Welcome to the home of the Contemplative Network in

Aotearoa - New Zealand

The Contemplative Network is a virtual network that supports the development and sustaining of contemplative practices within a Christian framework. We are grounded in the Wisdom tradition through Centering Prayer and we aim to be supportive and inclusive of all Christian contemplative practices. We are open to people of any denomination and none, of pew sitters and armchair mystics.

The Contemplative Network provides a point of entry for people wanting to explore meditation or contemplative prayer as a way of deepening their intimacy with God, or whatever 'term' people use for that that gives them meaning.

On our website you will find information about various groups and organisations throughout New Zealand providing guidance in meditation, contemplation, prayer of silence and opportunities for regular mediation practice in a group setting.

You will also find news and information about upcoming events and retreats to support your way and links to various local and international organisations and their resources.  We also have a library of CD and DVD resources available for groups and individuals to borrow. Please contact us for further information on any of this.

The work of the Contemplative Network is supported by the Coromandel Christian Trust.

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Featured Group

 ‘Finding a Still Centre’ group meet the first Sunday of every month, for an hour of contemplation and meditation, in the beautiful historic All Saints Church, corner of Selwyn Rd and Cook Street, Howick.

    Latest News

  • Cynthia Bourgeault's 2018 Aotearoa Visit
  • 10/11/2018
  • Cynthia has just left our shores with a hiss and a roar once more. After 60 of us spent a day with her in Wellington, 38 of us had four wonderful days with her at Te Moata Retreat Centre in the Coromandel Peninsula, and 60 of us enjoyed three days with her at Vaughan Park Retreat Centre in Long Bay, Auckland.
  • Tribute for Father Thomas Keating
  • 05/11/2018
  • It is with the deepest appreciation and reverence that we acknowledge the passing of Father Thomas Keating.  Our community would not exist were it not for the world changing vision he fostered.
  • The Coordinating Group of the Contemplative Network Aotearoa
  • 04/11/2018
  • In 2009, after Cynthia Bourgeault’s first visit to New Zealand, a small group made up of Pip Nicholls (Wellington), Kevin Gallagher (Christchurch), Agnes Hermans (Whangarei), and Tony and Bev Silvester-Clark (Auckland) came together with the commitment to support contemplative practice here in Aotearoa.  This group saw the purpose of Contemplative Network Aotearoa as being to offer opportunities for people exploring the Christian contemplative path to learn, grow and be supported on their journey.  We have done this by: