The Monastery (Premium)

15 Cross Road Glen Osmond/Urrbrae SA 5064

For our premium retreats we are very pleased to offer attendees the experience of staying in The Monastery – a very special venue steeped in history and amazing atmosphere.

No longer a purely christian venue The Monastery have opened their doors for corporate and retreat hosting, and welcome us to come and soak up the energy for our weekend retreats of Yoga, Meditation or Empowerment. 


The Monastery property had several owners before being purchased by the Passionist Community in 1896.

The original 16 acres of land, including grapevines, was owned by Mr Arthur Hardy. In 1847, ownership passed to Mr Joseph Barrow Montefiore (whose brother was the inspiration for Montefiore Hill) who built a grand house in oriental design, named ‘The Glen’. He surrounded it with well chosen, rare and imported trees and plants, some of which still grace the grounds, including a huge Morton Bay Fig and two fine Norfolk Island pines.

The property had two more landowners until 1896, when the Passionist Community purchased it for 2500 pounds.

Due to council recommendations, the original building was demolished in the early 1940s and gradually rebuilt to suit the changing needs of the monastic community. The unique Spanish styled architecture, with spacious verandahs and high ceilings, lends itself beautifully for use as a unique conference and function venue.

Sacred Gardens

Commissioned by the Australian Passionists for their Novitiate Monastery in Goulburn, NSW in 1955, 14 carrara marble sculptures depicting the Stations of the Cross now form the centerpiece of the Sacred Garden at the Glen Osmond Monastery in Adelaide, SA, some 1250 kms distant.

These significant works of art are from the Ferdinando Palla Studio in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy, the heartland of Carrara marble and the source of Michaelangelo’s David (Florence) and the Pieta (St Peters). Each station is a tableau of three or four half life-size figures and weighs half a ton.




While here accomodations is that of what used to be priests in training. Rooms are hotel style and sleep 1-2 people and include all linen including towels. Bathrooms for this venue are shared (separate mens and womens).

Linen Inclusions: All provided – includes towel, facewasher and soap


The Monastery pride themselves high standards of service, including the delivery of quality catering packages, tailored to event needs. With two talented professional chefs working on the premises, each meal is created right here in our kitchen.

While on retreat Skillful Mind adhere to cleansing comforting catering with nourishing vegetarian meals, and will include delicious morning/afternoon teas, 2 course lunches, and Saturday dinner, all made from fresh local produce in the Monastery kitchen.

Relax your Body and Mind and let your Spirit soar high.