Abbey Retreat Program 2019

February

Your Life in Parables this Year
9 February
The parables of Jesus give us great insight into, and become tools for, the living and understanding of our lives. This one day retreat will explore the parables in the light of your life especially as it is unfolding for you this year. (more details…)
Benedictine Experience Week
15 – 22 February
The Benedictine Rule written in the 6th Century has endured to this day because of its relevance and adaptability to every time and place. This week will offer you an experience of the riches and wisdom of the Rule for your life. This program is available as a day retreat or as a week long live- in. (more details…)

March

The spirituality of imperfection and the practice of centering prayer (Day Retreat)
2 March
A silent day retreat which explores a spirituality of imperfection which does not have to have all the answers. It helps us to live in the mystery and miracle of being a part of God’s creation as it is brought into being each day. (more details…)
Oblate Weekend
15 – 17 March
A weekend retreat for Oblates of Jamberoo Abbey. (more details…)
The spirituality of imperfection and the practice of centering prayer (Weekend)
22 – 24 March
A silent weekend retreat which explores a spirituality of imperfection which does not have to have all the answers. It helps us to live in the mystery and miracle of being a part of God’s creation as it is brought into being each day. (more details…)

April

The Season of Glad Songs
13 April
A day retreat focusing on the place of the resurrection in our lives. So many of us see only the suffering and demands that life holds for us. This day will focus on our intrinsic resurrection especially as we find it at Easter. (more details…)

June

Lectio Divina
1 June
A day retreat meeting God in His Word. “Lectio Divina” (Holy Reading) is a way of life for Christians who open their hearts to the Sacred Scriptures. There they encounter the Lord of Life and Light who takes their hands in His and leads them to streams of living water. (more details…)
Healing the earth within
14 – 16 June
As the brokenness of our earth is embodied within us, so too the healing of the earth is enabled by the wholeness of our living. You are invited into a silent, gentle and creative healing retreat. Retreat starts 4pm Friday and concludes 3pm Sunday. (more details…)
Desire and Love
22 June
The heart of centering prayer and centering practice. A silent day retreat spent in the practice of centering prayer and exploration of the desire and love which calls us ever more deeply into the heart of our God. We will use poetry, Scripture and the writings of the mystics as keys to open the door to the world of longing and love within. (more details…)
Art Retreat Day
29 June
Our visual language can enable a deeper listening for God’s presence and healing. Expressing experiences through art can show us God’s activity in our lives. Limited places. (more details…)

July

Women in Leadership
4 – 7 July
Available to women from any background who wish to develop their leadership skills. The aim is to support women to explore their unique gifts – as people, as women and as leaders. (more details…)
Praying with Icons
12 – 14 July
Since the earliest years of Christianity, icons have been an integral part of the devotional life of Christians in the Orthodox east. They are more than decorative works of art; they have been described as “doorways to the soul” as well as “theology in lines and colour”. What is it that icons can teach us about our faith and how can we use them to enrich our prayer life? After an introduction to the rich and symbolic language of icons we will look at a number of famous icons as well as a few that are less well known. We will also spend some time looking at icons of Our Lady. (more details…)
Desire and Love – the heart of centering prayer and centering practice
19 – 21 July
A silent weekend spent in the practice of centering prayer and exploration of the desire and love which calls us ever more deeply into the heart of our God. We will use poetry, Scripture and the writings of the mystics as keys to open the door to the world of longing and love within. (more details…)
Does the Forest Pray?
27 July
A contemplative awareness of our environment and ecology bring healing and hope. A day retreat listening to the Spirit and exploring our monastic tradition to refocus our concerns for ecology. (more details…)

August

God’s Prayer Book-the Psalms
3 August
No matter what part of the psalms you look at you will find yourself, your life and God’s interaction with all of it. This day retreat hopes to give you a “user friendly” way to understand and to pray these same prayers of Jesus. (more details…)
Sophia in Bee Ecology
24 August
Sophia is God’s Wisdom reflected in nature. A day retreat looking at bee ecology in the wisdom of Benedictine Tradition. (more details…)

September

Women of Wisdom
21 September
The inspiration of the Beguines – Mechtild of Magdeburg and Hadewijch. (more details…)

October

Praying and playing with Holy Wisdom (Day Retreat)
12 October
A day retreat where we will take a walk into the fields of Holy Wisdom exploring the wisdom figure of Hokhmah and related wisdom teachings of Jesus. “So Hokhmah, the feminine child, is playing in the world, obvious and unseen, playing at all times before the creator. Her delights are to be with (us), she is our sister” (Thomas Merton). (more details…)
Praying and playing with Holy Wisdom (Weekend)
25 – 27 October
A weekend retreat where we will take a walk into the fields of Holy Wisdom exploring the wisdom figure of Hokhmah and related wisdom teachings of Jesus. “So Hokhmah, the feminine child, is playing in the world, obvious and unseen, playing at all times before the creator. Her delights are to be with (us), she is our sister” (Thomas Merton). (more details…)

November

Oblate Weekend
15 – 17 November
A weekend retreat for Oblates of Jamberoo Abbey. (more details…)
Living the Beatitudes
23 November
The Beatitudes are said to be a summary of Christ’s teaching, the whole of the Gospel in eight verses. They have been described as the eight facets of discipleship. But they don’t offer us a ride to fame, fortune and an easy life. Instead they promise that God is with us, that we will find him, in the ordinariness and messiness of our lives. Join us for this day retreat to experience the promise and challenge that Jesus offers us in the Beatitudes. (more details…)

December

“God’s Constant Gift”
7 December
The year is almost at an end, we are usually tired, worn out and wondering how we will deal with Christmas. Yet God assures us in the book of Lamentations that His steadfast love never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, His faithfulness is great and His giving never stops. This day retreat gives you an opportunity to stop and receive whatever gift He has for you at this year’s end. Perhaps you could make this day as a gift for someone else. (more details…)

 

 

To make your booking,

and for further retreat details including accommodation and retreat costs:

Phone: Sr Hannah at 02 4236 0533
or
Email: 
cottageretreats@jamberooabbey.org.au

Cottage retreat office hours:
Mondays – Fridays
10.00 am – 3.00 pm