Peace from the inside out

These words from Zen poet and teacher Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh have been the greatest support to me and countless others for many years. Let’s imagine the world we would live in if each day, several times a day, we paused just long enough to say the following four lines: Breathing in I calm my […]

Stella Cornelius: a tribute

(What follows is Quaker and development activist  Jane Sloane’s January 2011 eulogy at the memorial service for peace activist, Peace Prize winner, and conflict resolution writer and teacher, Stella Cornelius, founder of the Conflict Resolution Network and loved by so many. Stella died, still engaged with the activities of peace-making, aged 91.) Stella, beloved: Appropriately, […]

Religious bigotry: a global challenge

There are few expressions of human ignorance and misery worse than religious bigotry. Bigotry of any kind harms those who express it as well as those who are its targets. Religious bigotry, though, generally  comes heavily tainted with self-righteousness. At its worst, it’s sustained by the noxious belief that it expresses “God’s” will, or that […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Includes: Visits to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne – February 2011 * Easter Retreat and new Writing Retreat in Kyoto (Oct 2011) * Interfaith in Sydney 20 February 3pm * Renewing kindness? * Bookshop * Facebook * Iqbal Dear friends A rewarding and blessed new year to each of you. And I hope this newsletter finds you […]

Events, Retreats, Services, 2011-12

Dr Stephanie Dowrick accepts a limited number of private speaking engagements, not listed here (companies, schools, government and non-government organizations). Enquiries to uhn@stephaniedowrick. com or william@stephaniedowrick.com This list of public events is frequently updated. Please check with the sponsor/organiser for the latest information.  New events will continue to be added, including free public forums withBreast Cancer Network Australia. […]

2011: A year of kindness?

Is this the year for learning something fresh and transformative about kindness? Something that will enhance your life – and the lives of everyone around you? Maybe you have begun the year with a long list of worthy things you ought to be doing: improving your mind as well as calming it; listening more appreciatively […]

Retreats & events with Stephanie Dowrick 2011

Forthcoming events include the monthly Interfaith Service in Sydney (3rd Sundays of the month at 264 Pitt Street, 3pm; next service 18 December). Stephanie Dowrick writes: “Writing is at the heart of all that I do, but speaking and teaching have also long been central to my working life.  This gives me a wonderful chance to […]

Readers’ responses to Seeking

The following responses from readers mean much more to me than simple praise and encouragement – as vital as encouragement always is. If you have read Seeking the Sacred – or any of my other books but especially Seeking and In the Company of Rilke – you will know how mindful I am of the […]

Conversations – listen & read

We have a new feature on this web site which lists some of my public conversations and interviews – and the occasional blog mention. These include some wonderful spoken word from the ABC, including the interviews with Rachael Kohn (The Spirit of Things) and John Cleary (Sunday Nights) which gave me very special opportunities to […]

Auckland, 15 January 2011

A “retreat in a day”, particularly exploring the individual strengths and wisdom we want and need for the year ahead.  A wonderful way to set the compass for 2011.  Time for teaching from Stephanie Dowrick, positive reflection, “deep listening”, sharing, questions, discussion. Suitable for all levels. Lunch & refreshments provided.  Address: Pt Chevalier, Auckland. Bookings […]

Easter Retreat April 2011

Coromandel, NZ, 21- 25 April 2011 Annual Easter Retreat.  This is one of the highlights in the Mana Retreat Centre calendar and also for Stephanie Dowrick. 2011 will be the tenth annual Easter Retreat and earliest bookings are essential.  The theme of the 2011 retreat will be “Seeking the Sacred”, reflecting some of the most […]

Peaceful wishes to Universal Heart Network

Peaceful wishes to all – and to our world. Thank you for your interest and support throughout this year, both for my work and for the Universal Heart Network. I look forward to being in touch with you again in 2011 and to seeing many of you at events, retreats and services. It’s always a […]

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