Ecology and Spirituality Centre: Glenburn

Brochure2015The Centre for Ecology and Spirituality is situated 80 km from Melbourne in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range.
It is located among light forest and abounds in native fauna and flora.

EntranceThe Centre provides an opportunity for people to spend time on the spiritual and ecological dimensions of their lives. It offers space for reflection, discussion and education. The teaching emphasis at the centre is not so much religious as spiritual in the broader sense, especially as it concerns an attitude and identification with the earthed tradition and what it means to be a human in an evolving universe.
The Centre wishes to be inclusive and welcomes all interested in the link between ecology and spirituality. The Centre is dedicated to the promotion of a sound spirituality which recognises the ecology of Creation and the connectivity and balance of all life. The Centre also endeavours to gain insight into the role of the Human in what has now come to be known as the Ecozoic era of the world.

Current Newsletter:  Rubida 61 Winter 2015

 

About

thumb GlenburnStaffThe Centre at Glenburn was founded in the year 2000 by Brothers Leonard Sheahan and Trevor Parton. For 2014 the community at Glenburn comprises three Christian Brothers, and one Sister of Mercy. The additional members are Sr Mary White, and Br Rod Parton. Leonard handles enquiries for retreats and accommodation, while Trevor and Mary conduct the retreats and workshops, unless specified in the program.

 

Retreats at Glenburn

Enjoy a restful and reflective retreat at the Centre for Ecology and Spirituality at beautiful Glenburn. Compassion and care for all life, social and ecological justice, a new mystique of Earth, and an ecological conversion of mind and heart, are examined through scripture, reflection, dance, ritual and immersion in the beautiful forests of the Great Dividing Range. Linen and meals provided. Deposits for retreats are non-refundable.

 Private Retreats

Many people ask about coming up to do a private retreat.  This can be done individually or in small groups, and spiritual companioning or other inputs are available. Catering can be provided or retreatants can self-cater.  A self-contained flat is available for anyone wanting to make a quiet retreat surrounded by the beauty of nature. The flat may also be used for an extended stay by someone wishing to take some sabbatical time, or by married couples or a small family group. Normal daily rate is $100 per person. Please enquire

There is accommodation for around a dozen people and there is also a 'Hermitage' unit where people can come and spend some quiet time by themselves or with the community. 

Online Course

Information on our online course can be found on the Online Course menu item above.

Programmes

 Sacred Earth

  SacredEarthThe Sacred Earth Course at Glenburn provides an opportunity for people to spend time on the spiritual and ecological dimensions of their lives. It is a twelve-week residential course in a rural setting. The course offer space for reflection, discussion and education in a relaxed rhythm of life. There is an opportunity to pursue life-changing experiences and learnings. The Centre wishes to be inclusive and welcomes all interested in the link between ecology and spirituality. The Sacred Earth Course is offered each year commencing early February.

To download Brochure:   Click Here.

You may also phone or email to have one sent to you.

Four week-long intensives now available during the Sacred Earth Course in 2016

Download Other Options for Sacred Earth 2016

Flinders Ranges/Lake Mungo Retreat

 At the end of the twelve week course an eleven day Retreat/Tour is offered to Lake Mungo, and the Flinders Ranges. Lake Mungo is an ancient dry lake bed in far west New south Wales, with a rich indigenous tradition of sacred sites. The Flinders Ranges in central south Australia is a beautiful but remote range of unique geological interest. The earliest life forms are represented in the fossils found there. For details download the Sacred Earth Brochure above.

Flinders Ranges Spring Retreat

 We are again offering a Spring Retreat in the Flinders Ranges. This will replace the previously advertised five day retreat at Glenburn. There will be six nights at the Flinders itself and one night each way on the Murray river. There is a strong element of contemplation as we immerse ourselves in the proverbial beauty of these ranges. See the page "2015 Calendar" for more detail.

 

There is a set program of retreats and workshops for the year and details and costs for these can be seen on the 2015 Calendar

For ways to get involved with the Glenburn Community Click Here

Online courses in Eco-Spirituality and Cosmology

 Online courses are now available. For more information, choose the Online Course menu item above.

