The Grace of Kindness – Easter Retreat 2012

Dr Stephanie Dowrick shares her uplifting, transformative talks on “The Grace of Kindness”, given at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand, during the Easter Retreat 2012. If you have time only to listen to one (initially) we would suggest Talk Two (Saturday afternoon). Please note that these talks were not professionally recorded, but do bring you […]

Stephanie Dowrick offers a practical peace testimony

Peace-making is no longer an option. (And never was.) To be worthy of life, we must choose to embrace peace-making as a way of being. We must contribute on an active daily basis to the safety, happiness and well-being of all those with whom we share this planet. I offer this as a guide, inspiration, […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Peace in Our Hearts

Please enjoy this talk by Dr Stephanie Dowrick , addressing the need and desire that so many of us have to create greater or more sustained peace in our hearts. Peace cannot stop in our hearts, of course. But if there is no peace in our hearts, our efforts to live in greater harmony with […]

Visit and enjoy the Universal Heart Book Club!

Are you ready to join in a global conversation about books and ideas? Then take a few delightful moments to visit the Universal Heart Book Club.  We are offering you lively video reviews, along with many other articles, reviews, and background discussion on fine books and writers. At a time when so much discussion about […]

Universal Heart Newsletter – and Book Club

Greetings to all in the Universal Heart Network! Announcing the Universal Heart Book Club  *  Engage with books and ideas that matter * Interfaith in Sydney 19 August 2012 * Glorious Spring Retreat in New Zealand, 4-7 October * Writing Retreat in Kyoto (only two rooms left) * YouTube talks – direct support  * “From Joy […]

What is religion? Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith

These true, beautiful words come from Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith: “Religion lies not in the yogi’s patched garment, nor in his staff, nor in besmearing the body with ashes. Religion lies not in suspending large rings from split ears, nor in shaving the head, nor in the blowing of horns. To live […]

Peaceful Mind retreat in beautiful New Zealand

The “Peaceful Mind” retreat is one of two retreats that writer and retreat leader Dr Stephanie Dowrick leads annually at the glorious Mana Retreat Centre in New Zealand.  This year’s dates are 4-7 October 2012. You are most welcome to book extra days on either side of the retreat. Mana Retreat Centre is a dedicated retreat […]

Anna Funder’s All That I Am

Stephanie Dowrick reviews Anna Funder’s exceptional debut novel, recent winner of the Miles Franklin (published by Penguin Australia). This review first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. What kind of people dare to dream of a better world than the one in which they find themselves? Ruth – one of this immensely fine novel’s two […]

Stephanie Dowrick on YouTube: Living the Golden Rule

Please enjoy this talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on what is universally known as “the Golden Rule“. Without an understanding and practice of “doing no harm” and recognising that your neighbour feels and needs as you do, our claims to spiritual or psychological maturity are so easily lost. However, we will never learn to live […]

Reading recommendations!

My on-line bookstore is administered and run by Seek/Collins and is less than exciting in design (I’m in their hands on this). However, because of their size it offers a vast range of books, many available immediately, and all at a minimum discount of 10% off the retail price. That means you can find for […]

Universal Heart invitations: books, Mana, Kyoto

Dear Universal Heart Network friends A briefer email this time and much earlier than usual, in part because my web manager is about to be away – and I rely on him totally if anything unravels in this marvellous but sometimes mysterious world of social media.  Speaking of which, next Monday evening (25 June) I […]