Aroha Workshops and Ceremonies (Whakangungu kia ora te tangata). 

Aroha is a space for sharing wisdom. Reiki workshops, Full moon events, International Retreats, Ecological nature weddings and Sacred feminine retreats are what the team at Aroha have so much passion for.  





August we bring you another beautifully deep winter full moon ceremony. Our Theme for this Full Moon in Aquarius is Awakening, Expansion + Illumination.

Join Benton and Rosanna  for a beautiful heart opening cacao ceremony followed by a sound experience with the Earth Gong bath and crystal bowls.

After spending time with the cacao shaman, Keith Wilson in San Marcos, Guatemala again in November, Benton and Rosanna are keen to bring the magic of Keith’s ceremonial grade cacao into many ceremonies at Aroha. Cacao is a rich plant medicine with numerous health benefits and is a powerful heart opener. Cacao is the perfect way to prepare for the gong bath.

The vibration of a gong is a powerful method for reducing stress. Calm mind. Peaceful energy. Flowing breath.

‘Known as a Gong Bath, the gong creates an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing; a state which activates the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system.

Water has often been used as an analogy for the rippling effect of the gong’s vibrations, partially because our bodies are approximately 70 percent water and water serves to conduct sound waves. Like ripples created by a pebble skipped onto a glassy lake, the gong’s sound gently reverberates over, around and through the entire body to calm, relax and soothe.

Typically, the listener’s heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and breath is restored to its natural rhythm. The gong induces a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and wholeness’.

Gongs open up your chakras and often release a lot of blocked energy, much like acupuncture or massage can do – it really is a sound massage.

A gong bath is excellent therapy for depression, fatigue, feelings of separation, loneliness, anger, fear, hostility and many other conditions caused by a lack of balance and harmony in the body and mind.

In the simplest terms, the gong awakens innate wholeness and guides the body to a state of greater balance and harmony. A gong bath is as scientifically sound as it is mysterious. It is as other-worldly as it is logical. It requires nothing but receptivity in order to be fully experienced, but it must be experienced in order to be understood. ~ Devpreet Kaur

**Please let us know beforehand if you are pregnant, suffer from a heart condition or take anti-depressants.

Full Moon Cacao Ceremony + Gong Bath 

Dates: Monday 3rd August (fully booked) and Wednesday 5th August (fully booked)

Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm

Monday night (fully booked) we go into deep mantra, connecting to Kundalini energy with the mysterious Earth sound creation gong.

Wednesday night (fully bookedis an awakening journeying experience with mantra, crystal bowls + double gong – Rosanna + Amanda.

**When this event books out, please email us at: to place your name on our cancellation list. 


We are so excited to be hosting a New Moon cacao ceremony + Earth gong bath, guitar and mantra with Benton + Rosanna. The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation. The gong is the greatest form of equilibrium in the world. It synthesizes everything so that it comes into functional harmony. To heal is to make whole, so where there is functional harmony and holistic resonance, healing takes place naturally.

**Once this event books out, please email us at: to place your name on our cancellation list. 

The gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. There is only one thing that can supersede and command the human mind - the sound of the gong. It is the first sound in the universe, the sound that created this universe. It is the basic creative sound. To the mind, the sound of the gong is like a mother and father that gave it birth. The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.” ~Yogi Bhajan

Bringing you energy for the New moon. Benton will be playing melodic guitar with Rosanna playing healing, clearing and grounding Earth gong rhythms, waves and sequences.

'In the simplest terms, the gong awakens innate wholeness and guides the body to a state of greater balance and harmony. A gong bath is as scientifically sound as it is mysterious. It is as other-worldly as it is logical. It requires nothing but receptivity in order to be fully experienced, but it must be experienced in order to be understood'. ~ Devpreet Kaur

Dates: TBC

Spaces are very limited for these workshops. When this event books out please email us at to place your name on our cancellation list.




We begin our ceremony with a deep cleansing of the energy body and grounding.

Ceremonial grade cacao is a pure plant medicine bringing energy and healing to our body, mind and spirit.  Cacao ceremony is awakening and heart opening and we perform these special ceremonies for many occasions.

