2015 Retreat

 The biannual retreat of the Community of Aidan and Hilda in Australia is happening soon!!

Sharing the Journey

aidan and hilda

Friday 17 April to Monday 20 April 2015

(Retreat commences 3pm Friday with Welcome to Country)

We invite you to:

  • Rest in the beauty and natural surrounds of Tahlee Ministries Campsite on Worimi land, New South Wales
  • Experience a rhythm of prayer and reflection together in community
  • Spend time with Founding Guardian and author, Ray Simpson and share insights into the life and characters of Aidan and Hilda
  • Reflect on hospitality and Christian tradition
  • Share your dreams for our community and the years ahead … and more.

 Retreat Venue:

The Tahlee Ministries Campsite is located approximately 50 mins north of Newcastle, NSW. For detailed directions and a map on how to reach Tahlee, please go to their website: http://www.tahlee.org/contact-us/how-to-find-us/

The campsite is on a large property and some of the buildings have heritage value. Apart from sweeping grounds with campsite style self-contained accommodation it has a lake vista on one side and bush and hills on another.
Tahlee is currently a Christian ministry centre and campsite and has a small community that live on the property. Each unit that we have been allocated for the retreat contains living areas, kitchen and laundry. We will also have access to other campsite spaces such as the chapel and a lecture room.

The Tahlee website has more information about the accommodation and campsite if you require it.

Accommodation Fees:

Tahlee have provided us with their 2015 fee schedule and prices vary for individuals and families. The fee schedule is attached below. As we have paid a bond for the retreat accommodation can be paid for on arrival at Tahlee.

Tahlee require that have the list of confirmed retreatant names and where they will be accommodated (due to emergency procedures) ten days before our arrival. As such could you please confirm your attendance by 3 April 2015 to enable us to meet this request. Attendance can be confirmed with Matthew Lamont. See contact details below.


The retreat is a catered event. Tahlee have advised the following catering fee:
Adults $94/Pensions & Students $85/Children 6-10 years $70 and Children 3-5 years $47/Children under 3 years – Free.
Tahlee is also able to cater for alternative diets.
Please indicate your dietary requirements when you confirm your attendance.

What to Bring:

Clothes to relax in. Temperature for the retreat should average 21 during the day and 14 overnight.

LINEN HIRE: We have clarified with the Tahlee Ministries Campsite that linen is not provided as part of the accommodation fees. Please note, however, that a pillow is provided for each bed.   Tahlee have advised that they will provide a linen hire service for our retreat: $15 for single beds and $20 for double/queen beds including sheets, doona and towels.  Please notify Matthew Lamont (see below) by 3 April if you intend to use the linen hire service so we can give the campsite plenty of preparation time.  Otherwise you will need to bring your own linen, bedding or sleeping bag etc for the retreat.  Apologies that this detail was omitted from the original information pack.

Community Contact Person:

Matthew Lamont is your local contact person (lives in Newcastle) for the retreat and can be contacted on m. 0477 584 585 or matthewc.lamont@gmail.com
If you are unable to reach Matthew:
Brent Lyons-Lee can be contacted on m. 0413 311 170

Feel free to discuss with us transport requirements to the Tahlee campsite or billeting options either side of the retreat.

We look forward to welcoming you to the retreat!