For more information or to register for any of these events,
contact: or phone Pip on: 021 77 1995


8 - 12 April 2020
Tairua, Coromandel

Join us in commemorating as a community the Easter ‘journey towards freedom’. We’ll be guided by the Holy Week liturgies that were developed by Cynthia Bourgeault and Ward Bauman so that we can participate in them as known everyday realities rather than commemorating something from the distant past.

During this four days residential retreat we’ll also include practices that support shifting from our chattering, controlling selves into open heartedness through the usual Wisdom School practices of silence, qigong, chant, meditation, work, contemplative dialogue, time alone, rest and play.  


Five Day Individually Guided Retreat
14 - 19 July 2020

A silent individual retreat is a welcomed opportunity to take time away from the responsibilities of everyday life so you can regather and refresh yourself, rekindle your relationship with that that means the most to you, and if a transition is approaching, consider it more clearly.  There will be space to rest, pray, read, exercise, explore nature, relax and have an hour each day with a spiritual companion.  These retreats are made in silence and there is optional compline each evening.


Walking Home together
17 - 20 September 2020

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.  Come, walk with the support of others, to the awakened heart that is truly home.

During this intimate, residential retreat we’ll have group time, time alone, silence, meditation, lectio divina and a short individual session with Pip.

Read about Walking Home Together


Webinar Residential Retreat with Jim Finley
17 - 19 October 2020

Jim Finley was at Gethsemane Monastery during the 1960’s and Thomas Merton was his Spiritual Companion.  Jim has written some books about this including Merton’s Palace of Nowhere.  Pat Neuwelt and Pip Nicholls have both completed the Living School where Jim was one of the three main teachers.  We want to share Jim’s spiritual treasures with others and a webinar retreat makes this possible (Jim lives in the USA). 


Other centres

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.

She can be contacted on:   021 77 1995 or