Spring Retreat with Stephanie Dowrick at Mana October 2015

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Finding peace…and sustaining it.

Sublime refreshment inside & out: 1-4 October, 2015; 4-7 October

Are you in need of lasting spiritual refreshment, offered in a most beautiful setting and from a genuinely inclusive spiritual perspective? Would you like to be more inwardly peaceful, knowing you can then meet life with greater compassion, interest, courage and joy?

“I know what a different person I would have been without Stephanie’s wonderful teachings at Mana. It’s because of her encouragement and wise words that I am able to live my life with courage and conviction.”      Jude F.

It is impossible to adequately convey how deeply restorative a spiritual retreat can be – especially when it is offered somewhere as physically beautiful as the Mana Retreat Centre in Coromandel, New Zealand. Truly, you need to be there. Dr Stephanie Dowrick is Australia’s leading writer on spiritual life. Also a trained psychotherapist and an interfaith minister, she has been leading retreats at Mana for 15 years. “Every retreat is different,” she says, “but the differences are in content and who’s present. What is absolutely predictable from year to year is how changed and enriched people feel by the time they leave. They are not only rested, they shine.”

Copy of Mana2009 567This year’s Spring Retreat runs from 1-4 OCTOBER, 2015, with an optional extension from 4-7 OCTOBER. Our theme is the peace we need and how to sustain it not only for the benefit of others and for our world, but for our own whole-self wellbeing. Peace is the quality from which all other spiritual powers flow. Peace brings choice, freedom of thinking, physical readiness to engage with life and to live energetically and creatively. We will not only think about peace; we will also live it.

During the final three days we will deepen our times of silence, with extra time also for meditation, personal and shared reflections, walking, journaling and resting. During the earlier 3-days, Stephanie Dowrick will teach each day. There will be time throughout for questions and carefully guided discussions, in addition to meditation and personal reflection. Body treatments are available as an optional extra throughout (other than at teaching or meditation times). Nourishing vegetarian food, and unfailing kindness in every aspect of retreat life, are hallmarks of the Mana experience. Stephanie teaches from a deeply knowledgeable, inclusive spiritual perspective, always allowing each person to find his or her way to bring the teachings to life through everyday living.

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Here are just some of the immensely positive comments from participants in recent retreats:

“Stephanie’s teachings at Mana always bring a freshness of perspective to me. Stephanie has a gift – she speaks to the universal wisdom we hunger to remember in a way that meets the listening of our times. I leave Mana each time with a deep sense of peace and joy to take back into my everyday life.”  Deborah Sim

“It’s always such a privilege to learn from Stephanie Dowrick’s teachings – and even more so since we have, as a couple, attended Mana retreats together.  The Retreats become such a treat!
So much more meaningful to learn together how to live a good life.  So much gratitude to Stephanie for her wisdom and brilliance”.  With loving kindness, Ruth and Robert

“I know what a different person I would have been without Stephanie’s wonderful teachings at Mana. It’s because of her encouragement and wise words that I am able to live my life with courage and conviction.”  Jude F.

“Every year I commit to being on retreat with Stephanie. For me it’s a time of remembering, of being nourished and inspired. Being there grows my loving connection to myself and others “ Judith A.

“Stephanie gives her heart and soul to the teachings and we are absolute beneficiaries.”

“If you come to Mana with an open mind and heart, you will leave with them overflowing. A wonderful experience on so many levels.”

“Stephanie is most extraordinary. I couldn’t ask for more.”

“The Easter Retreat is a unique experience of peace amongst glorious surroundings and with the most gifted teacher of our region. I am blessed!”

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Numbers at Stephanie Dowrick’s Mana retreats are always strictly limited. Please contact Mana without delay.  For those who may really need it, a very small number of single rooms are available.  All Mana food is vegetarian, much of it locally grown at Mana, prepared with love and skill. Mana is strictly a no-alcohol and no-drugs property. During the time of the retreat we expect all participants to be keen to attend all the morning teaching sessions and to stay within the Mana grounds at all times. This is a spiritual retreat so it is essential that you feel comfortable with extended periods of silence.  You can get to Mana by car, bus, ferry or shuttle from Auckland Airport. All details via this link: GETTING TO MANA.

Costs (fully inclusive of teachings, all meals and accommodation): 3 days: NZD$695; 6 days: NZD $1,195. Installment payments can be arranged if needed. Register via this REGISTRATION LINK. You can also contact Mana direct by telephone: +64 7 866 8972. Pay by direct credit to bank account 02-0304-0312089-000 or by Visa or Mastercard. Bank transfers from outside NZ: Bank of New Zealand (BNZ, Coromandel Branch, 5 Wharf Road, Coromandel, New Zealand.
BNZ swift address: BKNZNZ22)

Arrival Please arrive BEFORE 6 pm on 1 October to allow for pre-dinner registration. The retreat ends after lunch on the 4th or 7th October.

Cancellation policy: A deposit of $300 is required to secure your registration. 21 days or more prior to an event the deposit may be fully transferred to another Mana event within 12 months or refunded less a $100 admin fee. Cancellation within 21 days forfeits the deposit. (We will of course be considerate if your circumstances are exceptional. We are concerned, though, not to hold a place that could be taken by someone else.)

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is the author of 14 life-changing books, five of which have been international best-sellers. Her books include Intimacy & Solitude, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, The Universal Heart, Choosing Happiness, Seeking the Sacred and Heaven on Earth. She was in her earlier publishing life founder of the prestigious London publishers, The Women’s Press. She has contributed to all the leading media in Australia for three decades and continues to write for the Sydney Morning Herald on social and ethical issues. She has been leading one of the largest interfaith, inter-spiritual congregations in the world for almost ten years, based at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney. Her rare skill is to address topics of genuine personal and social concern and to inspire all retreat participants (and readers) to lead calmer, kinder, more joyful and more insightful lives. IMG_4537_1

http://www.stephaniedowrick.com     https://www.facebook.com/StephanieDowrick

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