A Message from the Director

At the centre of our monastic spirituality is the recognition that our closest encounters with God most often occur in times of silence and solitude, when we are able to get away from the busyness of the world and flee from the distractions and anxieties which can so easily plague the human heart and mind. It was thus that the ancient prophet Elijah (a prototype of monastic life) found God, not in the fire, nor in the earthquake, nor in the rushing wind, but in the “still, small voice” speaking gently to his soul. At New Norcia, we aim to be a place of encounter with the Divine, where the ear of the heart can be sensitively attuned to the voice of God communicating within.

In 2023, we are excited to offer a varied and stimulating range of retreats and study weekends. In keeping with the Benedictine charism of hospitality, the monastic community is delighted to welcome as our guests persons from all backgrounds of life and all traditions. Our scenic and serene environment and the quite prayerfulness of the monastic routine form the perfect backdrop for seeking and finding peace, enlightenment, renewal and clarity.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Robert Nixon, osb

To register and pay for any of the retreats, study weekends or Benedictine Experience weekends please visit the webshop (please note there are two pages of retreats listed on the webshop).

The Institute's 2023 Programme

February 24-26: Lenten Retreat: The Seven Last Words of Christ, with St Bonaventure

March 10-12: Benedictine Experience Weekend I

March 31-April 2: Letting Go with Sr Lilian Bong, SJAJ

April 28-30: Female Benedictine Mystics of the Middle Ages: St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Gertrude the Great, and others

May 26-28: Benedictine Experience Weekend II

June 30-July 2: The Apocryphal Gospels—Meeting the Jesus of Myth and Imagination

July 28-30: Benedictine Experience Weekend II

August 25-27: The Desert Fathers — The Earliest Christian Monks

September 22-24: Benedictine Experience Weekend IV

October 6-8: St Francis of Assisi—Prophet of Freedom and Peace

November 24-26: Benedictine Experience Weekend IV