REPORT | MPIN | Annual Silent Interfaith Retreat | 5pm Friday 7 October - 5pm Saturday 8 October 2016

[Edited extract from public address]

The Well of Being - an invitation to journey together in silence and stillness, with a focus on deep listening and sharing our common thread of humanity to bring peace, not only within but together.

Upon arrival, each participant was warmly welcomed and allocated separate single room with ensuite for retreat duration.

Where: Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre, 83-89 Stotts Lane, Frankston South.

Upon arrival, each participant was warmly welcomed and allocated separate single room with ensuite for retreat duration.

Bringing a symbol that spoke to theme 'The Well of Being' each participant had opportunity to explain their symbol and explanation in smaller workshop groups.

Different meditations or contemplations were led by specialists in their diverse range of activities. Of particular note, the smoking ceremony, bush medicine walk, didgeroo meditation and art workshop was led by Gunditjamara Elder, Uncle Lionel Lauch.

All meals were deliciously vegetarian and prepared by the Brahma Kumaris. Volunteers living on premises or helping with the retreat follow a Brahma Kumaris spiritual lifestyle.

Post silence debrief had all attendees reporting a feeling a space of wellness and renewal of body, mind and spirit.

This Interfaith Retreat is an annual opportunity for people from various faith traditions to join together in shared prayer, meditation and contemplation. Reflecting on how we can foster peace and compassion in our own lives and in the life of our world. The retreat was a silent retreat, beginning and ending with a time of shared conversation.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Hosts, Guests and Presenters for inspiring embodiment of harmonious gathering and co-existence. A skilful presentation, organisation and deserved collective pride, received with gratitude.

MORE:
Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
Sandy Kouroupidis
Tel: 0412-670-369
Email: info@mpin.org.au
Website: www.mpin.org.au

The Interfaith Retreat is sponsored by the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN)