Kia ora from Contemplative Community Aotearoa

Based in Aotearoa - New Zealand, we are a community 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 Community 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 Community 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 September 10, 2023

Back in 2009, the Contemplative Network was initiated as a result of Cynthia Bourgeault’s first two visits to these shores

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Posted June 6, 2023

Naomi Greene has been practicing Centering Prayer for the last few years and would like to join together with others

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Posted November 10, 2022

We wish to express our appreciation to the Cenacle Sisters NZ who recently donated $300 to the Contemplative Community. This

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March 1, 2023 to November 25, 2023,

Refreshed this year, and again with current contemplatives and poets showing us the way.   This contemplative living programme is

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November 23, 2023 to November 26, 2023, New Zealand

with Philippa Ranby The purpose of this retreat is to offer you space in which to affirm your connection to

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We travel only as far and as high as our hearts will take us