Presenters & Presentations

Presenters / Presentations

Contemplative Care

Healthcare and Meditation

Contemplative Care is a dimension of healthcare practice that comes out of the great tradition of contemplative practice which is both ancient and universal. Contemplative Care enables the practitioner to develop better self-care, self-knowledge, inner reflection and intuition that informs their healthcare practice, and enlivens their personal presence with the patient.

In this two day seminar speakers from across the healthcare spectrum will dialogue with participants on the many ways Contemplative Care can be used to benefit both practitioner and patient alike.

Tony Fernando

Psychiatrist, Sleep Specialist, Senior lecturer, Medical, University of Auckland.

The Science of Happiness

Tony will talk about the basic neuroscience and psychology of happiness, common traps our mind does for survival which can make us unhappy and miserable and lastly, practices that can enhance happiness.


Laurence Freeman OSB

Benedictine monk and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.


Opening presentation


John Collins

Nephrologist, Honorary Associate Professor, University of Auckland

Chair Person

John is a nephrologist at Auckland City Hospital and at Mercy Specialist Centre. His interests include caring for people with chronic kidney disease, particularly those who are disadvantaged.



Vanessa Eldridge

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine. Manager, Day Hospice at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington.

‘Mauri ora’ vs ‘treatment’ and the wairua journey for Māori at the end of life

Vanessa will discuss ‘Mauri ora’ vs ‘treatment’ and the wairua journey for Māori at the end of life.  She will give insights into what and who is really sitting in front of a clinician when working with a Māori person.



Tau Huirama, Tainui

Cultural Coaching & Support | Celebrant | Maori Energy Healer | Story Teller

Elder and Te Pou Tautoko representative accompanying Vanessa Eldridge in her presentation :

‘Mauri ora’ vs ‘treatment’ and the wairua journey for Māori at the end of life.



Erice Fairbrother, SCL

Benedictine Oblate and Solitary; Spiritual Companion, Teacher, Poet, Priest

OHC Benedictine Spirituality Centre, Waiapu Cathedral, Napier

Peace – source of our healing and care of others

In this workshop I will share some of my own journey into the solitary contemplative life and the healing that has come from that.



Vincent Maire

Spiritual Care Coordinator at Harbour Hospice, Red Beach, Auckland.

Contemplative Care of the Dying

Vincent will share his insights into how his particular contemplative tradition & practice enhances presence, intuitive listening and the compassionate companioning of the dying.



Ecie Hursthouse

Buddhist Chaplain, ‎Managing Director - ‎Amitabha Hospice Service Trust, Auckland

Spiritual Connection Needs Presence

Ecie will discuss what spiritual connection means and how presence is not dependent on religious affiliation. Spiritual presence empowers strength and resilience for patients, clients, carers, staff, and self.



Alison Morgan

Spiritual Care Coordinator, Mercy Hospice, Auckland

Contemplative Care of the Dying

Alison will share her insights into how her particular contemplative tradition & practice enhances presence, intuitive listening and the compassionate companioning of the dying. 



David Gillmore

Process work counsellor, palliative care nurse, Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt. .

Accompanying the less-responsive person

David focuses on that window of time when a dying person becomes non-verbally responsive. In this workshop, he introduces insights from process-oriented psychology that help us deepen our ability to accompany and communicate with the dying patient during their non-verbally responsive phase.



Damian Wojcik

Medical Director, Northland Environmental Health Clinic, Whangarei.

The Joy of compassionate healthcare

“He must increase, I must decrease” The joy of compassionate healthcare inspired by stillness, radical detachment, truthful living, courage, and non-violence; some reflections in the second half of life.”



Pat Neuwelt

Physician and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Contemplative practice: opening to the gift of our own vulnerability

This session will include both my reflections on my own journey with Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices - but drawing on my experience of having a traumatic brain injury, and how it taught me the gift of my own vulnerability



Patrick Doherty

Family counsellor, writer, WCCM Benedictine Oblate.

Healing others through healing ourselves

This workshop will call us to mindfulness meditation. It is an invitation to embark on a journey of self-development and self-discovery through consciously ‘Seeing and Drawing’  so we can  reach out to  support and heal others.


Anna Holmes

Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, University of Otago

From cure to healing – the rediscovery of spirit and hope

Health care has changed greatly in the past fifty years. The expectations of both health professionals and patients have also changed. This will be an exploration of that journey and the need for continued growth...