2024 NATSICC Spirituality and Formation Retreat

Lord, Teach us how to Pray Proclaim the Good News 9-12 September 2024 St Clements Retreat Centre Galong, NSW





Program and Presenters     |     Getting to Galong     |    Registration





Daughters of Charity


Sisters of our Lady of the Missions

Missionary Sisters of Service


About the retreat

Join us in Galong, NSW for the 2024 NATSICC Spirituality and Formation Retreat. Open to all (both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those that work in Ministry alongside us), the retreat will provide an opportunity to pray, heal and grow in faith with one another whilst surrounded by the peace and stillness of country NSW.


Moving away from the conference mindset, participants will experience the sharing of faith with one another and have ample time to reflect upon their own faith Journey.



All costings below include 3 nights accommodation (Mon - Thurs), all meals and retreat presentations and activities. Transport costs are not included.


Community Member / Financially Restricted - $50

We are pleased to offer a discounted registration rate of $50 for community members, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the Council’s commitment to fostering community engagement. This special rate, which significantly reduces the original price of over $700, is available to:


 • Individuals who are part of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Ministry

 • Parishioners/Volunteers with a commitment to supporting First Australians

 • Those who work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

 • Anyone who is struggling financially but will gain benefit from attending


Our aim is to create an inclusive space for people to come together, reconnect, and regain strength following the recent referendum. This substantial reduction in fees reflects our dedication to supporting those who are dedicated to the wellbeing and advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


Organisational Delegate - $350

We are offering a registration rate of $350 for individuals attending as part of their Professional Development or whose registration is covered by their employer. This rate, which is also substantially subsidised thanks to the generosity of our sponsors (normally over $700), is available to:


   •    Professionals attending for development purposes

   •    Individuals whose registration is covered by their employer

   •    Anyone who has the financial means and willingness to support the event by paying this registration fee


We are deeply grateful to those who choose this option, as your support helps us continue to provide valuable opportunities and resources to the community. Our aim is to create a supportive environment where participants can engage, learn, and grow. This substantial reduction in fees reflects our dedication to making this event accessible while fostering professional growth and community support.


Retreat program and presenters

We can confirm the following presenters and facilitators:


Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Dr. Caroline Hughes AM

Anne Dennis

Sarah Richards

Fr Dave Tremble

Beth Riolo and Karan Taylor




About St Clement's Retreat Centre

St Clement's is situated among rolling hills 4km from the village of Galong on the south-western slopes of NSW and just over an hour from Canberra. It boasts modern facilities set amid historic surrounds, an ideal venue for retreats, conferences, seminars, meetings, corporate training and cultural activities. The tradition of hospitality at Galong began when Irish transportee Ned Ryan settled there in the late 1820s. His homestead, Galong House, now lies within the embrace of a number of imposing historic buildings.


It is a unique venue on 320 hectares with a tranquil setting - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful rural landscape of this region of NSW. A museum in the centre tells a history of the site from pre colonial times to the present day. A short walk from the centre is a National Trust-awarded cemetery dating back to the earliest days of settlement.



Accommodation is on site, mainly consisting of shared bathroom options. The registration process will advise of room availability and allocation will occur on a first come, first served basis. As rooms are limited, we are encouraging people to share where appropriate.


The closest off site accommodation is available 15 minutes away in Harden. The Harden Motel is a suggestion. Depending on numbers, NATSICC may be able to provide shuttle services from Harden to St. Clement's. Please contact us to arrange.


Getting to Galong

We have put together a comprehensive guide to getting to Galong and have also provided some accommodation options in Canberra, should you wish to extend your trip. Train, bus and hire car are possible ways to get to Galong.



Registration for the retreat can be completed at https://events.humanitix.com/2024-natsicc-retreat


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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069

www.natsicc.org.au   |   craig@natsicc.org.au   | 08 8363 2963