ON the roots of Aloha . . .

Kupono: honesty to your self and others; to know, where you stand and walk forward on your foundation 

Malama: the care for objects, living beings and people

Kokua: help without expectations

 

The OMNA Institute is a "place of welcome", that supports to uncover the well-spring of aloha and the recognition of individual resources, talents, potentials and needs. It encourages to follow the individual rythm of healing and change, develop unique perspectives and approaches and come to the realization of higher goals.   

 

Hawaiian Bodywork supports this process. Noho 'ana provides a framework to enhance an individual session of Hawaiian Bodywork Ola Mai Na'au Ali'i  with other process- and body-oriented approaches, far from the city and in the peaceful stillness of the Bavarian countyside, where the OMNA Institute is residing in an old farmer house. 

Noho 'ana is the name for the retreat program of the OMNA Institute, focusing on individual capacities, talents, ressources, resilience and self-healing. It is a place of arrival and a lookout. Time for change, continuity and focus - a golden bowl, a nest for all the things that escape our attention to easily... 

E holo ʻoe i Hawai'i e nānā ai i ka ʻāina, i ke kanaka, a me kō laia noho ʻana.

Travel to Hawaii and learn from the land, the people and the local way of living. 

Sometimes, things that seem far are closer than you expect. Thus, in the middle of south-eastern Bavaria we encounter the taro fields of old Hawaii – figuratively: a place that tells of the connectedness between nature and human, salt and sweet water, ocean and mountain, the old and the young, the water cycle and the chain of generations. 

The first polynesian navigators, who dared the long journey across the pacific to the Hawaiian islands, brought the taro plant with them in their boats. Because of its exceptionally high resilience to natural catastrophies and environmental conditions and its high nutritional value it became the most important food and mythological figure for the following generations.  

The mythological narration tells us, that Ho’ohokukalani, the mother of the first human being, had a miscarriage. From the earth, where she buried the deformed being, grew the first taro plant: Haloa, „the one with the long stalk", with the leaves that shiver in the wind. We – far distant from the times of the great navigators – brought from the taro fields of Hawaii, still: the trembling of the long-breath of Haloa, the coolness of the water and the darkness of the mud, as well as the infinite well-spring of Aloha – the memory of the feet stamping in the mud to loosen the roots of the bulb that connect the mother plant with its progeny and the memory of the hands that put the stalk back into the mud: may it grow a new bulb and new leaves and many many little shoots: Haloa, the first-born and the older brother of us all.   

Seminars, weekly courses, individual work with people, families, parents and children: the OMNA Institute is a center for holistic health and intercultural education whose practices and visions are inspired by an old Hawaiian word for love: na'au ali'i. We believe that we need spaces that foster authentic, respectful, healing and creative meetings between people that are different in their experiences and views, that embody different cultural and social realities, different interests and fascinations, that carry different wounds and express different ways of being, of human existence and dignity.  


Ola is Hawaiian for: health, life 

Mai tells you the direction: towards me/us

Na’au are the intestines, bowels; feelings, mood, heart; mind 

Na’au Ali’i is an old, nowadays hardly used expression for Aloha, a word which was marketed to sheer emptiness, representing a "fake-culture" of empty smiles and paradise illusions, thus turning into the opposite of its original meaning: compassionate love

 


On the foundation of individual body potential, with deep acceptance for the situation and open eyes for the reality of this moment a communicative space is created in which movement and change find peaceful and natural ways and touch upon the essence of our human existence. The path to the taro field is a search for our living home with the name "world" – this place, that makes us waver; where we meet the living and the dead, the human and inhuman; the place, where we make a difference.