The Abbey has a rich history filled with generous hospitality, deep personal & spiritual journey, awareness & preservation of the native environment.

The Abbey Program offers individuals and groups the opportunity to be involved.

The Program includes a range of creative events, retreats, workshops, conservation activities and pilgrimages.

Feel free to sign up to be notified by email of new events.

We look forward to welcoming you at The Abbey.

MAY

The Abbey Dispersed Community Gathering

Meet for a light lunch, share conversation, explore our topic for the day, pray – for The Abbey and other important matters – and share Eucharist together. Robert Fordham will be our presenter and conversation host for the day. Bishop Richard will officiate at the gathering.

Saturday 11 May 2019
11am to 3pm
Lunch & afternoon tea included

Cost per person $20

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

JUNE

The BIG Planting. The Gippsland Diocese working together to care for God’s creation

Come along, enjoy time at The Abbey, and help with the 2019 Planting.. our care for creation.

There are jobs for the very fit, the fit and those who need to take it a little slower. Come early or come late, for as long as you as you like.

This year 2019 we will be planting over 1300 new plants.

A few mature trees and lots of tube stock for revegetation of the cleared areas and for conservation of the fragile remnant bushland.

Young and old, families or single, we look forward to your participation in this Diocesan initiative as together we care for God’s creation.

Morning Prayer in the Chapel 10.30am Friday, Saturday and Monday.

31 May 2019 to 3 June 2019

Friday 31 May 10am to 4.00pm
Saturday 1 June 10am to 4.00pm
Sunday 2 June 2pm to 4.30pm
Monday 3 June 10am to 4.00pm

Includes: BBQ Lunch, tea & coffee (Fri, Sat, Mon)

Stay at The Abbey?
West Cottage and The Abbey Cottage at 37 Fourth Avenue have been made available for those who would like to stay overnight as part of the planting party.

Bookings essential
Cost – by donation.

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

JUNE

Pilgrimage at The Abbey

‘WE SHALL NOT CEASE FROM EXPLORATION.’ Ken Parker will lead a retreat on the theme of pilgrimage, inspired in part by T.S.Eliot’s words on exploration which end the long poem ‘The Four Quartets’. Equal inspiration comes from Sebastian Smee’s recent and provocative Quarterly Essay, ‘The Inner Life in the Digital Age’. We will hear of physical pilgrimages and there will also be the encouragement to participants to do the important work of reflecting on their inner journeying.

Friday 28 June to Saturday 29 June 2019
5pm Friday to 3.30pm Saturday

Cost per person

Residential: incl. dinner Friday breakfast & lunch Saturday

  • Twin/share: $135
  • Single: $170

Non residential: incl. dinner Friday, breakfast & lunch Saturday

  • $85

Leader – Ken Parker

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

JULY

Retreat into the Cave

A warm nourishing winter retreat on Raymond Island. Curl up, nurture your relationship with the divine using silence, stories and creative practices in the beauty of creation, alongside koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and black swans. A time to hibernate, rest, reflect and draw near to God.

Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019
5pm Monday to 3.30pm Friday

  • Twin/share: $656 per person
  • Single: $836 per person
  • All meals provided

Retreat Leader : Susanna Pain

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

JULY

The Abbey Feast

Elizabeth and Ian Maxfield will be our Chefs!
Come and celebrate with other Friends of The Abbey as we enjoy the chef’s gourmet creations:
4 course meal with wine.

12pm Saturday 27 July 2019

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

AUGUST

The Abbey Dispersed Community Gathering

Meet for a light lunch, share conversation, explore our topic for the day, pray – for The Abbey and other important matters – and share Eucharist together. Presenter and conversation host for the day to be advised

Saturday 10 August 2019
12pm to 4pm
Lunch & afternoon tea included

Cost per person $20

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

AUGUST

The Diocesan Retreat

You are invited to come on retreat and savour the beauty and peace of The Abbey on Raymond Island. The Rev’d Dr Jane Foulcher, Senior Lecturer in theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra, will be our Retreat Leader this year. There will be time of silence, prayer and reflection; times to walk to share, to create and ‘to be.’

Friday 30 August to Saturday 31 August 2019
5pm to 3.30pm

Cost per person

Residential: incl. dinner Friday breakfast & lunch Saturday

  • Twin/share: $135
  • Single: $170

Non residential: incl. dinner Friday, breakfast & lunch Saturday

  • $85

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

SEPTEMBER

Young Adults Retreat at The Abbey

A special time for YOUNG ADULTS (18-35) to be together at The Abbey – a time of fun and relaxation. Time to talk, walk and enjoy the special beauty of Raymond Island, time to pray and explore spiritual things together.

Friday 13 September 2019 to Sunday 15 September 2019
5pm Friday to 2pm Sunday

Led by Alisha Jones with Dave Perryman and Anthony Hahn

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

SEPTEMBER

Russian History with a Twist

June writes ‘Explore with me the land of the Rus. Russia, the enigma! A history from the rule of Ivan the Terrible through the 300 years of the Romanov rule to 1917. Examine the ascendancy of the Russian orthodox Church , the painting of icons , and the architecture of the largest nation on earth ‘

Friday 20 September 2019 to Saturday 21 September 2019
5pm Friday to 4pm Saturday

Cost per person

Residential: incl. dinner Friday breakfast & lunch Saturday

  • Twin/share: $135
  • Single: $170

Non residential: incl. dinner Friday, breakfast & lunch Saturday

  • $85

Presenter: June Treadwell

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

SEPTEMBER

MU Family Respite

A holiday at The Abbey, guests of Mother’s Union, For families in need of respite. Interested? or do you know of a family who would appreciate some time out? Phone Thelma Langshaw 0428 458 367

30 September 2019 to 3 October 2019

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au

OCTOBER

The Abbey Dispersed Community Gathering

Meet for a light lunch, share conversation, explore our topic for the day, pray – for The Abbey and other important matters – and share Eucharist together.

Saturday 5 October 2019
12pm to 4pm
Lunch & afternoon tea included

Cost per person $20

For further information and bookings call 03 5156 6580 or info@theabbey.org.au