There is an excellent spiritual/cosmology library at the Centre.

For a quick look at some of the titles see  Glenburn Library

Online Course

Welcome to Glenburn Online Course on The Universe Story, Cosmology, Eco-spirituality, and Earth Rights

THIS COURSE CAN BE ACCESSED FROM OCTOBER 1ST 2014

Aim of the Course

The general aim is to offer an increased level of literacy with respect to The Universe Story, recognizing that recent advances in the sciences of physics and astronomy have largely outstripped the knowledge of the general populace, and that the cosmological implications for the human are immense

Specific Aims:

      • to recover a sense of the primal relationship we have to our universe
      • to better understand Earth’s living systems and the dangers facing them
      • the promotion and advocacy for earth rights
      • to investigate a spirituality embracing right relationships with the cosmos in all its manifestations
      • to explore an understanding of the evolution of consciousness in the modern human

 Modules available:

1 The Universe Story

 

 Explore what is the place of story

Story in the new cosmology

Are we in-between stories?

 

2 The epic of evolution

Where are we in the Universe Story?

 When did we become human?

What is consciousness?

 

3 Ecology and Spirituality

What is deep ecology?

 The link between ecology, religion and spirituality.

 What is meant by ecological spirituality?

 

4 Earth Rights and Advocacy

About Earth Rights

Earth Jurisprudence

Legislation already in place.

 

General Instructions for the Course

How do you enroll for the course?

Send an email with your name and address (both email and street) to  requesting entrance to the course. An email will be sent to you requesting payment for the first module. On receipt of payment, an automated reply will invite you to commence the course, going through a short procedure including password.  At the conclusion of each module it will be necessary to make payment before the next module is activated for you.

How  are the Modules costed and paid for?

Each of the Modules has a fee of $50. We accept payment by cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer. The details for EFT are Commonwealth Bank of Australia.    BSB  063 423   Account  1005 6835. Cheques are to be addressed to Centre for Ecology and Spirituality, 183 Burns Rd, Glenburn 3717, Victoria, Australia

How are assignments handled.

In each unit there will be several small assignments and one longer assignment. The assignments will contain instructions on how to submit your work. The smaller assignments are posted on a Discussions page, and you are requested to enter into some interaction with other people’s work. Smaller assignments carry a credit of up to 10 points. The major assignment makes up the balance to 100 points. An overall course score greater than 50% is required for eligibility for a certificate. Enquiries may be made by email ()

Is there a Certificate of Completion of the Course?

Yes, there is a Certificate of Completion for those successfully completing the course for credit, which will make a statement about course content and the equivalent hours taken to complete the Course. (6 hours per Module)

 

2015 Calendar

PROGRAM - 2015

Click to open details for each Season

Autumn/Winter

Autumn/Wimter Program

FEB 1 APR  25            SACRED EARTH

Sacred Earth is an annual twelve-week residential course in Ecological and Holistic Spirituality. Details are available in a separate brochure and on the website.

 

FEB 14                          SILK SCARF PAINTING

A day learning the basic skills of silk scarf painting. You will take home at last three scarves. 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lunch provided. ($50)

 

FEB 28                          HARVEST FESTIVAL (EQUINOX)

A day of planting, harvesting and ritual. The celebration of harvest has been celebrated since biblical times and probably even before this. The day culminates in a shared lunch of beautiful vegetarian recipes. A take away leaflet of vegetarian recipes is provided. 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lunch provided. ($40)

 

MAR 14                          DRUMMING and SOUND WORKSHOP

Drumming workshop with Christina Green. This workshop allows you to participate and experience the heartbeat of the universe. Drums supplied. Book early. 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lunch provided ($50)

 

MAR 21                        ARTS AS SPIRITUALITY

A day of reflective and creative arts with Margaret Broadbent rsm. 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lunch provided ($50)

 

APR 28 MAY 8          LAKE MUNGO/FLINDERS RETREAT

Ten day Tour/Retreat. This marks the end of the Sacred Earth course but is open to other participants.  See website for more detail or ring Ph: 5797 8532 Fee: $1595 ($1450 GST exempt)

