The Governance Board of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre invites applications for Vaughan Park Residential Scholarships in 2021.
A Scholarship offers the successful applicant a supportive and encouraging space and place for reflection, study and work. Comfortable cottage en-suite acommodation and all meals for two consecutive months of full-time study are provided.
Applicants can be lay or ordained, hold a recognised level of tertiary education, be committed to an approved subject of study and able to be resident at Vaughan Park for the period of the Scholarship.
The following one month periods are available:
The following two month periods are available:
- March - April
- June – July
- September – October
How to apply
Applications should be made in writing to the Scholarship Grants Committee of the Vaughan Park Governance Board and include:
- a short biography
- an abstract and overall context of the study
- references from at least two and no more than three referees
- your preference of study period
Applications close on 4th September 2021.
To apply, please email the Chaplain, the Rev. Sapati Tima @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Some kind words from former Scholars…
My month at Vaughan Park was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The director, John, picked me up from the airport, and from the very start he and his wonderful, friendly team of staff made me feel like a VIP. The facilities at the centre are second to none - much more like a hotel than a retreat centre - with the scholar's studio being especially well equipped, and with a view of the sea! The library where I worked is such a peaceful place, built into the side of a hill, with grass for a roof; like a state of the art hobbit cave. The spectacular views and diverse selection of books helped me to feel inspired, and Joy the assistant priest was always on hand to provide wise guidance, a shoulder to cry on and a good chat with a cup of tea.
The food at Vaughan Park was second to none. As well as the healthy meals mentioned on the website, there are also plenty of indulgent treats and no need ever to go hungry! I met several other guests from all around the world over the course of my stay, all with interesting stories to tell. And the setting of the centre - right next to a stunning unspoilt beach and nature reserve made the whole experience feel like a taste of paradise.
Although I came to Vaughan Park to study and write, the atmosphere was very much one of no pressure. This gave me the freedom to really think about where my writing was going, and to make necessary changes. In fact, this was even encouraged!
I simply couldn't recommend Vaughan Park enough, whether to a scholar, or anyone else looking for a place of rest and inspiration. Vaughan Park is not just about a stunning venue, but the kind and fascinating people. It will always be a part of me and I hope to maintain close links and perhaps to return one day.
Rev John Fairbrother, the board and staff of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre - your gift of three months residency to study was literally life changing. The space you created, nurtured and protected was profound. The discernment and sensitivity accorded to me during my stay was Christlike. Few things in life exceed expectations - but your scholarship programme is out of this world and a foretaste of heaven!
The Rev. Geoff New
I was fortunate enough to be awarded a research scholarship at Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, Long Bay, one of the lovely beach suburbs of Auckland. I owe a very special debt to all the staff at Vaughan Park, and most particularly to John Fairbrother, the Director, and his wife Margaret, for their generous Kiwi hospitality. Vaughan Park is not only a beautiful place to set down for a while, with the beach and parkland right on one's doorstep, but a place of wide and inclusive welcome, of liberality of mind and heart, renewal, healing and vitality, where I was encouraged to relish my freedom and inhabit the space in whatever way was good for me. I was nourished and held by a rhythm of daily prayer and regular eucharistic worship from the New Zealand Prayer Book, as well as by excellent food and free-flowing New Zealand wines, and above all, by the loving friendship I received from the community. I enjoyed many stimulating conversations about the project - and much more besides - with John and Margaret and others, and had a number of opportunities for trying out some of the poems in this book with the worshipping community.
Professor Nicola Slee
...One of the things that I think I am learning is that it's better to travel simply with openness to God, rather than with expectations, which always come from limited viewpoints anyway.
I had this image in my head that I would wander along the beautiful beach, return to deep peace and stillness and simply let the words pour out of me. And, for a variety of reasons, it hasn't happened quite like that. There has been a far richer variety of people to meet and have conversations with than I could possibly have imagined, and those conversations have enriched and influenced my time here in very positive ways that will, without a doubt, impact my future ministry. The stillness that I had anticipated has been punctuated by 'Godly encounters' that have seemed to be more important.
Vaughan Park has far surpassed my expectations. It' superb facilities, amazing location, wonderful hospitality, caring and friendly staff, and deeply important underpinning prayer are a combination that every retreat leader dreams of.
The use of 'space' and the sensitive development of this site are true models for how a retreat house can 'be'; offering superb hospitality to secular guests whilst retaining intimacy, privacy and a rhythm of prayer for its more conventional retreat guests. The two co-exist happily together at Vaughan Park. These aspects are further enhanced by the high quality of the facilities at Vaughan Park and the attention to detail in the non-intrusive hospitality of the staff. I will certainly be recommending Vaughan Park to others.
Through the unconditional gift of its scholarship programme, Vaughan Park and its team have really modelled Christ to me. Retreats should come with a health warning though: beware, retreats can change your life!
Pat Marsh, Christian writer and poet