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
Being with God in Nature offers ecological experiences and conversion for individuals, groups and organisations (staff, volunteers, leaders) including:
- Contemplative/Prayer Walks: half and full day
- “Heart of Creation” Reflection Days
- Weekend Retreats
- Wilderness Retreats
- “Australian Ignatian Trail” Pilgrimages
- Online Retreats
We invite you to explore our offerings below…
This is an opportunity to spend some reflective time walking purposefully within the Binna Burra section of the Lamington National Park. This park which encompasses part of an ancient forest creation know as Gondwana. The […]Find out more »
Beechmont, QLD, QLD
A Pilgrimage along The Australian IgnatianTrail in the footsteps of the first Jesuits in Australia. 7-day walking pilgrimage (9 nights) Barossa and Clare Valley South Australia. Monday 16 May – Wednesday 25 May 2022 Monday […]Find out more »
A Pilgrimage Day at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) You are invited to step aside from the hectic pace of life and enjoy a contemplative day on Minjerribah, (North Stradbroke Island.) This guided pilgrimage day is […]Find out more »
North Stradbroke, 4069 Australia
A Pilgrimage along The Australian IgnatianTrail in the footsteps of the first Jesuits in Australia. 4-day walking pilgrimage (6 nights) Clare Valley South Australia. Tuesday 11 October – Monday 17 October 2022 This camino experience provides […]Find out more »
”From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuing revelation of the divine.” Laudato Si, (85)Take some time to allow the divine […]Find out more »
“The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal […]Find out more »
Kenthurst, NSW 2156 Australia