“Do not be daunted by the world’s grief”

“Do not be daunted by the world’s grief”

It has seldom been more “daunting” to contemplate how much of the world’s grief is totally unnecessary…created and escalated by some of the worst expressions of human greed and idiocy. Facing into that, how can we be anything but daunted? Yet, from a spiritual perspective, we cannot afford to stop there. We must also, somehow, […]

About Stephanie Dowrick

About Stephanie Dowrick

Writer * Social activist * Retreat leader * Interfaith minister * spiritual teacher “Stephanie Dowrick is a godsend. Her gift is the ability to write in a manner that genuinely enriches and changes lives.” Nigel Marsh, writer and global CEO “Stephanie Dowrick’s writing and career are characterised by motifs of renewal and re-imagining.. Dowrick’s work […]

Easter Retreat 2019 with Stephanie Dowrick

Easter Retreat 2019 with Stephanie Dowrick

In 2019, Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick will be offering the Easter Retreat 2019 – April 18-22 – with a most wonderful theme: Contemplation and Creativity. Stephanie writes, “Teaching at MANA is one of the highlights of my life – and has been for nearly 20 years. These images show you how beautiful Mana is – […]

“Interfaith in Sydney” gatherings every 3rd Sunday

“Interfaith in Sydney” gatherings every 3rd Sunday

  When we contribute actively and consciously to world peace, we also offer ourselves a most beautiful gift: greater inner peace and spiritual nourishment. Would be so wonderful if you could start the year as part of the world wide effort to make ours a more peaceful, accepting world. These beautiful, explicitly inclusive gatherings from […]

Stephanie Dowrick Spring Retreat, 4-10 October 2018

Stephanie Dowrick Spring Retreat, 4-10 October 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Spring Retreat with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, Mana Retreat Centre, 4-10 October, 2018.  This year’s theme: “Courage, Beauty & Self-Forgiveness” Full details are available via this link to the REGISTRATION PAGE at Mana Retreat Centre, near Coromandel, New Zealand. Shuttles from Auckland Airport, making the travel to Mana both easy and […]

Stephanie Dowrick: Taxing Questions

Stephanie Dowrick: Taxing Questions

It is with my social justice hat on that I wrote the article you can access below. You are very welcome to comment on it on the excellent, thoughtful “Pearls and Irritations” blog, hosted by John Menadue. Or on my own public Facebook page where it also appears as a link. How privileged we are […]

Collection of Talks | 2017

Collection of Talks | 2017

2017 | A selection of Stephanie Dowrick’s talks at Mana Retreat Centre Click on the links below to be taken to each individual audio file. Always A New Beginning Healing, Contemplation, Action Essential Interbeing Claiming Our Worthiness Fruits Of Contemplation – Mindful Action The Elements and Joy Mary and Martha – The Subtleties Of Presence […]

Collection of Meditations | 2015

Collection of Meditations | 2015

2015 | A collection of guided meditations led by Stephanie Dowrick Click on the links below to be taken to each individual meditation’s audio. These meditations were all recorded at Mana Retreat Centre, meditations led by Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Meditation Guidance Guided Meditation 2 Meditation – Breathing Life Meditation – Refreshment Of New Day […]

Farewell & thanksgiving: Sacred service with Stephanie Dowrick 17 September

Farewell & thanksgiving: Sacred service with Stephanie Dowrick 17 September

Interfaith service with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick Music: Dr Kim Cunio, Heather Lee, Anna McDonald (violin), Elizabeth Lecoanet, Samarai Cunio (tabla) Sunday 17 September 2017, 3pm – prompt start Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street, Sydney (between Bathurst and Park streets) Tea, coffee, fellowship after the service. “The radiance that is neither East nor […]

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

As I sit here this very early morning, the house is quiet. The world outside is quiet. The air even now is hot and still. (I will go outside in a moment to water my thirsty plants – all in pots.) It is the penultimate day of what has been a long year, with personal […]

Prayer for all those seeking safety

Prayer for all those seeking safety

On this Christmas morning, let us remember and pray most especially for our brothers and sisters who are without homes, countries or safety. We pray especially for our brothers and sisters held in detention on Manus Island, on Nauru, in detention centres in Australia, for all those denied shelter, dignity and hope. You are not […]