Growing in the ways of prayer

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.

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.

Exploring God’s love with Julian of Norwich @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Exploring God’s Love with Julian of Norwich
Presenter: Sheila Upjohn
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.

Julian’s book had to be kept secret for centuries because her God-given insights were so far from the teaching of the Church in her 14th Century. Today we are open to the healing message she was given – the message that God’s anger is nothing but a projection of our own wrath and that, in spite of sin, all manner of thing shall be well.

Guided retreat: A week with St Therese of Lisieux @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 9:30 am

Guided Retreat: A Week with St Therese of Lisieux
Presenter: Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD
Therese is a favourite saint of our present Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Through her writings St Therese of Lisieux made a profound impact in the Catholic world and beyond in her short life. During this week-long retreat we will reflect on selected themes in Therese’s life and spirituality.

The rule of St Albert @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 1:30 pm

The Rule of St Albert
Presenter: Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD
Since the beginning of the 13th century, Carmelites have tried to live lives modelled on the Gospels and the Rule of St Albert.

This Rule of life is simple, biblical and direct. It recognises what ordinary people need to do in order to live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ. It gives us principles which we can use to live solid, spiritual and integrated lives in the contemporary world.

Let Luke lead you to the Lord in 2019 @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Let Luke lead you to the Lord in 2019
Presenter: Br Emmanuel Noel, OCD
In 2019, Luke’s Gospel is read at Sunday Mass. How can understanding his Gospel bring me closer to God?

Make 2019 a more spiritually fruitful year by appreciating Luke’s wonderful depiction of all that Jesus did and taught (see Acts 1:1) during his earthly life. In this day retreat, we will explore his major themes of Salvation, Discipleship, Mercy, and Women. But more importantly, we will see how Luke connects with our own current, everyday life. Join us and let Luke lead you closer to the Lord.

“PEACE”: the Fruit of Love” (Jean Vanier) @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

An Advent Retreat
Fr Gerard Moran, OCD
Come Lord Jesus!
In Advent we cry out “Come, Lord Jesus!” Let us prepare to enter this season of hope by reflecting and praying on the liturgical and scriptural texts of this beautiful season of the Church’s year.

In this day of prayer and silence let us explore together how the Lord gives us hope as we await his coming” “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Paths of Carmel: The Spiritual Canticle @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Feb 9 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Fr Paul Maunder, OCD

Reflections on the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross.

‘These stanzas, composed in a love flowing from abundant mystical understanding, cannot be explained fully but can be explained in a broad sense so that each one may derive profit from them according to the mode and capacity of one’s own spirit.’ (SC Pro)

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