Refresh Retreat

Upcoming Retreat Informaton

What is Refresh Retreat?

This is a weekend to reconnect with God and his people at NewHope.

When we find deep soul rest – creativity reignites, our brains begin to operate with new clarity and our bodies just feel more energised. The Refresh Retreat is designed to do just that!

We’ve crafted a retreat with loads of flexibility so you can get the balance right for you. The program presents choices and the location allows you to be with others or to find space alone in a stunning natural setting.

This retreat will help you to imagine a more vibrant spiritual life, to meet new friends within our church family, to have fun and laughter and great food. AND we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to be a part of it.

The Refresh Retreat is hosted and run by NewHope Church Leadership and Prayer Teams and welcomes everyone connected to the NewHope community to come along.

What to Expect – The Program

Friday Night Evening Welcome & Arrival with Live worship
Saturday Morning

Breakfast (Day guests arrive)
Welcome, devotional, worship.
TESTIMONY – Effie Stavrides shares her story of deep spiritual transformation and how it has impacted her life.
Morning Tea

  • ‘Reflective Practice’ with Liz Lee. Learning to focus on God with a number of beautiful practices. Time to go and be alone with God to discover how these work for you.
  • ‘God Spaces’ with Christine Miller. Discovering how to ‘shift back’ to God when there are problems and issues in your life. Learning to just ‘be’ and sit with God and quieten the mind. Including practising guided focus and refocus.

PANEL DISCUSSION – Expressions of Spirituality Panel discussion – with Noddy Sharma, Kent Burley, Jazz Coughlin.
Afternoon Tea

  • Christian Meditation with Robyn Stokes – learn this ancient spiritual practice.
  • Going deeper with God through your Spiritual Gifting with Julien Winspear. Discover how to match the way God has personally wired you and going deeper with Him.
  Evening Dinner
NIGHT SESSION: Reflection of the day’s events, Devotion, Unplugged worship. Connection ‘stations’ around the room. Supper. (Day guests depart.)
Sunday Morning Breakfast
TIME OF REFLECTION: Reflection of your learnings and experiences to take home in small groups
Morning tea
Running Alongside the Program – Additional Spaces

You can connect with the main program as much or a little as you like. Running alongside of this will be the following additional spaces and activities.

  • The ‘Waiting Room’ – a space for quiet contemplation where you can commune with God uninterrupted.
  • Prayer Ministry – slots you can book for personal ministry
  • Bushwalking
  • Games – including table tennis, balls to kick and hit, board games with Steve De Witt

The Location & Accommodation – The Amberly Conference Centre

Amberley is situated on Melbourne’s Yarra River at Lower Plenty, around 20kms from Melbourne’s city centre and 18 minutes drive from NewHope.

The Centre is well off the main road and located on 20 acres of peaceful bushland, overlooking Westerfolds Park with the Dandenong Ranges vista as a backdrop. So although you haven’t gone far, you will feel like you are miles away.

The Rooms where you will stay are twin share and the accommodation in main building at Amberly.

Why should I go to Refresh Retreat?

  • I am keen to deepen my faith. This is worth investing in.
  • I need to create a space in my life to ‘be still and know that He is God’.
  • There will be safe and inspiring people there to guide me to grow, to heal, to listen, to minister to me.
  • I can hang out, enjoy the food, play games, use the beautiful walking tracks and just chill – this in itself is spiritual tank filler.
  • I’ll be cared for with good food, beautiful surroundings and a comfy bed and fellowship. 
  • I want a fresh start – fresh wind – with God. I’ll do whatever it takes because nothing is more important in my life than that. 

Register Now to Secure Your Place

Full Retreat Booking Day Guest
  • Arrive Friday evening. Program starts at 7.30pm, you can arrive from 4pm (no dinner provided). Depart Sunday 12.00pm.
  • Twin Share Accommodation
  • All meals included

$275 per person

  • Arrive Saturday morning 9.00am. Depart after the evening session.
  • Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner & Supper included.


$95 per person

**Please register and pay to secure your place by Wednesday 7 September 2022.

We looking forward to seeing you at the Refresh Retreat.

The best gift ever!

Give the Retreat as a gift to a very special someone for their birthday, Father’s Day or even an early Christmas present. This would be a unique, deeply meaningful and unforgettable gift. If you register as a gift, we’ll also send you a lovely gift certificate.