Retreats with Stephanie Dowrick 2012

Australia? New Zealand? Japan?  You can join us from anywhere in the world! Early in the New Year, I will post a more complete list of retreats and workshops that I will be leading in 2012. Meanwhile you could choose to give yourself – or someone else – the priceless gift of peace of mind and inner renewal and purpose that comes with a spiritual retreat. Or the excitement of creativity and freshness of “view” and experience that comes with a writing retreat. Please book with the organisers as soon as possible. All have strictly limited accommodation and numbers.

 Peace & Purpose Interfaith Retreat, NSW, Australia  10-12 February 2012

Start your year with peace and purpose. This is a spiritually inclusive 2-nights retreat, led by Dr Stephanie Dowrick, at the beautiful, peace-filled Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning, 150 Macarthur Drive, Wilton NSW 2571. An hour from Sydney. Easy from Canberra. Nearest station: Picton. Inclusive cost: $350 (Friday dinner to Sunday lunchtime.) The retreat is suitable for those on retreat for the first time, as well as those returning to the serenity of a retreat experience. The weekend will include time for teachings from Stephanie, quiet periods including meditation, personal rest and reflection, and guided time for discussion. Vegetarian food; very comfortable accommodation. To book please send a cheque for at least half the cost now and the balance by 14 January. Address your enquiries to Phillippa Andrew. Cheque or money order to: Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning. Please include your name, address plus email details for acknowledgement, and state that it’s for the February 2012 interfaith retreat. Tel: 02 4630 8124.

For more information about this retreat centre visit their website. However, for this retreat you cannot book on-line. Sorry!

Easter Retreat, Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ   5-9 April 2012

The annual 4-nights Easter Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ.  Mana is one of the most beautiful spots on this earth. I have been teaching at Mana since 2001 and now lead two retreats there each year, Easter and October. The theme for Easter in 2012 is “The grace of kindness: living the sacred in everyday life.” Earlybird bookings available prior to 16 January. Cost: A$600 (approx.)/ NZ$795. The retreat will include time for teachings from Stephanie, quiet periods including meditation, personal rest and reflection, and shared, guided time for discussion. It also includes our annual glorious Easter Sunday inclusive service at the Mana Sanctuary – photo above. Vegetarian food; very comfortable accommodation. Please contact Mana immediately if you are interested in joining us. Many people return annually for this exquisite retreat and places are limited. Body treatments with highly skilled professionals are available prior, post, and during afternoon rest periods. You may extend your stay on either side of the retreat for a modest cost.

Mana Retreat Centre, RD 1, 608 Manaia Road, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand   (+ 64 7) 866 8972

http://www.manaretreat.com/programme/2012-schedule/easter-retreat-2012.html

“Peaceful Mind” Spring Retreat, Mana Retreat Centre, NZ 4-7 October 2012

Oct 4-7 “Peaceful Mind” Spring Retreat with Dr Stephanie Dowrick
 Spring is the perfect time for inner and outer renewal and this year the Spring Retreat at Mana will focus on the timeless theme of “Peaceful Mind”. Together we will rediscover our spiritual resources and what best supports a sense of inner stability and confidence that makes the most of life, whatever our outer circumstances. Enjoy the exceptional community experience of retreat life, with ample time for reflection, teachings and discussion, along with fine food, beauty of nature, and rare care for mind, body and spirit. Massage and watsu also available and please contact Mana if you would like to extend your stay at either end of the retreat.
Mana Retreat Centre, RD 1, 608 Manaia Road, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand   (+ 64 7) 866 8972   Mana Retreat Centre be@manaretreat.com

Writing in Kyoto with Stephanie Dowrick  29 October –7 November 2012

If the very name of this retreat makes your heart beat a little faster, then this could be the one for you! This writing/travel retreat is for writers or would-be writers at all levels. And especially for anyone ready to live, see and think more creatively. Writing workshops in the mornings with Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Guided explorations of the enchanting ancient city of Kyoto in the afternoons and evenings with Japanese-speaking William Suganda. This will be the third trip to Japan that Stephanie and William have led together. People can join the group in Osaka (or Kyoto) from anywhere in the world. Numbers strictly limited. Please email: William@inspiredtraveller.com.au to register your interest and receive the complete itinerary in pdf form.