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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

Getting There

Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018

Media & Communications

T: +61 8 9654 8018

Visit New Norcia

People visit New Norcia for many reasons; for spiritual retreat, to join a tour and see inside the magnificent buildings or sometimes just to walk around the town and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.

In this section you will find all the information you need for your visit to New Norcia. Details of places to eat and places to stay, details of the town tours and information about some of our favourite things to do in Australia’s only monastic town.

We recommend your first port of call is the Museum & Art Gallery to speak to one of the staff about all the attractions and experiences New Norcia has to offer. The Museum & Art Gallery is also a Visitor Information Centre and is the point from which the town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.

The Hotel, with its comfortable simple rooms, home cooked meals and neo-classical architecture is a perfect place for couples and families. With its scenic deck and heritage veranda it is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a New Norcia Abbey Ale or a wine from the Abbey range. The Guesthouse is perfect for a quiet, retreat like experience - a world away from the rigours of modern life. You can join a Benedictine retreat here or be housed in the Hermitage for a silent retreat. Groups of 15 -100 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges.

Please click on the individual areas for more information.

Eat & Drink

Hospitality is a tenet of the Rule of St Benedict, the Rule by which the monks of New Norcia live, so wherever you choose to eat in town, our aim is for you to experience warm monastic hospitality.

Education & Research

From the earliest days of its foundation New Norcia has been focussed on education. The first Abbot, of New Norcia (Rosendo Salvado) established the Aboriginal girls and boys schools and the second Abbot of New Norcia, Fulgentius Torres built and opened the European girls and boys schools, which closed in 1991.

Since the closing of the schools, New Norcia's school buildings have been utilised for camps and groups and this section contains all the information you need if your group is interested in staying in one of the colleges or undertaking one of the education programmes.

However, New Norcia also has a tradition of research and academia, with its impressive archival records and library collection, and scholars and researchers alike have delighted over the years in the information available in the town's records.

This section also provides information on the archives and library and provides link to forms which will give you access to the records of New Norcia.

Protecting a Unique Heritage

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and has a unique heritage. Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.

Delve into the town's unique history, discover the ongoing and completed work necessary for the upkeep and restoration of this special part of Australia.

But it is not only the majestic buildings set amongst the Australian bush that sets New Norcia apart; its history is also encapsulated in the archival records of New Norcia and in the library and museum collections.

In this section we also have information about how you can donate to New Norcia to help the Community restore and maintain this treasure.

What's Happening at New Norcia

We hold a diverse array of events throughout the year at New Norcia.

In 2019 we will be hosting a full programme of retreats, a Writers and Arts Festival and the education programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, plus the Studies Journal Launch in November and a few other surprises!

So watch this space for all the updated information about "What's on at New Norcia".

Winter Art Workshop

Date: Saturday, 28th July 2018
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Location: The Blacksmiths Shop at New Norcia
Price: $150.00

Purchase a ticket

Winter Art Workshop New Norcia is delighted to host its first Winter Art Workshop. The day is about having fun, learning something new, being creative, escaping from the hum drum of daily life in the historic and creative atmosphere unique to New Norcia. A fabulous long table lunch is included. Numbers are strictly limited to 15 per workshop so if you are interested book now!!!
Choose one of three workshop options.

Workshop One – “Learning Mindful Drawing" with Nyree Taylor 5 hours

To draw from simplicity does not come easily. Our minds race... sometimes with the stress of day to day living, but we also intellectualise moments that should simply be inhaled and exhaled. Drawing can enable us to slow our minds, learn to let go and be in the present. Just like Pilates or Yoga, you just need tools and a space. This two-part class will teach you how to work with charcoal and connect with your own intuition and creative side. In the morning we will work with a clothed figure model to learn new skills and techniques. In the afternoon, we will start to apply these new skills while drawing from artefacts from New Norcia’s collection. We may even sneak in some ink drawing.

Participants will need to bring a large MDF drawing board (available from Bunnings) and some dog clips .

Workshop Two – “Working with Acrylics” with Shireen Manning 5 hours

This painting workshop has been designed as an experiment in mixing colours, applying/layering colour upon colour, and shape next to shape to create a finished acrylic painting.

Using a small still life comprising of a fresh flower posy, small ceramic objects and beautiful fabric as inspiration, you will first create a series of quick 'sketches' using pencil and paper to establish an interesting composition, followed by mixing and experimenting with colour. You will then select your best composition and 'draw' it onto your canvas using diluted acrylic paint and brushes.

After lunch, we will begin in earnest - creating to your hearts' take home an acrylic still-life painting onto a small stretched canvas. Please bring a smock/apron to protect clothing. Material fees $60.00 for a stretched canvas 200mm square on a pine frame, a pack of 4 acrylic brushes and paper.

Workshop Three – Morning “Hand Clay Modelling” with Shabbi – 2.5 hours

A way of being with clay - we will enjoy the feel of the damp earth and to realise we can create a simple Japanese inspired pinched tea bowl, a functional hand built bowl and a slab formed dish, all with very few tools, enthusiasm and our hands. The required tools, clay etc will be supplied but if you have a loved doily or piece of lace, this could be pressed in to clay to create a yesterday feel to your dish. All materials included.

– 2.5 hours

Do you love flowers? Do you want to learn how to make them look as beautiful as they should?

Join Nicky from Rustic Events in this fun, hands-on workshop. She will teach you the basic techniques for making a spiral hand-tied posy. No floristry skills are needed, as you will be taught all the tricks and tips on how to create, wrap and care for your posy. All materials and fresh flowers are provided and you will take home your own beautiful creation. Enjoy an afternoon of learning, laughs and creativity.

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For more information contact Lucy Nicholson

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