At the Waterhole

Waterholes depicted by Australian Indigenous artists are often shown as a series of concentric circles, lines radiating out, radiating in – connecting the water in the centre to the life around. The image of the waterhole reflects something of how Benedictus seeks to be – a place of refreshment and replenishment, an open sanctuary in the midst of our city. Everyone, from whatever background or tradition, is welcome to come sit awhile in the garden, join us for meditation or participate in gatherings that offer a chance to rest, reflect and be returned to daily life replenished.

Simply Alive: Creative Space for Busy People

Come together with a small group of spiritual companions to rest, play and explore your body’s wisdom through silence, art, poetry, music, movement and storytelling. Led by Susanna Pain. Read more…

A five week course, Thursdays 25 August – 22 September, 7.30-9pm

  • Where: Benedictus Contemplative Church, cnr Mouat & Brigalow Sts, Lyneham
  • Suggested donation $50 to cover material costs.
  • To register:

Contemplative Photography or Mandala Art Making: Being in the Moment

This spacious day of contemplation and creativity led by Jenny and Peter Batten will begin with a shared time of silence and voice work. There will be two separate workshops for participants to choose from (photography or mandala art-making). The day will conclude with a final time of sharing and contemplation.

Jenny Batten is an accredited InterPlay leader, Spiritual Director and has completed a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practices. She has a passion for singing and mandala art making as a contemplative practice.

Peter Batten is a Uniting Church minister, Creative Arts Therapist and accredited InterPlay teacher and practitioner. He has facilitated the contemplative photographic network in Melbourne and contemplative photographic workshops in Sale.

  • Where: Benedictus Contemplative Church, cnr Mouat & Brigalow Sts, Lyneham
  • When: Saturday 10 September, 10-4pm
  • Cost: $50 (pay Benedictus Contemplative Church; BSB 633 000; Account No. 153841135; Ref. Surname_Batten)
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Intensive Journal Workshops (on Zoom)

The Intensive Journal process offers a practical tool that helps clarify one’s purpose, deepen relationships and live more authentically. This method developed by Ira Progoff combines keeping a journal with a structured format that enables you to get to know your life on a deeper level. Benedictus is partnering with Eremos to host introductory and 2-day online Intensive Journal workshops led by Kate Scholl.

Kate Scholl has been leading Intensive Journal® workshops for over 30 years and is passionate about their potential for enabling one to live more creatively and genuinely.

Offering 1 – Introducing the Intensive Journal process

Offering 2 – Life Context Workshop (Pt 1) 

  • Weekend October 29-30, 10-5.30pm (bookings close by 20 October)
  • Fee: $160 for Benedictus members (discounts for early registration; postage of materials may be additional)
  • For details and to register: Life Context (Part 1) 29 – 30 October 2022

An Evening with the Finger Labyrinth

An opportunity to ‘walk’ the finger labyrinth and open to new seasons of growth and colour with Alison Meretini and Susanna Pain.

  • Where: On Zoom (link provided when you register)
  • When: Sunday October 2, 6.30-7.30pm
  • Cost: Free
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Words Out of Silence: Finding the Poetic in Our Days

This workshop led by John and Jane Foulcher will introduce you to poetry writing as a way of enriching our capacity to live contemplatively.

John Foulcher is a poet, teacher and spiritual director. John is particularly interested in the intersection between poetry and the spiritual life. He recently published his twelfth book of poetry, Dancing with Stephen Hawking, and was the recipient of the ACU Poetry Prize in 2019.

Jane Foulcher is an Anglican priest, theologian, and adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University. Her publications include Reclaiming Humility: Four Studies in the Monastic Tradition.

Jane and John purchased the derelict St Bernard’s in 2007. With its restoration and conversion in 2019 they are keen to share its beauty and simplicity with those seeking a place of deep listening.

  • When: Sunday 16 October, 9.30-4pm
  • Cost: $10 Contribution for lunch and refreshments
  • To register: (15 places only)

Following Kambri Creek

This is a contemplative walk along part of Kambri (also known as Sullivan’s) Creek in north Canberra, in which we seek to listen to and learn from country. The walk will be led by Sarah Bachelard, with Susanna Pain and Nicola Lambert from Following Kambri: Learning Country.

  • Where: Starting near Throsby (location TBC)
  • When: Saturday 5 November, 9.30-12.30pm
  • Cost: Free
  • To register: (15 places only)