History and Philosophy

History and Philosophy

Riverdell Spiritual Centre is part of the global community of spiritual centres founded by The Emissaries of Divine Light . This network, Initiated in 1932 by Lloyd Meeker in the USA, emphasizes living a life of practical spirituality.

In 1977, Paul and Libby Blythe came to Adelaide from Toronto, Canada, with the dream of initiating an Emissary community. The current site, previously the Evanston Gardens Caravan Park, was purchased in July 1979. The block naturally divided into a working tourist park and a 9-acre section nestled against the Gawler River, which became the home of the ‘Hillier Park’ spiritual community.

Over the years, the number of community members has varied, reaching a peak of around 47 in the mid 1980’s. Regular spiritual teaching by both local and overseas presenters deepened the experience of true community for residents, and employment was available in the expanding caravan park.

In 2003, the site was renamed Riverdell Spiritual Centre by The Emissaries (SA) Inc and in recent years Hillier Park has evolved into Hillier Park Residential Village.

Over the past two years, Riverdell Spiritual Centre has entered a new growth phase, providing conference and retreat facilities for small to medium sized groups, as well as broad range of spiritual focused public talks and workshops.

Philosophy of Riverdell Spiritual Centre

Riverdell Spiritual Centre offers space for spiritual development of all kinds. We welcome a variety of practitioners, committed to guiding individuals in the many aspects of personal development of the mind, body and spirit.

With spaces offering moments of personal reflection in a natural setting alongside opportunities to engage in diverse programs that open doorways to new personal growth, Riverdell Spiritual Centre is a place for everyone to feel at home.

At Riverdell Spiritual Centre, we are a community with different views but a shared vision for spiritual fulfillment.

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Upcoming Events

Sep
5
Tue
6:30 pm Loving Living – Exploring Your S... @ Karrawirra - Riverdell
Loving Living – Exploring Your S... @ Karrawirra - Riverdell
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm
Loving Living - Exploring Your Spiritual Self @ Karrawirra - Riverdell | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
It is said that we are “Spiritual Beings having a Human Experience.” Come and enjoy sharing this experience with interested others who also wish to deepen their understanding. This series of evenings is an opportunity[...]
Sep
6
Wed
7:30 am Morning Yoga @ 'The Sanctuary' Riverdell
Morning Yoga @ 'The Sanctuary' Riverdell
Sep 6 @ 7:30 am – Sep 29 @ 8:30 am
Morning Yoga @ 'The Sanctuary' Riverdell | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
Looking for an early Yoga class before work? Then we have just the thing! Join in on our Wednesday Vinyasa Class or our Friday Hatha Class and bliss out on a weekly dose of yoga Buy a 5 Class Pass and[...]
Sep
23
Sat
6:00 pm Celebrating Earth’s Sacred Cycle... @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell
Celebrating Earth’s Sacred Cycle... @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrating Earth's Sacred Cycles - Spring Equinox @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell  | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
‘Celebrate and experience the sheer vibrancy and joyful energy of Spring.’ Out of the deep cold, Spring has begun to reveal her green-bounty. The birds are busy pairing up, tree buds are bursting forth. Daffodils[...]
Sep
24
Sun
10:00 am Wednesday Meditation @ dcghn
Wednesday Meditation @ dcghn
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – Dec 17 @ 11:00 am
 
Sep
27
Wed
7:00 pm Sonic Embrace – Sound Bath @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell Spiritual Centre
Sonic Embrace – Sound Bath @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell Spiritual Centre
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sonic Embrace - Sound Bath @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell Spiritual Centre | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
A Spring themed sonic journey of emergence…. A deeply soothing and uplifting meditation that will initiate self-healing and activate a new way of being. Centre within as you are joyfully immersed in an ocean of[...]
Sep
30
Sat
10:00 am ‘Enlighten Up’ – September Satsang @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell
‘Enlighten Up’ – September Satsang @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
'Enlighten Up' - September Satsang @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
Give your energy a lift for the week. Presenter: Vidya & Jyotishakti from Shanti Mission A transformational experience of meditation, mantra, music, and discourse. Relax, let go of stress and negative energy, expand your consciousness and[...]
Oct
11
Wed
7:00 pm Emotional Freedom Technique – A ... @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell Spiritual Centre
Emotional Freedom Technique – A ... @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell Spiritual Centre
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Emotional Freedom Technique - A Public Talk with Annie O'Grady @ 'The Sanctuary' - Riverdell Spiritual Centre | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
What is EFT…… and what is it used for? EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and is an acupressure and mindfulness technique that calms the mind, body and spirit. It is applied through gentle tapping[...]
Oct
14
Sat
10:00 am Druidry Workshop – Creating Ritu... @ 'Karrawirra' Building - Riverdell Spiritual Centre
Druidry Workshop – Creating Ritu... @ 'Karrawirra' Building - Riverdell Spiritual Centre
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Druidry Workshop - Creating Ritual Space @ 'Karrawirra' Building - Riverdell Spiritual Centre | Hillier | South Australia | Australia
Learn the secrets behind creating your own unique ritual space. Traditionally the Druids of old held the knowledge of when to sow and when harvest. The Ritual was a very visual way to pass on[...]