Celebrating Mercy


Christian Meditation


Cultural Diversity




Ecumenism & Interfaith

Evening events

Intergenerational Forum
International Day of the Older Person
Ignatian Spirituality

Lectio Divina


Meditation - 45 mins


Muffin Meetings 2019


Muffin Meetings / Morning Events


Afternoon Retreat

One Day Retreats / Reflection Days

Weekend Retreat


Four Day Retreats

Six Day Individually Guided Retreats


Spiritual Direction / Companioning


Tikanga Maori



Music Workshop

Weekend & Two day Workshops


Lectio Divina  2pm Thursdays

FULL - Residential Four-Day Live-IN Retreat - FULL

E hoki ngatahi ana ki te wa kainga
Walking Home together

Each of us has a deep, inner desire to “come home”. This notion of home draws us away from restless wandering to explore our roots and our branches. Being Home is like a flower that is neither trying to give anything nor trying to get anything, yet its beauty and its fragrance are freely available; it is simply being itself.  Home is where we too can be our most authentic selves.  This walk goes across cultures and it’s been told as the Hero’s Journey, The Prodigal Son and in the Ox Herding Images to name a few. This four-day intimate, residential retreat is for NINE participates and we’ll have group time, time alone, silence, meditation, Lectio Divina and a short individual session with Pip. Come, walk with the support of others, to the awakened heart that is truly home.


Facilitator   PIP NICHOLLS

Date           Thursday, 1 August, 5.00pm to

                   Monday, 5 August, 2.30pm

Fee             Early-Bird $450 (before 7 June - including $60 non-refundable

                   deposit made on booking)

                   After $500 (including $60 non-refundable

                   deposit made on booking) 

                   including accommodation and all meals


Touching the Holy – Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage is a journey made for a religious motive towards a sacred goal - it is not confined to the Christian religion but is common to all the great religions of the world. For Jews Jerusalem and the Western Wall is the ultimate destination, for Muslims, Mecca, for the Christian, Rome. Ultimately for all, it is to come to know God better. “To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history,” declared Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.  Mary is using art to show the journey of a pilgrim and what a pilgrimage actually involves. It will be a visual description of pilgrimage through the ages.

Presenter  MARY BARKER

Date           Thursday, 8 August, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee             $15



The importance of actioning gratitude

This session will explore the grace and gratitude given to us by the planet, and our common response given in return. It will also include some strategies to help you explore giving gratitude and grace to creation, while at the same time strengthening your own receiving of grace. (A small part of the session will be outside in the Centre’s grounds, so please bring appropriate footwear.)

Presenter    BRIDGET CRISP rsm

Date           Tuesday, 13 August, 7.00-9.00pm

                   (Repeated Thursday, 10 October,


Fee             $15


Thank You

A day to celebrate thanks give to God for something for which you are grateful.

It will be a creative day with resources to help you say “thank you” your way.
We won’t tell you what to be thankful for – you already know.

Together we will create an expression of thanksgiving from the heart. In the peaceful space of Te Ngakau Waiora you will have time to do this thanking properly, thoroughly, deeply.

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart”

– Ps 9:1

Fran Francis is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. She has a Masters in Ministry and 20 years or more in pastoral work in a local church. She is National Co-ordinator of the Spiritual Directors Formation Programme offered by Spiritual Growth Ministries. She has 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry and with Kris Telfer established their spiritual direction practice Solace Spiritual Direction.

Kris Telfer has a nursing vocation and works at Starship Children’s hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. She

is involved in The Walk to Emmaus spiritual renewal ministry in New Zealand and also Faith Community nurses. She prepares and leads retreats with Fran Francis with a special emphasis on poetry and creating engaging prayer activities. When she’s not doing these things, she’s taking photos, going for walks and thinking things up with Fran.

Facilitators   FRAN FRANCIS and KRIS TELFER of Solace Spiritual Direction & Retreats

Date             Saturday, 24 August, 9.30am-4.00pm

Fee              $65.00 including lunch, tea and coffee.


Chilean Culture

Mapuche Spirituality and Spanish Colonisation in Chile

An introduction to Mapuche culture, beliefs and rituals before and after Spanish Colonisation. This evening is for anyone who wants to know about the Mapuches’ (indigenous people in Chile) and Chilean culture / religion, music and dance and also, anyone who appreciates history and culture (music, dance, costumes and landscape will be shown). The participants will learn about the Mapuches’ pain to preserve their culture and how the Mapuche’s still

experience oppression and injustice in Chile. This talk will include some of the presenter’s experiences growing up and working with Mapuches’.