 JUN 3 - 7                    WORLDVIEWS IN TRANSITION

Perceptions of the divine have informed our preception of the hon-human througout history. We are now experiencing a clash of of wroldviews as the significance of the human and the non-human world has captured our imagination. The way forward might be in a worldview which enhances social and ecological inclusion, now and into the future, (Arrive Wednesday night and leave after lunch lunch Sunday. Fee: $400, Deposit $30

 

JUN 19 - 20                   EARTHSONG SYMPOSIUM

The Annual EarthSong Symposium celebrating the UNESCO International Year of Light (Held in Melbourne) Bookings through EarthSong. See www.earthsong.org.au (Ph: 8359 0106) 

 

JUN 27                           WINTER SOLSTICE

A one-day event celebrating the start of Earth’s journey towards longer and brighter days.  Celebrate with song, meditation, good conversation around a fire.  10am to 3pm ($50).

JUL 3 - 5                      ECOTHEOLOGY & ECOSPIRITUALITY

 A weekend retreat/workshop examining the connection between ecotheology and ecospirituality and how each can inform the other.  Arrive Friday evening 8pm and leave Sunday 2pm  (Fee $190)

 

JULY 31 - AUG 2                GLENBURN/ EARTHSONG RETREAT

This retreat is for those who desire a deeper insight into the processes of the Universe and their manifestation in us. Join us to explore ways of responding to the depth of spirit in all that surrounds us and reflect on the theme of ‘Radiance’, the power of resonance and reverberation, even in the midst of destruction. Bookings through EarthSong. See www.earthsong.org.au (Ph: 8359 0106)

 

AUG 5 - 9                   EARTH'S DESIRE

A five-day retreat with conversations focussing on the learnings to be gained from Thomas Berry’s beautiful poem. (Arrive Wednesday night and leave after lunch Sunday. Fee: $400 Deposit $30 )

 

 

Spring

Spring Program

 

 

4th SEPT. – 12th SEPT.            SPRING RETREAT IN THE FLINDERS RANGES (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

The Spring season invites us to an appreciation of our intimate relationship with the Australian landscape. The fullness of the wattle blossom and the early wildflowers lead us into a larger identity with our beautiful cosmos. Spend six nights at the Flinders Ranges, contemplating the abundant fauna, the awesome gorges and the wildflowers. More information is available from the Centre. For a copy of the itinerary click here. Fee $ 1850 per person. Earlybird rate $1700 paid by 15th July.)

 

SEPT 7-12                   SPRING RETREAT AT GLENBURN

The Spring season invites us to an appreciation of our intimate relationship with the Australian landscape. The fullness of the wattle blossom and the early wildflowers lead us into a larger identity with our beautiful cosmos. This is a five day retreat. (Arriving Sunday night and leaving Friday after lunch. Fee $475. Deposit $30)

 

SEP 25 - 27          EATH, FIRE, AIR, WATER WEEKEND

Being drawn into reverence for life, allowing our hearts to be moved by beauty.  Connecting with the more than human world opens the way for inner transformation so urgently needed in our time.  (Arrive Friday evening 8pm, concluding Sunday 2pm.  Fee $190)

 

OCT 31                         DRUMMING WORKSHOP

Drumming workshop with Christina Green. This workshop allows you to participate in and experience the heartbeat of the universe. Drums supplied. Book early. 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lunch provided ($50)


NOV 
21 23                FOREST RETREAT

Come stand in the midst, awe and wonder of the Toolangi Forest.  Experience the breathtaking grandeur, natural wonder of the region.  Myrtle Beech and Mountain Ash trees, gullies, Leadbeater possum and Lyre Bird habitat await.  Come experience her abundance.  (Start 8.00pm Friday evening and leave after lunch on Sunday. Fee: $190) 

 

DEC 16 - 18                  3-DAY RETREAT

An opportunity to spend a day or three at the end of a busy year in the pleasant Glenburn surroundings in private retreat. All meals provided. ($100 per day)

 

DEC 19                        DAY OF REFLECTION (SUMMER SOLSTICE)

A day of reflection and review for the year. May be used as part of the pre-Christmas Retreat. (10.00 am - 3.00 pm. Lunch provided. $40)

 

 

 

Any Time


Retreats at Glenburn

Enjoy a restful and reflective retreat at the Centre for Ecology and Spirituality at beautiful Glenburn. Compassion and care for all life, social and ecological justice, a new mystique of Earth, and an ecological conversion of mind and heart, are examined through scripture, reflection, dance, ritual and immersion in the beautiful forests of the Great Dividing Range. Linen and meals provided. Deposits for retreats are non-refundable.