- Life celebrations and re-connection with partners or loved ones

- Wedding vow renewal

- Anniversaries

- Birthdays

- Reconnecting with a family member

- For those who want an experience and to feel the uplifting and deeply healing effects of cacao

We set a sacred space for you with beauty and love. Using the beautiful sound healing of crystal bowls, voice, mantra and Earth gong to cleanse, heal, relax and soothe the whole self. An amazing way to journey into deep meditative states, balancing both left and right hemispheres of the brain, let go of old outmoded thoughts and actions. We support bringing peace and love to those who choose this intention and way of living in our busy, fast paced and rapidly changing world.

We use ceremonial grade cacao from Guatemala – Keith’s cacao that is prepared with love and intention and is unlike any other cacao we have experienced.  We also have Firefly ceremonial grade cacao that is also ethically and sustainably grown and prepared with loving intention.

1 hour $250
90 mins $300



For groups of 8+people.

Cacao is a fruit rich in antioxidants and magnesium, an immune and cardiovascular booster. Ceremonial cacao is a numinous drink that matches perfectly with the resonance of sound waves. A natural heart opener and a powerful medicine for the soul used in Central and South American ancient rituals.

Your group ceremony includes a purifying ritual with sacred plants and water blessing and a traditional drink made of ceremonial cacao + 1 hour of live sound meditation with Earth gong, crystal bowls, voice taking you on a unique journey that will expand and align your energy, comforting your spirit. Let’s dive within!

It is perfect to commemorate any moment, individually, with family or friends; a gently warm way to create a good work environment for corporate team building. Is the perfect time-space to renew ourselves and receive more of everything we deserve with the gifts of sound and plant medicine from nature.

We recommend booking in advance.
If you would like to book this experience as a corporate team building activity, please let us know about your goals and intentions and we will create something unique for the group.

2 hours
$50 per person
Minimum 8 people




Aroha Awakening Retreat - We will be transferring this retreat to 2021 or to a time when it is completely safe for us to travel.

We invite you to join us on a magical journey to San Marcos at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, Central America. 

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: Shamans, Volcanoes & Mayan Culture

Guatemala is a very traditional country, with Mayan people making up over half the population. The villages around Lake Atitlan, a huge crater lake surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, are dominated by traditional Mayan families. Once you make the 3 hour mountain drive from Antigua, you feel like you are in another world.

This 7 day retreat (13 day adventure) is a unique opportunity for you to spend time away from your daily routines and old ways of thinking with a group of like-minded people in the magical land of Guatemala in Central America. Benton and Rosanna together with Guest Shamans will take you on a deeply healing journey, whilst creating a joyful experience. 

We had a wonderful time in Guatemala, travelling to Antigua and San Marcos over the past 2 years and this year we will be taking another small group from New Zealand, and sharing the opportunity to experience the energetic vortex that is Lake Atitlan. The Shamans say that the energies here are about one year ahead, which means that everything is amplified and hidden secrets and old stories soon come to the surface.  

This retreat will be beautifully intense, empowering and life changing.

San Marcos is the home of 'Chocolate Shaman' Keith Wilson. He has brought many light workers from all over the world to Lake Atitlan over the years. You will spend time with Keith and Mexican shaman Diego, who will in their compassionate and fun way, initiate you to a higher version of yourself.

What is included in your retreat cost :

  • We will start our mornings with a beautiful movement practice overlooking the lake. The afternoons will be filled with ceremonies, one on one sessions with Keith, Mayan spiritual cleansing, sightseeing at local villages around the lake, rest and contemplation.
  • The Chocolate Shaman Keith Wilson - Group Cacao Ceremony.
  • Mexican Shaman Diego - Traditional Sweat Lodge.
  • Mayan Spiritual Bathing with Rosanna - Candles are lit, Blessings are spoken, Copal is burned and the Healing begins. Spiritual Bathing is an ancient Maya healing practice that assists to clear/heal emotional obstacles that inhibit you from full-hearted living. A Spiritual Bath shifts you. It uplifts your spirit by washing away stagnant energy, negativity, sadness and emotional blockages that deter us from obtaining our deepest goals and desires. 
  • Sound Healing with Maria + local culture.
  • 2 vegetarian meals daily (breakfast + Lunch) + Accommodation on Lake Atitlan, San Marcos. Single rooms are at an extra cost and are subject to availability. 
  • Life in a Guatemalan lakeside village.
  • You will have a day off to shop, experience and explore Lake Atitlan.

