Personal retreats and sabbaticals can be arranged at Heart of Life.  Retreatants may wish to have daily or regular spiritual direction, participate in any of our reflection days or workshops, attend Mass at the nearby St Joseph’s Church, spend quiet time in the co-located St George’s Anglican church, or enjoy the extensive range of spiritual books and journals in the Heart of Life Library.

Retreatants and visitors are welcome to sit in the peaceful garden – a quiet sanctuary for prayer and reflection.

Longer-term retreatants may like to attend any of the 14-week seminars that form part of the Siloam Program, or our highly recommended ‘Let the Heart Listen’ 15-week formation program.

Off-site, individually-directed retreats can also be arranged with one of Heart of Life’s spiritual directors. Please contact Paul Beirne.

‘The Cliffs’ Retreat is located in Shoreham, VIC.  Whilst there are many places to ‘retreat’ in and around Melbourne, one with which Heart of Life has had a long relationship is The Cliffs. Formerly run by Brian Gallagher msc (co-founder of Heart of Life) and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, The Cliffs is now being run by Spiritual Director and Siloam alumni Clare Shearman. Further information on retreats at The Cliffs is available by emailing, or tel 0434 210 203. You can also view The Cliffs’  website here.