Date            Friday, 6 September, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             Koha/ Donation

Slavery in the New Testament and Displacement of Peoples Today


Slavery in the New Testament and Displacement of Peoples Today

Slavery is often unseen and unnamed in the gospels, as today are an estimated 40 million people enslaved

worldwide, including about 800 in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this reflective time, we explore the life of

Jesus, against the background of slavery, to consider how we approach people and the Earth with one of two

attitudes: an exploitative attitude or a contemplative attitude.

Presenter   KATHLEEN RUSHTON rsm

Date           Saturday 7 September, 9.30am -3.30pm
                   $50 including lunch, tea and coffee.



Facilitator       Fr MARK CHAMBERLAIN

This opportunity of prayer will make use of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, and offer opportunities to deepen our relationship with God. Drawing from the resources of Ignatian Spirituality we will value our own experience of Jesus in this retreat, and so be refreshed for mission

Date                Sunday 8 September 7pm,
                        to Thursday 12 September, 2019, 2pm
Fee                  Early bird $490 (before 28 June - incl. $50 non-refundable deposit)
                        After $520 (incl. $50 non-refundable deposit)
                        Residential, all meals included.

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY with Fr Mark Chamberlain

Love is all around us in disguise.

A time to allow Ignatian Spirituality to be in conversation with our present experience, and our appreciation of the living God who enlivens us with love. Time to consider the presence of God in our lives, with reference to aspects of Ignatian Spirituality.

Fr Mark Chamberlain is a priest of the Dunedin Diocese and is currently the pastor of the Dunedin North Pastoral Area. He is Chaplain to Dunedin Public Hospital, Mercy Hospital, University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic. For many years he has been offering Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian tradition and engaged in Retreat Ministry.  He is a Giver of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola and is part of Ignatian Spirituality New Zealand.


Date           Tuesday, 10 September, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             $20


Celebrating the Month of Mercy

Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy was a woman of wisdom, mercy and compassion.  We are gathering to give thanks and to celebrate the Mercy values that continue to be relevant for us today.

The programme includes a pot luck lunch, presentation by an invited speaker and is followed by afternoon tea.

Date               Sunday, 15 September 2019
                       11.30am-3.30 pm
                       Donation/ Koha - Booking essential



A series of Skill-Development Groups (3hrs each)

These workshops are open to people who have previously attended an Introductory workshop, and seek to improve their skills. Each session requires 4-6 participants, each bringing a dream for the others to work with, coached by Margaret.

Date                   Friday mornings 9.30-12.30:
                            on 20 Sept, 22 Nov
Fee                     $40.00 per session (3hrs)
                           or $150 for any 4 sessions
                           Booking essential.

MEDITATION - Retreat Day

Presenter        CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD rsm

“Silence is the essential human response to the mystery of God. Meditation is the way to silence, the way of silence.”   John Main

This Retreat Day is for those who are experienced in Christian Meditation as part of their daily prayer.
This will be a Day of Silence, contemplative prayer, input, and times for meditation.           

​Date                  Saturday, 21 September 2019                          


Fee                   $35  Please bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee & MT provided


Rediscovering Fire

Exploring the Spirituality of Teilhard De Chardin

‘The day will come when after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day for the second time in the history of the world, man will have

discovered fire’.                                – from The Evolution of Chastity

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin’s vision was one of consuming fire, kindled by the radiant powers of love.  It was a mystical vision, deeply Christian in origin and Ignatian at its core. This seminar will explore some key concepts of Teilhard’s spirituality and vision and offer opportunities to taste and experience Christ at the heart of all things.


Kevin Gallagher MA (SD), a Spiritual Director and retreat director based in Christchurch is coordinator of Ignatian Spirituality NZ and faculty member for Te Wairua Mahi, a course forming spiritual directors in the Ignatian Tradition. Kevin has an MA in Spiritual Direction through the University of Divinity Melbourne.


Date            Friday, 27 September, 7.00-9.00pm and Saturday, 28 September, 9.30am-4.00pm

Fee             $95 including lunch, tea and coffee.

                   $145 also including accommodation for Friday night (limited availability)

International Day for the Older Person - Tai Chi - with Jocelyn Watkin

Jocelyn Watkin

Tai chi chuan instructor

Kia Ora Tai Chi - Say hello to better health

Ph 027 493 9851



Jocelyn Watkin will give a short talk on the philosophy and fascinating history of tai chi.  This will be followed by a cup of tea or coffee and then the opportunity to learn a short section of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention.  
Of course, you don' have to have athritis to still benefit from this tai chi programme.
All welcome, epecially those aged 60+.

Tuesday 1st October, 2019

Korean Culture: Korean Tea Ceremony (darye)

Presenter        CECILIA KIM

Date                Thursday 3 October, 2019
                        10.30am- 12.30pm
Fee                  $15 

The Korean tea ceremony or darye is a traditional form of tea ceremony practiced in Korea. The chief element

of this tea ceremony is the ease and naturalness of enjoying tea within an easy formal setting.

