Dr Stephanie Dowrick: events and retreats

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Are you seeking greater calm, insight and joy in life? Do you want to see and experience the world around you – and within – with greater appreciation and confidence? Stephanie Dowrick can offer this – and more. She will post shortly updated details of 2014 events. Highlights will include the tremendously positive and uplifting “Retreat in a Day” on 25 January 2014, Subud Centre, Pt Chevalier, Auckland (Booking details HERE); also another beautiful year of interfaith services in Sydney each 3rd Sunday of the month – EXCEPT January – at 3pm: Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney. The retreats at Mana Retreat Centre will also continue twice-yearly: Easter (17-21 April 2014) and Spring (25-28 September;28 Sept-1 October 2014, an optional extension). Booking details for Mana HERE. To enquire about “Happiness in the Land of Happiness” (Bhutan: 19 October – 1 November), please contact William Suganda of Inspired Traveller: email.

If you wish to enquire about Stephanie Dowrick’s availability to lead a retreat or to speak at an event, please visit CONTACT on this website.

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Our thanks to all who participated and benefited during 2013. Looking forward to 2014, we would ask that you also check Stephanie Dowrick’s inspirational Facebook page for updates.

Selected events from 2013 are listed below.  2014 events – additional to those briefly listed above – will follow shortly.

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23 November 2013 7.30 pm

“Heavenly” concert and CD launch with Dr Kim Cunio and his exceptional musical ensemble. Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney. Recorded and extracts broadcast on Radio National’s “Spirit of Things”. Please enjoy via this LINK.  A studio CD (not the concert) of Heavenly is available via this LINK.

 13 November 2013 1-2pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick returns to Stanton Library , North Sydney. 1-2pm Free.  Stephanie will discuss her new book, Heaven on Earth, the power of prayer and the comfort and delights it brings. She will also sign books. Bookseller: Constant Reader.

 

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13 November 2013  Everyday Kindness: A win-win way to greater happiness. Hurstville Library, Sydney 7-9pm

FREE uplifting evening, but bookings essential on 9587 6622. Hurstville Library Exhibition Area. Cnr Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville. Dr Stephanie Dowrick will help us to discover the small changes that can radically increase our sense of inner confidence and wellbeing, increasing happiness in all areas of our lives. (Funded by Hurstville City Council Community Grants Program)

15 November 2013   Sacred: an art exhibition launch, Canberra, 6pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will speak at the opening of this exhibition, to be held at ARTSPACE, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT. Telephone: 02 6295 9438. Artist floortalk: 16 November 1pm.

17 November 2013   Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.

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23 November 2013  “Heavenly” Sacred music and words, Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney, 7.30 pm.  Doors open for ticket sales at 6.30pm. $25.

This will be an unforgettable, sublime concert of sacred music and words musically directed by Dr Kim Cunio and featuring seven world-class sacred musicians, plus a contribution of prayers with music from Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Musicians include Heather Lee, Elizabeth Lecoanet, Nicholas Ng, Julian Wong, Mark Isaacs, Nawres Al-Freh and Kim Cunio. We urge you to come early and to advise friends and families of this fabulous event. It will also be possible to buy Kim Cunio & Stephanie Dowrick’s launch CD: Heavenly.

15 December 2013   Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.

24 December 2013  Christmas Eve service, Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney, 11pm.

 

About Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s talks and teaching:
“Stephanie Dowrick captivated and inspired delegates with her wisdom and compassion. She distilled the essence of spirituality into practical guidance for leading a happier life in today’s modern world.” Beth Phelan, Conference Manager, Happiness & Its Causes Conferences, Sydney
http://www.happinessanditscauses.com.au

“We can always rely on Stephanie to encourage, inspire and lift our spirits – and she always delivers superbly in her unique, empathic, considered and compassionate style.”
Lyn Swinburne AO, former CEO, Breast Cancer Network Australia
http://www.bcna.org.au

“Stephanie Dowrick’s teaching is potent and universally accessible. Her wisdom inspires a diversity of individuals to meet their lives with greater insight, equanimity and creativity.”
Donna Idol, Manager, Mana Retreat Centre, New Zealand
http://www.manaretreat.com

Did you miss?

