Retreats and events with Dr Stephanie Dowrick, 2012

Please see details below for Sydney events for The Moon Shines Out of the Dark!  This is Stephanie’s first children’s book for many years and is gorgeously illustrated by award-winning Anne Spudvilas.  Also scroll down for details of the retreats and public events in which Dr Stephanie Dowrick is involved. She updates news via her Facebook page and also the Universal Heart Network – and Book Club. For speaking enquiries, please contact uhn@stephaniedowrick.com  Her Sydney services are the 3rd Sunday of each month, 3pm, at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney. Tel: 02 9267 3614. Please note that Stephanie teaches twice each year at Mana Retreat Centre in NZ.

“What difference can ‘the sacred’ make?” Stephanie Dowrick & Doug Purnell in conversation
11 October 2012, 7-9pm
 Paddington Uniting Church – please book with http://www.eremos.org for what promises to be a most stimulating and enriching evening with two ministers who also have a lifetime’s commitment to creative practice, Stephanie as a writer and Doug as a painter. You can also email events@eremos.org.au
Launch events for The Moon Shines Out of the Dark – Sydney. 12, 16, 17, 18 October 2012  (Allen & Unwin)
The Moon Shines Out of the Dark is a tender, touching story for 4-7 year olds about a little boy called Harry who spends a long night waiting for his mother to come home and for the moon to reappear in the sky, all the while thinking about all the lovely things in his life. It is magnificently illustrated by award-winning Anne Spudvilas. Stephanie Dowrick will meet readers and read the story at the following venues:
– Friday October 12, 9:45am, The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft Storytime  6 Hannah Street, Beecroft 2119 Bookings: 02 9484 0519-  Tuesday 16 October 2012, 10.30am, Watson’s Bay Library Storytime, The Tea Gardens, 8 Marine Parade, Watson’s Bay,2030.

– Wednesday October 17, 11:00am, Leichhardt Library StorytimePiazza Level Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt 2040 Bookings: 02 9367 9266

– Thursday October 18, 11:00am, Balmain Library Storytime  370 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Bookings: 02 9367 9211

Writing in Kyoto with Stephanie Dowrick  29 October –7 November 2012

This writing/travel retreat is for writers or would-be writers at all levels. And especially for anyone ready to live, see 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.  Please email: William@inspiredtraveller.com.au to register your interest and receive the complete itinerary in pdf form.

          

Earlier in 2012 – did you miss?

Peace & Purpose Interfaith Retreat, NSW, Australia  10-12 February 2012

Start your year with peace and purpose. A spiritually inclusive 2-nights retreat, led by Dr Stephanie Dowrick, at the beautiful, peace-filled Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning, 150 Macarthur Drive, Wilton NSW 2571.  The weekend will include time for teachings from Stephanie, quiet periods including meditation, personal rest and reflection, and guided time for discussion.

Happiness & Its Causes, Sydney 1 & 3 March 2012

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will again be speaking at the celebrated Happiness & Its Causes Conference on 1 March 2012. She will also offer a post-conference workshop on Saturday 3 March on “Living in Harmony: Starting with ourselves”. To book for the conference or workshop, phone +61 2 8719 5118 or online  www.happinessanditscauses.com.au

Christ Consciousness for our lives & time 31 March 2012, 1.30-5.30pm, Sydney

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be joined by Reverend Martin Samson from The Christian Community to offer a Saturday afternoon’s reflection on “Christ Consciousness” from an inclusive perspective that extends way beyond any limited notions of “Christianity”. This promises to be a most uplifting afternoon of shared teaching and personal reflection and prayer. Cost $30. Bookings essential as space limited (Christian Community church, Balmain, Sydney). Please email Martin to reserve your place: msamson@primus.com.au or telephone 0488 273 736.

Easter Retreat, Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ   5-9 April 2012

The annual 4-nights Easter Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ.   Stephanie writes: ‘As you can see from the photo above, Mana is one of the most beautiful spots on this earth. I have been teaching at Mana since 2001 and now lead two retreats there each year, Easter and October. The theme for Easter 2012 is “The grace of kindness: living the sacred in everyday life.”’ Cost: A$600 (approx.)/ NZ$795. The retreat will include time for teachings from Stephanie, quiet periods including meditation, personal rest and reflection, and shared, guided time for discussion. Vegetarian food; very comfortable accommodation. Please contact Mana directly if you are interested in joining us. Body treatments with highly skilled professionals are available prior, post, 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

Stephanie Dowrick at the Balmain Library free event 1 May 2012 6.30 pm

Stephanie Dowrick will speak about her varied writing life – emerging from her London publishing life – with plenty of time for Q&A. Free event but bookings essential on 02 9367 9211. Books will be on sale on the night with Brays Books, Balmain, including the new edition of The Universal Heart.

