School teachers

Here you can find our range of education and formation experiences, specially developed for school teachers, which Rahamim can deliver on our site or yours.


Mercy Earth Educators Network

Rahamim, with the support of Mercy Education, is forming a network for educators in Mercy schools called the Mercy Earth Educators Network.
The goals of the network are to enhance our efforts for Earth literacy as we connect with others to:
Share projects (such as sustainability initiatives, eco-spirituality programs, or advocacy work) with other like-minded educators
Get ideas from other schools to improve our effectiveness as Mercy Earth educators
Keep informed about latest resources and directions or policies in Earth education for Mercy ministries
Potentially collaborate on programs where synergy is found between Mercy schools.
The network will meet online twice a year and stay connected through our Mercy Earth Educators Network group on Facebook.
We are currently contacting all Mercy schools seeking champions of Earth education projects for sustainability and/or spirituality. If you know of anyone who may be interested please contact



Spirituality Days for Schools and other organisations

The ongoing work of Rahamim has included many years of experience hosting Spirituality days, both on-site in Bathurst and in other locations.

Spirituality days at Rahamim offer staff from schools and other organisations a unique opportunity to take time out to ‘be’ together, to reflect on their key values, to share, to learn, to re-energise and plan inspired action.

Held on-site at Rahamim, the experience includes inspired meals from house-grown food using the SOLVE principle: Seasonal, Organic, Local, Vegetarian, and Ethical.

Programs are tailored to suit the needs and specific values of individual groups. They may include combinations of:

·      Spiritual practices and team-building (such as meditation, African drumming, body prayer, ritual, creative expression and sharing)

·      Experiences outdoors (such as reflection time or ‘work’ in the garden)

·      Sessions exploring the works of Pope Francis, including Laudato Si’ and the 8th Work of Mercy

·      Eco Spirituality and Theology

·      Biblical reflections

·      Sustainable living skills (such as waste management, organic vegetable gardening, composting)

·      Mercy Story and Heritage (including heritage tour of the former Mercy novitiate)

·      Mercy values today

·      Cosmology and Earth Literacy

·      Advocacy

·      Eco-Leadership

Introduction to Laudato Si’ and Eco-Spirituality

This two-day live-in immersion experience introduces participants to the tradition and practices of ecological spirituality while getting to know other educators in a supportive environment.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites us to explore integral ecology and bring to the centre of the Christian tradition a spirituality which honours the sacred teaching in all things. In the context of the current ecological crisis, these practices can motivate new action, expressed in his new 8th Work of Mercy: ‘Show Mercy to our Common Home’.

The hands-on, experiential program will include practices that empower teachers to facilitate eco-spirituality themselves, allowing the natural world to nurture our spirituality through prayer, ritual, food and creative expression.

Held on-site at Rahamim, the experience includes inspired meals from house-grown food using the SOLVE principle: Seasonal, Organic, Local, Vegetarian, and Ethical.

Setting up your School Veggie Patch - organic vegetable gardening workshop for teachers

What’s needed for a successful vegetable garden in an outdoor classroom or playground? This workshop is designed for school staff to become familiar with the skills, tools and time needed to take on a successful organic garden project with students and the whole school community.

The program includes a seasonal manual with a planting guide and take-away seedlings.

Topics include:

·       Soil

·       Compost

·       Seasonal planting

·       Mulching

·       Watering

·       Planting from seed

·       Seed saving

·       Companion planting

·       Worm farming

·       Using a green/poly house

·       Chickens

·       Garden beds

·       Tools

·       Tips for working with children in gardens

·       Vegetable gardening and the school curriculum

·       Incorporating the garden into wellbeing or spirituality programs

·       Tips for the school garden on the holidays