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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

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Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056
E: museum@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: groups@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: communications@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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 Hostel, 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.

Each year we host a full programme of events including a spiritual retreat programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, an Archives Library and Collections Study Day in October, and a few other surprises!

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

  • Nov 6 2020
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    Nov 8 2020

    New Norcia Guesthouse

    Benedictine Experience Weekend: BOOKED OUT

    WE WISH TO ADVISE THIS RETREAT IS BOOKED OUT.

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  • Feb 26 2021
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    Feb 28 2021

    Guesthouse Retreat

    Lenten Retreat

    Lent is a time traditionally devoted to spiritual purification and refinement in preparation for the great celebration of Easter. During Lent, Christians are encouraged to adopt the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving...

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  • Mar 5 2021
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    Mar 7 2021

    Study Weekend

    Middle English Spiritual Writings: ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’, Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton, Margery Kempe and others

    During the later Middle Ages, there was in England a rich outflowing of spiritual writings in the vernacular tongue, or Middle English. These writings reveal a deep interest in mystical experiences amongst all classes of society, and testify to a profound and pervasive piety...

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  • Mar 19 2021
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    Mar 21 2021

    New Norcia Guesthouse

    Benedictine Experience Weekend

    Benedictine spirituality is more readily experienced than defined. These weekends in the monastery guesthouse (beginning with Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday, concluding after lunch on Sunday) provide the opportunity to enter fully into the monastic rhythm and balance of prayer, work, lectio divina, hospitality and community life. There will be opportunities to ponder the riches of the scriptures and monastic literature, both in group discussions and personal silence and solitude, bringing from the ‘storeroom, things both new and old.’

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  • Apr 16 2021
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    Apr 18 2021

    Study Weekend

    Thomas Merton as a Guide for our Inner Journey

    Thomas Merton was a 20th century Cistercian monk, whose writings inspired a world-wide renewal of interest in Christian, monastic spirituality and contemplative prayer. On this weekend the writings and spirit of Thomas Merton will be a guide to shine a light on the multiple rooms of our mind, heart and soul...

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  • May 7 2021
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    May 9 2021

    Guesthouse Retreat

    The Sacrament of Silence- Meditation Retreat

    Love of silence is a quality emphasised and affirmed in the Rule of St. Benedict, and a traditional value of monastic life. Yet the cultivation of silence is something very difficult in our modern world, and often not understood or appreciated...

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  • Jun 11 2021
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    Jun 13 2021

    Study Weekend

    The Imitation of Christ: A Spiritual Classic Revisited

    It is often said that, apart from the Bible, the most influential work of literature in Christian spirituality is The Imitation of Christ. This small book, written by Thomas a Kempis in the 15th century, has been a treasured source of inspiration and guidance for followers of Jesus for over 500 years, and continues to be relevant, encouraging and strengthening....

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  • Jun 25 2021
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    Jun 27 2021

    Study Weekend

    The Blessings of Life’s Eventide: Growing Older with God

    Every stage of human life presents its unique blessings, challenges and opportunities for spiritual insights and deepening of one’s relationship with God. This weekend will explore these in the particular context of the experience of ageing, which is often undervalued and under-appreciated in our mainstream culture...

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  • Jul 16 2021
    to
    Jul 18 2021

    New Norcia Guesthouse

    Benedictine Experience Weekend

    Benedictine spirituality is more readily experienced than defined. These weekends in the Monastery Guesthouse (beginning with Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday, concluding after lunch on Sunday) provide the opportunity to enter fully into the monastic rhythm and balance of prayer, work, lectio divina, hospitality and community life. There will be opportunities to ponder the riches of the scriptures and monastic literature, both in group discussions and personal silence and solitude, bringing from the ‘storeroom, things both new and old.’

    Find out more

  • Aug 6 2021
    to
    Aug 8 2021

    Study Weekend

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux: A Spiritual Luminary of the Monastic Tradition

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux was a 12th century monk, of foundational importance in the Cistercian Order, a reformed form of Benedictine monasticism. Not only was he a charismatic and effective abbot, but his writings reflect profound and beautiful insights into the mystery of God, Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin...

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