🎶 Limited spaces! Māori musical instrument and meditation workshop!

Learn about traditional Māori musical instruments!

Join us on Sunday 11 July as we host an exciting Māori musical instrument and meditation workshop! Rob Thorne, New Zealand Māori composer and performer, will be running a 90-minute workshop exploring traditional Māori musical instruments, as well as the relationship between culture and sound from traditional and modern perspectives. 

Attendees will learn about the porotiti, a traditional Māori musical instrument, and it’s cultural significance. Each workshop participant will get their own porotiti to take home at the end of the session!

What will the workshop include?

The workshop will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will cover:  

  • Brief introduction to taonga puoro
  • The porotiti, its tradition, its functions, its potential
  • Mindfulness and meditation as a practice of wellness
  • Mechanisms of meditation: self, extended repetition, mantra, mindfulness, flow
  • Performance as action with purpose and narrative
  • Learn to play the porotiti
  • Rob demonstrating his instruments with looping technology

What will the workshop include?

The workshop will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will cover:  

  • Brief introduction to taonga puoro
  • The porotiti, its tradition, its functions, its potential
  • Mindfulness and meditation as a practice of wellness
  • Mechanisms of meditation: self, extended repetition, mantra, mindfulness, flow
  • Performance as action with purpose and narrative
  • Learn to play the porotiti
  • Rob demonstrating his instruments with looping technology

What's a porotiti?

The porotiti is a traditional Māori musical instrument known to also be used in traditional healing. Suspended by a cord, and spun with both hands in front of the body, while known as a children’s toy, it is also renowned as medicine for the respiratory system, the chest and spine, the spirit and the mind.

In this workshop the participants learn and achieve both a moving and a breathing meditation that also incorporates a sonic meditation made by the instrument. Participants also learn about traditional Māori musical instruments (taonga pūoro), and how to play an instrument (the porotiti).

Each workshop participant receives their own porotiti to take home at the end of the session!

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Music by Rob Thorne

Listen to some of Rob’s music above! Learn more about Rob Thorne on his official website.