Presenter: Stephanie Dowrick & Joyce Kornblatt
Course #: 1350

  • March 29, 2018 - April 2, 2018
    Check In Time: 4:00 pm
    Check Out Time: 2:00 pm

The Retreat at Easter has been a highlight of Stephanie Dowrick’s teaching year at Mana since 2001. This year (2018), the Retreat is taking a new and quite wonderful turn. Stephanie will be joined in the teaching by her close friend and colleague, Joyce Kornblatt. Together these wise, exceptional women will offer us a rare chance to experience what “embodied self-compassion” can mean – and how this way of seeing and being can soften, heal and transform the very basis of our daily existence.

As we embrace embodied self-compassion, our compassion for others and for our world becomes ever-more natural and inevitable.

The Retreat will include time for restorative, enriching teachings from Stephanie and Joyce, as well as daily guided and silent meditation, personal rest and periods of guided reflection. There will certainly be time for questions and discussion but to allow your rest to deepen, we will be holding a peaceful silence for one another for most of each day. Please ensure before booking that you are totally comfortable with extended periods of silence, and with the emphasis on self-reflection.

Delicious vegetarian food is a highlight of the Mana experience, as are the times to walk, gaze and rejoice in nature. Body treatments are available during afternoon rest periods. Fully inclusive cost: NZ$875. The retreat begins before dinner (arrive from 4pm) on Thursday 29 March and ends after lunch (2pm) on 2 April. We will enjoy an inclusive sacred gathering, led by Stephanie, on Easter morning.


Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is widely known as the author of more than 20 books, and as a long-standing retreat leader at Mana. Her books include Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Heaven on Earth, Choosing Happiness, The Universal Heart and Seeking the Sacred. New Zealand born, Stephanie has lived in Europe and then Australia for most of her adult life but has deeply reconnected with New Zealand through her many years of Mana teaching. She is an ordained Interfaith minister and a trained psychotherapist who brings genuine daily wisdom to her teaching. Stephanie is also a long-time social justice activist, social commentator, mother and grandmother.







Joyce Kornblatt is a novelist, a meditation teacher, a teacher of creative writing, a Hakomi-trained psychotherapist and a long-time Buddhist practitioner. Joyce’s path and Stephanie’s first converged almost 40 years ago when American-born Joyce was an English and Creative Writing professor at the University of Maryland – and Stephanie published her wonderful novels at The Women’s Press in London. So many years later, the women’s paths again converged, this time in Sydney. Joyce is also an extremely experienced retreat leader, with a deep sense of the healing that creativity as well as embodied compassion enhance and enable.



“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

“What a fantastic retreat Stephanie gave at Mana. It was peaceful, reflective, thought provoking and wise (with lots and lots of compassion). I came home feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.” Alex G.