Events, Retreats, Services, 2011-12

Dr Stephanie Dowrick accepts a limited number of private speaking engagements, not listed here (companies, schools, government and non-government organizations). Enquiries to uhn@stephaniedowrick. com or william@stephaniedowrick.com

This list of public events is frequently updated. Please check with the sponsor/organiser for the latest information.  New events will continue to be added, including free public forums withBreast Cancer Network Australia.

Stephanie writes: “Public speaking and workshop and retreat leadership in a wide variety of settings gives me a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with a wide variety of people. Writing is my principal work but speaking has long also been central to what I do. It gives me a wonderful chance to meet many of you around the issues that matter most.”

Forthcoming events include the monthly Interfaith Service in Sydney (3rd Sundays of the month at 264 Pitt Street, 3pm; next service 18 December 2011). Details below for the 2012 February weekend retreat in NSW; the famed Easter Retreat at Mana, and the Kyoto Writing Workshop in Japan.

Sydney, 18 December 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.)  All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

 10-12 February 2012, NSW Australia

Start your year with peace & purpose: a spiritually inclusive 2-nights retreat at the beautiful, peace-filled Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning, 150 Macarthur Drive, Wilton NSW 2571. Retreat leader: Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Inclusive cost: $350 (Friday dinner to Sunday lunchtime.) To book please send a cheque for at least half the cost now, and balance by 14 January 2012. Cheque or money order to: Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning. Please include your name, address plus email details for acknowledgement, and state that it’s for the February interfaith retreat.

5-9 April 2012, Coromandel, NZ

The annual 4-nights Easter Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ. Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been teaching at Mana since 2001 and now leads two retreats each year, Easter and October. The theme for Easter in 2012 is “The grace of kindness: living the sacred in everyday life.” Earlybird bookings available prior to 16 January. Cost: A$600 (approx.)/ NZ$795. Please contact Mana immediately if you are interested in joining us as many people return annually for this exquisite retreat and places are limited. Body treatments available prior and during afternoon rest periods. You may extend your stay on either side of the retreat for a modest cost.

Mana Retreat Centre, RD 1  608 Manaia Road, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand

(+ 64 7) 866 8972

http://www.manaretreat.com/programme/2012-schedule/easter-retreat-2012.html

29 October –7 November 2012, Kyoto, Japan

 Writing in Kyoto. This is a lively interactive retreat for writers or would-be writers at all levels. And especially for anyone ready to live and think more creatively. Writing workshops in the mornings with Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Guided explorations of the enchanting ancient city of Kyoto in the afternoons and evenings with Japanese-speaking William Suganda. Tai chi and meditation will be offered, and time for quiet reflection and writing, but this is not a spiritual retreat. This will be the third trip to Japan that Stephanie and William have led together. People can join the group in Osaka (or Kyoto) from anywhere in the world. Numbers strictly limited. Please email: William@inspiredtraveller.com.au to register your interest.

Sydney, 3rd Sundays of each month (except January) 3pm

Established in 2006, monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/


2011 Events.  Did you miss?:

Canberra, 5 February 2011

10 – 1pm: “Exploring our Spiritual Stories”. Small, highly interactive group workshop with Dr Stephanie Dowrick  Very limited numbers – booking essential.  Conference Room, National Library of Australia.

2pm:  Free lecture: “Insight and Inspiration” exploring the many ways that reading and writing can foster and articulate insight and inspiration.  Organised by the ACT Writers Centre. Theatre: National Library of Australia, Canberra. http://www.actwriters.org/2011.html

Sydney, 8 February 2011

7.30pm  Stephanie Dowrick returns to Shearers Bookshop, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040, to talk about her powerful new book, Seeking the Sacred, both the writing of it and its reception. $7 entry; $5 discount on buying the book.  Bookings essential to ensure your place. (02) 9572 7766.http://www.shearersbookshop.com.au/Events.asp

Melbourne, 11-13 February 2011

Writers at the (Abbotsford) Convent.  This is one of Australia’s leading small festivals and certainly one of its most enjoyable.  Stephanie Dowrick will participate, as she also did in 2010.  Programme of all events available from 15 January 2011. http://www.writersattheconvent.com

Sydney, 17 February 2011

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be in conversation with Toni Whitmont of Booktopia at North Shore Temple Emanuel. This event is open to the public. 28 Chatswood Ave, Chatswood. 7.30-9.15 pm. Tel: 9419 7011.  Free.

Whyalla, South Australia, 21 February

All details of this free forum, to be held in the Middleback Theatre for those with breast cancer, and their support people, from Breast Cancer Network Australia. Bookings essential.

Melbourne 10 March 2011 5.30pm for 6pm

Stephanie Dowrick at Dymock’s Melbourne, 234 Collins Street, to talk about the continuing journey ofSeeking the Sacred.  This lively, free event, with plenty of time for questions, comments and personal signing, is Stephanie’s last Melbourne event for some time. Free, but bookings essential by email tolevents@dymocks.com.au or telephone 03 9660 8500.

