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.

In 2019 we will be offering parish retreats at both these monasteries:

A. Tarrawarra Abbey:

Arriving mid-afternoon Tuesday 30th April; retreat proper running from Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th May; departing after breakfast on Monday 6th May.

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B. Jamberoo Abbey:

002667_caaaArrive Monday afternoon 23rd September; depart Friday morning 27th September (the week before school holidays begin)

You are welcome to book for both the Tarrawarra and Jamberoo retreats.


002672_cefcAt Tarrawarra the abbey sets no fixed fee but requests a donation. An amount of $350-$400 would be appropriate for the week.

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 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 parthicipants