Sancta Sophia Brochure 2018


Advent Meditation Day

Saturday, 15 December 2018

10 am to 1.30 pm

Bring lunch to share

Cost $30

A shortened meditation day finishing with lunch at 1.30pm.

This is an opportunity for the Sancta Sophia Meditation Community to share some time bringing, what has been a difficult year, to a conclusion; as well as looking forward to Christmas and a new year.

To help us prepare to be the stable in which Christ is to born this Christmas, we encourage you to come and join us on this day

To help us prepare for your coming, please RSVP by Friday 14th of December.


Facilitators: Kathleen Murphy & Ken Petersen.

Meditation days are an opportunity to spend a longer time in Meditation practice. There will be group Meditation, Movement and Ritual.

You are asked to bring some Lunch to Share.

Cost: $30.00. Time 10.00 am – 4.00 pm


Weekend retreats

All Cancelled

All Weekend Retreats begin at 8.00 pm on the Friday night and end on Sunday at 3.30 pm. Cost: Live in $175.00, Live out: $135.00. Saturday only $80.00. Meals provided.

DREAM WORKSHOP: The Cycle of Death and Rebirth. Navigating the Seasons of Life. As the old song goes, “For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven,” In the midst of everything that is happening in our countries and in the world, many of us are feeling bewildered and some are fearful for the future. Such cosmic events cast their shadow on our lives causing us to face the most basic questions  Our own lives follow the same rhythm – at the end of every stage of our development, we are faced with the death of what has been. It is often a time of chaos and uncertainty. This workshop will address these questions Facilitated by Joy Ryan Bloore a Jungian Analyst from New Zealand who trained at the Jung Institute in Zurich.
Date: May 19, 20, 21. Cost $250.00 Spaces Limited.


The “I” we normally live with, Plato likened to a shadow on the wall of a cave” and Shakespeare to “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.” The Vedic tradition clearly says this small, mortal self is not our true identity. This Weekend we shall discover through teachings and exercises our deeper self which is infinite and eternal and one with all of life Our Facilitator is Swamini Vinayananda, a Hindu Nun with the Chinmaya mission in the Advaitic tradition.

Date: June 22, 23, 24


WISDOM’S FREEDOM Wisdom and Creativity. This weekend will focus on Christian wisdom and its compelling, paradoxical and transformative affirmation, centred in the mystery of the cross and stretching out from the unitive centre to the global context we share. We are invited to discover wisdom’s freedom in our lives and hearts through four movements Awakening – UnionIncarnation –Freedom. Our facilitator is Chris Morris, Chris is a spiritual director, Benedictine Oblate and lecturer at Catholic Theological College.

Date: September 21, 22, 23


ZEN AND THE ART OF PAUSE. Zen philosophy greatly influenced the arts, transmitting moral and spiritual values and cultivating stillness, calmness in practicing various arts, such as the tea ceremony, calligraphy, haiku, ikebana and qigong. Our Presenter Bom Hyon Sunim will lead us in a deeper appreciation of the Zen Arts and the practice of Pause. Bom Hyon Sunim an Australian Buddhist Nun in the Korean Tradition lives at the Korean Jongbopsa Temple in Sydney,

Date: October 26, 27, 28



All Cancelled

except the Carmelite Way


One Day Retreats begin at and finish at Lunch is provided. Cost: $75.00


Fr John Dupuche’s One Day Retreat on Opening the Third Eye has been cancelled

OPENING THE THIRD EYE. The ‘Third Eye” is located in the eyebrow centre according to Yogic understanding of spiritual development. It is closed much of the time, but when opened it brings wisdom and perception, energy and decisiveness. This workshop will address the development of the Third Eye and its Christian interpretation.  Fr John Dupuche is one of the leading promoters of Inter religious dialogue in Australia and is at present developing an Inter religious Ashram here in Warburton

Date: To be advised


THE HEALING ENERGIES OF MUSIC AND SOUND. A deeply relaxing experience, bathing in the beautiful sounds of Cello, Didgeridoo, Tibetan Singing Bowls and chimes. We also use the voice to tone with the instruments and enhance the vibration in the body. This can help clear and balance energy and bring a deep sense of peace and harmony. A sublime way to relax, recharge and cope with the pressures of everyday life. Our facilitator Marilyn Copeland has a particular interest in fostering creative and contemplative experiences which enrich the soul and enhance the awareness of the Sacredness of the Body.

Date: August 11


BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CONFLICT Islam and the West. The antagonism between Islam and the West appears daily on our TV screens. Some even talk of a clash of civilizations. Is there such a clash? Can we bridge the divide between Islam and the West?  This workshop explores the apparent contradictions between Islam and the West and seeks a way to heal these divisions.

Our Presenter is Dr.Herman Roborgh who has spent most of his life living in Muslim countries and is at present teaching at a University in Pakistan.

Date Saturday August 11

Please note change of date from 25th to 11th August


THE EIGHTFOLD PATH AND CHRISTIAN LOVE- MEDITATIVE ENGAGEMENT Let us explore the ethical dimension of mindfulness – making real our insight in a world where despair and fear are rising. How might attention to the everyday open us to a renewed relationship to the earth and each other as liberating ethics? In each moment, each act, each gesture the world comes into being. Our presenter is Rev. Paul Sanders, Zen teacher in the Diamond Sanga and a Uniting Church Minister.

Date: October 13



A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH THE YARRA VALLEY, walking from Lilydale to Beautiful Warburton and Sancta Sophia Meditation Community. The walk is in three stages staying each night in Millgrove. Total walking distance is approximately 40km. There will be the opportunity for moments of prayer and reflection along the way. This will be the eighth time we have welcomed this pilgrimage. If you would like to take part in this event contact The Carmelite Centre at Middle Park for more information. Telephone 0396905430.

Date: November 9, 10, 11