What is NOT included:

  • Flights. We can assist you with booking flights if you are travelling at any stage with Benton and Rosanna.
  • All airport and destination transfers in the U.S. and Guatemala
  • 2 nights accommodation in Houston.
  • 2 nights in Antigua (accommodation and meals at your cost - very reasonably priced) - one night either side of our retreat. Antigua is absolutely stunning, vibrant and colourful.
  • Private sessions with Shaman Keith (approx $35USD each)
  • Excursions to villages around the lake - boat trips are very low cost
  • 1 meal each day in San Marcos - cafes and restaurants around the lake are very reasonably priced.

You can also experience :

  • Amazing shopping at Panajachel, Antigua and Houston Galleria
  • Beautiful, friendly, traditional people
  • Colourful and stunning arts and crafts
  • Exploring San Marcos and other Lakeside villages
  • Hummingbirds, Eagles and other wonderful wildlife
  • Cultural experiences + community 

If you are looking for an amplified healing experience as well as brother and sisterhood in a beautiful country with the kindest people, then do not hesitate and follow your heart!

This is a private retreat for us. We will keep the group size small, so that we can make sure everyone is supported through this transformative process.


The cost for the retreat week is in US Dollars not including flights and airport transfers. We suggest a budget of $8,500-10,000NZD for the entire trip that includes; our retreat costs, all transfers + taxis, spending money, 4 flights, accommodation in Houston and Antigua, all meals in Antigua, Houston and 1 meal in San Marcos per day + private sessions with Shamans, airport taxes, bags and International airport fees, tips and excursions around the lake to surrounding villages. If you are a shopper then go for the higher budget.

Aroha Retreat Cost: Is in USD and is TBC  

A $250USD non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. Please read our Terms and conditions. They are listed on our Terms & Conditions page. 

You can make your own way to Guatemala or get in touch with Rosanna if you would like to travel with her and Benton. 

We are really looking forward to hosting, guiding, travelling and journeying with you on our life changing Guatemala adventure! 

Please get in touch with for further details.


‘Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics’. ~ Albert Einstein

Reiki is a method of hands on healing. It is a system of healing that transforms and heals the body and mind. The Reiki practitioner transfers energy via the hands to the recipient. 

A Reiki practitioner harnesses this vital energy via a series of attunements or initiations which, in effect, switch on the ability to transfer Reiki energy to oneself and others.

Discover and learn a safe, proven and effective way to enjoy renewed health and vitality with Reiki!




Discover and learn a safe, proven and effective way to enjoy renewed health and vitality with Reiki. 

Reiki is a simple method of hands on healing, and is a system of healing that transforms and heals the body and mind, restoring balance, equilibrium and radiance.

No prior experience is necessary in order to learn Reiki. In this Reiki 1 course (Reiki First Degree) you will learn how to confidently deliver effective Reiki treatments for yourself, family, friends, clients and pets. You will learn how to bring healing, comfort and calm to any condition, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual by applying Reiki in three easy to learn Reiki patterns. Through well organized Reiki lectures, clear and thorough Reiki demonstrations, and ample supervised Reiki hands-on practice time, you will learn all of the Reiki Level 1 techniques quickly and easily and receive your certification as a Reiki 1 Practitioner.

This workshop is also a great way for those who already hold a Reiki 1 degree to refresh their skills.

This workshop covers all aspects of Reiki 1:

  • History
  • Reiki principles
  • Self-healing
  • Learn about chakras 
  • Cleansing 
  • Hands on healing for others; friends, family, animals and plants
  • Group healing techniques
  • Intention
  • Meditation and Mudra

Our Reiki training classes are held over two days, thorough and complete, to provide you with a real hands-on Reiki training experience. This supervised hands-on practice is essential to your learning the Reiki techniques properly and gaining the necessary experience and confidence before giving Reiki treatments to others.You will leave this workshop feeling renewed and awakened to the simplicity of Reiki technique and application.  

You will experience self-healing and supporting others in their healing, you'll make new friends as well as receive Reiki 1 certification. 

2 day non-residential. This workshop will be held at Aroha premises at 3 Maidstone Street, Grey Lynn. Aroha is an inspirational urban, inner city workshop and healing facility, and a place of inner reflection.

