings two women achievers to the Wharewaka Function Centre on the waterfront. Guest speakers will be Kiwi multi-day runner Harita Davies, who recently finished history’s longest certified footrace, the 3100 mile race and the only NZ women to ever attempt and complete this epic! Accompanying her will be Czech swimmer Abhejali Bernardova, one of only a handful to ever swim the ‘Oceans-7’ great ocean challenges


– including Ireland to Scotland, Robben Island to Capetown, the Gibraltar Strait, the English Channel and Hawaii’s Molokai and Catalina channels. The pair will share their inspirational stories, nutrition and training tips, and insights into our limitless potential when mind/ body/spirit can work together. Admission is free, however registration will ensure seating. Further details: or text to: 0278719690.

A block of vacant land in Te Aro is undergoing a transformation for the benefit of the community. In November 2017, the Sisters of Compassion gifted a section of bare land on Haining Street to its Te Puaroha Soup Kitchen for the purpose of transforming it into an urban garden. The project, known as He Rakau Koikoi, is being undertaken by Soup Kitchen “whanau” and volunteers, with the support of the Sustainability Trust. Educators from the trust held a workshop on Saturday to help volunteers create the 11 garden plots which now lie ready for planting vegetables that will help sustain the soup kitchen. Sutainability Trust’s community engagement manager Laura-Kate Howells says all products used on the day were donated. “We got malt sacks from Garage Project, coffee sacks from Mojo and Havana and pallets from Bunnings,” Laura-Kate says. Staff and whanau at the soup kitchen plan to grow potatoes, silverbeet, beans, carrots, lettuce and herbs in the garden plots. “We’ll never be able to provide enough for everyone but hopefullly be able to provide all the herbs required,” He Rakau Koikoi manager Matt Petrie says. The project will also involve establishing

a beehive and an on-site “wananga” with seating to teach gardening methods to volunteers. Matt anticipates everything will be completed by next summer. He Rakau Koikoi is as much about creating social opportunities for whanau and the wider community, as well as new skills, Matt says. “If we can build connections for people, we offer them purpose and hope for the future.” Sustainability Trust EcoEnterprise manager, Nada Piatek, says she jumped at the opportunity to work with Compassion Soup Kitchen on their garden project. “Community gardens are good on so many levels. They are a connection to our food sources, right where we live, and a connection to each other in that space,” Nada says. Nada believes “equity and inclusion create healthier, strong communities”. The Sustainability Trust workshop was the first of three to be held on the corner of Tory and Haining streets. The trust’s next workshop on February 24 will focus on preparing the gardens for good growing, while the final one on March 10 will cover rat-free composting.  Participation costs $10 per person, per workshop with the money going to the Soup Kitchen. Bookings are available at

Qigong Grandmaster returns to ‘water his plants’ again in Wellington In just two weeks, Grand master Michael Tse (Tse Wei Jing) will be teaching seminars again in Wellington. Qigong and Chun Yuen (North Shaolin) students from Wellington, Kapiti Coast and Hawkes Bay are getting excited to be learning some new forms in both Qigong and Chun Yuen Quan: Plum Blossom Gong and 13 Grab Stick – a weapons form using a short staff. Grandmaster Tse is a highly skilled and respected teacher

and practitioner of Dayan Qigong and of several martial arts. Sifu Cynthia Shaw holds classes in Karori (Tuesday mornings) and Wellington (Tuesday evening) in both these skills. Wild Goose Qigong is particularly good for relaxation, balance, maintaining healthy joints and organs and bringing up vitality. She teaches a wide range of age groups in small, friendly classes. See advertisement for contact details.

Introduction To Meditation Dayan (Wild Goose)

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 Traditional Chinese health exercise promotes:  Better balance and co-ordination  Flexibility; easier joint and back movement  Relaxation and energy from within  Boost to immunity from colds etc  Taught in small, friendly groups  Authentic lineage of instruction: skillful teaching  Beginners always welcome Evening and day classes. Private tuition available. Contact 021


A Free Weekend Workshop

Explore different techniques, mantras, visualisations and the ABC’s of meditation with popular visiting Brazilian teacher Ashirvad Zaiantchick. Saturday, 24 Feb 2018, 10am – 3pm and Sunday, 25 Feb 2018, 10am to 12 noon. WHERE: St Andrews, Conference Room 3 , 30 The Terrace WHEN:

Wellington Meditation FREE ADMISSION

seating can be reserved by texting 0278719690 or visiting

Kim Skelton, of Wilton, and Emma Burge, of Newtown nail sacks to a pallet for creating a vertical herb garden at the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s garden workshop on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Immersive live performance for upcoming arts festival BodyCartography Project celebrates 20 years of dances and to mark the occasion the group will launch new projects at Te Papa and the Performance Arcade next month. For the past 20 years, BodyCartography Project have created award-winning performances, installations, films, workshops, talks, festivals and curatorial projects around the world. Their mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. In March, 1998 they presented 23 projects around the Wellington waterfront,

two decades later they will present a 13-hour performance installation at the Performance Arcade, Wellington’s annual festival of visual arts and performance. The immersive installation called felt room is designed to conjure imagination, speculation and perception, engaging viewers in a practice of vibrant potentiality. In the darkness of felt room viewers are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination. Visit the BodyCartography installations from March 1-4, free. Installations will run 13 hours a day with live performance between 1-4pm, and 7-10pm daily. Visit for more information.

Independent Herald 14-02-18  

Independent Herald 14-02-18

Independent Herald 14-02-18  

Independent Herald 14-02-18