Enneagram Unit 1

The Enneagram is a fascinating tool of ancient origin which enables us to discover more about our personal self-development. It increases our understanding of others and the ways we relate.  The Enneagram focuses on nine personality types each with their own unique strengths and gifts as well as their compulsions and balances. In the oral tradition, time will be spent with a panel for each of the nine personality types and the panellists will share their own experiences, self-observations and challenges. Processes will include input, discussion and panel presentations.



We will re-assess this in October.  But we are looking at 13-15 Nov or 15-18 Jan:

Date          Friday 6.30-9pm

                 Saturday 9am-4.30pm

                 Sunday 9am-4pm

Fee           $190 (a non-refundable deposit required at time of booking).


Accommodation available at extra cost.

Please bring your lunch, tea/coffee is provided.


Resolving Nightmares and Warning Dreams (6hrs)

This is a second-level workshop which assumes you have attended an introductory workshop, or at least read a book that explains the basic principles of dreamwork.

You will practice skills of respectful enquiry and role-interviews; and learn how to recognise and respond appropriately to trauma dreams and nightmares.

Please bring a dream to work with. Manual included.

Limited places available.



Date           Saturday, 2 May, 9.30am-3.00pm

Fee             $75. Booking essential.

Please bring your lunch, tea/coffee provided.

ONLINE ZOOM Session - Grief and Loss - ZOOM Session

​Grief & Loss

Due to covid-19 we have had to cancel the session on The Gifts of Grief. 
We would like to offer an abridged version of this via zoom.  Grief is described as one of the most difficult emotions in human experience, and it is something that we will all inevitability experience at some point in our lives.  Louise will host an interactive zoom session on Loss, grief and the process along the pathway to re-organizing, the reconstruction of life after loss and its gifts. 
Minimum of 6 participants.

*ZOOM Session*


Date          Tuesday, 5 May, 11am - 12pm
Fee           $12

*CANCELLED* Intergenerational FORUM 2020 *CANCELLED*


This an opportunity to bring both our younger and older generations together for a chance to discuss topics and issues that are of concern, so that a better understanding of each other can develop.  Prior to the event, the participants have the opportunity to submit discussion topics. 

Feedback from past forums: “What a privilege to be involved”, “It was interesting and versatile”, "a rare opportunity to express my views in a supportive environment”.  Prior to the event, participants are welcome to send us discussion topics.

If you would like to participate in this forum or know someone who could participate, please contact us at Mercy Spirituality Centre.


​Date                 Wednesday, 6 May 2020                        
                        9.30am morning tea and mingle for a prompt 10am start
                        finish at 2.30pm Light Lunch is provided.
Fee                  Koha/donation.
Booking essential


Dance : Being and living the present moment

There is time that continually moves from the past, through the present and into the future and then there is a present moment in time in which something special takes place.  Time can be measured by quantity or by quality.  Dance is one of the activities that can help us be ‘present’ now, in the moment, have quality time. Dance helps us to be present to God.

Everybody is welcome to join in this present moment in time and dance with us. No previous experience is needed.

“A time to weep, a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”. Ecclesiastes 3:4


Presenter      MARTA CULLEN

Date              Friday, 8 May, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee                Koha/Donation


New Zealand Sign Language

With New Zealand Sign Language – we have equality

Rachel and Eric return to share and teach us how to be inclusive with the Deaf Community. 

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of the official languages in New Zealand. It is used daily by more than 20,000 Kiwis. Each May, we celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week (NZSL week has been rescheduled for 21-27 Sept). It is a good opportunity to learn some of the language and culture of New Zealand’s Deaf Community.

Come along and learn! 
It is fun to learn of this beautiful language and culture.

*RESCHEDULED* - this event will now be on:


Date           Tuesday, 22 Sept, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             Koha/Donation 

*Online ZOOM session* How 20th century French philosophy can inform our faith

Conversations with Camus, De Beauvoir, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault and Baudrillard

How 20th century French philosophy can inform our faith

Twentieth century France was the centre of explosive new and daring existential and post-modern thought.  Yet for many of us their profound insights are locked into difficult to read books, university classrooms or reduced to oversimplified pop ‘memes’.  Join us for a light-hearted and adventurous walk through some of the most profound and controversial thinking of the 20th century. Using non-technical jargon and everyday examples we will ask the question “how do these philosophers help inform our faith”?

*ZOOM session*


Date              Thursday, 14 May, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee                $12


New Wine in Old Wineskins

Exploring the Lukan Jesus in relation to the Hebrew Bible

Explore the Jewish connections between Jesus as portrayed in the Gospel of Luke and the Hebrew Bible. This session addresses the influence of Jesus’ Jewish environment on his message. Power point will be used for input and participation in small groups on given biblical passages expected from attendees. Bring a Bible to the session, preferably the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation. And come willing to sing—a little!


