NSW - Peter Canisius House
Experience our hospitality at Peter Canisius House
We warmly welcome all who seek a time of reflection, rest, spiritual conversation, contemplation and prayer, and in particular those seeking a deeper friendship with Jesus and a personal inner spiritual journey for engagement in the world.
Peter Canisius House is located on 5 acres of beautiful gardens and bushland in Pymble on Sydney’s North Shore. Our facilities include 45 bedrooms, a variety of meeting spaces, a large dining room with full time chefs working on site, all in a Covid safe and approved environment.
We specialise in residential individual and group retreats and gatherings for schools, not for profit and private business sectors. We are an ideal venue for your next retreat, meeting or gathering.
Peter Canisius House has 45 bedrooms with ensuite and shared bathrooms. Full linen is provided to our overnight guests. Schools have the option of bringing their own linen to assist with reducing costs.
All meals are exceptional in quality and prepared daily by our chefs. Lunch and dinner are hot dishes, salads and desserts. Morning and afternoon tea are freshly baked (included for retreatants and option extra for groups). Tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day.
Highest compliments to the chefs for catering so well to our vegetarian and vegan group. You had our complete trust that the food being served was pure as well as delicious. The provision of packed lunches for our group when travelling off site meant we had more time to enjoy the sites of Sydney without having to worry about catering to different dietary requirements. Nigel Parry. The Order of the Cross.
We have a variety of meeting spaces available in a range of sizes from small and intimate, ideal for a group of up to 12 to our Hall which has a seated capacity of 120 theatre style. Two of our other meeting spaces have large decks attached overlooking the spacious grounds.
Some groups opt to use our picturesque grounds for small group work or meditation.
We have a strong affiliation with a number of local Rotary clubs who hold their weekly dinners and meetings at Peter Canisius House and have other regular events with local Lions Clubs, Lifeline and Probus.
The variety of meeting spaces we have at Peter Canisius House means you can hire a room perfectly suiting your needs. Our team will set up the room to your specifications. All you need to do is whatever your group is here for!
IDEAL FOR SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS
Thank you again Peter Canisius House for providing such a wonderful venue for our student and teacher retreats. Over the past four years the amazing team makes every retreat run seamlessly which allows a fantastic experience for the students and teachers. We love the spaciousness of the site, fabulous meals and convenience of the location. That’s why we keep coming back! Chris Gould, Director of Faith and Justice St Aloysius College.
We of the Rotary Club of St Ives are very impressed with Peter Canisius House because their modern and spacious facilities are perfect for meetings and presentations. Even since we began hosting our club meetings and our public dementia education events we have never had a concern. Mick and his team listen carefully to our needs and those of our invited guests, and they always deliver a high level of customer service. The flexibility displayed by their team cannot be faulted and they truly appreciate their customers, respond to questions almost immediately and address our needs very effectively. We would absolutely recommend Peter Canisius House to any group wanting a wonderful experience. Tim England (B.DemCare). Rotary Club of St Ives.
GARDENS AND BUSHLAND
Some groups opt to use our picturesque grounds for small group work or meditation
Thank you to all the staff at Peter Canisius House for making us feel so welcome on our recent retreat. Your attentiveness and flexibility to meet further requests when we were on site was very much appreciated. The beautiful grounds and deck overlooking the trees and labyrinths provided a lovely, relaxing setting. The spaciousness of the site and outdoor spaces provided ample relaxation areas for all members of our group. We would be very happy to return to Peter Canisius House again in the future. Nigel Parry. The Order of the Cross.
At Peter Canisius House you can attend one of our retreats or design your own retreat with us.
Deepen your relationship with God in silence, with guidance from a spiritual director and ample time for prayer and reflection.
In our world of busyness and noise of TV, radio, computer, mobile phone, social media and the like, people may feel disconnected from themselves, others and their God. At Canisius, we seek a place where stillness, silence and solitude can be experienced.
We warmly welcome all who seek a time of reflection, rest, spiritual conversations, contemplation and prayer, and in particular those seeking a deeper friendship with Jesus and a personal inner spiritual journey for engagement in the world.
I have really appreciated your wonderful hospitality during the last 4½ weeks in this spiritually profound place. I will spread the “good news”. John. Silent Retreatant.
Ideal venue for day or overnight church, mindfulness, yoga or meditation retreat.
