Report by: Jonathan Evatt, KSFA Founder and Chairman
Each year I do a pilgrimage, by car, to specific sacred sites around Aotearoa. It usually starts with, or at least includes, 9 days in Tāmaki region (greater Auckland), working with the many volcanoes and other special sites in that space. From there I head south through many regions of the North Island. After crossing Cook Strait the journey makes a big figure-eight loop way down south, not far from Invercargill at the southern tip of the South Island, and from there north again, finishing up in Golden Bay (at the northern tip of the South Island).
This year it required 28 days, a flight from Nelson to Auckland, and 4800 kilometres (2980 miles) of driving. That’s a long way in a small country like New Zealand. Although had I enough time, I could have covered at least twice that. Maybe next year. It includes a fare amount of walking and hiking too, which is what I enjoy most. A powerful and satisfying journey deep into service for Mother Nature.
Some spaces have a wonderful smell, and are very lively, like in beloved Rotorua, pictured below.
Some spaces I like to arrive at before Tamanuiterā (the beloved Sun) breaks through the dark of the night, so we (the space, the Sun, and I) have a chance to all connect in that serene moment of night shifting into day.
If you’d like to learn more about the importance of sacred sites, there’s an article about that here.
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