Presenter   SARAH HART

Date           Friday, 15 May, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             $15

*RESCHEDULED* Christian Meditation (101) 2020 *RESCHEDULED*

Introduction to Christian Meditation

Are you wishing to deepen your spiritual life?

Have you wondered what is meant by Prayer of the Heart?

This day is for anyone who is interested in:

•    learning the essential teachings of Christian meditation

•    experiencing the gift of meditation

•    discovering how meditation ‘becomes a bridge of peace and unity’

•    being introduced to the World Community of Christian Meditation.



Date           Saturday, 8 August, 9.30am-3.30pm - *New Date*

Fee             $35

Please bring your own lunch, tea/coffee & MT provided.

Meditation 102 – see Saturday, 5 September


Session One “The Holy Spirit as Grace-Giver”

From a Christian perspective, one might describe human beings within the wider creation as ‘graced’ from the first moments of existence. Grace is about gifts, gifting and unique giftedness. The first session will focus particularly on the Holy Spirit’s activity as giver of grace within creation - including humanity. The second session will engage us with the contemplative presence of God’s Spirit within and among human beings.


Presenter           HELEN BERGIN op
Date                   Tuesday, 19 May, 10.30am-12.30pm
Fee                    $15 incl. morning tea.
Session Two on Tuesday, 17 November.


The Presence of Christ in Sacred Spaces: change and continuity

Human attempts to portray the presence of the eternal mystery of Christ’s existence have undergone dramatic transformations due to historical developments and cultural and geographical factors.  Yet many of the signs and symbols that manifest themselves have remained a constant in our faith. This talk looks at five different sacred spaces and examines diverse approaches to revealing the presence of Christ in architecture and iconography, whilst noting the continuities that extend to our own time and place.

Presenter   MARK & TRISH EBERY

Date           Tuesday, 26 May, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             Koha/Donation

**CANCELLED ** Enneagram Unit 2 **CANCELLED**


The Enneagram links some of the best of Western psychological wisdom with our deeper spiritual questions. The aim of Unit Two is to assist us in our personal transformation. 


The Enneagram points directly to unhealthy life responses while providing ways to change our thinking and behaviour to achieve a better balance.  By facilitating the integration of our gifts and our shadow side, the Enneagram helps us attain a richer spiritual life and a deeper relationship with God. Our ways of praying can be enriched. The process includes input, reflection 

and discussion.


Date          Saturday 6 June 2020, 9.00 am-4.00 pm

Fee            $80. Booking essential.

Please bring your lunch, tea/coffee is provided. 


Climate Change: Can we be present and attentive to this existential threat?

The impact of climate on our planet is making headlines around the world.  In what ways can we make a difference? How can our faith and spiritual practices support us as we change attitudes in the face of climate change? Can we make the shift?
An opportunity to come together to answer these questions and explore ways to face this growing reality in our lives – using the thinking of environmentalists and theologians and other thinkers and activists passionate about our planet.

Presenter  BRIDGET CRISP rsm

Date       Thursday, 11 June, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee         $15 incl. morning tea


Self-Care: Being Present to Yourself as a human BE-ing rather than a human DO-ing

In this busy world, it can be a challenge to slow down enough to be present to ourselves - to our inner psyche, spirit and body. Many of us in our professional and personal lives are giving to others, but we often forget to give to ourselves and thus miss opportunities to notice what we really need. This workshop will use a range of health, counselling and mindfulness tools to invite us to remember that self-care is not selfishness, and that wellbeing and sustainability to manage the ups and downs of life requires us to be present to ourselves as human BE-ings.

Presenter      CLARE BARNETT

Date              Friday, 19 June, 10.30am-2.30pm

Fee               $35 BYO lunch, MT & tea/coffee provided

DREAMWORK (103) 2020

Inspirational Dreams and Creativity (5 hours)

In this seminar, we will discuss a selection of powerful dreams which have inspired leaders in history, religion and culture in past and present times. Such dreams continue today, bringing challenge, guidance and healing into our lives. Manual included. Please bring a dream of your own to work with.


Date             Saturday, 20 June, 9.30am-3.00pm

Fee              $75. Booking essential.


Storytelling: Seeds that Fell to the Forest Floor

This will be an evening of beauty and wonder, as we experience the unfolding expression of “story craft and poetry”.  We will immerse ourselves in stories with a cultural, narrative and community focus. 
Ron and his guest poets will share with us their experience of wisdom-based teaching tools within a traditional and current community framework.

