Presenter: Stephanie Dowrick
Course #: 1300

  • October 5, 2017 - October 11, 2017
    Check In Time: 4:00 pm
    Check Out Time: 2:00 pm

“What we gather in contemplation we give out in loving action” – Meister Eckhart

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 allows an opening to the sacred through prayer and teachings, and also personal enquiry, reflective silence, and caring and respect for others who are sharing your retreat experience. Stephanie Dowrick offers clear, wise teachings within a spiritual context that is inclusive of all that we are. Typically positive responses to the support she offers appear below. However, we want to emphasise that this is a spiritual retreat, offering safe, inner disciplines of silence and mutual consideration, especially over the final three days. Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick teaches from an interfaith perspective, drawing on the wisdom traditions that belong to us all. Each day includes silent and guided meditation, teachings, time for walks, reflection and guided reflective periods. There will also be some time for your questions and quiet discussion. The beauty of Mana, and the kindness offered there, is also intrinsic to the deep peace of a retreat.

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 5 October (arrival by 4pm please, dinner will be served at 6pm) to 11 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: 30 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee. 10 – 29 days prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $200 administrative fee – event bookings less than $200 receive no refund. 0-9 days prior to the start of an event, no refund will be made. *These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances. There may be changes to our cancellation policy for individual courses.


SHUTTLE: A shuttle can be booked from Auckland Airport to Mana Retreat – an early shuttle at 2pm and a later shuttle at 330pm. If you require a shuttle please select a ticket when registering below and provide us with your flight details.