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Walking the Mystical Path 

Contemporary Sages show us the Way

Walking the Mystical Path is an ‘at home’ programme for those wishing to integrate a contemplative dimension into their lives.   Many of us have looked east, west, north and south to discover what might lie behind the veils of illusion, Thomas Merton’s ‘small self’ and the revised capacity of ‘heaven before death’.  Fortunately now is one of the best times to be alive because we are a century into a growing community of mystics who have the dual gifts of being both contemplatives and grand story tellers of their experiences.

While the stories they tell stem from many centuries ago, they are imbued with not only a contemplative understanding of the deeper wisdom teachings, but are positively influenced by the developing understanding of psychology and neurophysiology.

What these teachers have to say to us is learning to see as the mystics see and learning to experience what the mystics’ experience:  Having eyes, do you not see?  And having ears, do you not hear? 

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Benedict at the Bazaar


It’s never a good idea to throw out the baby with the bathwater!  It’s also a very helpful idea to ’replenish the bathwater’ once a year on retreat.  The founder of monasticism, Benedict had much to teach the folks who came to join him in the fifth century and he still does today to the myriad of us who are seeking the ‘monastery within our hearts’.

During this retreat we will engage in contemplative practices to open us up to the fresh wisdom of Benedict and to the stillness, silence and spaciousness of the monastic rhythm of the Abbey.

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Out of Silence Came the Word

Yes, it is said that inthe beginning was the Word’ and ‘the beginning’ that John was referring to was Silence.  The poet Rumi wrote that silence was Gods first language and it was Spanish mystics who said that ‘nada’ (nothing) is the source of all.  Today physicists tell us that out of formlessness comes all form (energy)...  So what is this Silence, this nada, this formlessness and how do we embrace it?  Well not surprisingly it can be found everywhere if only we know how.  During the day we’ll explore these themes and practices to get glimpses of Holy Silence – Whole Silence. 

This day naturally flows on to The Word expressed from ‘our’ Inner Aliveness and it will equally stand alone.


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The Word expressed from ‘our’ Inner Aliveness 

Silence births an Inner Aliveness which naturally births wise and compassionate action in the world…  To have stillness without movement is an oxymoron so during the day we will look at ways of harnessing the fruits of silence to express our Word, our uniqueness and our authenticity for the relief of dis-ease in our neighbourhoods and towns.  We’ll move from spiritual practice to spiritual practical – knowing that it is both/and.

This day naturally flows on from Out of Silence Came the Word and it will equally stand alone.


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Individually guided six day silent live-in Retreat

Go into your room in silence and pray to your God in secret’.  These five days are an opportunity for people seeking a silent retreat with daily input from an experienced Spiritual Companion.   It is an opportunity to stand back and ‘see the woods for the trees’, to experience who you truly are when some intentional spaciousness is sought.   The retreat will be limited to five people.

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Lectio Divina – Wellington and Lower Hutt

A time of group lectio divina and stillness

There are currently two groups in Wellington, the afternoon of the last Tuesday of the month in Lower Hutt and the evening of the second Monday of the month in Thorndon.

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Woven by Waters 

A six month 'Down-under Spiritual Sabbatical'

What does it mean 2017 for us individually and collectively to experience and live fully in Aotearoa?   During this six month ‘sabbatical’ we’ll explore the River under the river…  We’ll relook at what we believe, reflect on what we experience, reconfirm what we know to be true for ourselves and recommit to a personal ‘spiritual rule’ that is a holy encounter with the deepest wellsprings of our own aliveness.  We’ll be encouraged by many New Zealand mystics, including Suzanne Aubert who said ‘our life should combine the life of Martha and Mary, walking arm in arm together and never separated’

This six month sabbatical will begin and end with a weekend retreat and in-between there will once a month spiritual companion sessions. 

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Coming Home to who we Are… 

How do we hold in our hand the epic nature of the cosmos and the episodic nature of our life?  Traditionally in all cultures it’s been through storytelling - truth telling through myth, parable, legend and fable.  During this weekend retreat we’ll turn to the great myths and smaller parables to sweep the dust from our path so that the way Home is clearer through getting to know deeper the Hero within our own story.  As Joy Cowley says the ‘mystical path is from our head to our heart, the menu to the meal’.

There will be times of storytelling, deep listening, silent prayer/meditation, personal reflection, ritual, rest, silence and refreshment.

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Pip welcomes invitations to offer day, weekend or week long retreats or workshops on contemplative spirituality - free from dogma and containing simple practices that we can incorporate, no matter how full our lives may be.

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