19 January 2013, Shearers Bookstore, Sydney, 2pm

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will read her sumptuous new children’s book, The Moon Shines Out of the Dark, sign books, and meet children, their parents and friends. 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040. Bookings: Tel: 9572 7766.

26 January 2013, Auckland, NZ

“Gaining Ground” A joyful, sustaining “retreat in a day”, offered in Auckland by Mana Retreat Centre. A lively, practical day to set the most uplifting agenda for the year ahead. Bookings needed in advance with Mana Retreat Centre. Lunch provided, plus handouts. Tel: (07) 866 8972   (This would also make a wonderful gift day for a friend!)

10 February 2013, UNSW, Sydney 4-6pm FREE

A free inspirational afternoon! Dr Stephanie Dowrick and writer and spiritual teacher Anthony Strano will join forces to help each of us consider “The Significant Time: Learning to live with change and uncertainty.”  This is a free event offered by the Brahma Kumaris, with music from renowned musician Sam McNally and Armondo Hurley. Bookings are essential. Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Bulding C24, Enter via Gate 9.   Free parking: Gate 11, Botany Street. Booking details:   http://www.bkwsu.org/au/events

17 February 2013  Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.

2 March 2013  Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will participate in a highly stimulating morning symposium in Sydney with other leading psychotherapists and academics: “Old Wine in New Wineskins: Western psychology meets Buddhist thought and practice.” Interested public very welcome. Venue North Sydney For all details please email info@buddhismandpsychotherapy.org 

 

17 March 2013  Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.

22-24 March 2013, Bellingen Writers and Readers Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be a participant at this delightful literary Festival.  For all details and to register please visit the Festival website.

28 March – 1 April 2013, Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ

The annual 4-nights Easter Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ is a highlight of Stephanie Dowrick’s teaching year and has been offered annually since 2001. The experience of being on retreat at Mana is truly restorative, way exceeding most people’s expectations, and the exquisite, practical theme for Easter 2013 is “Messages of love.”’ Cost: A$675 (approx.)/ NZ$835. The retreat will include time for enriching teachings from Stephanie, quiet periods including guidance for meditation, personal rest and reflection, and shared, guided time for discussion. Vegetarian food; very comfortable accommodation; exceptionally beautiful setting. Body treatments available 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

14 April 2013, New South Wales Writers Centre, Sydney

“Free to Write: Writing with greater fluency and pleasure” A one-day course with Dr Stephanie Dowrick that will support your need to write and your ease in writing – whether you are a beginner or a professional. A highly interactive day that will allow you to sustain with new confidence your writing ideals. Numbers strictly limited (to 16) and early booking urged. Cost: $165 or $115 for members; conc: $100. Tel (02) 9555 9757  NSWWC for bookings and enquiries. Or to join the WAITING LIST. (Stephanie will teach again at NSWWC in July/August.)

21 April 2013   Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.

3-5 May 2013, “Inner Peace, Outer Strengths”, Interfaith in Sydney Retreat, Wilton, NSW

Easy access from Sydney and Canberra (and places between!), from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime, we will gather to deepen our awareness of inner peace and outer engagement. The retreat will be offered 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 Dowrick, quiet periods including meditation (guided), personal rest and reflection, and guided time for discussion. The retreat is suitable for those on retreat for the first time, as well as those returning to the serenity of a retreat experience.  Ample, delicious vegetarian food. Fully inclusive cost: $350.  Small number of single rooms available at extra cost. Address your enquiries to Phillippa Andrew. Tel: 02 4630 8124. For payment: 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 May 2013 interfaith retreat. Use THIS LINK  for more information about the Retreat Centre. However, for this retreat you cannot book on-line – you can only book by phone or mail.

