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Refuge ceremony

  • The White House 11 Princess Street Saint Kilda, VIC, 3182 Australia (map)

Tickets here

We intuit a hunger for ritual. A desire to partake in something bigger than ourselves.

Many of us have turned our back on the Gods, sniffed at their elaborate rites and fanfare, and become sovereign. In our fierce individualism we may have suppressed some base needs and unwittingly cut ourselves off from being deeply fed and touched by life.

In modern secular Australia, can we re-initiate ourselves into a deeper conversation with life? Can we do this in a way that honours both our intelligence and our raw devotion?

We invite you to join us in encountering ceremony in a fresh and energising (Con)temporary monastery.

Everybody is welcome. Sit amongst others in an enchanting urban environment. Engage in a ceremony of modern spoken word and symbolic movements. Open the gateways, bring down the fences – come be fed.

This is a ritual, drawing on but not bound by Buddhist principles. We will uncover and reconnect with bedrock places of support. This intends to ignite our own seeds of insight and compassion, held within a wider network of life.


6.00pm I A silent welcome
6.30pm I Ceremony
8.00pm I A nourishing meal
8.45pm I Closing


"Making refuge" (March 15th 7-9pm. Tickets here). As preparation for "Refuge Ceremony", you are invited to an atmospheric meditation with clay and sound. Come, partake in the making of a regeneretive refuge. a pre-event at Abbotsford Convent.


We intend for everyone to be welcome to this event. If you'd like to come along but find yourself in a situation of financial difficulty, please get in touch here


The (Con)temporary Monastery is a collaboration by Jess Huon & The Weekly Service. With generous support from Rollercoaster Theatre & Small Giants.


Earlier Event: April 1
No Saturday service I Easter break
Later Event: April 8
Saturday service I Inviting elders