Rahamim Ecology Centre is an environmental education, spirituality and advocacy ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG). Rahamim is located in Bathurst NSW, within the historic (1870s) Logan Brae house, and is situated below Wahluu, a mountain that holds great meaning for the local Aboriginal community.

The property includes 10 acres of land, and features:

  • an extensive urban water management installation
  • heritage plantings of European trees,
  • native and wilderness areas,
  • a community garden,
  • a food forest,
  • poly houses,
  • water habitats,
  • a chicken forage system,
  • a chook tractor,
  • bee hives,
  • market gardens, and
  • formal gardens.

The original part of the building, Logan Brae, is a beautifully detailed mid-Victorian Italianate mansion designed by Edward Gell (who also designed the nearby St Stanislaus College) and built in 1877 by David Jones (who also built the Bathurst Court House). With polychrome brick under a hipped iron roof and symmetrical façade, the house was considered large and opulent for its time. Very few structural changes have been made to the main part of the house. Today the building includes offices, meeting rooms, a dining room and conference space, two large kitchens, accommodation for up to 25 people, common areas for residential guests, and Rahamim’s growing specialist library with resources focussing on ecology, cosmology, ecospirituality and practical sustainable living skills.

Provisions for writers

Simple but comfortable bedroom; shared bathroom; access to shared kitchen for self-catering, and to a common room, the library and the grounds. Guests are welcome to join staff morning teas at 10.30 every Wednesday morning, and to attend Rahamim’s programs and events at advertised rates or in exchange for volunteer work.

Further information         http://www.rahamim.org.au