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As a facilitator I am committed to offering you a retreat experience that is enjoyable, informative, reflective, engaging, safe
As a teacher of Catholic Education and a retreat facilitator since 2000, I have worked throughout Australia with primary and
secondary staff and leadership groups ranging in size from 10 to 150. I have also been blessed with a wonderful music career with 8 albums and love to bringing the gift of music to retreats by
creating moving prayer rituals or by sharing the occasional song.
Below are some of the activities on offer during a staff retreat program:
Children and Prayer
Understanding Children's Spirituality
Understanding the Sacraments
Our School Creed
Exploring our Spirituality
The Intergenerational Workplace
Celtic Spirituality - Finding God in the Present Moment
Living our Faith as a School Community
A Retreat with our School Founder
Retreat Activities offered:
Fun team building activities
Group discussion opportunities
Indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting)
Art / craft activities
Meditation / Relaxation
A staff paraliturgy
Group poster presentation activities
Personal reflection activities
Open and closing prayer / ritual
A retreat experience is tailored to your school's own preferred theme. Past retreats have included Catholic Identity,
leadership, team building, exploring Spirituality and Celtic Spirituality.
Bookings now open for 2020
Early Bird Rates available for bookings made before Feb 28th 2020
Maria shared her expertise and insight on liturgical and religious music with our Religious Education staff to great
effect. Her ability to interweave significant liturgical understanding with extensive experience and consummate musical ability thoroughly engaged our staff, even though it was at the end of a long
school day. A most rewarding experience.
Parent Reflection Evening:
Maria led members of our parent and parish communities through an evening reflection on change in our lives. Her use of
story, ritual and song invited us into a space which seemed like a warm conversation amongst friends, and the closeness created within the group encouraged a wonderful time of sharing and
contemplation. Thankyou so much.
Deputy Principal: Mission & Community
‘God has blessed you with so many gifts that nurture your soul and the soul of those who listen and meet you. May God
continue to work through you to help others in finding their inner voice, thoughts and journey.’ Maree Holmes Principal and staff of St Francis Xavier, Frankston
'We were lucky enough to experience one of Maria's Staff Retreats. She is an inspirational facilitator who engaged our
staff fully in the retreat. Maria's music and voice are an instrument through which Jesus' message is clearly played. I would recommend her to any staff serious about personal development and look
forward to have the opportunity to engage Maria's skills again in the future.' Brendon Alexander, APRE, Mother of Good Counsel School, North Cairns
'Thank you for sharing your story with us and helping us along on our own life journeys'. St Agatha's Staff,
'A hundred thousand thank you for being part of our story and spirit; for sharing your remarkable gift with us and for
leading us on that ceaseless journey of discovering the giftedness that abounds within' Principal, St Peter Julian Eymard School, Mooroolbark.
'What a special addition to our workshops. Your song, story and spirit lifted our spirits during the conference.'
Pastoral Associates Network
'Thank you for guiding us so skillfully through a day where we had tine to stop, reflect and let the spirit stir