About The Monastery

The Monastery has been the home of the Priests and Brothers of the Passionist Community for more than 120 years.

The original 16 acres of land was owned by Arthur Hardy, and in 1847 the ownership passed to Joseph Barrow Montefiore. Adelaide’s Montefiore Hill is named after his brother Jacob.

Mr Montefiore built a grand house known as ‘The Glen’ and planted a selection of rare and imported trees and plants, some of which still grace the grounds.

The Passionist Community purchased the property for 2500 pounds in 1896.

The original house was demolished in the early 1940’s on order of the local Council which considered it uninhabitable and unsafe, and the current Spanish Mission-inspired building was built over several stages.

The Monastery has earned an impressive reputationas a function centre ‘with a difference’.

Many of South Australia’s best-known companies have made use of our unique, state-of-the-art facilities and beautiful grounds, and enjoyed food fresh from our on-site kitchen, created by our talented chefs.

We are delighted to share some of the testimonials we have received.

  • Advisor, Community Education, JFLIP Co-ordinator,
    Once again The Monastery has provided, in abundance, everything we needed to make our conference run like a dream. Fantastic food, excellent facilities, good accommodation and staff who couldn’t be more helpful.  
    Advisor, Community Education, JFLIP Co-ordinator,
    SA Metropolitan Fire Service
  • Jenny Potter,
    Teamtlc tender loving carers began holding our “Wellbeing Day’s” for carers of people living with Younger Onset Dementia, nearly three years ago. We are currently planning our 7th event at The Monastery. In all this time, we have always found whoever we have dealt with, to be so very supportive, accommodating, understanding and most of all compassionate. We keep going back to The Monastery for the ambience of the whole premises. From the moment the carers drive through the gates and get out of their cars, we have heard so many times comments about, “how they feel so much more relaxed, and like they are in another world, not still in the suburbs of Adelaide”. Also for them, walking in the Sacred Garden is just wonderful.   The buildings and different choices of comfortable rooms, makes it so very easy for us, as our needs can vary from event to event. On every occasion, we have always received very positive feedback regarding the meals that are prepared for our carers. There are many menu choices. It is always so easy to organise an event at The Monastery, as you know everything will be taken care of, and run so smoothly.
    Jenny Potter,
    Chair, teamtlc tender loving carers
  • Frani Wilde,
    As an organisation that provides yoga and meditation teacher training it is very important for us to have a venue that supports the discovery of peace and silence. The nurturing gardens, naturally lit teaching rooms, personalised menus and kind services have enhanced and promoted our success. We are truly grateful for all that The Monastery Conference Centre offers.
    Frani Wilde,
    Dru Australia
  • Janine Hurley,
    We have been using this venue for many years for training programs, conferences and team development days. We cannot speak highly enough of the facilities, services and catering provided to us over the years. We have recommended this venue to other organisations looking for workshop facilities and would definitely happily do so again.  
    Janine Hurley,
    Learning & Development Consultant
  • Taryn Sexton,
    We have held several events at the Monastery and always found the staff to be friendly, capable, and accommodating, the facilities to be clean and bright, the atmosphere to be peaceful, and the food plentiful and delicious. We will be back.
    Taryn Sexton,
    Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Professionals Australia, SA
  • Amy Slattery,
    We have held numerous events at The Monastery, from workshops, to retreats to masterclasses.  The facilities are welcoming and easy to access, the food is amazing (in talking to others who have been there for events the food always comes up in conversation), its home cooked, wholesome, healthy food but made to cater for whatever numbers you have.  Let’s face it - with an event people always remember the food!  Situated on Cross Road means easy access from any part of town and onsite parking is a major plus.  I would highly recommend The Monastery as a venue.  
    Amy Slattery,
    Co-Founder, The 7 Effect
  • Noela Malten,
    The Monastery has provided a wonderful home for Courage& Renewal © Retreats in Adelaide over the past four years. The rooms and grounds provide spaces that are conducive to reflective work, and the Sacred Garden is a nurturing and beautiful space in which to sit, walk alone or in companionship with another. Meals and snacks are an important part of any retreat, and The Monastery serves excellent, freshly prepared food at each meal and break time. Chefs are also very accommodation in relation to special diets. The Administration staff are wonderful to work with. They are consistently flexible, helpful and kind, always going the extra mile to endure that the groups’ needs are met and that participants can enjoy a rich and rewarding retreat.
    Noela Malten,
    Parker Palmer