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.



Date          Friday 1 May 2020, 6.30-9pm

                 Saturday 2 May 2020, 9am-4.30pm

                 Sunday 3 May 2020, 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.


​Grief & Loss

Universally, grief is accepted as a natural human condition that a person will experience at some point in their life.  The death of a family member or other significant person in one’s life is typically a highly stressful and disruptive life event.  Gaining an understanding of how grief is manifesting itself in one’s life, has the potential to assist in integrating grief and loss into our daily lives.  A film will be shown followed by a facilitated discussion.
 A second session is offered 2 September.  You can come to one or both sessions.



Date          Tuesday, 5 May, 10.30am- 12.30pm
Fee           $15 incl. morning tea.

*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. 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.



Date           Tuesday, 12 May, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             Koha/Donation 


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”?



Date              Thursday, 14 May, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee                $15 incl. morning tea.


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

*CANCELLED* Christian Meditation (101) 2020 *CANCELLED*

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, 16 May, 9.30am-3.30pm

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

Enneagram Unit 2 - 2020


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.

​Presenter      RON HEPWORTH with guest storytellers Ocean, Nina and Jason

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.

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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