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Relating to your Inward Teacher - A Silent Retreat

Led by Janet Duke-Warner

Quakers believe that "there is that of God in everyone". From the very early days of Friends one of the ways that this has been experienced is expressed by the terminology of Inward Teacher. During this silent retreat all those present will be invited to deepen their individual experience of listening to and relating with their Inward Teacher. The silence of a silent retreat opens the opportunity for this. We will gather together twice a day for Meeting for Worship. The opportunity to live together at Silver Wattle, experiencing the hospitality of both place and kitchen, will free us to come to the place of being rather than doing. Janet will be available to speak with as the Spirit leads you. Some may choose to speak daily others as desire arises.

This retreat is open to any Quaker or non-Quaker who feels led to enter for a period of listening deeply to their Inward Teacher.

Download the Silent Retreat course flyer here

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Janet Duke-Warner has been intermittently involved with Quakers since 1971. In the 1970s and early 80s she was an active member of Victorian Regional Meeting involved with the care of the children, overseer, Assistant Clerk, Acting Clerk and Regional Meeting Clerk. During this time she completed her medical degree and started her training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Following a period of training in Scotland she returned to Melbourne and married David Warner an Anglican Priest. She had a very busy life with a large step-family, running a Vicarage and a large practice. In 2003 she yearned for a deepening of her spiritual life. She re-entered spiritual direction and commenced her ecumenical formation as a spiritual director at WellSpring in Melbourne.

During her formation she rediscovered her Quaker roots and started re-attending Meeting for Worship and subsequently has rejoined Friends. She has also completed a variety of academic studies including a Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction), a Graduate Diploma in Supervision (Spiritual Direction) and is currently a PhD candidate of the University of Divinity working on a thesis entitled "Where do words come from?"

Cost:  SWQC offers a sliding scale for the 6 day courses, to assist those who are unable to pay the standard registration rate

  • Standard registration (we hope most people will pay this amount) $699

  • Supporting registration (supports others so they can also attend) $759

  • Concession (for those who are on minimal incomes) $659

Note that Quakers may also seek support from their Local Meeting or Regional Meeting. Funds are set aside for this, so don’t be shy – it is an investment in the spiritual health of the Meeting.

If you need to be picked up from the Bungendore train station ($10 fee) or Canberra airport ($35 fee) please contact


Earlier Event: March 31
Easter Gathering