“Finding Balance” Byron Bay 12-13 May 2012

A beautiful setting for a highly supportive day OR weekend, of particular interest to participants interested personally or professionally in new and effective ways to support and enhance their psychological development. As part of the programme, Dr Stephanie Dowrick will offer a talk and morning workshop on inner balance, resilience, and self-trust. For more details please contact the organiser Dr Cate Howell on 0417867815 or email cate.howell@gmail.com  A workshop on hypnosis will also be offered by Dr Howell on Sunday 13 May.

Stephanie Dowrick at the Sydney Writers Festival, 18 May 2012, 2.30pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be in discussion with Dr Simon Longstaff of the St James Ethics Centre on “Spiritual climate change”: our need to think intelligently about the spiritual/social environments we are consciously and unconsciously creating – and where and how a spiritually inclusive perspective could limit the harm we recklessly do both socially and environmentally. This event will reflect some key themes of her book,  Seeking the Sacred.  Free. No bookings.  Philharmonia Studio. Pier 4/5. Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney.

Breast Cancer Network Australia  Bundaberg, Queensland, 23 May 2012

Please check with BCNA website for full details of this event.

Castle Hill Library, Public event, 6 June 2012, 7.30-8.30pm

Bookings essential. Entry $5. Castle Hill Library, 14 Pennant Street, Castle Hill. http://stephaniedowrickch-eorg.eventbrite.com/

LifeCircle Annual Conference, Sydney, 14 June 2012, 9-4.30pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will give the closing address at this intimate conference on living and dying with loving care and support. Further details at http://www.lifecircle.org.au/events-list/live-talk-die-conference  Open to the general public and essential for professionals working for greater compassion for those who are dying as well as those surviving their deaths.  This conference is NOT about assisted death.

Breast Cancer Network Australia  Lismore, 19 June 2012

Please check with BCNA website for full details of this event.

The Buzz about Creation, Rejection and Resilience, Sydney 5 Sept 2012, 6-8pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will co-present with Sue Hines, Publishing Director of Allen & Unwin, in this two-hour workshop presented by the Australian Society of Authors. It will offer support for writers at all levels dealing with sustaining their creativity in the face of rejection, or dealing with the inevitable criticisms and rejections of a writer’s life. Cost for non ASA members is $25. Bookings essential www.asauthors.org or telephone 1800 257 121.

Forgiveness workshop, National Mediation Conference, Sydney 10 September 2012

As part of this major conference, Dr Stephanie Dowrick, author of Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, will work with mediation and other professionals and the general public on key themes around forgiveness; its power to heal and diminish further harm – even when partially achieved. Registration is possible even for those not attending the Conference as a whole. Early registration is highly recommended. http://nmc12.mediationconference.com.au/pages/workshops.php

The Buzz about Creation, Rejection and Resilience, Sydney 5 Sept 2012, 6-8pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will co-present with Sue Hines, Publishing Director of Allen & Unwin, in this two-hour workshop presented by the Australian Society of Authors. It will offer support for writers at all levels dealing with sustaining their creativity in the face of rejection, or dealing with the inevitable criticisms and rejections of a writer’s life. Cost for non ASA members is $25. Bookings essential www.asauthors.org or telephone 1800 257 121.

Forgiveness workshop, National Mediation Conference, Sydney 10 September 2012

As part of this major conference, Dr Stephanie Dowrick, author of Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, will work with mediation and other professionals and the general public on key themes around forgiveness; its power to heal and diminish further harm – even when partially achieved. Registration is possible even for those not attending the Conference as a whole. Early registration is highly recommended. http://nmc12.mediationconference.com.au/pages/workshops.php

 

“Peaceful Mind” Spring Retreat with Dr Stephanie Dowrick  4-7  Oct  2012

 Spring is the perfect time for inner and outer renewal and this year the Spring Retreat at Mana will focus on the timeless theme of “Peaceful Mind”. Together we will rediscover our spiritual resources and what best supports a sense of inner stability and confidence that makes the most of life, whatever our outer circumstances. Enjoy the exceptional community experience of retreat life, with ample time for reflection, teachings and discussion, along with fine food, beauty of nature, and rare care for mind, body and spirit. Massage and watsu also available and please contact Mana if you would like to extend your stay at either end of the retreat.
Mana Retreat Centre, RD 1, 608 Manaia Road, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand   (+ 64 7) 866 8972   Mana Retreat Centre be@manaretreat.com

http://www.manaretreat.com