Ignation spirituality trained chaplain mindfulness self-care mediatation
Who Are We ?
Zena moved to Australia from Ireland in 2002. She has degrees in Education (Ireland) and Theology (Paris). She has a background in teaching. Zena spent 3 years working as a University Chaplain in France. She worked as a Pastoral Care Coodinator for over 10 years. (St John of God Healthcare, Bass Coast Health) Zena now works full-time in Spiritual Direction, Supervision and retreats. She is a trained Spiritual Director (Ignation Spirituality, Paris) with experience in retreat giving (individuals and groups). She is a member of CSD. Zena is a Professional Supervisior (accredited with AAOS). She offers Supervision and Spiritual Direction in Dandenong (The Open Door Spirituality Centre) and Supervision in Kew (Campion Ignatian Spirituality Centre). Zena has a strong love of Celtic spirituality and music.
Carmel grew up on the Mornington Peninsula. She has a Theology degree and an Arts degree. She spent several years working in Pastoral Care and teaching Religious Education in schools.
Carmel has lived and worked in Indonesia and Northern Ireland. She has a background in Ignation spirituality. Carmel is a member of the Conference of Spiritual Directors (CSD), she offers Spiritual Direction and facilitates retreats at Bass Hill Hermitage. She continues to read widely, especially theology, spirituality and sustainability. Carmel is passionate about improving the property, putting in vegie beds, planting a small orchard and getting some chooks. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of Bass Hill Hermitage.
Bass Hill Hermitage has grown out of a long held dream to provide a place for prayer, quiet, solitude and rest. We purchased the property in late 2011 and welcomed our first retreatant in December 2012.
Having had the opportunity over the past thirty years to avail of regular Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation, numerous Directed Retreats, including the 30 Day Ignation Long Retreat, we each feel called to share what we have learnt along the way.
It doesn't matter where you are on your spiritual journey, if you are a beginner, or have never made a silent retreat before, we can give you the support you need. Experienced retreatants are welcome to make a self-guided retreat if they wish to do so. If you are 'somewhere in between' we are happy to explore with you what would be most helpful for you.
We continue to improve the property. Part of our dream is to run an integrated system in terms of growing some fruit and vegies, and caring for the land....responding to the invitation to
"live in right relationship with God, self, others and the earth".