Aro Hā is a wellness center currently under construction near Glenorchy, New Zealand.
Recognizing the need for transition to a regenerative culture, Aro Hā is attempting to bridge the lofty distance between where our culture is and where we might like to go. Aro Hā will be a retreat centre that supports physical health through invigorating movement while supporting emotional health through various introspective techniques. The facility itself will be part of the education. Guests will experience environmentally friendly design that models current best practices in sustainable architecture and self-sufficiency.
Two meaningful encounters with Maori elders have shaped the concept. The name and the location chosen were both influenced. From the Te Reo Māori of Aotearoa, New Zealand:
- ‘Aroha’ translates to the force of love that pervades all.
- ‘Aro’ means thought, or focus.
- ‘Hā’ means life force, breath, or energy.
- So, Aro Hā; thoughtful breath, focus toward life force.
Aro Hā is a place for all people. Most events held at Aro Hā will be open to the public. The facility will be available for single day use, though it will primarily be used for overnight retreats.
The center will host educators with a wide variety of backgrounds. The leader of each retreat will construct a program of their choosing, augmenting their teachings with a selection of activities from Aro Hā’s movement schedule, which will include hiking, nutritional education, pilates, yoga, permaculture, dynamic movement, resistance training, and more.
As part of moving toward sustainability, Aro Hā will attempt to produce a majority of it’s nourishment. The guest experience will include connecting with their food through hands on experiences. The menu will reflect the seasons.