Being with God in Nature


Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things. (Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’, 2015, n.77)

With the rise of the industrial world, over the last couple of centuries, more and more men and women have become urbanised and as result more disconnected from Nature. We have come to see ourselves as the masters of Nature, with the Earth being an object for us to use to make our lives more comfortable. In this process, we have lost our connection with God’s presence in the Universe. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si: On care for Our Common Home, invites us to reunite with God in the Earth, in the whole universe. In this ministry, Being with God in Nature, we provide a variety of opportunities for people to spend time in a group, at times in silence, listening to God’s presence in Nature. We will do this by taking people out into the Australian wilderness as well as experiencing Nature in our urban settings.

The entire material Universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains; everything is, as it were, a caress of God. (Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’, 2015, n.84).

Retreats


Listening to Turning Earth (Prayer Evening)

Venue: Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, 99 Studley Park Road, Kew VIC

With Tim Moloney CFC

  • Tuesday 13 June, 7.30pm – 9pm 
  • Tuesday 19 September, 7.30pm – 9pm 

Cost: $20 per session

Four evening sessions of ninety minutes each to sit and contemplate the seasons of our Earth. Using images and reflections from writers in the field, we will sit prayerfully to honour the Earth and its evolving changes in our temperate climate.

To book, click here.


A Stillness Weekend (weekend themed retreat)

With the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team

Friday 7 April, 3pm – Monday 10 April, 3pm

Venue: Pallotti College, Millgrove

Cost: $400 (Includes accommodation, meals, prayer, inputs and quiet times)

Accommodation: Single rooms with shared bathroom facilities

What to bring: Single bed sheets, toiletries, towel, journal.

This weekend will offer a time of quiet and stillness 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 cosmos calling them to new life.                                                                                                                                                                 “Earth is calling us back to itself, and not only to us but to all its components, calling them into an intimacy with one another and to the larger community within which all earthly realities have their existence…” (Thomas Berry).

To book, click here.


Seasons of Creation: Laudato Si – Care for our Common Home (4-weeks reflective seminar)

Venue: Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, 99 Studley Park Road, Kew VIC

With Peter Saunders

  • Wednesday 30 August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
  • Wednesday 6 September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
  • Wednesday 13 September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Cost: $100

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dew drop, in a poor person’s face.” (Pope Francis – Laudato Si)                                                                                                                               This small group seminar will prayerfully reflect n Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment – Laudato Si – and how it can apply to our lives.

 To book, click here.

Walking with God in Nature (Walking Prayer Day)
With the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team

Saturday 9 September, 9.30am – 4pm, Merri Creek

Cost: $35 (BYO Lunch)

This is an opportunity for you to spend some reflective time walking in silence within a faith community in Nature. It offers you the experience of listening to God speaking to you in Nature.                                                                                                                              In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Take a walk to feed the soul’ (John Muir)

To book, click here.


Walking with Jesus as on the Road to Emmaus

With the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team

Sunday 8 October – Sunday 15 October

Venue: Gippsland

Cost: TBC

An eight-day walking retreat from San Remo to Welshpool along the George Bass Coastal Walk and the Great Southern Trail. Bus pick up and return to Narre Warren. The disciples on the road to Emmaus contemplated their own journey, having walked with Jesus in their lives. In a similar manner, you will be invited to explore your own journey, walking with Jesus. This Guided Retreat is an opportunity to spend some reflective time walking as a group. A reasonable degree of fitness is essential with daily walks between 13 and 22 kms. Registration for this walk will be required by 1 June 2017.

Please contact us on 03 9854 8110 or secretary@campion.asn.au for the Application Form.


Walking with God in Nature (Walking Prayer Day)
With the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team

Saturday 14 October, Bass Coastal Walk, Gippsland

Cost: $40 (BYO Lunch)

This is an opportunity for you to spend some reflective time walking in silence within a faith community in Nature. It offers you the experience of listening to God speaking to you in Nature.                                                                                                                              In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Take a walk to feed the soul’ (John Muir)

To book, click here.


The Wilderness Retreat – Walking with God in the Grampians

A Five Day Walking Retreat facilitated by the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team

Sunday 12 November – Saturday 18 November

Cost: $1300 (includes accommodation, all meals and spiritual direction)

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.” (John Muir).                                         The walk will be based at Halls Gap and we will make contemplative walks into different parts of The Grampians where you will be invited to listen to God’s presence in Nature speaking to you. At the end of each days walk, you will have a chance to share your experience of walking in Nature. We will draw on the wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola and Teilhard de Chardin and other contemporary writers on the spiritual dimensions of Nature.

An Information Day will be held at Campion on Saturday 26th August from 10am – 3pm. Attendance at this day is essential for all those wanting to go on this retreat. Please register here

Please contact us on 03 9854 8110 or secretary@campion.asn.au for the Application Form.


Drawn by Mystery – Moments of Grace

Venue: Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, 99 Studley Park Road, Kew VIC

With Tim Moloney cfc

Friday 17 November, 7pm – Sunday 19 November, 3pm

Suggested Donation: $250 (live-in) or $180 (live-out)

Geologian, Thomas Berry said: ‘To tell the story of anything, you have to tell the story of everything.’ Over this weekend, we will tell stories of our experience of the Universe and contemplate creation through Thomas’ writings. Thomas Berry believed that the cosmos story and the Earth story constitute our new revelation of the divine. ‘It’s enormously important for us to know the story of the universe, and it’s the only way in which we’re going to know who we are.’ 

To book, click here.


Walking with God in Nature (Walking Prayer Day)
With Being with God in Nature Ministry Team

Wednesday 29 November, 9.30am – 4pm, Native Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne

Cost: $35 (BYO Lunch)

This is an opportunity for you to spend some reflective time walking in silence within a faith community in Nature. It offers you the experience of listening to God speaking to you in Nature.                                                                                                                              In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Take a walk to feed the soul’ (John Muir)

To book, click here.