Opportunity and challenge

  • The Lunesdale Community offers the opportunity to be a part of an ongoing community with an established pattern of daily prayer. Beyond the discernment process, there may be an opportunity for you to stay long-term in the community.
  • Our contemplative focus gives a very different emphasis to the common prayer and expression of spirituality. The essential core of our morning and evening prayer is an extended period of silence, fostering the development of a deep encounter with God.
  • This isn’t time out; it’s not an escape or a side-track from regular life, and it isn’t just a room to rent. This is an opportunity to investigate a different way of life, seek meaning and develop your full potential within the context of the experience and skills you already have, and your hopes for the future.

We’re able to be quite flexible to accommodate the needs of people in different life situations. For example, it’s possible to join us as a couple, however, we do require in this situation that both partners are committed to fully participating in the life of the community; it’s not possible for a non-participating partner to accompany a community member.

Similarly, it may also be possible to come with children (who are not necessarily expected to participate to the same degree, but should be amenable to the model of life). Pets are also possible, by mutual agreement with the two resident Jack Russell Terriers.

Community living does require a youthful spirit, with an interest in learning, flexibility in routines, openness to new ideas and deference to others as equals.

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