When : 12th and 13th September 2020
Where : Aroha, 3 Maidstone Street, Grey Lynn
Time : Saturday 11am - 3.30pm Sunday 10am - 3.30pm 
Refreshments : Delicious vegetarian lunch provided each day
Facilitators : Benton Day and Rosanna Marks
Cost : $350
Deposit : A $100 non-refundable deposit is required on booking


Bookings are essential as our space is small and intimate

Please email or call Rosanna to book : / 0800 MINDBODY or TXT 0273866587




Reiki is a beautiful and powerful, safe form of energy healing and here at Aroha we use Reiki in everything we do. You can feel Reiki in our hands; deeply warm and tingling sensations that relax and energise the recipient allowing for a restful and peaceful mind ready to take on the world. 

Reiki 2  workshop for those who hold Reiki 1 certification or those wishing to refresh their Reiki 2 practice.

This workshop has been designed to cover all aspects of Reiki 2 and more :

  • Symbols and symbol practice
  • Mantra
  • Distant healing
  • Focused intention
  • Enhancement of hands on practice 
  • Initiation
  • Cleansing of self, spaces and environments
  • Ethical business practices 
When : 31st October and 1st November 2020
Where : Aroha, 3 Maidstone Street, Grey Lynn
Time : 11am - 3:30pm (Saturday) and 10am - 3.30pm (Sunday)
Refreshments : Delicious vegetarian lunch provided each day
Facilitators : Benton Day and Rosanna Marks
Cost : $380
Deposit : A $100 non-refundable deposit is required on booking


Bookings are essential as our space is small and intimate

Please email or call Rosanna to book : / 0800 MINDBODY or TXT 0273866587




Aroha Reiki 3 certification. This 2 day workshop is for those who currently hold a Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 degree, or for Reiki 3 practitioners wanting to update and refresh their existing skills.



This workshop will cover all aspects of Reiki 3:

  • Experienced use of the Reiki 2 symbols
  • Focused intention and deep healing Reiki given and received
  • Reiki 3 symbols
  • Initiation
  • Shamanic positioning
  • Cleansing practices and water cleansing ritual
  • Ethical business practices
  • Manifestation
  • Mudra and meditation   
  • We look forward to spending the weekend with those who feel they are ready to progress into Reiki 3!

To read our testimonials please click here


    When : 13th and 14th June 2020 
    Where : Aroha Love, 3 Maidstone Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
    Time : 11am - 3.30pm (Saturday) and 10am - 3.30pm (Sunday)
    Refreshments : Delicious vegetarian lunch and snacks provided each day
    Facilitators : Benton Day and Rosanna Marks
    Cost : $400
    Deposit : A $100 non-refundable deposit is required on booking


    Bookings are essential as our space is small and intimate

    Please email or call Rosanna to book : / 0800 MINDBODY or TXT 0273866587





    Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice of guided relaxation and healing. Coupled with positive visualisation and affirmation, Jen’s Yoga Nidra practice will bring you more self- love, peace and joy. We will begin with breathing and intention setting, followed by gentle movements to connect your breath to the body. We then wrap you up nice and warm before being guided into your relaxation.


    When : 4 weeks - Thursdays 10th of October - 31st of October
    Where : Aroha Yoga space upstairs at 3 Maidstone Street
    Time : 7pm for 50 minutes
    Cost : $20 per class 


    Bookings are essential as our space is small and intimate

    Please email or call Rosanna to book : / 0800 MINDBODY or TXT 0273866587




    Annual Sacred Feminine Retreat 2020. A New Moon Retreat.


    When groups of like-minded women get together magic is created. Sacred Feminine workshops awaken awareness of the feminine form with beautiful flowing, simple healing dance, yoga and a deeper understanding, honouring and integration of energy and companionship.

    Aroha Sacred Feminine Retreats are profoundly and deeply healing, a space where we can drop our masks and allow the beauty of our authentic grace to shine through. A space where we can honour, celebrate and empower each other and learn awareness around rituals that will allow for a greater capacity to grow and flourish as feelings and energy flows through our bodies with ritual, healing dance and yoga.

