Andelaine is situated on the New South Wales/Queensland border, on the cusp of the Mt Warning caldera. Breathtaking views from Andelaine encompass New South Wales, and include Mt Warning, the Pacific Ocean, and Byron Bay.
The caretaker’s cottage and some residential accommodation have been established. More recently a disused church has been transported from Gayndah to Andelaine and refurbished on site to be used for meditation/contemplation. The next stage of development incorporates a communal kitchen, doctor’s surgery, library and apothecary.
The third stage involves the construction of residential quarters for up to 15 medium to long term contemplatives.
The vision for Andelaine is to provide a centre for meditation and contemplation in a busy urban world with few places left to experience the stillness of contemplation in a beautiful and unspoiled environment. Long term, it is planned to establish a residential accommodation for individuals needing the structure of an intensive contemplative life of meditation, exercise, diet, work and prayer.
Part of the vision of Andelaine is to be able to provide all of this at nominal cost so as to encourage meditation in daily life, contemplation as an integral annual part of a person’s busy urban existence, and long term contemplation for individuals requiring a more intensive and extended experience of contemplative life.
Dr Margaret Buring, local area G.P. and member of the Board, has also offered her extensive experience in medicine to provide a holistic approach, including addressing many of the addictions and malaise that are a direct result of hectic, urban working and intimate life in Australia in the 21st century.