Miss Eagle jaunted to-day from Upper Gully to the wilds of East Brunswick in inner suburban Melbourne to meet the energy behind the Koora Retreat Centre in Western Australia - the Rev Peter Harrison and the Rev Anna Killigrew.
Peter was busy being practical and artistic constructing a puppet theatre. Anna was being precise in calling out the exact measurements for integral parts of the theatre.
Surrounding the re-called measurements, was the conversation of Anna and Miss Eagle (Peter had previously made the conversation a threesome) about the Koora Retreat Centre and the the official launch of the Australian Research Institute for Desert Spirituality (ARIDS) which will happen in May.
The discovery of the site of the retreat centre and its purchase was truly God-incidence. Anna and Peter have been beavering away since 2005 and the Centre is taking shape. People are coming and will come. But Anna is certain that they won't be tourists. The people who come to Koora will be people who need to be there: people who are seekers; people who have deep spiritual needs; people like botanists who can help to enliven knowledge of the Centre's environment and the surrounding national park. Knowledge is growing of the Aboriginal history of the site. Relationship is building with Aboriginal people and Anna and Peter hope for increased Aboriginal connection with the site.
Koora Retreat Centre will be a place of retreat, of connection with people and with land, a place of cleansing, healing and growth.
May God always go before you, Anna and Peter, and bring you and others into a fuller relationship with the person who is our Creator and the creation in which we have been placed.
Scenes from Koora: