What we do

Santa Casa, Queenscliff

Important Notice

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, retreats are now offered in a mixture of onsite and online via Zoom.

 

Please note that onsite retreats can be changed due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we will keep you up-to-date with changes as they occur.

 

We take the safety of our community, staff and clients very seriously and wish to assure you that Santa Casa meets the Covid-safe requirements.

Santa Casa provides a sacred place of refreshment and nurture for body, mind and spirit. Through its staff, retreats and programs it seeks to offer:

  • A homely space where all feel welcome, especially the most vulnerable;
  • A contemplative container for the deepening of spirit;
  • A deep reverence for all creation;
  • A place to hold tradition within evolving consciousness.

2021 Retreats


ONLINE – Sunday, 28 February to Friday, 5 March 2021

“Come and See”:  Reading John’s Gospel with Ecological Eyes

Facilitator:  Liz Dowling RSM

There will be two sessions of input with discussion each day.  These sessions will take place between 10am and 11am AEDT and 3.30pm and 4.30pm AEDT.  The rest of the day is for your own reflection.

Cost:  $300

The Zoom link will be provided to participants once they have registered.  To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – Each Wednesday (4 weeks) in March 2021
10, 17, 24 and 31 March 2021 10am to 12noon AEDT

Glimpsing Incarnation through the Arts

Facilitator:  Nicole Rotaru RSM

The truth, goodness and beauty in art works – stir awe and wonder to our very core; invite us to reflect more deeply on the mystery of our existence; take us into the pathos and joy of God; reveal God’s abundant presence in the ordinariness of our lives.

Over the 4 sessions a range of art forms will be presented and opportunities inviting our responses will be offered.

Cost:  $240

The Zoom link will be provided to participants once they have registered.  To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ON SITE – Friday, 21 to Sunday, 23 May 2021
Celtic Weekend Retreat

Being Present to Presence

Facilitator:  Cath Connelly

What if each of us is so full of Presence that we are at all times shining out like stars, and all that we have to do is get out of our own way so that we can live within the Presence that we already are? This presence is a connectedness to all – the Christ in all.  Join spiritual director, retreat leader and Celtic harper Cath Connelly to spend a weekend using music, poetry, silence, art and spirituality to explore both Presence and how to get out of our own way!  A delightful weekend of creative spirituality – and Cath will definitely be bringing her harp!

Cost:  $350 (includes meals and accommodation)

To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – Sunday, 23 to Saturday, 29 May 2021

One

Facilitator:  Madeline Duckett RSM

When once we experience Mystical Love drawing us from our centre, we catch a glimpse of what it might be like to be one as Jesus prayed for us to be. We want more. We yearn for more. This retreat is an invitation to sink more deeply into the experience of ONE – spoken of by mystics and poets through the ages, written about by modern spiritual writers, and experienced anew over the months of COVID lockdown. One-ness calls us into the great simplicity of knowing our connectedness. It expands our consciousness to behold the inner face of Love’s desire for us. It is to know that, beyond all that divides and separates, there is a unity of being in which we are all immersed, whole, and infinitely loved.

Sessions will begin on the evening of 23 May at 4pm AEST, then two sessions daily at 10am AEST and 4pm AEST.

Cost:  $300

The Zoom link will be provided to participants once they have registered.  To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – Friday, 4 and Saturday, 5 June 2021
9.30am to 12.30pm AEDT

Interculturality – Seminar Parts 1 and 2

Facilitator:  Cathy Solano RSM

The complex multicultural reality existing in most parts of the world today confronts us, if we allow it, with the challenge of ‘interculturality’.

Interculturality is a way of thinking and living that is demanded of all who profess faith in God. It requires believers to confront our fears and biases and to risk being open to conversion. We will explore the meaning of interculturality as a theological concept and its consequences for our lives.

Cost:  $240 for Parts 1-4

The Zoom link will be provided to participants once they have registered.  To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 June 2021
9.30am to 12.30pm AEDT

Interculturality – Seminar Parts 3 and 4

Facilitator:  Cathy Solano RSM

Following on from Seminar Parts 1 and 2, these sessions will continue to explore the meaning of interculturality as a theological concept and it consequences for our lives.