 

Private Retreats

Many people ask about coming up to do a private retreat.  This can be done individually or in small groups, and spiritual companioning or other inputs are available. Catering can be provided or retreatants can self-cater.  A self-contained flat is available for anyone wanting to make a quiet retreat surrounded by the beauty of nature. The flat may also be used for an extended stay by someone wishing to take some sabbatical time, or by married couples or a small family group. Normal daily rate is $100 per person. Please enquire

 

Other Programs

The Centre also cooperates with other Centres in providing programs that people can attend in Melbourne. See:

EarthSong:  www.earthsong.org.au

www.centresofspiritualitytvictas.com

 Visitors

Visitors are welcome to come and share community life with the resident members, either as part of an organised event or individually for some quiet time. Day visitors are also welcome to come and inspect the Centre - please ring  03 5797 8532  

 

Articles

This is an archive of the quarterly editorial articles from issues of the Centre Newsletter. 

Trevor Parton has now published a beautifully illustrated compendium of these articles and his poetry.
This can be obtained from the Centre ($30 posted - Australia). Email: trevor_parton@ bigpond.com


I am the Universe -The Universe is my Body

When Teilhard de Chardin, in his The Human Phenomenon announced to his Western audience that every being and every thing had both an ‘inner’ and an ‘outer’ aspect he effectively set in motion a mode of thinking that began the task of repairing the separation of the human from the rest of the universe.

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 A Spirituality Born out of the Stars

There is a language that we are yet to learn, a language that does not reflect our disconnection from the world, but a language that we can use to access the deeper genetic roots that come from our evolutionary past on Earth, and our inherited pre-genetic roots that come from the sublime events that exploded from the first instant of the Universe.

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I am not myself without everything else

Thomas Berry had the facility to not just recount for us some of the advances in science but also to put them into a cosmological context. This quote in particular speaks to our identity in its relationship to ‘everything else’. To fully understand this you would probably have had to experience a deeply lived moment of union within a relationship whether it be a divine or human to human relationship, or an ecological relationship with say forest, sea, a pet animal, river, mountain.

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We Individualise the Universe

Thomas Berry says: We are a product of the universe and in us the universe is becoming conscious of itself in both its physical and spiritual dimensions.
......... that to take the Universe Story to heart is to awaken to “our own deeper self,” “the Great Self,” which is the heart-mind of the sacred universe.(The Sacred Universe)

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Rewilding the Human

Rewilding is about overcoming human domestication and returning to behavior inherent in human wildness. It emphasizes the development of the senses and fostering deepening personal relationships with members of other species and the natural world. Rewilding intends to create permanently wild human cultures beyond domestication. Rewilding is considered a holistic approach to living, as opposed to skills, practices or a specific set of knowledge.

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 The Illusion of Separateness

Towards the end of his life, the eminent anthropologist and prophet of relationships, Gregory Bateson said he sometimes catches himself 'believing that there is such a thing as something that is separate from something else.' (from An Ecology of Mind). It is not difficult in our everyday use of English, and with the ever-present western dualism around us, to also fall into this trap quite routinely. I say trap because our native experience gives the lie to this heresy of separateness. In our best (human) moments we can be one with everything (note the oneness sayings of Jesus).

Personally I do try both in speaking and writing to beat this illusion.

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How Should We Live?

I believe this question is central to a notion of spirituality and it might well be preceded by a few others like:

Where have I come from? - Why am I here? -Where am I going?