19 May 2013   Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.

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 21 July 2013, 18 August 2013  – and the 3rd Sunday of each month:  Interfaith service Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney (TALKS always available)

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at the beautiful, centrally-situated Pitt Street Uniting Church since June 2006. Each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm a diverse group of people gather to discover that everyone is welcome, with teachings and glorious music that affirm our diversity and our unity. Community singing is also available with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15-2.15pm.  All welcome. You are also invited to view the video TALKS that Stephanie Dowrick gives, plus some of our music, via this Interfaith in Sydney YOUTUBE link.

27 July 2013 Writing Essentials (one-day workshop), New South Wales Writers Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

Please contact NSWWC direct for all details of this one-day course where Dr Stephanie Dowrick will offer writers at all levels a rare chance to explore their writing processes at greater depth. Using stimulating reflections, discussion and exercises, you will think about choice, context and content, as well as craft. Numbers very limited so please contact NSWWC as quickly as possible if this would support your creative life and pleasure in writing.  SOLD OUT. Please contact NSWWC to be added to wait list.

 

10-11 August 2013  Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, New South Wales.

This is a very popular small literary festival in a most beautiful part of the country, with a wonderful emphasis on the pleasures of reading. Stephanie Dowrick will be taking part in two events and will very much enjoy meeting readers, signing books, and participating more generally. Individual sessions can be booked: this is the LINK. Please let Stephanie know if you heard of the Festival via this website, her FACEBOOK page, or the Universal Heart Network.

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24-25 August Buddhism and Psychotherapy Annual Conference, Brisbane

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will offer both a keynote address and a workshop at this outstanding annual conference. You do not need to be a Buddhist or a Psychotherapist to benefit from the workshops, talks and networking. The conference is open to the general public and would be of great interest to psychotherapists, social workers, school counsellors, as well as those working in the community to achieve a greater degree of social responsibility and spiritual awareness.  The theme for 2013 is “Inner Peace Outer Action”. Other speakers include Ven Robina Courtin, Dr Eng-Kong Tan, and Renate Ogilvie. For more details, and to book, visit the conference website.

3-6, 6-9 October 2013 “Peaceful Mind” Spring Retreat, Mana Retreat Centre, NZ

“Stephanie’s retreat at Mana has been a deep refreshment for my “parched” soul…With all the support and love offered here, I have begun to feel life entering once again into my body, my soul and my spirit.”
Judith S-H

Spring is the perfect time for inner and outer renewal and this year the Spring Retreat at Mana will be followed by three optional days of increasing peace, including silence, rest and meditation. Together we will rediscover 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 delicious vegetarian food, beauty of nature, and rare care for mind, body and spirit. Body treatments available including massage and watsu. Book for the first retreat only OR both. Those needing transport from Auckland airport can arrange this with the Mana team. A ferry also runs from Auckland to Coromandel. Mana retreat Centre is about 2 1/2 hours south of Auckland.  This retreat is suitable for those who haven’t been on retreat before, as well as those who have returned many times. Mana Retreat Centre, RD 1, 608 Manaia Road, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand   (+ 64 7) 866 8972   Mana Retreat Centre  http://www.manaretreat.com

Writing in Kyoto with Stephanie Dowrick  24 October – 2 November 2013

“Stephanie is an extraordinary facilitator with an uncanny ability to pull a disparate group into a cohesive and comfortable state from the word ‘go’. We all thrived under her tutelage in so many different ways. I loved it all.” Judith White

Whatever your writing experience, this tour offers you a rare chance to heighten your senses, your appreciation of beauty, and to journey safely within and without. This highly successful writing/travel retreat in Kyoto is for writers or would-be writers at all levels. It is especially for anyone ready to live, see and think more deeply, appreciatively and creatively. Writing workshops in the mornings with Dr Stephanie Dowrick in a traditional Japanese house (with comfortable seating!). Optional guided explorations of the enchanting ancient city of Kyoto in the afternoons and evenings with Japanese-speaking William Suganda.  Visits to Zen gardens, temples, shrines. A small group experience, this is truly unforgettable. For more details visit this beautiful LINK.  Or email: William@inspiredtraveller.com.au to register your interest and receive the complete itinerary in pdf form. An optional extension is also being considered to Koya-San, home of Shingon Buddhism.