Friends of Gembrook Retreat

The Friends of Gembrook Retreat support residents to develop Maggie Dunkle’s vision of caring for the flora and fauna, and providing accommodation and contemplative spaces on the land.

The main activity of FRoGR is a weekly working bee on Fridays to maintain the gardens at Gembrook Retreat. This includes our orchard of 70 fruit trees, the healing gardens (the Indigenous garden, the Quaker peace garden, Maggie’s garden, and Harry’s tree), and the gardens surrounding David’s Cabin, Black Cockatoo House and the new Meeting House.

FRoGR members spend time watering, weeding, planting, pruning, mowing, fencing, netting and harvesting.

Members of FRoGR receive:

  • Monthly email detailing ‘What’s On’
  • Friday working bees 11am – 1pm, gardening, harvesting
  • Pick flowers at Waratah Day in October
  • Invitation to community prayers at Black Cockatoo House during any retreat booking

Annual Membership

  • Unwaged $10 per year
  • Waged $25 per year

To become a member, please email us on with the following details, and we will be in touch.