Welcome

Welcome to Conversations of the Heart, which is run by Robyn Fitzgerald to offer spiritual direction and companionship, weekly meditation, silent retreats and one-day prayer and reflection days.  Robyn also offers retreats in daily life, including the 35-week Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, shorter Ignatian retreats known as the First Spiritual Exercises and the Living Purposefully Retreat in Daily Life.  Conversations are offered face to face or via Skype or telephone.

Spiritual Direction is an ancient practice of spiritual conversation where one person companions another to explore and to tell their sacred story. If you feel a deep and sincere desire to experience and practice a more intimate relationship with God, spiritual direction will nourish this desire and help you listen for, and respond to, the presence of God within you and in your life and the world around you.

To arrange a time for spiritual direction, to apply to be given the Spiritual Exercises or for more information, contact Robyn.

Upcoming Events

Aug
25
Fri
2017
Brigid’s Mantle Silent Retreat 2/3/5 days
Aug 25 – Aug 30 all-day

Brigid’s Mantle is associated with protection, healing and all things associated with the home and ordinary day to day life.  “Over and over in her legends, she offers healing and protection, healing and protection for this was her desire: to satisfy the poor, to expel every hardship, to spare every miserable man”. In particular the legends tell of her providing food in abundance to ensure people did not go hungry, or restoring to health an animal which was the source of food. At the centre of the home is the hearth/fire and her mantle is especially powerful here – she is the keeper of the perpetual fire of the home, where people gather to cook, eat and to keep warm.  “just as the hearth fire is the heart of the home, Brigid is at the heart of daily life”

This 2-3-5 day retreat will invite you bring your heart fires, your daily life, your needs of healing and protection under the mantle of Brigid.  Allow her to draw near and to bring with her graces of healing and protection, nurturing and re-kindling of the flame at the centre of your being.

The retreat will be held Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, overlooking Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island, and a sanctuary for those looking to spend time in solitude and silence.

2 days: $360.00, 6.00 pm Fri 25 Aug to 6.00 pm Sun 27 Aug 2017
3 days: $540.00, 6.00 pm Fri 25 Aug to 6.00 pm Mon 28 Aug 2017
5 days: $850.00, 6.00 pm Fri 25 Aug to 6.00 pm Wed 30 Aug 2017
Retreat Directors: Dale Keenan & Robyn Fitzgerald

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/252592

 

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact: Dale: Ph: 0419 802 887 |Email: dukeenan@bigpond.net.au or Robyn: Ph: 0411 800 447 | Email: robfitz65@gmail.com

 

Sep
9
Sat
2017
A Feather on the Breath of God – Praying with the Element of Air/Wind
Sep 9 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone. (Rumi)

 This retreat is the third of a quadrato of prayer and reflection days dedicated to praying with the elements of water, earth, wind, and fire. The element of wind invites us to open our souls to Being, which means opening ourselves to a God who flows in directions we cannot predict. Yeshua, talking to Nicodemus says the same thing: “The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3:8). This day then, is an invitation to open our souls to being, setting aside all expectations and questions to simply BE and allow the breath of the wind/spirit carry you as a feather on the breath of God.

This element invites us to a radical posture of surrender in releasing our hold on our own plans and making room for God to blow us in the most life-giving direction. The invitation of wind requires of us a detachment from our own longing to control the direction of our lives and a simultaneous surrender to Spirit to allow ourselves to be carried to places of growth and newness.

Our patron Saint and guide for the day will be St Hildegard of Bingen whose own life was lived in a radical posture of surrender gifting us with her writings and music. By the miracle of grace these have been preserved and treasured by her community, thus allowing them to flow down to us 800 years after her death. This day we will sing with Hildegard: “a joy to the wise is the breath of Sophia.”

BYO lunch tea and coffee available at café on the beach and on the cliffs

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Sep
21
Thu
2017
Rebuking the Wind and Calming the Sea
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

“And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea “Quiet now! Be calm!”   And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. (Mk 4:39)

RebukingYeshua rebuked the wind, and spoke gently and tenderly to the sea, soothing and encouraging it to be quiet and calm. There are two symbols in this scripture – the wind, and the sea. Why did Yeshua “rebuke” the wind, but speak soothing words to the sea, and what do the symbols of wind and sea symbolise for us.

This scripture will be used as our guiding light and inspiration for our next series of Prayer and Reflection days at Rous Hall, Rous. We will look at our emotions (the sea) and what it is that stirs them up (the wind). Too often once the emotions are stirred up, we are caught in a storm and in danger of being lost or allowing them to sink us. Yeshua shows us the way here, so we will take a look at our emotions, and the wind that stirs them using the book by Evelyn and James Whitehead Shadows of the Heart: A Spirituality of the Painful Emotions” as a guide, exploring the following:Befriending our emotions; Anger; Shame and Guilt; Social Shame; Depression; and ‘negative’ emotions.

