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TEARLink Retreat

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TEARLink Retreat is a weekend away for Christians (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) who are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Starts: Friday 27 September, 6:00 pm
Sunday 29 September 3:00 pm

Part-time and day visits available.

Registrations close: 6 September.

Together, we will:

  • Share experiences and reflect with those who understand;
  • Share wisdom and learnings;
  • Celebrate and lament;
  • Strengthen networks for on-going support and friendship;
  • Seek rest and spiritual refreshment;
  • Identify and reflect on emerging themes.

TEARLink Retreat will be led by Barbara Deutschmann, Marjorie Quinn and Rachael and Scott Litchfield.

Barbara Deutschmann

Barbara worked for many years with TEAR Australia in international development and the First Peoples support program. In retirement she cares for family, maintains an active interest in Indigenous peoples, and researches in the area of gender in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Marjorie Quinn

Marjorie has long been a volunteer with TEAR’s International and First Peoples support programs. After decades of work in Social Work and Community Development she is now retired and busy with family, local church and various justice and development initiatives, including in the Top End.

Rachael and Scott Litchfield

Rachael and Scott Litchfield are Personnel Directors with Interserve Australia, and have spent many years living in cross-cultural contexts. Now their focus with Interserve is the selection, formation, and member-care of cross cultural workers around the world. Rachael is a member of the Ecumenical Spiritual Directors Association, and Scott is an experienced Christian leadership coach.


$65 – $190 – See registration page for details.

Registration is inclusive of meals and accommodation (please bring your own linen). A children’s program will be provided for primary school age children on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.


Please direct any enquiries to Mike Penberthy 0488191255.

Registrations close: 6 September.

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Riyala Retreat Centre 255e Elizabeth Valley Rd. Noonamah, NT 0837