Presenter: Stephanie Dowrick
Course #: 1404

  • October 4, 2018 - October 10, 2018
    Check In Time: 4:00 pm
    Check Out Time: 2:00 pm

Spring Retreat with Stephanie Dowrick: Courage, Beauty and Self-Forgiveness

The annual Spring Retreat, led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, is a rare chance to experience your life freshly, from its most honouring and sacred perspective. This is a retreat which opens us to the sacred through focused, inspirational teachings, as well as personal enquiry, reflective silence, and community with others sharing your retreat experience. We are also blessed by coming together in the most extraordinarily beautiful surroundings. This year’s theme is particularly positive and strengthening: “Courage, Beauty and Self-Forgiveness”. Stephanie Dowrick offers clear, wise teachings within a genuinely inclusive spiritual context, drawing on wisdom traditions that belong to all. Typically positive responses to the support she offers appear below. The focus is always on how we can weave our retreat insights into everyday life. A spiritual retreat, this offers welcome periods of silence and a constant practice of mutual consideration. Each day includes silent and guided meditation, teachings, time for walks, reflection and guided reflective periods. There will also be time for questions and quiet discussion. The beauty of Mana and the kindness offered there support the deep peace of retreat. As usual at our Spring Retreats, Stephanie will be accompanied by Reverend Hilary Star who brings to these retreats an example of loving-kindness of great benefit to all.

stephanie dowrickReverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is Australia’s leading writer on spiritual life and has been teaching from an inclusive universal perspective for more than 25 years. She has written more than 14 books, including Seeking the Sacred, Heaven on Earth, The Universal Heart, Choosing Happiness, Creative Journal Writing, and Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, plus an outstanding study of the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke:In the Company of Rilke. Also a trained psychotherapist as well as being an interfaith minister, she has been leading a large inner-city interfaith congregation at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, since 2006, and has been leading retreats at Mana for 17 years. “Every retreat is different,” she says, “but the differences are in content and who’s present. What is absolutely predictable from year to year is how changed and enriched people feel by the time they leave. They are not only rested, they shine.”  You can find many of Stephanie’s shorter talks via the InterfaithinSydney You Tube channel.

“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.

“It was such a wonderful retreat, and the impact has been profound.  I am so utterly grateful in such a deep way for all that Stephanie gives to us all. Whilst it is not measurable, it is absolutely beyond measure.”  Katrina M.

“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 fully inclusive cost for very comfortable accommodation, all meals, all teaching plus daily spiritual activities and practices, from 4 October (arrival by 4pm please, dinner will be served at 6pm) to 10 October (after lunch) is NZ$1,300. If you are able to contribute to our scholarship fund, we would be deeply grateful for that. For more information, please email the Mana team directly:


CANCELLATION POLICY: 60 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee. 59-30 days prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $250 fee. 9-30 days prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $400 fee. 0-9 days prior to the start of an event, no refund will be made.


SHUTTLE: A shuttle can be booked from Auckland Airport to Mana Retreat – an early shuttle at 2pm and a late