*RESCHEDULED* for March 2021 - Date TBC

​Presenter      RON HEPWORTH with guest storytellers Ocean, and Nina

Date              Tuesday, 23 June, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee                $15 (Registration necessary)

Dreamwork (202) WORKSHOPS - 2020

Practising Dreamwork Skills (3 hrs each)

These workshops are open to people who have previously attended an introductory workshop and

seek to improve their skills. Each session requires 3-6 participants, each bringing a dream for the others to

work with, coached by Margaret.

Presenter      Margaret Bowater

Date              Friday mornings, 10.00am-1.00pm

                     26 June, 28 August, 30 October, 4 December

Fee            $45.00 per session.
                  Booking essential.


Māori Spirituality

“Being a presence for another”

Aroha is a divine principle and a gift from God. Aroha and mana, when based on the value of the sacred, tapu, reflect God’s presence in our own lives and help us to be authentic and present for another.

Rangi will share information on how she uses these divine principles in her counselling practice. She will explain and discuss Māori concepts such as tapu, noa, mana, tika, pono, aroha, manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, te wa and hohourongo.

Presenter      RANGI DAVIS

Date              Friday, 26 June, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee                Koha/Donation


Spiritual Presence in Religious & Non-Religious Visual Art: Behind the scenes of the Vatican’s Masterpieces

Do all great artworks have a spiritual presence? How so? What did Kandinsky mean by saying that the painting is the most spiritual of all? After introducing some ideas about spiritual presence in visual art – painting and sculpture, we enter one of the greatest collections of artworks in the world – The Vatican Museums, to see how the spiritual subsists in not only so-called “religious” masterworks, but also in the “secular” ones.

Date              Friday, 3 July, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee               $15

​Te Tiriti O Waitangi - 2020

Teaching New Zealand History: Where Do We Start?

Why has so little been taught about the history of our country? What does this project mean for our churches and church schools? What might we and our children gain by learning this history?

Susan Healy will give input and lead discussion on these questions. In particular, she will talk about the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in our country’s history and its relevance today. 

Presenter  SUSAN HEALY

Date           Friday, 10 July, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee            Koha/ Donation



Companion  PIP NICHOLLS 

Come and enjoy some time in greater stillness and silence where you can tune in to a deeper place within yourself through daily companioning sessions, personal reflection, spaciousness of play, prayer and the poetry of the full human experience unfolding as it does…

Date     Tuesday 14 July, 7.00pm to

             Sunday, 19 July, 2.00pm

Fee       Early bird $530 (before 3 June)
             After $570 (including $60 non-refundable deposit at time of booking)


Two hours of spiritual refreshment on various topics, with a morning tea muffin included.  Please call us closer to the date or see our website, Facebook or
e-newsletter for more information.

Date              Thursday, 23 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee                Koha/Donation


The Presence of the Spirit in the Gospel according to John

Jesus ‘breathed’ on the disciples saying, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20.22). This recalls the Breath of God hovering over the primordial waters and breathing life.

In the Gospel according to John, we shall explore the presence of the Holy Spirit abiding with us now as it was empowering disciples then.
With the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called to ‘complete the works of God’. We can do so by responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the marginalised.
In this session, we will explore ways in which we can continue Jesus’ work in today’s world.

Presenter      KATHLEEN RUSHTON rsm

Date              Saturday, 25 July, 10.00am-3.30pm

Fee                $45
Please bring your lunch, tea/coffee is provided.


Feeling a Divine Presence in the light of different Faiths

Members of the Auckland Interfaith Council reflect on how they feel a divine presence through worshipping in their respective Faith traditions.
This is an invitation to join an inter-religious dialogue where we share with one another what we have in common and in which we have different ways to express a divine presence in our lives.
Please check our website closer to the date for the Faith groups involved.  This event is organised in cooperation with the Auckland Interfaith Council.

Guest Speakers      Members of the Auckland Interfaith Council

Date                        Wednesday, 29 July, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee                          Koha/Donation

DREAMWORK (101) 2020

Introduction to Dreamwork 101 (9hrs)

Everybody dreams every night, in the metaphor language of the inner spirit, giving insight into the underlying issues in our lives. This practical seminar will explain how, when and why we dream; the range of dream types, from problem-solving to visions; and a step-by-step process of interpretation.

Manual included. Confidentiality required.

Please bring a dream to work with (past or present).

Limited to 15 people.


Date           Friday, 24 July, 6.00-9.00pm and
Saturday, 25 July, 9.30am-4.00pm

Fee             $130. Booking essential.

Please bring your lunch, tea/coffee is provided.

Virtual Series: Women in the Bible

​Presenter: Br Kieran Fenn fms
Facilitator: Beate Matthies

When: 1st of May –24th of June

Participants can join for any session

Medium of Communication:Radio (Planet FM 104.6) and Zoom (after registration)

Muffin Talks: All Radio interviews are pre-recorded. After broadcast on Fridays at 8.40am (Planet FM 104.6), they are available online via the Mercy Spirituality Centre Website and Facebook Page for four weeks.

