Growing in the ways of prayer

On the road with Jesus in the Gospel of Mark @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm

On the Road with Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
Presenter: Michele Connolly
What can I learn from Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem for my own journey in life?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus makes one great journey to Jerusalem. On the road with him, Jesus’ disciples hear wisdom from him and see him in his true glory. We will read some stories from this journey in a reflective way that can lead us into prayer, to encounter Jesus the risen Lord and to learn wisdom for walking our own life journeys.

Painting salvation @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm

Painting Salvation
Presenter: Steven Miller
The Giotto frescoes in the Scovegni Chapel of Padua.

A retreat using a cycle of frescoes painted by Giotto around 1305 for a small chapel in the Italian city of Padua. The themes of these frescoes are the Life of Christ and the Life of the Virgin. Divided into 37 scenes, these extraordinary artworks are not just objects of beauty in themselves, but are rich meditations on the history of salvation.

Marriage: Dark nights in married life @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 5 @ 1:30 pm

Marriage: Dark Nights in Married Life
Presenters: Geoff Stumbles & Janine Wilson
And things are not the same: Darkness and light in marriage.

Married life today presents enormous personal challenges. No longer is it the case that both people in a marriage conform to stereotypical roles that shape the way they live out their commitment. There is more emphasis today on the importance of individual growth and communication within the faith journey that is marriage.

What of those dark nights that are an inevitable part of this marital journey? How do I deal with the chronic illness, physical or mental, of a once healthy partner? How do I manage the conflicting aspirations of two professional careers in one marriage; the loss of financial security; the death of a child; betrayal; or an affair? Is being married preventing my growth in the Spirit?

The Carmelite spiritual tradition has been a rich source of inspiration and wisdom about finding an intimacy with God in the depths of the challenges, the pain and the suffering that are an inevitable part of life. In this weekend of reflection, we will be exploring this tradition to discover how it resources us on the spiritual pathway through the dark nights of marriage.

Knowing peace beyond understanding @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Knowing peace beyond understanding
Presenter: Cathy Kennedy
Discovering God in the unsettling mystery of life’s surprises.

Many events and experiences in our lives take us by surprise. This can be exciting but it can also challenge our trust in God. It can be hard to find peace in the face of what we can’t understand or predict and this can cause us to stall spiritually.

But what happens if we go beyond our understanding; beyond what we can see, measure or predict? What happens if we throw ourselves into this unsettling mystery? Could it lead us to a deeper knowledge of God? Let’s explore this together.

Insights into prayer – contemplation @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 1:30 pm

Insights into prayer – contemplation
Fr Paul Maunder, OCD
The journey to divine union and abundant fruitfulness in the Church, with St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross as guides.

St Teresa and St John of the Cross greatly lament the unnecessary suffering of people who do not understand the ways of God in bringing them to divine union in the mystery of the Church. Poorly guided, these people either fail to open themselves to the things God is prepared to do for them or do not know how to make a peaceful place within themselves when he has begun his work in them. ‘It is sad to see them make heavy weather of the spiritual journey, arrive late, and fail to enjoy fully the sweetness of God’s work and companionship’. In this retreat we will pay special attention to these expert guides.

Mothering with the God who loves us @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 1:30 pm

Mothering with the God who loves us
Presenters: Marilyn Rodrigues and Carmelite Friar
Whether your child is a baby or grown-up, be refreshed and reflect on the gifts and challenges of motherhood with Mary and her Carmelite saints.

We all love our kids. But sometimes, without our wanting it, it is not our love we communicate to them but our fear, worry, or uncertainty. Christian motherhood involves a daily opportunity to remember that it’s not what we do for our family which is most important, but who God has created us to be – increasingly clearer conduits of God’s own divine love. As our friendship with Christ deepens we become more able to accept our limitations and difficult circumstances and love our families with his love, in our own particular way. Included will be insights from Carmelite saints and spiritual mothers such as Sts Thérèse of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila.

This is a semi-silent retreat. There will be opportunities for personal and communal prayer, Mass, Confession, and Adoration. If you have toddlers or other older children needing care we invite you to make arrangements at home for them so you can enjoy a deeply restful retreat. If you have a young baby, please bring a portable cot and other supplies including any favourite foods.

St Teresa of Avila speaks to us today @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

St Teresa of Avila speaks to us today
Presenter: Fr Paul Maunder, OCD
What wisdom can a Carmelite Nun from the 1500’s offer today’s 21st century world?

St Teresa of Avila revolutionised the Carmelite Order and in so doing prophesied powerfully into the life of the Church. Why is she so highly regarded, and what difference can she make to our lives today?

Icon painting at Mt Carmel @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 1:30 pm

Icon Painting at Mount Carmel
Presenter: Anna Prifti
Learn to “write” an Icon.

Interested in Byzantine Iconography? Anna teaches beginners through to advanced participants on:
How to prime, sketch, gild and paint an icon.
The traditional technique of gesso and egg tempera.
Use of powder pigments, their content and formulation.
Colour combinations and composition problem solving.
Practical hints and new materials to make your work easy

Working with our shadow using Carl Jung and St John of the Cross @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 1:30 pm

Working with our shadow using Carl Jung and St John of the Cross
Presenter: Anne Donald
“And all who are free, tell me a thousand graceful things of you…”- Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross

This program uses the works of both Carl Jung and St. John of the Cross to explore the blocks that can get in the way of our freedom.

We will explore Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow and what St. John of the Cross says about the dark night of the soul, to find out how they might help us in our life’s journey.

This is a workshop, not a seminar. So, although there will be some talks, come prepared to do some reflective work either on your own or in small groups.

Deep into the thicket @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm

Deep into the thicket
Presenter: Sr Nory Ordiz, CM
St John of the Cross is our guide in the journey of love which calls us to enter deeply into God’s fullness.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV)

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