Cost:  $240 for Parts 1-4

The Zoom link will be provided to participants once they have registered.  To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

SOLD OUT – ON SITE – Friday, 16 to Sunday, 25 July 2021

Hidden Treasure

Facilitator:  Lisa Stewart

Unlocking the wisdom of the inner world is a wonderfully rich and exciting, though at times challenging experience.  Self-awareness makes change possible, while at the same time opening the way for a more authentic relationship with God.  This retreat in the Ignatian tradition is an intense immersion into an experiential exploration of the inner world, as we seek to unwrap the deepest and most revealing of all questions, “Who actually am I?”  There will be group discussion, silence and the opportunity for spiritual direction.

Cost:  $920 (includes meals and accommodation)

To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – Sunday, 25 to Saturday, 31 July 2021

“With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling …” (TS Eliot, Little Gidding)

Facilitator:  Madeline Duckett RSM

The drawing power of Divine Love in us has a story in each of our lives as we slowly learn to recognize and trust its ebb and flow, and so move to deeper places of Divine union. Like nature’s seasons, Love draws us through seasons of abundance and scarcity, birth and death, growth and diminishment, suffering and joy. This retreat will help us to re-member our experiences and explore the ‘Eucharistic’ nature of Omega Love’s continuing call to BE and to BECOME MORE.

Sessions will begin on the evening of 25 July at 4pm AEST, then two sessions daily at 10am AEST and 4pm AEST.

Cost:  $300

The Zoom link will be provided to participants once they have registered.  To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE AND ON SITE – Tuesday, 14 to Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Joy Arising in Suffering

Facilitator:  Dr Kerrie Hide

In your Presence there is fullness of joy.  (Psalm 16:1i)

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 Clare of Assisi, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant, John of the Cross, Teilhard de Chardin, Abhishiktananda, Beatrice Bruteau, and others will guide us.

Cost:  $720 (includes meals and accommodation)
$300 (Online via Zoom)

On site is fully booked.  Places now available for Online via Zoom

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ON SITE – Tuesday, 5 to Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Journey to Jerusalem, “Journey of Life”

Facilitator:  Fr Peter Varengo

Luke’s Gospel narrative is structured around Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, the place of revelation and fulfilment, and the paradigm of the faith journey of faith and discipleship.

Through a variety of encounters along this road, the disciple is called to come to terms with personal identity and destiny.

Cost:  $720 (includes meals and accommodation)

To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ON SITE – Friday, 15 to Sunday, 17 October 2021

A Stillness Weekend Exploring our Spiritual Connection with the Ocean

Facilitator:  Peter Saunders

God is a bright ocean that distills and reveals hidden truths so that my soul has a better understanding of how to trust Love”.  Catherine of Siena the Connection

This weekend will offer a time of rest and quiet in Nature. The retreatant is invited to listen to how God speaks to their heart through Nature.  During the weekend, retreatants will have the opportunity to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature and God’s presence in the Ocean calling them to new life.

Cost:  $350 (includes meals and accommodation)

To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

SOLD OUT – ON SITE – Wednesday, 1 to Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Advent Retreat:  The Star in the heart

Facilitators:  Carole Carmody RSM and Margaret Moore RSM

This Advent retreat offers a Contemplative environment for the quiet work of the Heart. The peace and beauty of Santa Casa supports this inner journey of both trust and acceptance.

This is a Silent Retreat which includes a Morning reflection and Evening prayer, with opportunity for Spiritual direction if desired.

Cost:  $720 (includes meals and accommodation)

To book your place at this retreat, contact Lizzie Finnerty RSM at the email address below.

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

 



2020 Retreat Program

To learn more about our Facilitators, click here.

Retreats are now online via Zoom.
Details are below.

CHANGE OF DATE – October 2020: Tuesday 27th

Exploring Ecological Conversion

Facilitator: Elizabeth Dowling RSM

In this reflection day we will bring Pope Francis’ call to ecological conversion into dialogue with some of our wisdom tradition.  There will be an hour of in put and discussion at 10am and another at 3pm.  The rest of the day will be for your own reflection.

This reflection day is delivered via Zoom.

