What is Emmaus?

The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The “Emmaus community,” made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

On this site you can see details of the community gatherings, upcoming walks, read past news letters, or contact the board members of the community.

You can also pray for this community and other communities around the world. The Prayer Vigil website contains the list of Emmaus, Chrysalis, Kairos and Cursillo weekends that are happening around the world.

If you’d like to sign up for the specific Prayer Vigils for the upcoming Great Southern Emmaus walks, go the walks page here, and click on the Prayer Vigil link on that page.

If you have a query or wish to get in touch with us, please contact us here.


Below is a short video with an overview of the Walk to Emmaus. If you someone who is interested in attending a walk, the video below is a short introduction to what Emmaus is all about.


Below is a short promotional video about Chrysalis. This clip was created by the Perth Chrysalis Community. For more information about Chrysalis, see the Perth Chrysalis website.