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Upcoming Courses

I offer courses and workshops Wellington, Island Bay area, and yearly 5-day intensive retreats at Mana Retreat Center on the Coromandel. I also occasionally offer online Creative Arts based courses.  Please use the buttons to lead you to the registration forms, some will be through me and others through connected websites. If you can't see what you are looking for at the moment, please fill in the "expression of interest form" and I will be in touch.

  Hope to meet you soon, Mara


Exploring Intentional Living with Creativity and Compassion, Online Course

Mondays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 27

9:00 - 10:00 am NZDT


(unwaged and Student Discounts available) 

In this programme we will use creative invitations to explore what motivates us and what can hinder us to live to our full potential and according to our deepest felt values.  Each 1-hour session will involve a short landing/warm-up practice with a longer theme-based exploration through the creative arts.  You do not need to be an artist to engage in these sessions, just come with curiosity, an open mind/heart and willingness to make a mark on a page, move and connect with others.


Mindful Self-Compassion in Wellington

This course is now full.  Please indicate interest in future offerings by filling in a expressions of interest form.

A slightly condensed version of the whole 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course, offered over 4 Saturdays (9:30am-3:30pm each session).  Soup & Salad Lunch and tea time treats included.  This course is taking place in Island Bay. Group numbers are kept low, so register early to guarantee yourself a spot.

Completion of this course fulfills one of the pre-requisites to be eligible for teacher training in MSC.


5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel.

Sunday Oct 15 - Friday Oct 20, 2023

Bookings through Mana Website

Experience the full MSC course in an intensive 5-day format, co-led by Dr Anna Friis and myself. The retreat starts on Sunday, with an evening meal and a short introductory session.  Sessions continue Monday to Friday. Morning sessions 9.30 to 12.30pm, afternoon sessions 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  There will be optional creative sessions offered in the evening by Mara to deepen that days learning.  There will be plenty of time to explore the gorgeous grounds and surrounds of Mana Retreat Centre as well, with a morning off from coursework in the middle of the retreat.



If you require a scholarship reduction for the course due to financial needs please contact me directly.


Registering interest in Future MSC and Therapeutic Creative Arts Courses

If you are looking to attend an MSC course and the above don't work for you, or are looking for more information on Creative Arts Therapy workshops please register your interest at the link below.

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