"I am the Vine, you are the Branches" NATSICC Spirituality and Formation Retreat 5-8 October 2020 Galong, NSW

******** Please note the change of dates (previously 20-23 April 2020) due to Covid 19 Concerns **********


It is with sadness that we advise that the NATSICC Council has decided to postpone the Spirituality retreat until  5 - 8 October 2020 (pending the subsidence of the Covid 19 Virus).

Given that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are far more vulnerable to the virus and we are expecting a number of Elders, the risk was far too high. Our Elders are the custodians of our culture and knowledge.

All is not lost however, we shall regather on the grounds of St Clement’s in October and enjoy the warmth that Spring in Galong has to offer.


We are happy to offer you the following options:

1. Hold your current room booking for October

2. Issue a refund of your ticket/s


Please make contact as soon as possible and advise which option you would like to us to provide.


The third Spirituality and Formation retreat hosted by NATSICC, the 2020 retreat at Galong will continue the focus of building the understanding of Faith and Spirituality from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non Indigenous perspectives. As such the event is suitable for those working in a Catholic Context with First Nations Catholics in addition to First Nations people. We hope to foster mutual respect through understanding.


Costs and registering for the Retreat


Please see above for the Registration link.


We are pleased to offer Registration, meals and accommodation at the following rates:


Single Ensuite - $450

Single Shared Bathroom - $350

Double / Twin Shared Bathroom - $250pp


This is the cheapest we have been able to offer a NATSICC retreat - thanks to Catholic Mission, Catholic Church Insurances and CatholicCare ACT for supporting this important event.



St Clements Retreat Centre, Galong NSW

St Clements is located 1.25 hours from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney. On the home of the Waradjuri people, St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, is a mission of the Redemptorists, and is located in Galong NSW, a little over an hour’s drive from the centre of Canberra.


Set in more than 300 hectares of rural land, the centre’s peaceful location is conducive to reflection, prayer and study, and provides an ideal setting for our Retreat. It has a peaceful ambience that will meet the needs of our group




Getting to Galong

You can get to Galong via either Canberra or Sydney. We have put together a comprehensive guide to assist you. Click here.



The program is still being finalised and is subject to change.


5 October - Focus of Day: Recollection


2pm           Acknowledgments and Welcome to Country

                   Opening Mass

3.30pm     Afternoon Tea

4pm           Yarning Circles and Introductions

7pm           Social Night


6 October - Focus of Day: Formation and Healing


9am           Morning Prayer

9.15am     Elsie Heiss - Growing up a Spiritual Aboriginal in the Catholic Church

                   Questions and Discussion

10.30am   Morning Tea

11am         Pilgrimage to the Grotto

                   Rosary in Language on the Pilgrimage

11.30am   Scriptural Reflection - I am the Vine, and you are the Branches

1pm           Lunch

2pm           Personal Refection time

3.30pm     Afternoon Tea

4pm           Healing through Faith - Bishop Columba MacBeth Green

                   Healing through suffering - Fr Dave Tremble MGL

5.30pm     Closing Prayer

6pm           Dinner

7pm           Personal reflection - Priests and Bishop available for Reconciliation


7 October- Focus of Day: Spirituality


9am           Opening Prayer

9.15am     Aboriginal Spirituality

10.30am   Morning Tea

11am         Aboriginal Spirituality continued

1pm           Lunch

2pm           Prayer in the Silence of Jesus: Silence, stillness and simplicity - Archbishop Christopher Prowse

3.30           Afternoon Tea

4pm           Labyrinth

5.30pm     Closing Prayer

6pm           Dinner

7pm           Prayer Card Activity


8 October- Focus of Day: Reflection and Implementation


9am           Opening Prayer

9.15am      Group Reflection

10.30am    Morning Tea

11am         Closing Mass




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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069

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