Kia ora from Contemplative Network Aotearoa

Based in Aotearoa - New Zealand, we are a network of seekers who found our way to the Christian contemplative path - a jewel of that tradition - yet one many of us were not introduced to.

Mystics and teachers have guided humanity in contemplative head, heart, and body practices for millennia. We walk a path modelled by Jesus-the-Christ, while deepening into the truth of the Universal Christ that is more expansive than any one religion... paths all leading to the source of all...the Divine overflowing within and around us.

The Network supports ‘wayfarers’ individually and collectively via this website by organising and facilitating retreats and wisdom schools, inviting teachers in person or via webinars, offering individual spiritual companioning, offering an at home nine month programme, advertising regional events, and responding to queries as asked.


Stay up to date with the latest in  Contemplative practices through our news articles and regular newsletter.


Events are hosted throughout the country by our various members, from weekly gatherings to live-in retreats.


Various groups affiliated with the Contemplative Network Aotearoa meet regularly across the country. Find a group in your area today.

Labyrinth Image by Sally Longley

I salute the light within your eyes, where the whole universe dwells 

Native American


Posted October 4, 2022

Nga mihi kia koutou katoa. A warm hello fellow contemplatives. Ko Philippa toku ingoa, although I often go by Pip.

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Posted July 22, 2022

This 9 month online course will be offered again next year starting in March of 2023. This programme is facilitated

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Posted July 20, 2022

 Awhi Mai – holding ourselves / being heldThere are still places on this silent retreat, which will support us to awhi mai our

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April 5, 2022 to March 21, 2023, home study

This twelve-month Wisdom School (WS) offers an opportunity for personal and collective journeying Home to our deeper, truer selves. It

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March 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023,

A nine-month ‘at home’ contemplative living programme Walking the Mystical Path is an ‘at home’ programme for those wishing to integrate

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There is no perfection for us in life school. Thank God for that. Perfection has very little room for growth. We claim our errors and try to learn from them. Our frailty, far from being a source of concern is reason for gratitude. It is our God-given growing space.

Joy Cowley
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