New Zealand brochure
South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry
11 Bald Hill Road,
R.D.1 Kaukapakapa 0871, New Zealand
country 45 kilometres north of central Auckland
John Heron and Barbara Langton
The South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry is being developed as
an environment where people can explore who they are as
emerging whole persons, in deep communion with others, within an
interconnected universe of many dimensions.
We have chosen a hill site which enables access to and attunement with
the wider reaches of being. We practice reciprocal
participation between human beings, other life forms, the visible universe -
our planet, our solar system, our galaxy and beyond - and parallel
realities, presences and powers beyond our ego.
We believe that authentic distress-free human
spirituality is based on transparent intentional co-decision-making, shared
fields of presence, and rhythms of mutually lived inquiry.
Methods which enable this at the practical level are:
co-counselling to heal past and present distress which may be affecting our
relationship with ourselves, with each other, and the way we act in the
world; and collaborative action inquiry to transform and make integrated
sense of our activities in every dimension of being, and to co-create the
elements of a self-generating, self-renewing culture of diversity-in-unity.
Body-work. Co-counselling. Co-creating with primary theatre. Co-operatively
designed rituals. Co-visualisations. Creative writing. Daily check-ins.
Development of sacred sites. Human rights and ecological awareness.
Intentional decision-making process. Lifestyle action-planning. Sculpture,
painting and movie-making. Spiritual celebration of shared food. Tending the
land and planting trees.
History We purchased the property at the end of January 1999.
It is a four acre block with a regenerating bush reserve on the western
boundary. Originally the only dwelling was a two bedroom cottage. This has
now been renovated and is dedicated for Centre activities. During 2000 we
had a large co-designed two-storey house built high on the top of Bald Hill.
It incorporates east and west staircases, which are the visible part of a
pyramid form used within our weekly rituals
Special sites We
have developed a number of sites in the grounds, in the adjacent bush, and
in the house, which we have tuned for our various collaborative and
individual practices: The bush site. The dell. The glade. The pine circle.
The pond. The pyramid inner chamber. The pyramid upper platform.
The solar circle.
Offerings Contact us to
arrange for any of the following services Co-counselling events.
Co-operative inquiries. Feeling and personhood workshops. Holistic pulsing.
Interpersonal skills, relationship and facilitation training. Journeys of
initiation. Mediation and conflict resolution. Ongoing spiritual inquiry
group. Psychomantium inquiries. Retreat facilities. Spiritual and emotional
coaching. Supervision of professional practice.
Routes to 11 Bald Hill Road from Auckland central – a 35 minute journey:
turn off to Albany, then north to the Caltex Station at Dairy Flat, turn
left into Kahikatea Flat Rd, go 8km, then left into Forestry Rd, 4km to T
junction, right into Bald Hill Rd for 1km, road turns sharp left up steep
hill, driveway to Centre half way up hill, entrance to cedar house at top of
to Silverdale interchange, turn left into Old State Highway 1 for 200m, then
turn right into Pine Valley Rd, then right into Kahikatea Flat Rd, 6.5km to
Forestry Rd, then as above
At the end, left into Highway 16, after 7 km right
into Old North Rd, after 7km right into Ararimu Valley Rd, after gravel
begins go another 7km until you see cedar house on left at top of hill.
See enlargement of this photo
Phone: 09 420 4496
Mailing address: 11 Bald Hill
Road, R.D.1 Kaukapakapa 0871,
is a facilitator/tutor in communication, health psychology and conflict
resolution, an experienced co-operative inquirer, a practitioner and trainer
in Holistic Pulsing, and a Disputes Tribunal Referee in the New Zealand
Department for Courts. Her creative work includes
design, fabric art and pottery.
is a facilitator and trainer in co-operative inquiry and a wide range of
personal and professional development methods. He is the author of
Helping the Client (Sage, 2001),
The Complete Facilitator’s Handbook
(Kogan Page, 1999), Sacred Science (PCCS Books, 1998), and
Co-operative Inquiry (Sage, 1996). Brief CV