Muffin Meetings: All Zoom meetings will start at 10.30am and finish at 12noon. There will be a short break at about 11.15am. For those participants who would like to interact with the presenter and other participants, there will be time for a discussion after the presentation until 12.30pm.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, let us know (  We will be holding practices
at 10.30am on Wednesday, 29 April and Monday, 4 May. Please contact us for the link.

Fees:  Muffin Talk per Radio (Planet FM 104.6): free – no registration required
          Muffin Meeting per Zoom (after registration): $10/Muffin Meeting paid online in advance

Kieran Fenn fms  is a Marist Brother.  He is a Bible Scholar and has taught the Scriptures in New Zealand and overseas for over 40 years.  Many of the resources in Scripture used by the The Catholic Institute (TCI) are his work, including that on Luke-Acts.

Muffin Talks followed by Muffin Meetings
Series: Women in the Bible

Topic 1: The Women of Genesis (Old Testament)
Friday, 01 May 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 06 May 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 2: Ruth (Old Testament)
Friday, 08 May 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 13 May 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 3: Esther (Old Testament)
Friday, 15 May 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 20 May 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 4: The Women of Exodus (Old Testament)
Friday, 22 May 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 27 May 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 5: The Women in the Gospel according to Mark (New Testament)
Friday, 29 May 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 03 June 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 6: The Women in the Gospel according to Matthew (New Testament)
Friday, 05 June 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 10 June 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 7: The Women in the Gospel according to Luke (New Testament)
Friday, 12 June 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 17 June 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom

Topic 8: The Women in the Gospel according to John (New Testament)
Friday, 19 June 2020, 8.40am-9.10am: Muffin Talk on Planet FM 104.6
Wednesday, 24 June 2020: 10.30am-12noon: Muffin Meeting per Zoom


Online ZOOM Session - Support for Carers

With Laetitia Puthenpadath

To register - email


Support Group for Carers

With Laetitia Puthenpadath


Thursday 25 June, 1-2.30pm

Free session.


Zoom Session:

This group is for anyone who cares for others and needs nurturing space.
Number of participants is limited.


Caring for someone elderly, ill, or disabled either at home or in institutions can come with great personal cost.

This session stands alone but is also a preparation to set up a support group for anyone who cares for others and needs nurturing space to make sense of sometimes confusing emotions by listening to each other and learning from other people’s experiences.


Thursday 25 June, 1-2.30pm
Free session.

Virtual teaching: Retreat Day

Who am I? Reflecting on our Identity in God

God has made man and woman in His image and likeness – and our life begins in the Trinity.  
What does this mean? 
The Trinity is a mystery that can help us find our unique identity in God that opens the way of  inner transformation through relational and communal love. 
Eamon will lead us into prayer and reflection using Rublev’s Icon on the Trinity.

with Eamon Butler

Zoom Session

Saturday, 13 June 2020,11am-4pm (incl breaks)

Fee: $30

EVENING Zoom Event

Behind the Scenes of  Vatican Art and Architecture

The Vatican’s masterpieces are well known throughout the world – Saint Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Apostolic Palace and the papal art galleries, although often the details and their history remain elusive. In this online seminar we go on a visual excursion to unravel some of the major historical and artistic achievements in the history of the pope’s contributions to art and culture, from pre-Imperial times to the establishment of the modern Vatican City State. We focus on the old and new Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, papal art galleries at the Vatican Museums, and Raphael’s rooms in the historical Apostolic Palace.

​with Chris Longhurst

Tune in via Zoom, followed by Q &A

Tuesday, 16 June

MORNING Zoom Workshop: Self-Care

Being Present to Yourself as a human BE-ing rather than a human DO-ing

Many of us in our professional and personal lives are giving to others, but we often forget to give to ourselves and thus miss opportunities to notice what we really need. This workshop will use a range of health, counselling and mindfulness tools to invite us to remember that self care is not selfishness, and that wellbeing and sustainability to manage the ups and downs of life requires us to be present to ourselves as human BE-ings. 
Please note that this Zoom session will be a shorter version than planned as it will be held online.

with Clare Barnett
Friday 19 June, Zoom Session

Time: 10.30-12.30

Fee: $20

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Celebrating Mercy


Christian Meditation


Cultural Diversity


Enneagram for 2020

Ecumenism & Interfaith

Evening events



Intergenerational Forum

International Day of the Older Person
Ignatian Spirituality



Muffin Meetings / Morning Events



Afternoon Retreat

One Day Retreats / Reflection Days

Weekend Retreat


Four Day Retreats

Five Day Retreats


Spiritual Direction / Companioning


Tikanga Maori

Treaty of Waitangi



Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre is a work of Nga Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre
104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand
00 64 (0) 9 638 6238