Celebrating Mercy


Christian Meditation


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Enneagram for 2020

Ecumenism & Interfaith

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Intergenerational Forum

International Day of the Older Person
Ignatian Spirituality



Muffin Meetings / Morning Events



Afternoon Retreat

One Day Retreats / Reflection Days

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Spiritual Direction / Companioning


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Treaty of Waitangi


ZOOM Session TBC

God’s Voice Within

One of the legacies of St Ignatius of Loyola is his insight into the movements of the heart. As a companion of many who sought him out, he showed them how to access God’s Voice Within through listening to the wisdom of the heart. He had learned to discern the voice of the True Spirit amidst the other voices in his heart. He wrote the principles down and they are now known as the Rules for Discernment.

This talk will give a taste of the fundamentals of St Ignatius’ teaching on discernment.

Facilitator           ADRIANA JANUS

Date                   To Be Confirmed

Fee                    To Be Confirmed


The Spirituality of Justice

Throughout history, prophets, contemplatives and mystics have had an active concern for the poor and disadvantaged. This participatory workshop explores the themes of presence and deep spirituality that can be found in activism and justice, as well as takeaway contemplative tools for practice and response. It will be especially valued by those concerned for social and environmental justice, and who are exploring where spirituality, activism and praxis meet. 

Date           To be confirmed
Fee             To be confirmed



At 104 The Drive, Epsom

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.


Date           Friday mornings, 10.00am-1.00pm

                   28 August & 30 October

Fee            $45.00 per session.
                  Booking essential.


Praying the Old Testament with Ignatius of Loyola

Many of us are familiar with imaginative prayer when praying with the Gospels, but we struggle with praying the Old Testament texts. Somehow the cultural and historical divide is too much of a barrier. This retreat is an attempt to tap into the riches of Old Testament spirituality through praying with the texts in an Ignatian style. Participants commit themselves to four weeks of about 45 mins of daily prayer and a weekly meeting.

Week 1:                   1 September
Knowing God and ourselves in relationship  

Week 2:                                  8 September
Remaining faithful in-the-midst of imperfection and disappointment                                         

Week 3:                                 15 September
Owning our darkness and re-discovering God’s grace and power                                                                             

Week 4:                                 22 September
Committing and persisting with God’s call   

Week 5:                                 29 September              
Review, reflection on the way forward and close of the retreat.

Facilitator              ADRIANA JANUS
Fee                        To be confirmed

Zoom Series  Date and Time To be Confirmed

ZOOM Session TBC

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.  


Date          To be confirmed
Fee            To be confirmed

ZOOM Session

Exploring ancient rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia

A terrifying walk along a ledge, two hundred metres up the cliff, leads to a small wooden door set in the rock face. Inside, carved out from the stone columns, arches and domes, all painted in a vibrant Byzantium style. Nic Birt relates the pilgrimage experience of visiting ancient rock-hewn Ethiopian Orthodox churches in Tigray province, as well as the mystery of Sheba's palace and Ark of the Covenant.

Presenter  NIC BIRT 
Date          Friday, 4 September, 7.00-9.00pm
Fee           Koha/Donation

ZOOM Session

The Cloud of Unknowing  

This classic work was written in the Middle English of the 14th Century by an anonymous older monk for a younger one who was ready to begin contemplative prayer.  You are invited to enjoy it in the scholarly but eminently readable translation of Carmen Acevedo Butcher.  What has it to say to us? Plenty, if our prayer is beset with distractions and we want to move beyond words and images!


Date          Wednesday, 16 September, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee            $15 incl. morning tea

ZOOM Session TBC

The Caring Flame

The flame of altruism is by its very nature more vulnerable to burn-out. In this muffin meeting, Lila O’Farrell will integrate knowledge from contemplative wisdom with contemporary psychology and neuroscience to consider both the meaning and sustenance of our “healing presence.” Experiential and informative, this talk will appeal to all those who use the vessel of the self in service of the other.

Presenter      LILA O’FARRELL

Date              To be confirmed
Fee                To be confirmed


Presence in Unity – Ecumenical Day

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor 12:13 that we were “all baptised into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free”. It is in this spirit of peace and unity that God is truly present.
How does this speak to us as the Church of Christ in today’s context?
Join us for this opportunity to get together with Christians of different denominations to celebrate the fruit of reconciliation and harmony.

This event is organised in cooperation between Beate Matthies and St George’s Anglican Parish, Epsom.

Presenter     Fr KEVIN WALDIE sm & Rev JOSH JONES
Music           Sarah Hart & Rev Josh Jones

Venue           St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby

Date              Saturday, 17 October, 10.00am-1.00pm

Fee                $20 incl. morning tea.



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.

Date           Friday mornings, 10.00am-1.00pm

                   30 October

Fee            $45.00 per session.
                  Booking essential.


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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