Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked questions such as the following.  We hope this will assist you in deciding which programmes you would like to register for.

Q:  How can I become a friend of the JSC?

A: Please send us an email message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will post an Information Leaflet and Application Form to you.


Q:  How can I receive a copy of your annual programme and newsletter?

A: Please send us an email message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will post an Information Leaflet to you.


Q:  How much does it cost to attend programmes and retreats at the Janssen Centre?

A: As we are a not-for-profit organisation, we have a suggested or recommended amount for most events.  These donations help us to cover our costs and to continue to provide a wide range of programmes and events.  The suggested donations for 2015 are:

  • Weekend Retreats (7pm Friday to Sunday afternoon) Live-in: $205.00.   Live-out: $150.00   (Concession Card Holders Live-in - $145.  Live-out: $130)
  • Two day retreats (9am Saturday to 4pm on Sunday)  Live-in: $185.00.   Live-out: $130.00   (Concession Card Holders Live-in - $135.  Live-out: $100)
  • One night stay $70.00 (includes, breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas) 
  • Day visits including use of a bedroom, lunch and teas - $70.00
  • Day visits (excluding use of bedroom) includes lunch and teas - $60.00

Requested donations vary according to the length of programmes less than a full day.  See advertisements.

A deposit of $50.00 per person is requested when making a booking.

Questions about recommended donations should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Q:  Do you have live-in accommodation?

A: Yes, the Centre has 19 bedrooms.  Please see our Facilities Page.


Q:  Do you have facilities for people with special needs?

A: Three of our bedrooms on the ground level have full wheel-chair access.  Toilet, bathroom and shower are disabled-friendly.  The chapel, dining room, meditation lounges and meeting rooms are designed to allow easy access by wheel-chair.  The cook is also able to cater to special dietary needs.


Q:  How is payment made?

A: Your donation can be made by cheque or cash. Unfortunately we do not have facilities for payment by credit card or efpost.


Q:  Where is the Janssen Centre located?

A: Located in the foothills of the Dandenongs, the Centre is in the residential suburb of Boronia, 29 km east of Melbourne, near Ferntree Gully.  Melways Map 64.

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Q:  What sort of clothing should I bring?

A:  It is advisable to bring warm clothing in the winter and good walking shoes. In-door slippers or shoes are also recommended.


Q:  What else should I bring?

A:  Bring only a warm and a loving heart – all else will be provided.


Q:  My question is not in the above list; who should I contact?

A:  Please ring us on (03) 9762 6625, send us a fax on (03) 9762 6630 or send us an email message at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.