What a blessing to find Peter Canisius House, a retreat centre so central to transport and facilities. Its ample grounds with beautiful labyrinth walkway and gardens were restful for the body and mind. The ambience of the centre is ideal for quiet contemplative gatherings and the staff were sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of our group including providing 100% amazing vegan catering at chef standards. They responded promptly to any request or concern to ensure that our group’s retreat was trouble free and enjoyable. Without question this is one of the most customer friendly, service committed retreat centres I have ever visited. I highly recommend it to any group seeking excellence in service and a quite nurturing venue tailored to their unique needs. Patricia. Order of the Cross.
Peter Canisius House is a lovely multi functional grand building suiting our retreat experiences for people attending. Situated within Sydney, people immediately relax once entering the leafy grounds, and settling into the ensuite bedrooms. the place immediately enables them to leave behind the hecticness of Sydney life. Marialina Torresan. Denistone Neo Catechumenal Community.
Ideal day or overnight venue for school retreats, staff development / spirituality days with accommodation meals and meeting spaces.
All staff have been first aid and fire warden trained and have compliance with child safety legislation.
Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, is a Catholic day and boarding school for students from Year 5 through Year 12. We have used Peter Canisius House for many years for student retreats and days of reflection and for staff formation days. John Gilles , Director of Religious Formation.
COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS – NOT FOR PROFIT AND BUSINESS
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Pymble, NSW 2073
Frequently Asked Questions
Peter Canisius House can be accessed via Mona Vale Road (if heading towards St Ives). Telegraph Road is the nearest cross street. Alternatively you can access via our rear driveway in Ganmain Road (off Telegraph Road). The rear access is the fourth driveway on the right after turning into Ganmain Road.
Yes, there are excellent transport links to our site. Gordon Train station is about a five minute bus trip away and there is a bus stop directly out the front of our driveway on Mona Vale Road.
Travelling via Train/Bus –If travelling from Central Station it is best to catch a train on the North Shore Line to Gordon as buses leave regularly from Gordon Station.When you alight from your train at Gordon turn left at the top of the station stairs and head straight across the road to the bus stop. Forest Coach Line bus 195 runs from Gordon Station to St Ives, 196 and 197 from Gordon Station to Mona Vale. You can catch any of these. Ask for a ticket to the Telegraph Road bus stop.
If another member of your group is picking you up from the Train station the closest station is Pymble. There are not any bus routes from and getting a Taxi from Pymble Station to Canisius is near impossible.
Via Taxi – From the Airport, a taxi may cost in excess of $100. There are taxis available from Gordon Station if you catch the train to Gordon. The taxi from Gordon to PCH will take 5-10 minutes and should about $20.
There is ample free parking on site (on the tennis court at the front of the property). If on the rare occasion, our visitors’ carpark is full, we advise parking in Ganmain Road and walk up the drive way to reception.
St Ives Shopping Village is a 10 minute walk along Mona Vale Road. Walk out of our front gate and turn left. Follow the footpath up to the village which has a number of major food retailersincluding Woolworths, IGA, chemists, newsagency, cafes.
Meal times are set out below. Request to any changes to these times must be made at the time of booking (which may incur an additional fee).
Morning tea and afternoon tea is included for retreatants and an option extra for groups.
|7.00 – 9.00am
Our chefs cater for vegetarians, vegans and medically diagnosed dietary requirements provided we are given at least 7 days notice of these needs.
No self-catering is permitted. There are circumstances where permission is granted for guests with severe dietary restrictions to bring their own supplementary food. Please liaise with our administration team about dietary requirements.
Generally meals need to be arranged in advance however if your group has an additional person(s) turn up it is likely that we will be able to cater for them. Please advise the kitchen staff as soon as possible if you require additional guest meals.
Below is a guide to the type of food that is often served at each meal.
Please note morning tea and afternoon is included for retreatants and an optional extra for groups.
|Breakfast:||A selection of Cereals including gluten free options, toast, fruit, yoghurt, tea & coffee. Hot breakfast option available for larger groups which will incur additional cost|
|Morning tea:||Tea & coffee, fruit, freshly baked slice / biscuits / scones/ (vegetable dips upon request)|
|Lunch:||Selection of hot meat, fish or chicken; vegetable and salad dishes|
|Afternoon tea:||Tea & coffee, freshly baked slice / biscuits|
|Dinner:||Soup and selection of hot meat, fish or chicken; vegetable and salad dishes and dessert.|
We have 45 bedrooms and can sleep up to 100 guests comfortably. There are a number of ensuite, single, twin share or triple share bedrooms.
