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Mara Elwood

Mara is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and teaches regular classes and workshops in MSC, Mindfulness and Meditation. She believes that presenting mindfulness, meditation, and compassion training in a secular way, may enhance their availability and reach in the world. Mara has studied Vipassana Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and received training in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and Non-Violent Communication (NVC).


Mara holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching and has taught a wide variety of ages. She is currently studying to receive a Clinical Master's degree in Arts Therapy and has completed her Post Graduate diploma in Arts Therapy. Mara is a prolifically creative person and brings this energy to the way she teaches and engages with different groups. She believes that all people are inherently creative, and everyone is an artist.


A 5-day Mindfulness Self-Compassion Retreat with Anna Friis and Mara Elwood

Mana Retreat Centre 608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1, Coromandel

The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, MSC...

Make Bookings $1,245.00 – $1,595.00 36 tickets left


Payment is required in full at the time of booking, by credit or debit card, or direct bank transfer using our secure POLi payment gateway.

We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

Cancellation Policy

This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration, please note our cancellation policy :

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee, and your spot will be offered to someone else.
  • 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.


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