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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


 Online Courses using Creativity and Compassion to explore themes

Creative Exploration of Mandalas in the Great Round

July 22 - Aug 26 & Sept 16 - Oct 21 Mondays 9:30 - 10:30 am NZT

6 or 12 weeks 

$180 for each 6-week session,

$300 for all 12 weeks

(unwaged and Student Discounts available) 

Humans have engaged with the circular shape in creativity since the stone age.  At its simplest a mandala is a circular shape that forms a container for something. There is no "artistic skill" needed to fill this shape.  So come have some fun and create.  Creativity is essential to our mental wellbeing.  

Each session will explore one stage on Joan Kellogg's "Archetypal Stages of the Great Round" in depth with movement, writing and mandala creation. By the end of the 12 weeks, you would have a full set of mandalas through the 12 stages. You can also just join for either half of the sessions, depending on your availability and interest. 


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). 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 Sept. 8 - Friday Sept. 13, 2024

Bookings through Mana Website, Use the button below.

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.

Contact me if you would like to be notified when bookings open.

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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