Agape - Extended Community Gathering Dates

Agape is the gathering of the wider earth community of the Archer to share story, wisdom, walk the land, meditate and celebrate life’s joys and sorrows and the changes in season through creative rituals. All are welcome to be part of this communal experience on the second Sunday of each month beginning with morning tea at 10am and concluding with a shared lunch at 12.30pm. (You may like to add on an overnight stay on the Saturday and/or Sunday night. Cost for overnight stay as per private retreat on our Prices & Bookings page).

Community Gathering Dates for 2018:

  • 11th March 
  • 8th April 
  • 13th May 
  • 10th June 
  • 8th July 
  • 12th August 
  • 9th September 
  • 14th October 
  • 11th November 
  • 9th December

Scheduled Workshops & Retreats

Unless otherwise stated prices are as listed on the Prices & Bookings page.

The Archer Mountain Earth Community situated in the Stanley River Valley is primarily a mountain habitat. Through deep listening and a contemplative stance the sacred in all of life is experienced and revealed.

The community offers 9 living spaces, available for private and group retreats and quiet reflection time.  Spiritual Companioning is available if requested.  The spaces include self-contained hermitages (Julian, Merton and MacKillop), The Guest House (4 bedroomed home) and The Glasshouse (2 bedroomed self-contained unit).  Come and spend time away from the rush of daily life and reconnect with the beauty and life-giving presence of nature.  

Other facilities include a lap pool, a space for meditation and prayer (The Thomas Berry Sanctuary), a space for reading and art (Riverdale Centre) and a space for group work and reflection (The Potter’s House).
  • January 27 – February 17 The Archer Mountain Earth Community closed
  • March 11 Agape
  • March 21 Autumn – Equinox 
  • March 29 – April 1st Easter Reflection at The Archer:  Beginning with the experience of the intimacy of deep friendship, symbolised in the breaking of bread and sharing the wine from a common cup, we enter the despair of betrayal and the mystery of death which is embodied in the trial, passion and crucifixion of the historical Jesus.  It is time to be still and present to the suffering of our planet’s earth community and enter the deep silence of the Earth’s womb throughout Saturday (Tomb Day).  This is a prelude to the radiance of the Easter morn when from the rags of embalmment new life is born, flaring forth into unexpected beginnings.  Please come and share this special time of resurrection with the Archer Mountain Earth Community. (Tony Hempenstall and Peter Harney)
  • April 8 Agape 
  • May 13 Agape 
  • May 19-20 The Wonderful World of Trees:  Dr Kevin McDonnell is our scholar in residence during May.  Kevin will offer a weekend workshop on the hidden and extraordinary life of trees that has only been discovered by the biological and ecological sciences in recent years.  This fascinating world of the ways through which trees communicate and communally support one another will be explored through immersion in the local dry-vine rainforests of Mt Archer and the Stanley River Valley.  This experience will have you standing in quiet awe as you deepen your appreciation of the life of the other than human. (Dr Kevin McDonnell)
  • June 10 Agape
  • June 17 (pm) – 24 (am) Chakra Retreat:  The Chakras are integral to every part of our being. They are the body’s energy centres through which the life force flows.  During this Guided Retreat, you are invited to begin a journey through these energy centres using Meditation, Reflection and Process to open a way to healing and spiritual growth.  (Srs Elaine Smith rsj and Lil Girardi rsj)
  • June 21 Winter Solstice
  • June 29 – 1 July Inner Room Retreat:  An Experience of Centering Prayer
    Be Still and Know, I AM!  Psalm 46 - This three-day retreat is an invitation to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and come into an intimate relationship with the Beloved. Centering Prayer is first, the deepening of one’s personal relationship with the Christ within and second, a method of freeing oneself from obstacles that prevent faith, hope and love from unfolding within one’s being.  Silence and regular prayer periods will enable participants to enter more fully into the heart of centering prayer.
    (Peter Harney and Tony Hempenstall)
  • July 8 Agape
  • July 15 – 31 August Together As One (TAO) 7 Week Experience for brothers only
  • August 12 Agape
  • September 9 Agape
  • September 22 – 23 Celtic Retreat:  Spirituality today is of interest to many people who are seeking answers to the deeper questions:  Where did we come from?  Why are we here? Where are we going?  The ancient Celts offer a new way of exploring these questions.  Celtic spirituality has been re-discovered over the past few years as an integral part of Christianity’s unfolding story.  The presence of Mystery in the harmony and dis-order of the natural world was recognised and celebrated by the Celts who traced their origins to the beloved disciple John.  Their spiritual life was inclusive of the whole earth community that respected the dignity and integrity of all life.  The Archer provides an ideal living-landscape to explore this emerging way of seeing the earth as beloved companion illuminator of the divine.
  • September 23 Spring Equinox
  • September 30 – Oct 6      Spring Retreat:  A Guided Retreat
Faith is the instructor.
We need no other.
Guess what I am,
He says in his incomparably lovely young-man voice.
Because I love the world I think of grass,
I think of leaves and the bold sun,
I think of rushes in the black marshes
Just coming back from under the pure white
And now finally melting stubs of snow.
Spring (Mary Oliver)
 
During this retreat, participants will explore and contemplate the re-birth of life in the world of nature and the inner world of one’s being, as it emerges from winter coolness.
(Tony Hempenstall and Peter Harney)
  • October 14 Agape
  • October 14 – 20 Directed Retreat: Make a personal journey to the deepest part of yourself in the company of soul-friends who are also walking the path into new spaces of the heart. (Sr Elaine Smith rsj and Marie Thompson)
  • November 11 Agape
  • December 9 Agape
  • December 21 Summer Solstice
  • Dec 21 – Jan 6 Closed

Unless otherwise stated prices are as listed on the Prices & Bookings page.



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