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Fri, 03 Sept


6 Whitewash Head Road

Winter Writing Retreat Series - September Retreat

A weekend of contemplative prayer, writing, and community.

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Winter Writing Retreat Series - September Retreat
Winter Writing Retreat Series - September Retreat

Time & Location

03 Sept 2021, 7:00 pm – 05 Sept 2021, 6:00 pm

6 Whitewash Head Road, 6 Whitewash Head Road, Scarborough, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand

About the event

This winter we're hosting a contemplative writing retreat every month (July, August, and September). These retreats will be limited to 4 participants so get in quick to secure your space!

To register please book a 'ticket' below. You'll be invoiced the full price of the retreat closer to the time of the retreat (ignore the fact that it says the cost is $0).

About the Retreat

Have you always wanted to write a book or poem? Perhaps you’re halfway through a novel but can’t find the time or energy to finish it off. If spending a weekend writing in a beautiful seaside location sounds like your idea of heaven, then please read on. The theme of this retreat is Contemplative Creativity/Creative Contemplation. What does it mean to have a spirit-led approach to writing? And how might we incorporate our creative lives into a contemplative prayer practice? The retreat will be structured around daily meditation/contemplative prayer, dedicated time and space to write, and evenings spent reviewing the day’s work in a supportive environment. You don’t need any experience with either meditation or writing. All you need is an open mind and a project you’d like to work on.

Dates: 7pm Friday 3 September – 6pm Sunday 5 September.

Cost (including all meals):

$250 waged.

$175 unwaged (students, unemployed, retired)


Sister Eveleen Retreat House, 6 Whitewash Head Road, Sumner, Christchurch.

About the host: Edward O’Connor has been a contemplative and writer all his life, he’s only just realised it. In 2019 he completed a Master’s Degree in Writing at the University of Canterbury, where he completed a screenplay, poems, short stories, and a series of narrative essays on contemplative Christianity. He is the Director of Sister Eveleen House where he runs contemplative prayer and meditation three times a day. His particular interest is how we can reanimate old forms of writing and spirituality for the modern world.

About the Sister Eveleen Retreat House: Sister Eveleen Retreat House (SERH) is a spiritual haven nestled among the native trees on Scarborough Hill. It is owned by the Anglican Diocese but is run ecumenically. It was bequeathed to the church by Sister Eveleen who asked for it to be used as a 'house of spiritual help and prayer.' Please note that there is no parking on Whitewash Head Road. You will need to park down by the waterfront and walk to the house. Assistance can be provided if required.

Refund policy: We understand that sometimes plans need to change and that you may need to withdraw from the retreat. However, it makes things very difficult for us when people change their minds at the last minute. Before you sign up for this retreat, please note we only provide refunds for people pulling out more than 4 weeks before the retreat. If you pull out within 4 weeks of the retreat we will only provide a refund if someone else takes your place.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Eddie: (ph) 022 563 6879 (e)


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