The answers to these latter questions will probably determine the answer to the first one. Depending on your worldview you will probably come out with different answers. As Christians we have been accustomed to looking to the Bible or the teachings of our churches as a form of guidance, though ultimately we are answerable to ourselves and our own insights. This latter view might be seen as unorthodox, but it is what millions are having recourse to in these times where old certainties no longer satisfy the spiritual hunger of people.

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Living in the Radiance of Being

 Our century is marked by two seeming polarities – on the one hand the magnificence of our universe and its story, and on the other, the seeming intractable problems facin

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 The Olympic Games

"Every second of my lfe has prepared me for this moment." Do you remember this statement made by an Olympian before the recent Games in London? What an exquisite insight this gives us into life.

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The New Cosmology/Consciousness

You could fill a large box with books that talk about consciousness. Maybe you would think that most people would agree on what the term stood for, but on reading a lot of the literature on the subject you could easily imagine that writers each had a different window on the subject.

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 The Feeling Earth

The time is 5.15am on Thursday 5th January, 2012. The year has scarcely begun but already Earth is buzzing with activity. As I lay in bed mentally composing notes for this essay, I was contemplating the central idea of one of my favourite philosophers and process thinkers/theologians, Alfred North Whitehead. He proposed that all knowledge comes to us via the medium of 'feeling events.' This is a fairly radical epistemology that has shaken much of modern and postmodern thinking.

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Soul of the Earth

Have you ever wept with joy or compassion for the beautiful world you find yourself in? Notice I used the word ‘in’, because truly we are in and amongst the world and not separate from it as some cosmologies would have it. And just how are we  to consider ourselves ‘in’ the world? I would like to look again at the ancient notion of the anima mundi (Latin for soul of the world) and Jung’s collective unconsciousness.

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The Ecology of the Heart II

We and the world we live in are connected in a synergistic fashion. That means that we can only progress together. We must love the earth if we expect it to in turn love and nurture us. The newly conceived embryo’s heart commence to beat 21 days after conception, and it beats at the same rate as the mother (for a time). We need to lay down on the earth ourselves and let our heartbeat and the heartbeat of the earth come into resonance. This could be a consciousnesschanging little ritual. Try it!

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The Ecology of the Heart I

The particular emphasis here is connected to the Teilhardian concept that spirit/consciousness is present right the way through from the inorganic to the organic. This implies that consciousness is spread right across our bodies from our cells and neurons and culminating in our more complex assemblies - the organs, and particularly the heart and the brain.

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Earth is Talking in a New Language

The catastrophic events of recent times constitutes a new relationship of experience with nature and the Universe

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The Spiritual Dimension of Earth

The spirituality that appeals to many is known as eco-spirituality. I believe this can sit side by side with other spiritualities.

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'Invited or not, the God Arrives'

A reflection on the difficulty of how to articulate the notion of God in our universe.

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Science/Religion and Myth

Both Science and Religion have a mythical dimension rooted in their history. Some of these are helpful, and some are not.

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We Have Been Touched by the Universe

The mystical thinking from Plato through St Nicholas of Cusa to Teilhard de Chardin and Alfred North Whitehead is expressed today in terms of the quantum theory of David Bohm.

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What Does it Mean to be Human Pt.2

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Find Profound Joy in Life

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What Ultimately Matters?

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Bushfire - Fire, Earth, Water

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You are a Dimension of the Universe

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Labyrinth

The Chartres lawn labyrinth

LabyrinthThe Chartres lawn labyrinth is a reflective walk among the beautiful forest surrounds. Give yourself up to thirty minutes to enjoy this Earth-nurturing experience, used by pilgrims for centuries. There is also a modern counterpart known as the Cosmic Walk which traces the fourteen billion years history of our world. This walk winds its way around the 15 acre property for several hundred metres and interpretive signs tell the wonderful story of our evolving and expanding Universe.

Photos

Flinders Ranges Photo Gallery

These Photos have been taken down for a time.

Contact

Phone:   (+61) 3 5797 8532

EMail:    

Postal:  Centre for Ecology & Spirituality
          183 Burns Road
          GLENBURN VIC 3717

Location: Google Map

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