Please note this our capacity under normal conditions, however at times it this may change subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Our large hall can seat up to 150 people and we have a number of different sized meeting rooms for groups to spread out and complete smaller group work. Our chefs can comfortably cater for 150 people.
Please note this our capacity under normal conditions, however at times it this may change subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Yes, whilst most of our bookings are groups we do take Individual bookings such as persons wanting to undertake a retreat.
Unless an additional fee is paid to obtain “exclusive use” of the site, there often will be more than one group staying at the same time.
Yes, this is usually the case for the dining room however staff will clearly label tables with group names. Separate Dining Rooms will be used to separate individuals/groups on silent retreats Bathrooms are always clearly marked as Male or Female and on most occasions we are able to allocate Accommodation Wings to individual group.
A minimum deposit of 20% of your estimated final booking fee is required to secure your booking. Dates are only secured when completed booking forms are returned and the deposit paid.
The balance of your invoice is always due 14 prior to arrival. Any extra expenses incurred during the stay are paid on departure.
At time of booking, it is important to realistically estimate your group size especially in regard to the numbers requiring accommodation. If you overestimate by more than 10% of final numbers, a fee of 50% of our revenue lost may be incurred. If you underestimate, there is a chance we will not have bedrooms available for your additional guests. If this occurs there is still the option of these additional guests attending as a day guest with meals provided for at a cost.
Children are welcome at Peter Canisius House, however it is your responsibility to ensure your children are quietly respectful of our other guests. Parents will need to provide adequate bedding (eg portable cot), childcare, supervision and entertainment/activities for children during their stay.
Yes. However, the centre closes for a short time over Christmas, please book well in advance of the Christmas period so that adequate staffing can be provided.
Subject to availability, guests are welcome to arrive earlier or depart later than their group booking. Please advise at the time of booking. Our normal daily rate would apply to any extra days
No. A complimentary breakfast is supplied for all overnight guests. Our minimum booking rate is for bed and breakfast. There is no discount if breakfast is not required.
Our site is a non-smoking campus and we ask that if you do smoke kindly move at least 20 metres away from any buildings or other guests and do not leave cigarette butts on the ground.
Peter Canisius House has 8 ensuite bathrooms
Most rooms are twin share, however it is possible to cater for up to four persons in some of the bedrooms on request
We do not have dormitory-style rooms or bunk beds. Shared rooms have single or double beds.
Only if you come as part of a group and your group organiser has agreed to this. If guests are required to share rooms, room allocations are completed by your group organiser so you will be aware of sharing arrangements. Peter Canisius House never asks individual guests to share with somebody they do not know
Your group’s organiser will arrive prior to the group members to facilitate their arrival and check-in. If you are staying on an individual retreat, please report to reception at the front of the building for checking-in.
If you have planned to arrive outside of office hours you will have agreed on an arrival plan with our administration prior to check-in and should follow this plan.
At the time of booking, an out-of-hours mobile number will be provided. Please call to confirm and/or change arrangements. If you are delayed it is essential that you inform us as we do not operate like a hotel and reception will only be attended during normal office hours or by prior arrangement.
Check in is after 2pm. We ask that all guests vacate their rooms by 11am. It may be possible to alter these times, however a fee is charged if you wish to arrive early or depart late. Arrangements can be made to store luggage if required.
Spiritual Direction is available at Peter Canisius House. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like Spiritual Direction and it will be arranged subject to the availability of the directors team.
Yes of course, we have many regular guests that make regular appointments to come and see the same Spiritual Director.
Yes there is a small Blessed Sacrament Chapel for Prayer and there is a library located upstairs above the main chapel which is full of spiritual literature available for retreatants to read.
There is a large chapel at Peter Canisius House, which is available for use during your stay.
Yes. Peter Canisius House offers a quiet, tranquil atmosphere ideal for a silent retreat. There are a number of outdoor reflective spaces including two labyrinths for retreatants to use.
For a half-century Jesuit Father Peter Canisius led the Catholic Reformation in Austria, Bavaria, and Bohemia. For that reason he is reckoned an apostle to Germany, second only to St. Boniface. With stupendous energy he preached and taught in parishes, reformed and founded universities, wrote many books including popular catechisms, restored lapsed Catholics, converted Protestants, preached retreats, and found time to care for the sick. In his last thirty years traveling more than twenty thousand miles on foot or horseback, St. Peter Canisius spearheaded the renewal of the Catholic faith in southern Germany.