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A Message from the Director

The year which has passed has been a unique and challenging one. The world faced the unprecedented crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, and all the loss, grief and anxiety emerging from the effects of the virus. Moreover, the measures implemented to help contain the threat placed severe restraints on a variety of freedoms which had previously been taken for granted. Yet Divine Providence is active in all things. As a result of the strange and difficult conditions, many people have experienced a new spiritual awakening, and an increased awareness of the necessity of faith in eternal realities amidst this world’s vicissitudes. Despite a suspension of NNIBS retreats for some months, once the initial restrictions were relaxed an immediate surge in interest was at once apparent. In a certain sense, one might compare the conditions of ‘lockdown’ with the traditional monastic notation of enclosure. Even when confronted with restrictions in the external conditions of life, a rich inner freedom may be cultivated and enjoyed.

In 2021, we are delighted to offer a truly fascinating range of retreats and study weekends. As always, the Benedictine Community of New Norcia is very pleased to welcome participants from all backgrounds of life. Our wonderful environment and the quiet prayerfulness of the monastic routine form the perfect background for an encounter with the peace, tranquillity, rejuvenation and clarity which God alone can offer.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Nixon, osb

Please download the 2021 Programme. To register and pay for any of the retreats, study weekends or Benedictine Experience weekends please click link to go to the webshop. Please note there are two pages of weekends on the webshop.