Warmun Retreat (Mirrilingki)

Warmun Retreat (Left section treed oasis) - Photo yaruman5, 2008

Location: Adjacent to the Warmun Roadhouse near the Warmun community.  It is on the Great Northern Highway, 160 km North of Halls Creek and 200 km South of Kununurra.  The retreat is a great base from which to explore Purnululu National Park (by road or air) as well as the renowned Warmun Art Centre.

Accommodation:  There are four comfortable self-contained two bedroom cottages in a pleasant setting.   There are also 23 donga-style single rooms with shared facilities (male and female) and camp kitchen available.

Conference Hall:  There is a medium sized hall on the Retreat grounds which can comfortably accommodate a meeting with 50 – 70 people.   Enquire to find out more about conference facilities.

Contact Details:    Contact the Manager to enquire about rates, availability or to make a booking.
Mobile: 0408616610
Email: warmunbookings@broomediocese.org

Card authorization forms are available at the retreat for the payment which are then passed securely onto Broome for payment. Please note there is a 2.2% square surcharge for card payments.
Purchase orders are accepted and can be forwarded to warmunbookings@broomediocese.org and accounts@broomediocese.org for processing post stay.
Invoices/payment correspondence/remittance advice -  contact – accounts@broomediocese.org

Warmun Retreat Photo Gallery

The Story of the Warmun Retreat (Mirrilingki):
As a joint venture between the Sisters of St Joseph and the Diocese of Broome, the centre was established in 1986 to provide formation in faith and leadership for people of the East Kimberley.
Originally the property had consisted of a residence, transportable house and large machinery shed. To accommodate the groups who came for courses, twenty-four additional sleeping units, together with toilets, showers and a laundry, were purchased by the Sisters of St Joseph from Argyle Mining Company. Extra sleeping accommodation for volunteer workers was later added by the Diocese to complete the complex.
Under the direction of its foundress, Sr Clare Ahern rsj, the Centre catered for adult education and faith formation for Aboriginal people of the East Kimberley, mostly on a residential basis. Mirrilingki staff visited communities and carried out some follow-up work.
Sr Pat Sealey rsj took over as director in 1992, and introduced a Family Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Recovery programme. It was during her period of tenure that the machinery shed was converted by Brother Nick Bilich into a lecture hall and chapel.
In 1998, Sr Frances Maguire rsj and Sr Nellie Versluys rsj were missioned to Mirrilingki and a Board was appointed by Bishop Christopher Saunders.
The co-ordinating team for 2007, Sr Frances Flemming rsj, Sr Maria Sullivan rsj and Sr Mary Baker rsj, followed in the footsteps of those who had gone before in making Mirrilingki a place of support and empowerment for Aboriginal people.
Following the distrastrous floods in March 2011, two new transportable cottages were established, and these are now available for rent for passing traffic, tourists and families.  The Warmun Retreat is also used by government and non-government organisations for local meetings.

Warmun Retreat Photo Gallery

Origin of 'Mirrilingki', the previous name for the Centre and still commonly used.
The following explanation by the founder, Sister Clare Ahern rsj, is quoted by Mary Cresp in her 2013 book, 'God's Good Time' on page 17.
"The Centre was renamed 'Mirrilingki' in 1987 after the name of the hill behind the house... The name 'Mirrilingki' was composed from two names, 'Mary', an Aboriginal woman, and 'Lincoln' her non-Aboriginal husband, who both fenced the  area for nearby Mabel Downs,  the homeland of many of the Warmun people".

Broome Diocese acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders, both past and present, of the lands on which Broome Diocese offices and operations are located.
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