Cost FREE

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82870807356?pwd=UWQzTjl4L0lmZTBlVnpiOWdzV0lDZz09

Meeting ID: 828 7080 7356
Passcode: 414042

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

CANCELLED – September 2020: Friday 18th – Thursday 24th

Trinity – Heart of our Desiring

Facilitator: Colleen Rhodes RSM

By the Word of God the heavens were made,
Their starry host by the Breath of God’s mouth. Ps 33:6

Trinitarian life is an extraordinary expression of joy that we are made to share. Although the Trinity was unknown to the ancient peoples, they knew God through God’s Word and God’s Spirit in a way that can renew and invigorate our relationship with God as Trinity. During this retreat we will explore ways of encountering the Trinity in our everyday life. It will be a time of prayerful reflection on the Triune God whose flowing life constantly draws us to share in the energy of God’s love. Each day there will be a reflection on a different aspect of our call to live into the beauty and wonder of the God in whose image we are made. We will contemplate the Trinity in creation and in the beauty and the challenges of our own lives and ponder the Mystery of God as Trinity and Unity that we see in the wonder of our cosmic home.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

One session on 18 September at 4pm; two sessions per day between 19 and 24 September at 10.30am and 4pm.

Cost $300 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKYYX

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – September 2020: Sunday 27th – October 2nd

In the Gaze of Luminous Presence

Facilitator: Kerrie Hide

For our God is a consuming fire….Heb 12:29
In an atmosphere of prayerful silence we will create a communion consciousness. Together, we will ponder the contemplative nuances of unitive seeing from our oneness in luminous Presence. We will focus on the mystical symbol of fire expressed in the writings of Gertrude of Helfta, Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, John Tauler, 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.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

Two sessions per day at 9.30am and 4pm.

Cost $350 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKZBR

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – October 2020: Sunday 11th – Sunday 18th

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

Facilitators: Madeline Duckett RSM and Robyn Fizgerald

This retreat will explore central aspects of the spiritual journey of Teilhard de Chardin as a guide for our own inner unfolding to fullness of being in the Cosmic Christ. It will focus on the hidden, mystical power of love and suffering to transform our hearts towards becoming prophets of hope in a world in need of hope. There will be opportunity for spiritual direction and Eucharist.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

Times to be announced.

Cost $300 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKZBS

for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

CANCELLED – October 2020: Wednesday 21st – 28th

Journey to Jerusalem, “Journey of Life”

Facilitator: Fr Peter Varengo

Luke’s Gospel narrative is structured around Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, the place of revelation and fulfilment, and the paradigm of the faith journey of faith and discipleship.

Through a variety of encounters along this road, the disciple is called to come to terms with personal identity and destiny.

Cost $600 (GST not included)

To book or for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – October 2020: Friday 30th – November 5th

Treasuring Our Later Years

Facilitator: Nicole Rotaru RSM

As we consider themes that take on a special significance in our later years: awakening to new possibilities; spirituality; meaning in my life now; relationships; gratitude; death – mystery; our days together will lead us into a deeper recognition of ‘see how I carried you, all along the road you travelled, on the way to this place.’ Deut 1:31 and an unfolding of ‘I am a foreigner in the land of old age and have tried to learn its language.’ May Sarton.

This retreat is delivered via Zoom.

Two sessions per day at 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Cost $300 (GST not included)

To book and pay online:  https://www.trybooking.com/BKZBT

For further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

ONLINE – December 2020: Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th

Advent:  the Heart of Transformation

Facilitators: Carole Carmody RSM and Margaret Moore RSM

You are invited to a Time of Contemplation, Silence, and Shared Reflection with opportunities for Spiritual companioning if desired, via Zoom.

Session times are as follows:
Thursday, 3 December – 7pm to 8pm AEDT
Friday, 4 to Sunday, 6 December – 10am to 11am AEDT AND 5pm to 6pm AEDT

Cost FREE

RSVP by 2 December to santacasa@ismapng.org.au

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81100891605?pwd=eHlRZzlndnZYNkRjK20vMGxQSlJWQT09

Meeting ID: 811 0089 1605
Passcode: 347412

To book or for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

CANCELLED – December 2020: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th

“Prepare the Way of the Lord …” (Is. 40:3)

Facilitator: Madeline Duckett

As the final weeks of the year move rapidly towards their endpoint and the consumer world revs o fever pitch enticing us to spend more money, this weekend is a time to step aside, rest and re-focus. Over these two days we will touch into the heart of Advent – preparing for the birth of the Christ into our world, into our lives and into our hearts. What “Pathway” am I preparing for God to walk?

Cost $350 (GST not included)

To book or for further information santacasa@ismapng.org.au

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For bookings and further information contact:

Sr Lizzie Finnerty rsm
Santa Casa
33-35 Flinders Street
Queenscliff VIC 3225
Phone: (03) 5258 2661
Mobile: 0418 194 261

Website: http://institute.mercy.org.au/santa-casa
Email: santacasa@ismapng.org.au