Register Now (Early Bird Price) for the 2017 Laudato Si’ Symposium and Retreat

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 in ASSISI, Inspiration, News
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How are you planning to celebrate the Season of Creation in 2017?

Catholic Earthcare Australia invites you to St Clement’s Retreat Centre in Galong, NSW, for Spirit Dreaming, Earth Responding, Living Laudato Si’ – a Symposium & Retreat for anyone seeking to integrate Laudato Si’ into their way of being on Earth.

The Laudato Si’ Symposium and Retreat will explore the deep spiritual connection between place, people and culture through dialogue and collective action. Purposefully transforming our organisations, schools, health and social services, parishes and communities to respond to the ecological, economic and social crises of our times.

Symposium presenters from diverse backgrounds will share their unique insights into the global and spiritual challenges we face including: Aboriginal Australians, Theologians such as Prof Denis Edwards & Dr Tony Kelly, Economists such as Dr Ross Garnaut and Dr Bruce Duncan. Biblical scholars such as Dr Elizabeth Dowling. Cultural and Environmental Historians such as Dr George Main, Health Professionals such as Dr Katrina Anderson MD, and Local Agriculturalists such as David Marsh and Chris Main.

The Laudato Si’ Symposium and Retreat offers opportunities for deep listening, relaxation and reflection in nature that will bring alive the vision of Laudato Si’. Participants will also be invited to explore the healing of a Labyrinth walk and enjoy a remedial massage (optional). 


Program Details:

Symposium and Retreat Package

The Symposium and Retreat begins with the evening meal on Sunday 17th September and concludes with breakfast on Friday, 29th September 2017.

Dates: 17th – 29th September 2017

All inclusive costs: Private ensuite room = $1,990 / Private room with shared bathroom = $ 1,690


Symposium Only:

Dates: 17th – 22nd September 2017

All inclusive costs: Private ensuite room = $1,600 / Private room with shared bathroom = $1,300

Early Bird Price (by April 18th): $1,200 for private ensuite room


Retreat Only:

Dates: 23rd – 29th September 2017

All inclusive costs: Private ensuite room = $750 / Private room with shared bathroom = $650


Booking Details:

To book your place at this amazing event please email Sue Rolfe on

To register your interest or find out more about the program, please contact Sue directly on (02) 6380 5222 or via email on 

All prices do not include GST. If you are not a GST exempt organisation (Catholic) please add 10%.

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.