Western Australia – Australian Retreats

Chittering

entrance-to-peace-be-stillPeace Be Still

Peace Be Still is a place for rest and nurturing. A place to get away from daily pressures, re-evaluate the priorities of life, re-charge your energies and give yourself a chance to listen to the Voice within – to direct you onwards. Its purpose is to give people space through Nature to find peace in their lives so that they in turn can find a purpose and give peace to others.

Our Guesthouse has a beautiful open lounge area with a cosy fireplace and beautiful valley views. It also offers a large seating area for meals.

A library offers an additional area for groups and the chapel is available for group and individual meditation sessions. Meditation is offered three times daily in the chapel or the bush with optional participation. Massage and Reiki can be arranged.

Peace Be Still
1324 Chittering Rd
Lower Chittering WA 6084
Tel: (08) 9571 8108 (contact Wendy)
Email: peacebestill@iinet.net.au
Website: www.peacebestill.com.au

New Norcia

New Norcia Benedictine Guesthouse

new-norciaNew Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town, and is situated 130 kilometres north of Perth. A historical and spiritual treasure in the Australia bush, it was established by monks of the Benedictine Order in 1847. Originally established as an Aboriginal Mission, the monks built a church, flour mills, schools, a hostel, an apiary, a blacksmiths shop, an olive shed and extensive gardens and olive groves surrounding the monastery. Known as one of the great cultural heritage sites of Australia, twenty seven of its buildings are classified by the National Trust and the town as a whole is registered on the National Estate. Today the town offers a Museum and Art gallery, a grand Hotel and the Monastery Guesthouse.

Set around a courtyard garden in the southern cloister of the Monastery, the Guesthouse provides accommodation and meals away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. In keeping with the rule of St Benedict to “welcome guests as Christ,” the monks invite all guests to join them in their daily round of Mass and prayer. The monks eat in silence whilst being read to. Guests are welcome to join them for a meal during their stay. Spiritual direction and reconciliation are available on request. A programme of organised retreat weekends is offered each year. Group bookings are welcome.

Accommodation includes twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms and reverse cycle air-conditioning, single rooms with a shared bathroom facilities, A family cottage and for those looking for solitude a hermitage. The monastery guesthouse has limited disabled facilities. There are no stairs to the rooms so they are accessible for wheelchairs.

The tariff is a suggested donation of $80 per person per night, including meals.

New Norcia Benedictine Guesthouse
New Norcia WA 6509
Tel: (08) 9654 8002
Fax: (08) 9654 8097
Email: guesthouse@newnorcia.wa.edu.au
Website: www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au

Middle Swan

swanleigh-camp-and-conferencesSwanleigh Camps and Conferences

Swanleigh camping and conference centre is situated in the picturesque rural environment of the Swan Valley. Our accommodation, dining and conference facilities are available all year round for school, sporting and adult groups. In addition to the practical facilities provided, Swanleigh has an extensive selection of sporting and recreational resources available.
These include:

  • Swimming Pool (supervision requirements apply)
  • Tennis Courts
  • Beach Volleyball Court
  • Outdoor Netball / Basketball Courts
  • Large Playing Field
  • Cricket Nets
  • River access for canoeing
  • Bush area

Swanleigh provides a tranquil setting for onsite activities and is an ideal base to visit the educational, cultural, sporting and recreational attractions Perth has to offer.

Swanleigh Camps and Conferences
Yule Ave
Middle Swan WA 6056
Tel: (08) 9374 5600
Fax: 08 9374 5699
Email: swanleigh@swanleigh.org.au
Website: www.swanleigh.org.au

Rossmoyne

epiphany-retreat-centre-rossmoyne.Epiphany Retreat Centre

The Epiphany Retreat Centre is a place of searching, discovering, growing, experiencing community and fellowship in the mission of the Church. The retreat house is located 20 mins drive south of the Perth city centre and is ideal for a retreat (directed or self-directed). The centre is also well suited for conferences.Accommodation is in two separate lodges able to sleep up to 34 persons. As well there is a self-contained unit for leader/teacher. Centre is 5 minutes’ walk to Canning River foreshore.

Epiphany Retreat Centre (Pallottine Fathers & Brothers)
50 Fifth Ave
Rossmoyne WA 6148
 Tel: +61 8 9457 2645
Fax: +61 8 9457 2645
Email: epiphanycentre@bigpond.com
Website: www.pallottine.org.au/retreat-centres/about-the-epiphany-centre.html

Photo: © Pallottine Fathers 

Safety Bay

safetybay-westen-australiaPenola by the Sea

St Joseph’s Retreat at Penola by the Sea located right on the coast at Safety Bay, 50 kms south of Perth.  Penola by the Sea aims to be a center of tranquility and prayerfulness for people of all faiths who seek wholeness and healing with God, self and others. Its spectacular ocean views, sunsets and amazing wildlife will ensure your stay is a unique and memorable one.

Penola by the Sea
27 Penguin Road
Safety Bay WA 6169
Tel: (08) 9527 2517
Fax: (08) 9527 5822
Email: PBTS@perthcatholic.org.au
Website: www.jobay.org.au

Photo: ©  Brian Jenkins