 

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Rebuking the Wind and Calming the Sea
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

“And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea “Quiet now! Be calm!”   And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. (Mk 4:39)

RebukingYeshua rebuked the wind, and spoke gently and tenderly to the sea, soothing and encouraging it to be quiet and calm. There are two symbols in this scripture – the wind, and the sea. Why did Yeshua “rebuke” the wind, but speak soothing words to the sea, and what do the symbols of wind and sea symbolise for us.

This scripture will be used as our guiding light and inspiration for our next series of Prayer and Reflection days at Rous Hall, Rous. We will look at our emotions (the sea) and what it is that stirs them up (the wind). Too often once the emotions are stirred up, we are caught in a storm and in danger of being lost or allowing them to sink us. Yeshua shows us the way here, so we will take a look at our emotions, and the wind that stirs them using the book by Evelyn and James Whitehead Shadows of the Heart: A Spirituality of the Painful Emotions” as a guide, exploring the following:Befriending our emotions; Anger; Shame and Guilt; Social Shame; Depression; and ‘negative’ emotions.

 

Nov
11
Sat
2017
Living Flame of Love – Praying with the Element of Fire
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

I have come to set fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already burning (Lk 12:49)

The name of this retreat has been taken from the famous poem by St John of the Cross which describes his most intimate communication with God symbolised as a living flame of love.  This flame of love dwells secretly in his heart giving warmth and light and swelling his heart with love.  Fire is the element traditionally associated with the Holy Spirit, and in the scripture above, Yeshua expresses his longing to set our hearts on fire with the love of God.  Fire has long been associated with passionate love, and so in this day of prayer and reflection we will spend some time contemplating fire as the as a symbol of God’s passionate love for us – a fire that can be warming, cleansing, consuming and transforming.

As for our previous prayer and reflection days, this retreat will be conducted in the outdoors – our meeting point will the Eternal Flame, at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square Brisbane.  The eternal flame is found on remembrance shrines around the world, and is symbolic of eternal life, but more importantly, it reflects the passionate love for others as expressed in the life of Yeshua, and many others since. BYO Lunch to share

This retreat is the final quadrato in the series on praying with the elements.

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Nov
16
Thu
2017
Rebuking the Wind and Calming the Sea
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

“And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea “Quiet now! Be calm!”   And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. (Mk 4:39)

RebukingYeshua rebuked the wind, and spoke gently and tenderly to the sea, soothing and encouraging it to be quiet and calm. There are two symbols in this scripture – the wind, and the sea. Why did Yeshua “rebuke” the wind, but speak soothing words to the sea, and what do the symbols of wind and sea symbolise for us.

This scripture will be used as our guiding light and inspiration for our next series of Prayer and Reflection days at Rous Hall, Rous. We will look at our emotions (the sea) and what it is that stirs them up (the wind). Too often once the emotions are stirred up, we are caught in a storm and in danger of being lost or allowing them to sink us. Yeshua shows us the way here, so we will take a look at our emotions, and the wind that stirs them using the book by Evelyn and James Whitehead Shadows of the Heart: A Spirituality of the Painful Emotions” as a guide, exploring the following:Befriending our emotions; Anger; Shame and Guilt; Social Shame; Depression; and ‘negative’ emotions.

 

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola in Daily Life: Rous Mill near Alstonville
Nov 17 all-day

The Spiritual Exercises have been described as a “journey of transformation and conversion.” More than a book of rote prayers or lockstep exercises, Ignatius’s little book of exercises was designed to help people get in touch with their experiences of God, become more and more sensitive to them, and to continue to work within them.

This one-day retreat will provide both input and prayer on each of the stages of the Spiritual Exercises. It is offered for those considering making the exercises, and is a valuable opportunity to “taste and see” before making the decision to undertake             the journey.

Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola in Daily Life: Rous Mill near Alstonville
Nov 17 all-day

The Spiritual Exercises have been described as a “journey of transformation and conversion.” More than a book of rote prayers or lockstep exercises, Ignatius’s little book of exercises was designed to help people get in touch with their experiences of God, become more and more sensitive to them, and to continue to work within them.

This one-day retreat will provide both input and prayer on each of the stages of the Spiritual Exercises. It is offered for those considering making the exercises, and is a valuable opportunity to “taste and see” before making the decision to undertake             the journey.

Nov
25
Sat
2017
Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola in Daily Life: Brisbane
Nov 25 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Spiritual Exercises have been described as a “journey of transformation and conversion.” More than a book of rote prayers or lockstep exercises, Ignatius’s little book of exercises was designed to help people get in touch with their experiences of God, become more and more sensitive to them, and to continue to work within them.

This one-day retreat will provide both input and prayer on each of the stages of the Spiritual Exercises. It is offered for those considering making the exercises, and is a valuable opportunity to “taste and see” before making the decision to undertake             the journey.