Armidale, 16-17 March 2011

Early Years Conference 2011 Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be giving the Keynote address on 17 March and will also speak at the conference dinner on 16 March. Venue: Michael Hoskins Theatre, The Armidale School, Armidale. Organisers: Armidale Family Support Service. email armfss@optusnet.com.au http://familysupport.org.au/newsite/pdfs/2010_Registration_Form_EYC.pdf

Sydney, 20 March 2011

3pm Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.(Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening.http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Sydney, 17 April 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Coromandel, NZ, 21- 25 April 2011

Annual Easter Retreat.  This is one of the highlights in the Mana Retreat Centre calendar and also for Stephanie Dowrick. 2011 will be the tenth annual Easter Retreat and earliest bookings are essential.  The theme of the 2011 retreat will be “Seeking the Sacred”, reflecting some of the most powerful, tender and transformative themes in Stephanie’s new book.  Wonderful scenery, delicious vegetarian food and time for peace and relaxation as well as the most stimulating teaching and discussions.

Bookings essential with Mana Retreat Centre, Telephone 07 866 8972. http://www.manaretreat.com

Nambour, Qld, 30 April 2011

Breast Cancer Network Australia – information and support forum for breast cancer survivors and their supporters. This is one of a regular series of outstandingly supportive, uplifiting forums around Australia. FREE. For full details of this and forthcoming forums, please  visit http://www.bcna.org.au/events/bcna-forums

Sydney, 15 May 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

USA, 12 – 17 June

Stephanie Dowrick’s highly praised new book, Seeking the Sacred, will be published June 2011 by Tarcher Penguin (USA)

Public events include:

12 June      11am Center for Spiritual Living, 662 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange NJ, where Stephanie will speak as part of the Sunday service.

13 June  6.30pm Book signing and talk, Namaste Books,  2 West 14th Street, btwn 5/6 Avenues

15 June  7-9pm Workshop, Unity of Tustin,Tustin CA  http://www.unitytustin.org/events/

16 June 6.30-7.30 Book Signing Joyful Living Church, San Diego, 3505 Camino del Rio South, followed by 7.30-9pm Workshop. http://www.joyfullivingsandiego.org/special-events

17 June 7-9pm Conversation with Stephanie Dowrick, moderated by Lisa Webster of Religion Dispatches, California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco

USA speaking enquiries to:Molly.Brouillette@us.penguingroup.com

Sydney, 19 June 2011 ( June service will be led by Dr Kim Cunio)

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Sydney, 17 July 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening.http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Byron Bay, 5-7 August 2011

Stephanie Dowrick is delighted that she will return to Byron Bay as a guest of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. A personal highlight will be her “in conversation” with journalist and spiritual seeker, David Leser. Friday, 5 August, 2.15-3.15 pm.

Melbourne, 19 August 2011

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be a speaker at the Breast Cancer Network Australia SUMMIT. Please see the bcna website for all details. Stephanie Dowrick speaks at many BCNA forums throughout the year, all over Australia. Again, bcna website for information.

Sydney, 21 August 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Sydney, 6 September 2011

Soiree Litteraires offers a dinner, followed by a talk, on a monthly basis. This month the talk will be given by Dr Stephanie Dowrick on her experience of writing about Rainer Maria Rilke, with a focus on Rilke’s brilliance and beauty, and his immense appeal for contemporary readers. Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club, 93 Spring Street, Bondi Junction. 6.30 for 7pm (dinner). SL charge $35 and bookings are essential. Deposit to Westpac Bank, BSB 032 051; Acc 162 874. Include your name. Receipts available, or information, from Irina Spinadel:irina_spinadel@yahoo.com.au

 

Adelaide, SA, Sunday 11 September 2011

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will give the keynote lecture at this significant all-day event, organised by the Multifaith Association of SA. This is a day, of all days, on which we need to think bravely and intelligently about the world we are collectively creating. Register now: http://www.multifaithsa.org.au/events.htm

Hahndorf, SA 13 September 2o11

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will give “The Roffey Reflection”, speaking on the challenges and opportunities of a contemporary seeking life. Hahndorf Old Mill, Main Street, Hahndorf. 7pm.  Presented by “Pub Spirit”. Dinner available earlier (optional). Bookings for dinner necessary: 8388 7888.

Sydney, 18 September 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening.http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Coromandel, NZ, 29 Sept – 2 October 2011

Spring Retreat. This beautiful retreat, with its emphasis on peace and inner refreshment and renewal, allows participants ample time to meet their needs for living with greater sense of self-confidence and peace. Wonderful scenery, delicious vegetarian food, peace and relaxation as well as highly supportive teaching and gentle discussions.

Bookings essential with Mana Retreat Centre, Telephone 07 866 8972. http://www.manaretreat.com

 

 

Sydney, 16 October 2011

3pm   Monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney.  (Cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) No charge. All welcome at this oasis of peace and spiritual refreshment. Exquisite music, inclusive prayers and teachings. Healing and strengthening. http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/featured/interfaith-services/

Adelaide 22 October 2011 “Finding Balance” Wellbeing Conference

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will give a keynote address and “mini workshop” on self-confidence, self-trust and resilience at this two-day Conference. Stephanie will present on 22 October. Other excellent presentations and very reasonable costs. For details and registration please see:http://www.infinitycoachingandnetworking.com/Upcomingconferences.html

Wollongong & Adelaide, Breast Cancer Network Australia 7 & 11 November 2011

Two final forums for this year, offering exceptional support for those whose lives have been changed by breast cancer. Please check BCNA’s website for all details and take a moment to forward to anyone who might benefit. These events are fully sponsored, highly informative and free. Dr Stephanie Dowrick offers the “wellbeing” segment of the program. Registration essential.