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    The wilderness offered me a chance to experience first-hand the joy and challenge of discovering the Presence of the Divine in the realm of the world of created beings.

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The Brochure Promised:

"The retreat will be based at Halls Gap and we will make contemplative walks in silence into different parts of The Grampians, where you will be invited to listen to the Presence that is God in Nature speaking to you. At the end of each day's walk you will have a chance to share your experience of walking in Nature. We will draw on the wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola and Teilhard de Chardin and other contemporary writers on the spiritual dimensions of Nature.”

 Most mornings of the six day retreat before breakfast many of us walked Fyan’s Creek Track to be greeted by the kangaroos, emus and deer while the first golden light lit up the mountains like a curtain being raised.

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After Morning Prayer at 8 am, lunches were packed and we were off to walk in silence on different tracks each day, finding a suitable place to share Eucharist in the bush surrounded by Nature. We climbed to the heights of the Pinnacles and Mount Zero, walked through the Grand Canyon and Silent Street Gorges, reveled at dawn at Reid’s Lookout, trekked along steams to the McKenzie Falls, thrilled to see the beauty of spring wildflowers and delighted by the warbling of birds unfamiliar to my western ears. Each evening we shared our reflections and insights as the nine participants and three staff looked back on what had touched, challenged and spoken to us.

Most mornings of the six day retreat before breakfast many of us walked Fyan’s Creek Track to be greeted by the kangaroos, emus and deer while the first golden light lit up the mountains like a curtain being raised.

After Morning Prayer at 8 am, lunches were packed and we were off to walk in silence on different tracks each day, finding a suitable place to share Eucharist in the bush surrounded by Nature. We climbed to the heights of the Pinnacles and Mount Zero, walked through the Grand Canyon and Silent Street Gorges, reveled at dawn at Reid’s Lookout, trekked along steams to the McKenzie Falls, thrilled to see the beauty of spring wildflowers and delighted by the warbling of birds unfamiliar to my western ears. Each evening we shared our reflections and insights as the nine participants and three staff looked back on what had touched, challenged and spoken to us.

I am most grateful these last weeks for the encouragement and support given by our Cluster Team, my community and for the hospitality offered by the Mt Sion and Hobart communities and hope we may be able to offer similar hospitality when the opportunity arises.

 Br Terry Casey