The Gathering Place is a retreat and spirituality centre with a contemplative focus. Its beautiful chapel, simple accommodation and pleasant grounds offer a welcoming and reflective environment in Canberra, Australia’s National Capital.
There is a yearning that pulsates throughout every human culture to seek truth and to honour the sacred. Just as monasteries have been communities of seekers, places of learning, writing and theological study, places where simplicity of life, hospitality, contemplative prayer, silence and work are the rule of life, so the Gathering Place offers some elements of the monastic tradition in a contemporary way.
The Gathering Place was founded by the Brigidine Sisters in 1994. It has offered spiritual seekers of diverse backgrounds opportunities to find the silence and solitude they needed to explore the contemplative way. In 2020, Megan Layton from Simply Mindful assumed the administration of the Centre in partnership with Brigidines.
As Brigidines, we remember the words of the Invitation and Call from the 2016 Congregational Forum that reminds us:
Our ministries are in greater collaboration with others and our influence is increasingly one of presence. We embrace this new role in all the communities of which we are part.
The Gathering Place is in a quiet location, 5 minutes by car from the city. It is also within walking distance to the Dickson shops, local eateries, swimming pool, Dickson wetlands and the Mount Majura Nature Reserve.