Retreats & Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a beholding , a oneing.
We create a sacred space and meet together either in person, or online. The focus is on connecting heart to heart in the oneing
presence of the Holy Spirit.
Together, in this Spirit Presence we behold and attend to the stirrings of love in the directee’s heart.

Spiritual direction | Personal silent retreats | Communal silent retreats | Study of a mystic in the style of lectio divina

Silent Retreats 2022

In Silent Communion Dancing: Six Day Silent Retreat

May 29-June 5, 2022.
Santa Casa, Queenscliff, Victoria

Henceforth, I travel towards Repose, where time rests in the eternity of time; 

I go now into silence.

Gospel of Mary Magdalene

In this silent retreat, we will enter into the Repose of a communing silence, guided by Mary Magdalene, John the beloved disciple, Mechthild of Hackeborn, The Cloud of Unknowing, Thomas Merton, Beatrice Bruteau and other contemplatives.  Our focus will be on how, entering into the depths of our vulnerability, enables us to touch the point where time rests in the eternity of time and opens into mystical communing with the Christ, in the serenity of the repose of Love. For further information and to register, please contact Sister Lizzie at santacasa@ismapng.org.au

Silent Directed Retreat

June 24 - July 1st
St Josephs Spirituality Centre, Kincumber

I come into my garden, my Beloved my promised spouse; 

I gather my myrrh and my balsam,

I eat my honey and my honeycomb,

I drink my wine and my milk.  

Eat friends, and drink,

Drink deep, my dearest friends. 

Sg 5:1. 

Inspired by the silent beauty of the gardens of St Joseph’s, Kincumber, in this directed retreat, we will drink deeply, enjoy and imbibe Love’s presence.  Personal spiritual direction will be offered each day to retreatants, to support us in the art of contemplation.   For further information and to register, please email: bookings@stjosephsretreat.org.au

Enjoying God With Women Mystics
Six Day Silent Retreat

23-30 September 2022
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hartzer Park, Bowral, NSW

In this time of transformation, when winter stillness opens into the new life of spring, I invite you to be in silent communion in this six-day retreat and enjoy God.  Held in Love’s silence, we will immerse ourselves in art, poetry and music as we enter into the heart of Love and enjoy the presence of Love’s Trinity, within our own heart and the heart of creation.  The wisdom of the mystics, Julian of Norwich, Gertrude of Helfta, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Clare of Assisi, Hadewijch of Brabant, and Hildegard of Bingen will inspire us as we see how each one teaches us to enjoy God in contemplation.  For further information and to register, please contact Hartzer Park 

“To enjoy you is to be one with God” 

Gertrude of Helfta, Spiritual Exercises, Mystical Union, 132-133.

Previous Retreats

These recordings are of retreats I have given within a silent retreat environment, so I invite
you to join us in the shared ground of Love’s silence as you listen. The retreats are designed
to nourish contemplative prayer and living. These are available for purchase by following the links to the retreats below.

In Your Presence There Is Fullness Of Joy. (Psalm 16:1i)

The Self-Realized Person Is Present In The World As A Valley Of Peace And A Fountain Of Joy. 

Beatrice Bruteau


Joy Arising in Suffering
Six Day Silent Retreat

September 14-21, 2021
Santa Casa, Quenscliff, Victoria
and online

In this silent retreat, we will immerse ourselves in art, poetry and music as we enter into the joy that arises in the midst of suffering.  We will explore how when we enter into the depths of our wounds, we discover our oneness with the wounded Christ and are drawn into resurrection joy.  In this time of enormous world suffering, we will explore how our personal suffering transformed into joy, enables creation to evolve in joy.  The insights of Julian of Norwich, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant, John of the Cross, Teilhard de Chardin, Abhishiktananda, Beatrice Bruteau, and others will guide us.  

Oneness in Luminous Presence
Five Day Silent Retreat

7th-11th June, 2021

In this silent retreat, 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 continue to 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 Abhishiktānanda and 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. 

I will place my spirit in the midst of you. Ez 36:26

In the Gaze of Luminous Presence
Six Day Guided Silent Retreat, 2020


In an atmosphere of prayerful silence we will create a communion consciousness in the noosphere. Together, we will ponder the contemplative nuances of seeing from oneness in Luminous Presence. In the first retreat we will focus on the mystical symbol of fire expressed in the writings of Gertrude of Helfta, Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, Teilhard de Chardin and Iia Delio. Ever attentive to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit enflaming our hearts, we will draw out implications for creations’ evolutionary flow into Oneness in Love.   

At the Time of the Rising Dawn
Six Day Guided Silent Retreat, 2019

Drawn by the touch of the Beloved in the night of our lives, we will create a communion of love longing, as we follow the invitations of the dawn light arising in us, awakening unite consciousness. John of the Cross, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Teilhard de Chardin, Beatrice Bruteau and David Steindl-Rast will be our guides.