Silent Retreats

Oneness in Luminous Presence 

Five-Day Silent Retreat 

7-11 June, 2021

Guided and Directed by Dr Kerrie Hide, Catherine Hefferan rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald

In an atmosphere of prayerful silence, we will withdraw into the depths of our heart to create a communion consciousness in the noosphere. Together, we will ponder the contemplative seeing from oneness in Luminous Presence. We will focus on the oneing of the Luminous Energies of love, drawing on a number of mystics including Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant, The Cloud of Unknowing, Swāmī Abhishiktānandaand Beatrice Bruteau. Ever attentive to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit enflaming our hearts, we will draw out implications for creation’s evolutionary flow into Oneness in Love.  This retreat will be taught by Dr Kerrie Hide.  

The cost of the retreat is $350.00.   We encourage registrations via deposit of $150.00 by 18th November, 2020, with final payment due 13th May, 2021. Please let us know if this cost is difficult or if you would like to offer more to assist another. A flyer is available here  For further information and to book, we invite you to  click on Register Here. 


God loves nothing better than the desert, where the seeker goes to give birth to God and participate in the joy of birth, the joy of preexilic birth.
David Applebaum

 Blossoming in the Desert

Five-Day Silent Retreat for Advent  

4th -10th Dec, 2021

Guided and Directed by Catherine Hefferan rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God.  Isaiah 40:3 

This Advent, we will walk the path taught to us by John the Baptist who had learned to empty himself so completely, to be “empty and bare as the desert” in which he lived, and where he discovered God’s birthing within himself.   In the subtle beauty and the colourful hues of the silence of the desert, we will create the necessary quiet to support each other, as we cry out in the wilderness, not just our own cry, but as well, the cry of the earth, preparing our hearts for the blossoming of the ever-deepening birthing of the One we love, personally and communally.   Over five days, we will soak in the wisdom of the mystics, including Hildegard of Bingen, Gertrude of Helfta, Teresa of Avila, Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Beatrice Bruteau, Kerrie Hide and Martin Laird who know this blossoming place in the soul, and are deeply versed in the hidden wisdom of awakened, unitive consciousness. 

The cost of the retreat is $350.00 and includes daily teachings,  guided meditations and spiritual direction. Recordings of the daily material will be available each day. A deposit of$150.00 is encouraged by the Sept 8th, with final payment of $200.00 due October 4th. To pay your deposit, please click on the button  “Register Here”. 

You are warmly invited to contact Catherine Hefferan rsm at or Robyn Fitzgerald at for further information.  A flyer is available here.

Personal Retreats

Personal Retreats are also offered on request. These are retreats prayed at home and developed in response to your own desire to deepen into a mystic you feel drawing you or have longed to spend more time with. These can be taken over any length of time depending on your life circumstances and spiritual needs. Please contact Robyn if you are interested.

Previous Retreats

World Without End

Six-Day Online Silent Retreat for Advent

6 -12 Dec 2020

Guided and Directed by Catherine Hefferan rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald

“When I know I am going to walk forever, I have time for now” says Thomas Hubl, echoing the wisdom of mystics over centuries who proclaim our eternal personhood and our timeless nature. This Advent, we invite you to come together to create a community of Silence where we will sink into the Eternal Presence that lies beneath all that is fragile, tender and hurting in our world. Here, in the ground of our heart, we participate in the eternal birthing of Christ Omega shining through each one of us and our communal heart where we will see, as Teilhard de Chardin writes, “the whole universe has become the temple of the living God….where…..everything that exists is sacred, and everything that happens is adorable”.

Teilhard de Chardin and the Way of Transformation Through Love and Suffering

Six-Day Online Silent Retreat

12-18th October, 2020

Guided and Directed by Madeline Duckett rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald

This retreat will explore central aspects of the spiritual journey of Teilhard de Chardin for our own inner unfolding of being in the Cosmic Christ, It will focus on the hidden, mystical power of love and suffering to transform our hearts to becoming prophets of hope in a world in need of love. There will be opportunity for spiritual direction and we will celebrate the Mass on the World during the retreat. This retreat was offered online through Santa Casa, Queenscliff, Victoria.