Raise up contemplatives among us, men (and women) who walk within the fire of ceaseless prayer, impetuous desire.    Set pools of silence in this thirsty land. - James McAuley

About Us

The Gathering Place is a retreat and spirituality centre with a contemplative focus. Its beautiful chapel, simple accommodation and pleasant grounds offer a welcoming and reflective environment in the National Capital...Read more


Teaching in meditation as a form of spiritual practice, the art of being silent and experiencing solitude are important elements of the inner journey...Read more


Gatherings for Contemplatives

Wednesday mornings 10 am - 12 pm.

First Wednesday evening of the month at 7.30 pm.

Third Saturday of the month at 8.00 am followed by breakfast.

Retreats and Spiritual Direction by appointment...

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Spiritual Guidance and Retreats

To live reflectively requires going apart from the busyness of life occasionally to attend to the needs of one’s deeper self, to the paradoxes of life and the unanswered questions we carry.  Solitude and silence are vital elements of such an experience.  Such reflection enables us to develop a wiser set of priorities and cultivate a deeper sense of what really matters. Silence enables us to reach a dimension of reality that is too deep for words... Read more

Contact us

The Gathering Place is in a quiet location, 5 minutes by car from the City. It is also in walking distance of the Dickson shops, local eateries, swimming pool, Dickson wetlands and the Mount Majura Nature Reserve... Read more

Australian Heritage

At the Gathering Place we also have a special appreciation of the unfolding spirituality of our Australian story.

We believe that a mystical and poetic vision is needed at this time to release the soul-life of individuals in what has become an increasingly secular society...Read more


The Gathering Place provides a bridge between the old and the new and has become a place of prayer for all people.

The facilitators of the Gathering Place are formed in the Christian tradition but encourage those who come to draw wisdom from the well of their own tradition and experience, as well as the timeless stream of universal wisdom... Read more


Photographs of our lovely facilities... Read more

For Your Reflection

Thoughts and inspiration from Lorraine...Read more