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"We will come back changed. Of that I am certain. But of course that is the reason why you go on pilgrimage in the first place, to find the holy, stumble upon God in action, and be changed forever by the experience." - Canon Trevor Dennis

Into the Desert Retreat

Campfire in the Heart

The desert has always been a place of prophetic vision, of purification, of mirage and hallucination. Sometimes we must wander into the wilderness to grasp what is happening to us – to dream and to draw a long bow. Michael Leunig

6 day Retreat in Central Australia led by Celia Kemp, ABM's Reconciliation Coordinator who wrote the Into the Desert app, and David and Sue Woods, who have a long lived experience of community and prayer and connection with the Arrernte people of Central Australia.

A daily rhythm of prayer, Scripture, time in landscape, journaling, art and more.

This retreat focusses particularly on the desert in Scripture and in the writings of ancient (and modern) desert fathers and mothers. 

It is also an opportunity to participate in our shared life at Campfire in the Heart, Alice Springs. 

May 5 - 11, 2019 (Currently fully booked. Waitlist places available)
August 4 - 10, 2019 (Currently fully booked. Waitlist places available)

$795 including meals and accommodation.

For more information on Campfire in the Heart see

Enquires to David Woods at



Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College/2018 Pilgrimage


What: Travel on pilgrimage to Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, Cairns, to participate in the Theology teaching block.This pilgrimage offers theological students and ordinands the opportunity to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theological and social perspectives, and to learn from these to gain a more holistic Australian theological perspective on theology and ministry.

  • Explore what mission means in a 21st Century post-colonial church.
  • Worship and pray together
  • Build relationships that will enhance mutual ministry and theological learning.
  • Increase cultural awareness and learn about the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theological students and their churches and communities.

About Wontulp-Bi-Buya
Wontulp is an indigenous led college for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Australia. The main purpose of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College is to support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church and community leaders through study programs leading to awards in theology, suicide prevention, addictions management & community development. These studies are offered in blocks of short residential study in Cairns and in home-based studies in local communities.

When: 7 – 14 June 2019

Who: Are you a young(ish) Anglican Church leader? Interested in finding out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on theology, ministry and society?        

Cost: $1,200 per person – includes 7 nights accommodation (single room in a share house), all meals and transport. Please make contact if you are travelling with your spouse.

Flights are to be organised by individual.

Very limited spaces so get in quick. Download a .pdf pilgrimage application form.

Email ABM Missioner, the Revd Jazz Dow for more information,


 Palestine of Jesus Course – St George's College Jerusalem

Jerusalem by night

St George's College Jerusalem is a continuing education centre for the Anglican Communion. It offers a range of short courses suitable for clergy and anybody interested in expanding their understanding of the scriptures in their original geographic setting.

St George's College holds a reputation for outstanding Biblical scholarship. Over the years, hundreds of Australians have joined people from all over the world in travelling to St George's College Jerusalem to deepen and explore their faith. Those who have been can testify to an intensely moving, enlightening, life-changing experience.

The College is located on the grounds of St. George's Cathedral in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, five minutes walk from the Old City of Jerusalem.

Everyone is welcome to make enquiries about attending a course at St George's College. The current course timetable along with further information is available from the College website

St George's College Jerusalem has a regional committee for Australia and New Zealand that regularly arranges organised visits to the College. To find out more about trips that are currently planned please contact Robert McLean

Are you interested in what a pilgrimage is like?

Go to our Pilgrimage Stories section to read about the experiences of others who have been on ABM's pilgrimages.