Our Programs continue to offer many diverse opportunities for stillness and reflection, to meet with others, listen and discuss aspects of the spiritual journey and to think about how contemplative practice can be part of our everyday life. Here is what we have on offer early December and over 2019. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre soon.

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 5 December 10.30 - 12noon

Saint John of the Cross with Michael Brundell OCarm

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This is the last Carmelite Conversation for the year. Michael has titled this session, "Desire to have Nothing" the Dark Night of Spiritual Detachment. He writes: Interpreting Saint John of the Cross involves listening to his words especially as found in his poetry. The kind of listening is …


Bookings will open early in the New Year


First Wednesday of the month, 10.30 - 12noon

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This series of "Carmelite Conversations" are held in the Carmelite Library on the first Wednesday of each month February to December, on a topic related to Carmelite spirituality. Click to see the 2019 Program with the date, the presenter and the topic …


One day Introductory Program with Peter Thomas

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Three Saturday programs will be offered in 2019. 9 February, 22 June, and 12 October. This program is for those who would like to introduce meditation into their lives in a gentle, progressive manner. It is simple and effective and avoids the disappointment that sometimes comes when people rush ‘head-long’ into advanced meditation practices. After attending one …

SATURDAY PRAYER DAYS: 30 March, 3 August, 30 November

with an introduction to three ways of prayer on Tues 26 February 7 - 9pm

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On Tuesday 26 February 2019 three presenters will introduce three different ways of prayer. Each of these ways will then be the basis for a Saturday Prayer Day later in the year. The three Saturday dates are 30 March with Rev Peter Martin, 3 August with Rev Simon Carey Holt, and 30 November with Fr David Hofman OCarm. Booking for …


Tuesday 12 February, 14 May, 13 August, 12 November 5.00pm - 6.30pm

The Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle meets four times a year. It is for those intrigued by the contemporary scientific story of the origins of the universe and the evolution of life, and for those who want to articulate a spirituality that embraces this awareness and informs their living. You are welcome to join any or all of the meetings of the …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: 2019 Dates, Topics and Presenters

3rd Tuesday of the Month 4.30 - 6pm in the Carmelite Library

This monthly Spiritual Reading Group meets monthly (February to November) to explore a text from a mystic or spiritual thinker. Each month’s text is available in advance via email attachment or print form collected from the Carmelite Library. You are welcome to come regularly or any month …

SYMPOSIUM: Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25 May

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As has become the tradition at the Carmelite Centre, we are holding a Symposium late in May: Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, and Saturday 25th. The creative theme, topics and presenters will become available in the New Year and bookings will be open closer to the date.


Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 April in Queenscliff

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This weekend is for all those interested in Carmelite Spirituality, (that is, the 'Carmelite Family'). It will be an opportunity to both enrich your personal spiritual life and to connect with others on the journey. In the beautiful setting of Santa Casa, 33-35 Flinders Street, Queenscliff. More details will be available in the New Year.

Friday Morning Weekly
Lectio Divina 9.30 - 10.30am

Join Fr David Hofman OCarm and a small group on Friday mornings after 9.00 Mass in a quiet oasis of prayer away from the hustle of your normal activities. We meet in the lady Chapel at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Middle Park.
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Thursday Evening Weekly Meditation 7.00pm

You are invited to come and experience meditation as a way of bringing peace, harmony and joy to your life. ... to enhance your day-to-day awareness by living in the present moment. This is a regular Thursday evening session with Peter Thomas. Click 'learn more' and scroll down.


Spiritual Direction is a series of conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values. ... These conversations assist discernment ... you can then choose the way forward on the spiritual journey with greater freedom. … Click 'learn more' and scroll down.


Located within the Carmelite Centre precinct the Carmelite Library of Spirituality and Mysticism provides a unique resource for students of religion, theology and spirituality throughout Australia.… You are most welcome to visit the Library to browse. Click 'learn more' and scroll down.