The Retreat at Easter with Dr Stephanie Dowrick


Bring greater joy, peace and simplicity to your life this Easter.  Join Stephanie Dowrick for the annual Retreat at Easter at Mana Retreat Centre. 2-6 April 2015

“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.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick will again lead the annual Retreat at Easter, a highlight in Mana’s year and in Stephanie’s. This is a genuinely inclusive spiritual retreat open to all genuine seekers of a kinder, more compassionate and more peace-giving life. The retreat begins before dinner on Thursday 2 April (please allow time to register and settle in). It ends after lunch on 6 April. The theme for 2015 is REDISCOVERING SIMPLICITY and Stephanie will introduce some accessible but profound and potentially life-changing ideas to live with greater harmony within and friendliness to ourselves and others. She will also be supporting participants to deepen or refresh their daily practices of insight, reflection and meditation. Stephanie Dowrick draws on the great wisdom teachings of all the faith traditions and presents them with her life-long psychological insight and ethical clarity. There is also ample time for questions, discussion and rest. We will have a beautiful inclusive service and celebration on Sunday in Mana’s famous Sanctuary. Mana is also famed for the delicious vegetarian food, exquisite landscapes and – perhaps most precious of all – their unstinting kindness which so beautifully supports the messages of kindness and compassion that Stephanie brings.

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More comments from participants:

“Mana is a truly magnificent, magical and stunningly beautiful sanctuary. I felt very nurtured and supported during my entire stay. A profound, amazing experience and I look forward to my next visit hopefully very soon…”  Jennifer Aaron

“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



The Retreat at Easter includes periods of silence, guided meditation and silent meditation, and, in addition to the teachings and care from Stephanie, wonderful personal support also from Reverend Hilary Star of the Auckland Interfaith community.  Body treatments are available in non-teaching times for an extra cost.

Cost:  NZ$875 includes all teachings and guidance, plus shared accommodation with all linens, organic vegetarian meals and the use of all facilities. An instalment plan is possible after discussion with the Mana office. NZ$300 deposit reserves a place. (Please enquire as soon as you can, however, as places are strictly limited.)

Registration: Please use this REGISTRATION LINK  or phone Mana Retreat on +64 7 866 8972.

Cancellations: 30 days or more, prior to the event, your deposit is transferable to another course within the next 12 months or refunded less $50 admin fee. If you cancel within 30 days of the event your deposit is forfeited unless your place is filled.

Numbers at Stephanie Dowrick’s Mana retreats are always strictly limited. Please contact Mana without delay.  For those who may really need it, a very small number of single rooms are available.  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 be keen to attend all the morning teaching sessions and to stay within the Mana grounds at all times. This is a spiritual retreat so it is essential that you feel comfortable with extended periods of silence.

Getting there: You can get to Mana by car, bus, ferry or shuttle from Auckland Airport. All details via this link: GETTING TO MANA. It is approximately two and half hours drive from Auckland.

Stephanie Dowrick2011Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is 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 for almost ten years, based at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney. 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.

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