Parish Retreats

Content Editor Each year we offer the opportunity for Parish Retreats at Tarrawarra Abbey, located in the beautiful Yarra Valley to the east of Melbourne, and/or at the Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo, located on the beautiful Illawarra escarpment just two hours south of Sydney.

Tarrawarra is an Abbey of Cistercian monks, and Jamberoo is an Abbey of Benedictine Nuns, and the heart of the retreat is to experience the richness of the monastic tradition in the life of our Church, and to draw on its wisdom for our own life.

A. Tarrawarra Abbey:

After the three year break caused by CoVid we will again be offering the opportunity of our parish retreats at Tarrawarra Abbey in 2023.

At present there are two options:

¨arrive afternoon Tues. 18th Apr. and depart morning Mon. 24th April (this retreat falls within school holidays)

¨arrive afternoon Tues. 25h April (Anzac Day) and depart morning Mon. 1st May (this falls outside school holidays)

Depending on numbers we will run only one, or both, retreats.   If either option is possible for you please let us know.

If you would interested in taking part please call (0475 558500) or email (  Fr Colin.

For more information about the retreats please CLICK HERE 

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B. Jamberoo Abbey:


No retreat has been booked for 2022.  We hope to have one in 2023.  Stay tuned.


002672_cefcAt Tarrawarra the abbey sets no fixed fee but requests a donation. An amount around $400 would be appropriate for the week.   There are also some additional in-house costs equalling about $150.

At Jamberoo single rooms have a tariff of $60 per night and the double bed rooms are $130 per night for a couple and $100 per night for a single.


If you are interested in taking part in one of these retreats or just finding out more about what’s involved please contact Fr Colin.

Please click here for a document giving full details about the Tarrawarra retreat

Please click here for a beautiful audio-visual introduction to Tarrawarra Abbey put together by one of our past parish participants