Stephanie Dowrick

* Writer * Public speaker * Spiritual and social commentator * Retreat leader * Interfaith minister *

Stephanie Dowrick, PhD is that rare writer who combines psychological insight and training with a compassionate social and spiritual vision and an ability to communicate in person and on the page. She offers an exceptional breadth of experience and reflection in her writing and teaching, from years spent as a publisher, social activist and psychotherapist – and parent – continuing as a widely published writer, social commentator and interfaith minister.

Stephanie Dowrick published works

Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, is the author of a number of innovative books on life-changing topics. She has the rare distinction of having written five No.1 bestselling books. These include Intimacy and Solitude, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, The Universal Heart and Choosing Happiness: Life & Soul Essentials. Her books also include Creative Journal WritingThe Almost-Perfect Marriage, In the Company of RilkeSeeking the Sacred and Everyday Kindness. Her new children’s book is The Moon Shines Out of the Dark.

Reviewers have said:

“Stephanie Dowrick voices our doubts and questions, and skilfully outlines the truths that address them, providing invaluable guidance and inspiration for the reader.”


Dr Stephanie Dowrick offers something much needed for these times: a positive vision of life that lets her speak meaningfully to a wide range of people on many topics including spiritual wellbeing * relationships * social diversity and harmony * conflict resolution * emotional intelligence * workplace relationships and achievement * religious harmony * forgiveness * peace making.

Stephanie Dowrick has been leading spiritually inclusive services at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 3pm since 2006 and has been giving talks, workshops and leading spiritual retreats for many years. This includes twice-yearly retreats at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand, and almost a decade of motivational speaking for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Stephanie Dowrick also works with a wide range of community, educational, medical and religious groups.


Stephanie Dowrick offers uplifting inspiration and social commentary through her books, articles, “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page, and as co-host of the new Universal Heart Book Club.  She has been contributing to public discussion on issues that matter since she came to Australia in 1983, and was “Inner Life” columnist for Good Weekend Magazine from 2001-2010 (Sydney Morning Herald and the Age).  Some of her most popular articles were collected in Free Thinking. Many more were extended for her recent success,  Everyday Kindness.  She is a regular guest on ABC Radio, an occasional contributor to both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and an active blogger.


What would it take to live appreciatively, safely and peacefully? Inspired by an authentically inclusive view of the sacred, and the ethics of respect that flow from that, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick leads services and retreats where all are welcome.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick lives her commitment to a spiritual ministry that transcends the labels that routinely divide us. She draws upon and develops the most profound teachings, scriptures and inspirations of East and West to support practical transformation in people’s perceptions and lives. Her most relevant book on her spiritual vision and experience is Seeking the Sacred.