Love & Fear - Women's Winter Chill Retreat

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    Date: Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th July
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    Price: See below for details
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    Location: Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Center, Tahmoor

Love & Fear - Women's Winter Chill Retreat

Take 24 hours out from everyday life to come away with a bunch of great women to be truly refreshed and nourished in body, mind, and spirit.

What to Expect

  • Three sessions with worship, and life-giving teaching from the wise and wonderful Jane Thomas. 
  • Small group sessions and time alone with God. 
  • Two timeslots with elective activities (active, creative, educational, or reflective) 
  • Excellent food in a beautiful, restful, bush location.
  • Lots of opportunities to connect with other lovely women of all ages and stages! 
  • You have the option to nominate who you would like to share a room with.

This Year's Theme: Love & Fear

What are love and fear, and how do they look in our everyday lives? How are love and fear influencing our experience of God? How can gaining richer insight into love and fear help us to be more open and receptive to God’s grace and the inner transformation He promises? 

Love and fear are elemental human experiences, powerful forces, which direct the ways in which we react and respond to life events, and they deeply influence the way we engage with life and faith. We can observe love and fear at play in our relationships with others, with all of creation, with ourselves, and with God. 

Our time away together provides us with the privilege of exploring questions and experiences of fear and love. We will listen to wisdom, challenge, and invitation from Scripture. We will focus on Jesus as the radical and life-transforming lens through which we encounter God, and grow as we do so, in our awareness of love and fear. 

The Spirit of God is always inviting us further into life and freedom.

Guest Speaker - Jane Thomas

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Jane is moved deeply by the love of God. She finds great joy in communicating about Jesus, the embodied expression of God’s love, and feels privileged to accompany others as they explore life in God. She is a Spiritual Director, has a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Theology.

A Registered Psychologist, Jane works with Anglicare Wollongong as a Senior Counsellor. Prior to working at Anglicare Jane worked as a psychologist in the education field for 20 years.

Jane has been a member of Austinmer Anglican Church since moving to the northern suburbs of the Illawarra in late 2018. Prior to that Jane was a member of Figtree Anglican Church for 19 years.

Jane is married to David, and they have adult children Emily, Jack and Bek (Jack’s wife.) Jane adores her family and also delights in birds and lizards, sea and sky, trees, a morning coffee, an inspiring book, and a cool breeze.


5:30pm Friday 23rd to 5:30pm Saturday 24th July


Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Center
25 Bargo River Road, Tahmoor
(50 minutes from Wollongong)


  • Early Bird - $120 - Early Bird ends 27/06/21
  • Standard - $130 - Registrations close 11/07/21
  • Concession - $110 - Full time students & pensioners

*Some electives incur an extra fee.

*Please contact Jo Brain ( for subsidised registrations if finances are an obstacle. 

*Upon registration, there is an opportunity to contribute extra $ to help a sister come for those that are able.


Morning Electives

  • Silent Walk - 5km
  • Paint Pouring Art
  • Education Session on Women's Health 
  • Stretch and Strengthen Class 
  • Tour of a Local Dingo Sanctuary 
  • Free Time

Afternoon Electives

  • 5km bushwalk
  • Bible Meditation 
  • Christmas in July Craft
  • Making polymer clay earrings
  • Social Tennis 
  • Free Time

For more details about each of the electives, download the information sheet below.

For more information about the retreat contact Jo Brain at or call 4272 1322.