Posted on October 17, 2021

A nine-month ‘at home’ contemplative living programme.

This programme will be offered with two options for start date: Option 1 starts in March 2022 and finishes in November 2022. Option 2 starts in June 2022 and finishes in February 2023

Walking the Mystical Path is an ‘at home’ programme for those wishing to integrate a contemplative dimension into their lives. Many of us have looked east, west, north and south to discover what might lie behind the veils of illusion, Thomas Merton’s ‘small self’ and the revised capacity of ‘heaven before death’. Fortunately, now is one of the best times to be alive because we are a century into a growing community of contemporary mystics who have the dual gifts of being both contemplatives and grand story tellers of their experiences.

While the stories they tell stem from many centuries ago, they are imbued with not only a contemplative understanding of the deeper wisdom teachings, but are positively influenced by the developing understanding of psychology and neurophysiology.

What these teachers have to say to us is learning to see as the mystics see and learning to experience what the mystics experience : Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?

Resource Material: The WTMP Programme offers resource material for reading, reflection, spiritual practices, and includes individual spiritual companioning aw well as group reflection sessions via zoom. During the programme we look at five strands of the contemplative path: theology, prayer/contemplation, compassion, co-creation and social justice through teachings and practices of contemporary mystics such as Merton, Newell, Bourgeault, Baxter, Rohr, Fox, Doherty, Finley, Aubert, Cowley to name a few. This is an experiential programme to support your own knowing of the contemplative Spirit.

Facilitator: Agnes Hermans, ACSD, and a coordinator of the Contemplative Network Aotearoa. Based in Whangarei, Agnes has a background in health and social services, and has supported contemplative practice for over ten years. In 2021, Agnes completed her studies with the Living School, Centre for Action and Contemplation. She offers spiritual companioning and professional supervision in person and via zoom

Cost: $340 for materials and spiritual companioning sessions

Enquiries/registration: by 6th March for March 2022 start date or 5th June 2022 for June 2022 start date. Contact Agnes on 0272026077 or

amhermans@xtra.co.nz