Tea ceremonies are now being revived in Korea as a way to find relaxation and harmony in the fast-paced

new Korean culture, and at the same time continuing in the long tradition of intangible Korean art.

This event is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Korean Culture.


“Dance and be Glad!” (Jeremiah 31:13)

Expressing gratitude through dance

There are many ways we can express gratitude, if we are open to what we can be grateful for. Dance is one way to express gratitude. Dance is used in many different cultures to express joy and gratitude for each other, a celebration, gifts/fruit of the earth and so on. Let’s express our gratitude with some dances.

Marta Cullen was born in the Netherlands and came to Aotearoa/New Zealand about 30 years ago. She is married to John who works as an Osteopath. Marta works as an early intervention teacher, visiting children with a disability in their own early childhood centres and/or at home. Marta loves reading and folk dancing, in particular Israeli folk dancing and sees this as her form of prayer and connecting with our Creator.


Date           Friday, 4 October, 7.00-9.00pm

Fee             $15


The Journey of Thomas Merton

Together we will watch and reflect on the Film ‘Soul Searching-The Journey of Thomas Merton’.3

Thomas Merton O.C.S.O. (1915-1968) was an American Catholic writer, theologian, mystic, artist, photographer

and poet. This film “examines the life of a modern monk, a life filled with conflicts, controversies and love.

The day will include sharing and discussion on the film, meditation and quiet personal prayer using some of the

sayings of Thomas Merton.

3. Used with permission. Paperback version as well as hardcover version with DVD is available for purchase at


Date           Sunday, 6 October, 11am-4.00pm

Fee             $35

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

6-Day Individually Guided Live-In Retreat

The Journey of Thomas Merton

This will be a six-day guided, silent retreat.

During these days we will:

•    encounter the contemplative mysticism of Thomas Merton through listening to audio talks.

•    daily group Christian Meditation

•    time for personal reflection and prayer.

•    opportunity for daily individual meeting with Spiritual Companion.

Facilitator         CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD rsm

Date                 Sunday 6 October 5pm till  
                         Saturday 12 October 2pm
Fee                   $540 + $60 non-fundable deposit
                         made on booking



The importance of actioning gratitude

This session will explore the grace and gratitude given to us by the planet, and our common response given in return. It will also include some strategies to help you explore giving gratitude and grace to creation, while at the same time strengthening your own receiving of grace.  (A small part of the session will be outside in the Centres grounds, so please bring appropriate footwear.)

Presenter   BRIDGET CRISP rsm

Date           Thursday, 10 October, 10.30am-12.30pm (repeated from Tuesday, 13 August, 7.00-9.00pm)

Fee             $15


Meaningful Encounters at End of Life.

Facing our mortality happens as we age, when confronted with terminal illness, or at times of natural disasters or war. This workshop is for anyone wanting to explore, and reflect on, the reality and mystery of death, our own and others. You will learn how death and dying, when approached with openness, compassion and skill, contain the seeds for living a full and meaningful life.

Kay Ryan MHSc NZAP is a registered psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience working in private practice and related health agencies. She has worked at Mercy Hospice for 8 years and is currently on the Te Waka Tiaki Mercy Mission team. Kay has co-authored the book Doorways into Dying: Innovative Teachings for End of Life (2016).

Presenter   KAY RYAN

Date           Friday 18, 10.00am-5.00pm and Saturday, 19 October, 10.00am-4.00pm

Fee            $200 including MT/Lunch/AT

                  $280 also including accommodation Thurs & Fri night (limited availability)


Resolving Nightmares (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.

Margaret Bowater is a long-experienced tutor, supervisor, dream facilitator, counsellor-therapist and co-founder of the Human Development and Training Institute.  She is the author of Dreams and Visions – Language of the Spirit (1997), and Healing the Nightmare – Freeing the Soul – A Practical Guide to Dreamwork (2016); NZ’s Regional Rep for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and a lifelong active Anglican. Margaret is interested in strengthening people’s inner resources for spiritual growth.


Date           CANCELLED Saturday, 19 October, 9.30am-4.00pm

Fee             $95. Booking essential.

Please bring your lunch, tea/coffee provided.


Awhi Mai Awhi Atu

Mercy Received, Mercy Given

This consistent experience of love, of Mercy motivated Catherine McAuley to spend a significant inheritance to ensure she could give this experience to the poor and vulnerable. In this korero, Richard will share some thoughts and words from a Māori context that reflect this concept and others such as Whānaungatanga/ Whakapapa/ Aroha/ Awhi/ Tautoko/ Mana/ Kaitiakitanga/ Manaakitanga. We have everything we need in Aotearoa to live lives of Mercy.


Date           Wednesday, 23 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fee             Koha/Donation


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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