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.

The Priority of Being: A Retreat for Deepening Practice

Teachers of contemplation insist that prayer is a habit of being, a state of awareness, a climate of rest & joy; not something to master but an opening into reconciling presence. Over five days in Lent, this silent meditation retreat led by Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard will focus on fundamental elements of contemplative practice – stillness, silence, simplicity, presence – & the invitation to open ever more whole-heartedly to the gift. It will speak to experienced meditators & beginners.

Where – St Clement’s, Kalangan Road, Galong

When – 4pm Sunday 18 February – 1pm Friday 23 February 2024

Cost – $830 single ensuite; $730 shared ensuite; $730 single shared bathroom. Financial support is available for those with lesser means, so don’t let cost be a barrier. Inquiries contact Sarah or Melissa at

What to Expect – We enter silence after dinner on Sunday until lunch on Friday. As well as input from Sarah, there will be periods of meditation each day, opportunities for one-one spiritual direction & time for solitude and reflection.

To register – (by Friday 9 February)

Lenten studies with Nikolai Blaskow- What the Mystics Know

During Lent, Nikolai will be offering a study series based on Richard Rohr’s What The Mystics Know in conversation with the great 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich and her Revelations of Divine Love.

Nikolai writes: When Julian is brought into conversation with Richard Rohr, a Franciscan contemplative, we discover what mystics know. For us living in times of great peril and a Climate Emergency, such wisdom is gold. Father Richard helps us to see that we are “part of the problem.”  He notes that, “I am a part of the tragic sense of life, and there is no perfect orthodoxy on which to stand.”
            In an age we could define as a “cosmic egg,” ‘there seems to be a breach in almost every wall.” We are in this human thing together, he says. “Contemplation… is the ability to meet Reality in its most simple and direct form.”

Come and join us as we learn together through contemplation how to negotiate this experience, we call Life. Starting in Lent and Advent 2024 continuing into Lent and Advent 2025 we walk with the mystics together.

This study meets on Zoom on Thursday evenings, 15, 22, 29 Feb & 7, 14, 21 March; 7-8.30pm.

The Zoom link is here.

Please register at

Embodied Listening Retreat with Susanna Pain – Alice Springs 2024


Come, rest, meditate, play, and reflect in the expansiveness of the magnificent central desert, beside ancient red rocks, under giant river red gums, in the sand, and around open fires. We will be silent, listen, move, make art, sing and tell stories that connect us with ourselves, each other and the spirit of the land herself.

When: 8 – 13 September 2024, Sunday after lunch until Friday mid-morning

Where: Campfire in the Heart, Alice Springs

For information, please see the flyer  

To register:

Retreat in Daily Life – August 2024 (online and in-person)

Retreat in Daily Life this year will be held in August from 1 August to 1 September. As in previous years, the main part of the retreat is meeting with a spiritual director/companion weekly over the time of the retreat and trying to clear some spaces for prayer and reflection. The retreat will also include some lectures and reflections on Meister Eckhart by Mark Burrows on four Sunday mornings from 10 until 11.30am. Those doing the retreat will meet on 1 August 7pm to 8.30pm, for an introduction and allocation of spiritual directors, then at the end on 1 September 10-11.30am.

Cost is $250, which includes the lectures and paying an honorarium to our spiritual directors. This retreat is for you if you would like to go deeper in your relationship with God, if you would like to explore who you are, and what is meaningful for you. This retreat is for you if you lead a busy life or if you can’t get away for a retreat. It can be a life changing experience grounded in the every day.

For more information contact Susanna at

Notorious Nietzsche and Religion (with Nikolai Blaskow)

Nikolai Blaskow, Benedictus’s very own Nietzsche scholar, is offering a series of lectures which seek to:

  • introduce Nietzsche in a fresh way to those readers familiar with his writings, those new to them but wanting to know more, and to scholars curious about a different way of reading him
  • dispel the misconceptions which perpetuate the myth
  • provide through his theology of suspicion, exciting ways of approaching religion and life into an AI dominated 21st and 22nd century

Lecture 1: The God Killer (held in November 2023)
Lecture 2: The Christ Denier (date TBC)
Lecture 3: The Life Affirmer (date TBC)

Lecture 1, “The God Killer” materials can be found here.  For audio click here

Creative Arts Retreat

This retreat offers contemplative space for you to explore your particular creative pursuits and also to gain windows into new avenues for making art.

Savour silence, song, art, music, dance, poetry – whatever draws you – in the context of a retreat where a rhythm of shared meditation, input, and personal time for art making will form the rhythm.

The space will be held by singer songwriter John Coleman, and poet John Foulcher with a small team.
We gather on Friday afternoon at (5pm) and finish after lunch on Monday so we will have ample time to open to the creative spirit within us and between us.

When: Friday 1 November 5.00pm – Monday 4 November after lunch

Where: St Clements Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, NSW              Ensuite Room: $600       Shared Bathroom: $520

Please note on booking a deposit of $300 is required, with the remaining monies due one month prior to the Retreat.  If cost is an issue, please speak to us, as we have some capacity for scholarships.

Bookings via TryBooking here