    Expect some new moon magic

    Ritual + Cleansing
    Women's circle
    Cacao Ceremony
    Gentle healing Bellydance with Rosanna
    Kundalini Yoga with Gayle
    Love, Wisdom and Power in Action workshop with Amanda
    Meditation + Gong Bath
    Sound Healing
    Space in nature
    Spa + sauna 

    We will be in natural peace, surrounded by nature, forests and streams - likeminded people, and delicious vegetarian meals. Benton will be catering for us.

    Sacred Feminine annual retreats are perfect for everyone - beginners and women who have attended prior Aroha sacred feminine retreats. 

    We only take a very limited number of ladies on Sacred Feminine retreats.  Please email us with any questions

    Check out our terms + conditions page. Optional extras available below.


    When : 16th - 18th October 2020 
    Where : Aio Wira Retreat centre
    Time : Friday early evening - 2pm Sunday afternoon
    Refreshments : Delicious vegetarian meals and accommodation included
    Facilitators : Rosanna Marks + Friends
    Cost : $625 shared accommodation. Single and twin rooms extra cost.
    Deposit : A $100 non-refundable deposit is required on booking

    Love, Wisdom and Power in Action Workshop with Amanda Duke
    (included in retreat cost)

    Love, Wisdom and Power in Action – going deep into our heart space we will use the breath and movement to prepare the body for deep mediation and healing. We look at the power of our words, both spoken and thought, and how we can use our words to manifest happiness and joy. We will use vocal toning to experience the power of using the voice as medicine. Finishing with Sound Therapy using the sounds of Gong, Crystal Alchemy Bowls, Sonic and Skin drum, and a Guided Meditation to connect you to your highest self, remembering the divine wisdom and knowledge you hold to activate your full potential and unlock the abundant source of love that awaits you.

    Optional extras:

    V-steam with Rosanna: 

    Vaginal Steams (Bajos, in Spanish) have a long history of use by traditional healers in various parts of the world, especially in Central America. Their popularity has been steadily growing in the West, and for good reason – vaginal steams are very beneficial for a wide variety of conditions, from painful menstrual cramps to infertility to nourishment of the area. They can help the uterus empty itself more completely, dislodging old tissue and blood that may have been there for months or even years.


    Ayurvedic face lifting massage technique with Helen Wood:

    Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory experience like no other, combining the healing therapies of Ayurveda, infused with the subtle energy work of Reiki and sound healing, bound together by intention.

    This 60min journey will start with the setting of your intention followed by being bathed in the clear, pure vibrations of a crystal pyramid. Next is 45mins of bliss with an Ayurvedic face lifting massage with kansa wand infused with Reiki.  Closing with a crystal pyramid sound bath and the letting go of your intention.

    Helen will guide and support you throughout this special journey. She graduated from The New Zealand College of Massage with a Diploma of Therapeutic and Sports Massage in 2005. She has trained at the renowned London School of Indian Champissage learning Ayurvedic face lifting massage techniques and has been trained by Rosanna Marks in the energy healing treatment of Usui Reiki levels 1 and 2.  She has a passion for supporting and serving clients on their individual transformational journeys and creating a unique experience tailored to their needs. 

    Special Retreat Price $90 

    Bookings are essential as our space is small and intimate

    Please email or call Rosanna to book : / 0800 MINDBODY or TXT 0273866587




    Aroha Massage workshops are by request only and will be at a cost of $850 per day for an individual or $450 per day, per individual for groups of 2 or more. 3 days of training is minimum and can extend to 5 days if required.

    These workshops will be held at Aroha premises (3 Maidstone Street, Grey Lynn) and is open to all levels and teaching her art is Rosanna's specialty and passion. It is advisable, however not necessary, to have completed an anatomy and physiology certificate prior to learning. Delicious vegetarian meals are included in the workshop cost.

    You will learn :

    • Holistic Bodywork Aroha style.
    • Enter a more conscious awareness of your energy centers.
    • Learn how to blend a fusion of massage techniques with energy healing and chakra balancing.
    • How to enhance your own internal energy flow and body mechanics.
    • Rhythmical massage techniques, with a focus on breath and movement, using simple yet highly effective techniques.
    • The importance of spiritual cleansing.
    • Keeping high energy levels for yourself and your client/recipient.
    • Enhancement of intuition with holistic bodywork.

    Bookings are essential as our space is small and intimate

    Please email or call Rosanna to book : / 0800 MINDBODY or TXT 0273866587