Being with God in Nature

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

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

The Being with God in Nature Ministry offers:


  • Prayer Walk Days
  • Weekend Retreats
  • Wilderness Retreats
  • The Australian Ignatian Trail
  • Online Retreats

We invite you to explore our offerings below…


What’s on

Australian Ignatian Trail 2021 – 7 days/9 nights

A pilgrimage along The Australian Ignatian Trail in the footsteps of the first Jesuits in Australia. 7-day walking pilgrimage (9 nights) Barossa and Clare Valley South Australia Saturday 21 August – Monday 30 August 2021 […]

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Galwer to Sevenhill, SA
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Australian Ignatian Trail 2021 – 4 days/6 nights

A Pilgrimage along The Australian Ignatian Trail in the footsteps of the first Jesuits in Australia. 4-day walking pilgrimage (6 nights) Clare Valley South Australia Tuesday 12 Oct – Monday 18 Oct 2021  **NEW DATES** […]

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Kapunda to Sevenhill, SA
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Emerging Spirituality in a Chaotic World

An online lecture with Sr Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD The universe we live in is dynamic, creative, and beautiful. Steeping ourselves in its dynamism, sensing its evolutionary direction, and sinking into its beauty, we come […]

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Contemplative Walk – Gold Creek Reserve – Brookfield QLD

A Contemplative Walk to Awaken Awe This is an opportunity for you to spend some reflective time walking in silence within Nature.  Setting out in silence on a contemplative walk gives us the opportunity to […]

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Gold Creek Reservoir Car Park, 660 Gold Creek Rd
Brookfield QLD, 4069
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