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Rachel's Vineyard Retreat


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



About Rachel's Vineyard Retreats


From Friday evening, beginning with a light meal, through to mid-Sunday afternoon.

  • a beautiful opportunity for healing for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion

  • 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-judgemental process

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.


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

Phone - 03 9870 7044

Freecall (outside Melb)

1800 647 995
Email -




Open Doors gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund for the Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Program.

For more information about the international Rachel's Vineyard Ministries go to .

Updated February 2008

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