Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat – a spiritual healing journey after abortion

Rachel mourns her children. She refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your future.    Jeremiah 31: 15-17

2021 Retreats:
  • March 19 – 21
  • July 16 – 18
  • November 19 – 21
Final decisions about whether a retreat will go ahead will depend on  COVID-19 restrictions at the time.  Please contact us for support in the meantime via phone or online counselling.
Enquiries – anne@opendoors.com.au

About Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is a beautiful opportunity for healing for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. It’s a chance to get away from the daily pressures of work and family, to focus on a painful time in life, and to begin healing through a supportive and non-judgmental process.

A peaceful location close to Melbourne and caring hospitality add to the benefits of the weekend. The retreat week end begins on Friday evening, starting with a light meal and goes through to mid-Sunday afternoon.

Many women unexpectedly find that their abortion affects them on a spiritual level, giving rise to feelings of guilt and shame. Through the retreat –

  • preconceived fears of condemnation are transformed into blessings
  • memories of abandonment, pain and confusion are replaced by peace and reconciliation.

While Christian-based, the retreat is open to individuals from any faith and denomination, and those with no formal faith connections. Women, men, teenagers and couples are all welcome.

Comments from past participant

“At first I hesitated because I am not really a churchy person but the retreat far surpassed all my expectations. The spiritual and psychological healing was immeasurable – a wonderful feeling of release. I felt so safe in sharing my experience and emotions in such a warm, loving environment where I did not feel like I was being judged. Each person there was brought for a reason and touched me in some way. This is exactly what I needed.”

For further details contact

Anne Neville, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Coordinator, Open Doors Counselling

Phone – 03 9870 7044
Freecall (outside Melb)
1800 647 995
Email – anne@opendoors.com.au 

For more information about the international Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries go to www.rachelsvineyard.org

VIDEO CREDIT – Open Doors gratefully acknowledges DON PARHAM of PARHAM MEDIA for the production of the above video ‘Introducing Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats.’

Don Parham is a highly regarded documentary film-maker who has also made a television documentary THE CHOICE about the complexities and consequences of abortion (produced for SBS-TV).  THE CHOICE is ideal for educational use by schools, churches and community groups and is available on DVD.  It can be purchased online from www.parham-media.com

NEED TO TALK?  Click here to request a contact from one of our counsellors

On the Contact Form tell us your phone number (Australia only), the best day and time for us to call you, and let us know if it’s ok to leave a message should you not be able to answer the phone.  A counsellor will call by the next business day during Centre opening hours (Mon: 9.30-8.00pm; Tues, Wed, Thur: 9.30-3.00pm. Closed public holidays.) You can also request an appointment for face to face counselling or just ask a question.

Open Doors Counselling

5 Greenwood Ave Ringwood 3134 Victoria Australia

03 9870 7044

Freecall outside Melb: 1800 647 995



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