Our vision for Arcus is to curate events and ignite projects that foster connections between people, nature and creativity.

Matariki hangi and stargazing event
Arcus venue, July 2023

In partnership with Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy (AAANZ.org) and the Matariki Ramaroa Festival, we had the pleasure of hosting an interactive amateur astronomy course, training dark sky guides and stargazing enthusiasts.

Commencing with an auspicious hangi under clear Matariki skies, we experienced an amazing three days, learning how to use telescopes, identify constellations and planets, capture the night sky on camera, and about Maori astronomy.

As a result of this event, the Council, locals, and astronomers are exploring the possibility of international dark sky accreditation in the Kapiti region, which is immensely exciting.

IGA accreditation protects the wonder of the dark sky for future generations, reduces the cost of electrical lighting, and brings economic spin-offs by way of astrotourism and ecotourism.

AAANZ is grateful to their sponsors, Otaki Community Board, Kapiti District Council, and the Lotteries Commission.

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Sinrin yoku forest bathing
Arcus venue, April 2023

In April 2023, we hosted a day retreat centred on the practice of shinrin yoku or forest bathing. Shinrin yoku is a guided practice set in a forest or among trees; a 'green prescription' originating from Japan, which the world is now embracing.

We were honoured to be guided by experienced forest therapist and climate adaptation scientist, Prof. Tahia Devisscher, who travelled from Canada to co-create this event with Alice Hearnshaw, and share this beautiful restorative practice with us.

Science shows that shinrin yoku delivers many health benefits. It bestows high doses of oxygen and deep relaxation on participants, as well as immunity-boosting phytochemicals, which certain trees emit. 

As well as self-care among the trees, we also gave the baby trees some care in the arboretum, followed by a delightful tea ceremony and shared lunch outdoors.

Shin rin yoku
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Arcus is nature's playground where we hope ideas, inspiration and people spark and fuse collaborative action.


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