Stephanie Dowrick at Mana Retreat Centre 2016

IMG_0536A truly inclusive spiritual retreat:  29 Sept – 2 October 2016; 2-5 October 2016 (deepening peace)

Deep Looking. Deep Listening.  “Our true lives lie at great depth within us.”

It is a rare and wonderful blessing to gain the depth of inner refreshment, focus and calm that a spiritual retreat brings. Combining inspired yet grounded spiritual teachings with meditation, ample time for shared reflection, and increasing silence and stillness, participants invariably experience these retreats as an oasis in their lives. There is a quite special union here of the inspirational with the practical, allowing you to go home truly replenished.
Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is Australia’s leading writer and teacher on spiritual life.  She has written more than 14 books, including Seeking the Sacred, Heaven on Earth, The Universal Heart, Choosing Happiness, Creative Journal Writing, and Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love.  She has also written an outstanding study of the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke: In the Company of Rilke. Also a trained psychotherapist and an interfaith minister, she has been leading retreats for more than 25 years and at Mana for 16 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.”

“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.

The benefits of being on retreat are exceptionally enhanced when it is offered somewhere as physically beautiful as the Mana Retreat Centre in Coromandel, New Zealand. Please note: this is the ONLY retreat that Stephanie will lead at Mana in 2016. Early booking will be essential, especially for the final deepening days when our numbers are strictly limited.

The 2016 Sacred Retreat runs from 29 September – 2 October, 2016, with an optional extension from 2 – 5 October. Our theme in 2016 is “Deep Looking, Deep Listening“, within and without, bringing the inner stability we need not only for the benefit of others and for our world, but for our own whole-self wellbeing. Teachings are offered from an interfaith perspective, drawing on the world’s wisdom traditions, with an explicit emphasis on bringing the best of ourselves to the world in which we live, to our most personal and also our global connections.

During the final three days we will deepen our times of silence, with extra time also for meditation, personal and shared reflections, walking, journalling and resting. 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 Dowrick 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
“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.
“Once again, superb teachings from the heart right to my heart, inspirational and nourishing.”  Helen
“The teaching was all I could have hoped for and more.”  Ailsa
“Men as well as women can gain so much from these retreats. They are inspired and insightful about the kinds of challenges we face whatever our age or gender.”
“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.”

You can go direct to MANA RETREAT CENTRE to book your place. People attend these spiritual retreats in the spirit of peace and appreciation from all kinds of backgrounds, brought together by the desire for a greater depth of understanding of the sacred and how to bring that to daily life with compassion and enthusiasm.

Numbers at Stephanie Dowrick’s Mana retreats are always strictly limited. This is especially true in 2016 when Stephanie is leading only one retreat here at Mana. Please contact Mana without delay. The physical environment at Mana is exceptionally beautiful. This contributes greatly to our inner wellbeing. 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 attend all the morning teaching sessions, to observe the periods of silence, to act with unconditional respect towards one another, and to stay within the Mana grounds at all times. This is NOT a psychological workshop. Please discuss with Mana staff if you are in any doubt about what a spiritual retreat offers.
Arrival 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)  We have kept the same modest fees for some years and will hold them in 2016 also. If you can afford to pay more, please speak with Sarah or Simon at Mana about supporting our scholarship funds. We would be most grateful.
Arrival Please arrive well BEFORE 6 pm on 29 September to allow for pre-dinner registration. The retreat ends after lunch on the 1st or 5th October.
Cancellation policy: A deposit of $300 is required to secure your registration. 30 days or more prior to the retreat the deposit may be fully transferred to another Stephanie Dowrick retreat within 12 months or refunded less a $100 admin fee. (Plus an additional fee of $100 if you have booked also for the deepening.) Cancellation within 30 days forfeits the deposit. We hope to minimise the chance of excluding others because of any late change of mind.

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is a deeply experienced spiritual teacher and retreat leader. She is also 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, based at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, since 2006. She has been teaching at Mana since 2000. 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.