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Featured Friends: Silver Wattle Quaker Centre
Overlooking Weereewa (Lake George), Silver Wattle Quaker Centre is a rural oasis, just 40 minutes drive from Canberra and 12 kms away from the village of Bungendore, NSW with its cafes, shops, and other amenities.
Silver Wattle was established in 2008 as a place of contemplation, healing and renewal. Operated by a Quaker group, the centre is open to all seekers and aims to uphold an atmosphere of prayer, simplicity and gratitude before God. Silver Wattle welcomes spiritual seekers from all traditions who may wish to come away for retreat and spiritual renewal.
The land on which Silver Wattle sits has a sacred energy which becomes apparent as you walk around the 2400 acre property or out onto the lake bed to walk the labyrinth. For those who find nurture in the earth, the large kitchen garden and orchards will satisfy your itch to dig. There is a rich diversity of bird life and kangaroos are daily visitors. Spiritual connection with the land is nurtured through a commitment to land care and food production as well as actively seeking guidance from Indigenous elders who share how to care for country in practical and spiritual ways.
In addition to the beautiful bush and surrounding landscape, facilities include a library of religious and inspirational books, an inviting meeting room, bush walks, comfortable accommodation, and locally grown food. The homemade bread is to die for, especially when spread with jam made from fruit grown in the Silver Wattle orchard. For those travelling by public transport, a transfer service from Canberra airport, Jolimont bus station or the Bungendore train station is available.
Sojourners are welcome to come and stay for long or short periods. All guests are welcome to join the resident community each morning for Meeting for Worship (based in silent waiting) as well as the gentle "Epilogue" gatherings every evening, but silence and solitude are accepted and welcome as well. Discounts are available to sojourners who want to contribute to the work of Silver Wattle.
Courses are offered through the year on themes of: Quaker Heritage and Practice; Prayer, Spirituality and Creativity; Indigenous Spirituality and Reconciliation; Preparation for Active Witness; and Healing and Restoration.
All courses are enthusiastically open to non-Quakers. The 2018 program includes
Silent Retreat- Relating to your Inward Teacher (20 – 26 April)
Intuition vs. Dogma: Jesus, Buddha & Muhammad (10 - 16 August)
Towards a Good Relationship with the Earth (20 - 23 September)
Quakers and Concerns: Discerning and Supporting our Ministry (4 - 7 October)
Detailed information about each course, as well as additional ‘pop up’ courses and events, are on the websitehttps://www.silverwattle.org.au
The centre is also available for hire. Christian, Buddhist, Yoga, Permaculture and Indigenous groups have all taken the opportunity to run their own programs and events in this beautiful and prayerful setting.
Enquiries from sojourners and venue hirers can be made online at https://www.silverwattle.org.au/venuehire/
Phone 02 6238 0588
Quakers welcome all who share our commitment to faithful living. As one of the Quaker Advices and Queries suggest:
Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be made, are you ready to join with others in seeking clearness, asking for God’s guidance and offering counsel to one another?
Silver Wattle offers a place to learn how to live adventurously, to be inspired, and to connect with others as you “let your life speak”.
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