Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 2015, n.77

Ecological experiences and conversion for individuals, groups, and organisations (staff, volunteers, leaders)...

‘Quiet Time in the Bush’ mornings
Contemplative/Prayer Walks: half and full day
‘Heart of Creation’ Reflection Days
Weekend Retreats
Wilderness Retreats
‘Australian Ignatian Trail’ Pilgrimages
Online Retreats
Formation experiences for your teams


Contact us today and we can tailor a program for you.

1300 392 636  or  info@jisa.org.au

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Being with God in Nature Quarterly Newsletter

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With the rise of the industrial world, over the last couple of centuries, more and more men and women have become urbanised and as result more disconnected from Nature. We have come to see ourselves as the masters of Nature, with the Earth being an object for us to use to make our lives more comfortable. In this process, we have lost our connection with God’s presence in the Universe. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si: On care for Our Common Home, invites us to reunite with God in the Earth, in the whole universe.

Jesuit and Ignatian Spiritualty Australia’s ministry, Being with God in Nature provides a variety of opportunities to experience Ignatian Spirituality in Nature, to spend time in a group, at times in silence, listening to God’s presence in Nature. The Being with God in Nature team takes people out into the Australian wilderness as well as experiencing Nature in our urban settings.

The entire material Universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains; everything is, as it were, a caress of God. Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 2015, no.84

There are opportunities to spend some contemplative time in nature. To enter into that contemplative place in your heart to encounter the Presence that is God in Nature, which leads to “ecological conversation” and reconciliation with Creation. 

This responsibility for God’s Earth means that human beings, endowed with intelligence, must respect the laws of nature and the delicate equilibria existing between the creatures of this world. Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 2015, no.68

We invite you to explore our offerings and resources below…

HAPPENINGS

Introducing 'I am a Tree of Life' Online Retreat During Season of Creation 2024

Deepen your spiritual roots, grow new branches, flower in your desires for service and increase the fruit of your spiritual life.

Welcome to this beautiful online retreat. Created for IM23 I am a Tree of Life, now available as an online retreat experience – over eight Monday nights leading up to and during Season of Creation this year.

Spiritual exercises, forest contemplations and conversations, using the life of a tree as a metaphor for an organic spirituality.

Dates: Monday nights for 8 weeks from 12th August to 30 September 2024
Time: Monday nights 7pm – 8:30pm AEST
Where: Online via Zoom
Price: $180 for all eight sessions, including retreat, prayer, and reflection materials

Laudato Si’ Week 19-24 May 2024

A checklist for you…

Graphic provided by David McMahon, Australia Jesuit Province Communications

WHAT’S ON

Quiet Time in the Bush, Kew VIC

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

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Jesuit Social Services Bush Hut, 110 Studley Park Road
Kew, Vic 3101 Australia
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Quiet Time in the Bush, Pymble NSW

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

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JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
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Quiet Time in the Bush, Kew VIC

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

Find out more
Jesuit Social Services Bush Hut, 110 Studley Park Road
Kew, Vic 3101 Australia
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On the Celtic Way – Weekend Retreat

Everything is essentially an utterance of the divine, a sacred sounding, each creature and life form a unique and unrepeatable expression of the One.  From ‘Sacred Earth Sacred’ Soul by John Philip Newell Christian Celtic […]

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Jesuit Villa House, 58 Burke Parade
Gerroa, NSW 2534 Australia
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I am a Tree of Life Online Retreat 2024

Welcome to this beautiful online retreat. Created for IM23 I am a Tree of Life, now available as an online retreat experience – over eight Monday nights leading up to and during Season of Creation this year. Spiritual […]

Find out more

Quiet Time in the Bush, Pymble NSW

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

Find out more
JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
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Quiet Time in the Bush, Kew VIC

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

Find out more
Jesuit Social Services Bush Hut, 110 Studley Park Road
Kew, Vic 3101 Australia
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Contemplative Walk, Sherbrook Forest VIC

A time for guided reflection, silent contemplative walking and listening to God’s presence within yourself and nature. Starting from Ferny Creek Reserve in the Dandenongs, we walk two loops. In the morning via quiet country […]

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Ferny Creek Recreational Reserve, Cnr Clarkmont & Hilton Rds
Sassafras, VIC 3787 Australia
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Quiet Time in the Bush, Pymble NSW

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

Find out more
JISA Canisius – NSW, Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
+ Google Map

Quiet Time in the Bush, Kew VIC

Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile.  Mark 6.30 "There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face".  Pope […]

Find out more
Jesuit Social Services Bush Hut, 110 Studley Park Road
Kew, Vic 3101 Australia
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INTO THE DEEP

Formation and Resources

Graced Encounters in the Community of Creation
Graced Encounters in the Community of Creation
Book Review: Come, Have Breakfast: Meditations on God and the Earth
Book Review: Come, Have Breakfast: Meditations on God and the Earth
International Symposium 2024 on the Spiritual Exercises and Ecological Conversion
International Symposium 2024 on the Spiritual Exercises and Ecological Conversion
Marking 100 years of Teilhard de Chardin's Mass on the World
Marking 100 years of Teilhard de Chardin’s Mass on the World
BOOK REVIEW - Teilhard de Chardin A Book of Hours
BOOK REVIEW – Teilhard de Chardin A Book of Hours
Reading Circle With Kathleen Duffy SSJ
Reading Circle With Kathleen Duffy SSJ

Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si’ is an encyclical of Pope Francis published in May 2015. It focuses on care for the natural environment and all people, as well as broader questions of the relationship between God, humans, and the Earth. We invite you to read this letter to “every living person on this planet” (LS 3).

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Being with God in Nature @Home

Links to assist your practice of Being with God in Nature:

JISA’s Being with God in Nature ministry provides opportunities to spend contemplative time in nature. All of creation is a revelation of God’s love and we receive grace to renew our spirit by being in nature using insights from St Ignatius of Loyola. You may consider one or more of the following ways to enjoy Being with God in Nature @Home.