The Medicine Man of Rarotonga
“I am a guru of nature, and proud of it” – Pa, Medicine Man
Head into the thick jungle on Rarotonga and don’t be alarmed if you happen to bump into this man wondering around.
Pa – a self-proclaimed guru of nature is a barefoot, bear-chested, dread-locked man, dressed in tea leaves for clothes.
He will, most likely, have a large machete in his hand for cutting his way through the unruly inter-twining branches.
This year, I was fortunate enough to spend a few days documenting his nature walk and his unique sense of living.
Pa the Teacher
Pa has conducted high-energy eco tourism treks into the jungle Since 1985, such as the challenging cross-island trek and the more relaxed nature walk which is suitable for all – he is 70+ but could out-walk many of us!
He has also set up a small clinic at his home to help patients from around the world, searching for alternative medical help – something he does for free.
Pa has cured dozens of cancers and diseases through herbs found on the island, while the local and international doctors couldn’t help.
Connecting to Nature
His stories are plentiful and part of the experience. He talks about his past life, his passions and also helping others through his medical knowledge.
As we walk, he points out uses of herbs and picks fruit for us to eat.
Pa lives a simple life, centered around all things natural. He is a herbalist, botanist and moreover a traditional healer. He makes you feel immediately relaxed with his genuine smile the moment that he greets you.
Pa sees himself as spiritually connected to the heart of his ancestral home of Rarotonga – his family have been medicine men and women for generations.
Ask him anything about the plants on the island and he will be happy to point out their various uses – he has never found a herb he doesn’t know.
Pa is a unique character and to document someone like this, so connected to the land around him was a very special experience.