House of Prayer & Spirituality
17 Thomas Street, Pimlico, Qld 4812
Phone: (07) 4728 9861

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House of Prayer and Spirituality: an oasis of solitude and prayer

The House of Prayer and Spirituality, nestled against the beautiful Anderson Park Botanical gardens, is a focus for contemplation, stillness and prayer in the centre of Townsville.

It is an oasis of solitude and prayer with extensive garden settings, a simple and comfortable chapel, individual bedrooms with shared bathroom, kitchen facilities and library with books, tapes and CDs.

The community of the House of Prayer maintains the contemplative atmosphere of the House which is supported by a regular rhythm and pattern of prayer.

Established in 1981 in response to the needs of those searching for a deep personal relationship with God, the 30 (it is now  40 )year history of the ministry and the community of the House has been one of growth and change. The one constant has been the vision at its heart:

                                                                   "Be still and know that I am God."

The House of Prayer community seeks to integrate prayer and action, spirit and structure, so that the contemplative dimension is evident in all its activities.

"While maintaining our basis in prayer, we reach out to the wider community and are committed to helping people towards further spiritual growth."

The House of Prayer and Spirituality provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to engage in prayer and meditation, experiential prayer workshops and personal formation. It is available for directed or private retreats for individuals, and guided retreats for small groups.

"Spiritual direction for individual prayer guidance and development is an important aspect of our ministry and is offered as an ongoing support to individuals in their prayer lives."

Today the House of Prayer is Religious and Lay people of all faiths united in a common vision contemplatively striving for a deep personal relationship with God in the midst of life and called and committed to pass that love and experience on to others.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual companionment is available for anyone who wishes to be assisted by a trained director on his or her spiritual journey. A Spiritual Director will assist the directee to hear, respond to and grow in trust and obedience to God's love. Retreats - directed, private and guided are also available. A retreat is an opportunity for a new discovery of God and self, and finding that deeper meaning in life for which we so often search.

For more information on Spiritual Direction, please contact the House of Prayer on 4728 9861


A Retreat is an experience of withdrawing from the norm of the everyday to listen to God in one's life. It is a process of solitude, prayer, scripture-reflection, liturgy-participation with the option of a daily reflection on the experience with the companioning of a Spiritual Director. We offer private retreats ir directed retreats.


Our facilities include:

  • chapel/prayer/meditation room
  • a personal prayer/meditation space
  • individual bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities
  • library
  • meeting room suitable for groups up to 25, with access to video/TV, AV equipment, photocopier, white-board, sound equipment, chairs, and a verandah overlooking Anderson Park.
  • all meals can be provided. (prices available)

Please contact us to see if we can help you:

  • Groups are welcome to book and use the facilities of the House, either meeting room, and/or retreat facilities. Meals can be arranged. (prices available)
  • Trained Leaders are available on request to lead prayer, workshops and retreat experiences for groups.

Spiritual Direction

Individual Sessions
By donation. As a guide the recommended stipend is $75 per hour. 

Conference Facilities Hire

Half day or evening - $150
Full day - $250
Full day + evening - $350

Conference room rates include use of data projector (Own laptop is required)
Veranda, tea & coffee. The conference room can seat up to 23 people comfortably

Retreat Centre Accommodation Rates

Single room only - $65 per night including complimentary continental breakfast.

Longer retreat accommodation

3 days $180
5 days $300
8 days $450
Facilities are self catering

Conference Catering 

Catering is available Monday to Friday during business hours
Morning or afternoon tea only - $7.00 / person
Lunch only (including juice, chocolates and 1 seasonal fruit) - $25 / person
Morning tea or afternoon tea & lunch as above – $30/ person
Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea - $35/person

If there are special dietary requirements the House will endeavour to meet special requests where possible. Minimum of 1 week notice requested.
Use of kitchen facilities for self catering - $50