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26-29 September 2016: Mountains to Sea Youth Retreat, MNC

New England National Park

THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Please feel free to contact us to express your interest in being part of a retreat in the future (see details for Jason below).  

 

We are part of God’s reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation.

Join in community, as we commune with God, and all the other creatures which live and move and have their being in God.  Explore our connection to Creation.  What is humanity's place on Earth- what is yours? 

18-30 year olds are invited to join the Moderator and Uniting Earth Ministry for a 3-day retreat, from the mountains to the sea in the glorious Mid North Coast. 

This is a retreat, with an emphasis on reconciliation to God’s Earth, and renewal of our sense of place.  There will be times for solitude, and relationship building.  Everything will be invitational. We hope you will finish the retreat (re)empowered to draw others with you into a new sense of connection to Earth.

Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September, which includes travel.  For those on the bus/carpooling from Sydney, we will leave at 9am on the 26th and return by evening on the 29th. 

Draft Itinerary

  • Mon 26: Depart Sydney on bus/car pool 9am. Lunch at Gloucester with the Christians involved in the successful opposition to coal seam gas.  Arrive at the unique Gondwanan rainforest of Point Lookout, settle into the cabins and eat!  Short night walk. 
  • Tue 27: Day at Point Lookout and surrounds.  Night hike option for 360o star viewing
  • Wed 28: Visit the spectacular Ebor falls.  Local food lunch at Bellingen.  Stay alongside the divine Gleniffer River in the promised land. 
  • Thur 29: Dawn prayers at the riverside, breakfast then depart, bus to Sydney via coast.

There will be a simple structure to the retreat, with limited input.  Focus will be given to experience (fall in love with!) creation, reflect by ourselves and in conversation with others, simple prayers/devotions.

Who the retreat is for?

The retreat is for young adults (aged 18-30 years) who have an interest in ecology or the environment and have a connection with the Uniting Church.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation will be cabins (two nights at Point Lookout) and a combination of farm cottage and comfortable provided tents (one night at Gleniffer).  Retreat participants will help with preparation of meals. Wednesday lunch will be provided by friends in Gloucester, and we will buy our own lunches on Friday (in Bellingen) and Saturday (on the way home).

Transport

For those leaving from Sydney, we will bus/car pool from the Centre for Ministry (16 Masons Drive North Parramatta), leaving at 9am.  Pickups will be available along the route to Point Lookout – e.g. in Newcastle.  We will also try to arrange carpooling to Point Lookout from Armidale, Coffs Harbour and Bellingen if needed.  Participants are also welcome to make their own way to and from the retreat.

Costs

Cost: $290.  Includes accommodation, food (except for two lunches), and transport (if joining the bus/car pooling).

We are working out how to make sure that nobody misses out for financial reasons.  If cost will be an issue for you, please indicate this on the registration form.

More Information: Jason (Uniting Earth Ministry)- 0438 60 90 97, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register via http://ume.nsw.uca.org.au/event/mountains-to-sea or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Places are limited, please book early to secure your place.