Introduction of the Coordinating Group

Kia ora koutou, greetings from the Contemplative Network of Aotearoa (CNA) coordinating group (L to R): Agnes Hermans, Pat Neuwelt, Bev Silvester-Clark, Kaia Ariel. We’ll begin by introducing ourselves, as you who may not know all of us.

Brightened Hui Feb Mar 2019


Agnes (Whangarei) is a founding member of CNA. Agnes offers spiritual companioning and professional supervision. In 2019 she is commencing the Living School programme with the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.

Pat (Auckland) is in her final year of the Living School programme of the Center for Action and Contemplation (Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Jim Finley). Pat joined the coordinating group in 2018, and is beginning spiritual companioning & retreat work.

Bev (Helensville) is a founding member of the CNA. Bev has been actively involved in bringing Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers to NZ for the past 10 years. She is also a trustee of the Coromandel Christian Trust which underwrites the activities of the CNA.

Kaia (Dunedin) gratefully attended her first CNA retreat in 2011. She has been the administrator for the website for several years and joined the co-ordinating group in 2018.

We are the current coordinators of the Contemplative Network Aotearoa, but you out there are the network. The survey has given us a wealth of information and understanding of the needs and gifts of you all and we are very engaged in ways to meaningfully respond.  We will be following up on offerings already made in the survey and we welcome your continuing feedback and contributions. As we evolve we will continue organising of the current level of retreats by national and international teachers.

Posted on 06/05/2019 by Pat Neuwalt