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9 August 2016

A Contemplative Circle

Wednesday 17 August: 10am to 12.30pm
(Facilitators: Chris Page and Marg Loftus)

A Contemplative Circle: Reflecting on our Inner Life (drawing on Parker Palmer’s bestseller, 'A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward the Undivided Life') is a place to explore one’s inner life with others through readings, poems, symbols, story and conversation.

Drawn from ancient and contemporary wisdom, it is a deeply spiritual approach to identifying our ‘inner landscape’.

Throughout the year our outer landscape, such as ocean, mountain, desert, forest and the seasons will be used as metaphors and images of our inner life.

All welcome.

Cost: $28 (full); $22.50 (members/concession).
Click here to book and pay online.

Embodied Life
Saturday 20 August: 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Jennifer Guild)

Exploring contemplative practice deeply grounded in the body through meditation/contemplation, conscious movement and listening deeply to your bodily felt sense.

Please bring a mat or blanket for floor work and towel for head support.

Download a flier here

All welcome

Cost: $65 (full); $54 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay online.

Professional Development Session for Spiritual Directors

Shame & Guilt: An exploration of these socio-psychological and spiritual emotions
Wednesday 24 August: 10am to 1pm
(Facilitator: Diana Kelly-Byrne)

This session will consider the notion of shame, using some socio-cultural and psychological frameworks. A distinction between Shame and Guilt will be drawn and the emphasis will be primarily on Shame as a Socio-Cultural and Psychological Construct.

The Bible and its place in a Shame Honour Context will be considered.

There will be scope for considering how this “sacred” text shaped shame; for reflection on how our personal experience of shame functions in our lives and how to adaptively respond to the soul destroying emotion, shame, so that we can work towards being freed from its grip.

All qualified spiritual directors, and WellSpring spiritual direction students, are welcome to attend.

Cost: $45 (full); $36 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay online.

Building Bridges in Schools Program
Presentation Night

Wednesday 7 September: 7.30 to 9.30pm

Please join us as we celebrate the students’ participation in the Building Bridges in Schools program. This evening will honour the students’ inter-faith and inter-cultural exchange, where they have sought to build trust, understanding and mutual respect across religious and cultural differences through dialogue and sharing life stories throughout this year.

Minaret College
1 Birch Street, Springvale

Enquiries and RSVPs to Ann Lock

Click here for more information about Building Bridges.

Building Bridges is run through WellSpring Centre and is thankful for the support from the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Launch of Jill Manton's New Book

Sunday 18 September: 2.30 to 4.30pm
Ashburton Baptist Church
10 Y Street Ashburton

The unusual "against all the odds" story of Eugene Veith's life,
An Ordinary Bloke:
The Making of a Modern Mystic

will be launched by
Rev. Tim Costello AO (CEO, World Vision Australia)


RSVP by 12 September
to jill.manton@wellspringcentre.org.au

Click here to download a flier in PDF format.

All welcome.

Creative Retreat
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September, Wantirna
(Facilitator: Marg Donald)

WellSpring retreats offer time and space for silent prayer, rest, reflection, worship, reflective artwork, and spiritual direction in restful surroundings with single room accommodation. A deposit is required at the time of booking.

Art materials are provided for those wishing to express their prayer in this way.

The theme offered this weekend will be ‘The Gifts of the Desert.’ In the peaceful bush surroundings at Wantirna there will be space to reflect on the desert experiences of our heart and the gifts we may discover there. The days will consist of morning and evening prayer together with most of the day free time to do whatever you wish.

Spiritual direction is offered each day and art materials are available for those who enjoy reflective artwork, but this is quite optional. All are warmly welcomed to these two days.

Download a flier here.

Cost: $335 (full); $305 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay online.

Creative Art Conversations
Saturday 8 October: 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Mary McCowan and Liz Johnson)

Featuring artwork by Mary McCowan.

There will be time for hearing the story, some quiet reflection, and fun with a hands on art experience.

Cost: $28 (full); $22.50 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay online.

A flier can be downloaded here.

Open Garden Hosted by Roslyn and Chris White

Saturday 15 October: 10am to 4pm
73 Broadway, Camberwell
(A Fundraiser for TEAR Australia)

Bring your friends and family to this Open Garden to enjoy:

* barista
* garden stall
* craft stall
* cakes
* preserves
* sausage sizzle
* silent auction

Cost: $10 donation to TEAR Australia (pay on day)

All welcome.

Thanksgiving and Graduation Day
(NOTE change of date)

Sunday 6 November: 2 to 4pm

Join with others in WellSpring to give thanks to God for the past year, to celebrate the graduation of those completing their Spiritual Direction formation training in 2016 and to launch the 2017 program.

NB: The 2016 Thanksgiving and Graduation Day for Spiritual Directors has been changed to Sunday 6 November. A number of the Art of Spiritual Direction students graduating this year live interstate. As they will be at WellSpring for the final intensive on 4-5 November, the Graduation and Thanksgiving Day has been changed to 6 November to enable them to attend.

Donations to TEAR Australia.

Book Feature

A wide selection of books is available for purchase, either online or at the WellSpring Centre.

WellSpring members receive a 10% discount off all books.

This month we feature the book, Making Life Decisions: Journey in Discernment by Rev. Dr Geoff Pound, Senior Pastor of Ashburton Baptist Church, first published in 2009 and just reprinted.

WellSpring: How did you get the idea and impetus to write this book?

Geoff: As a young person I struggled with questions about what I was to do with my life. Later I trained and entered the pastoral vocation but issues of discernment have continued to crop up. As a pastor, the question, 'How can I discover God’s will for my life or God’s will in this situation?' is the question I have been asked more than any other. When working as a consultant among churches or with students at a theological college, questions of discernment have always been close to the surface.

This is the book I wish I had been able to give to every person that asked that question about discernment, to help them make important decisions and follow their paths.

WellSpring: What are the distinctive things about the approach to discernment that is taken in your book?

Geoff: Making Life Decisions isn’t a quick-fix manual. The book is to be used by individuals, particularly those at life’s crossroads, who want to engage in a journey of discernment.

Following the biblical idea of ‘forty days’, this book offers a chapter a day for forty days. For each day there are Scriptures on which to meditate, encouragement to spend time in silence, thoughts on discernment for reflection and blank pages on which readers are encouraged to journal. The spiral binding reinforces the idea that this is a workbook.

Because discernment is best discovered in community, this book offers seven studies for discussion by couples or small groups. Ideally, churches might devote 40 days, in which individuals are encouraged to make their own journey, people participate in weekly group studies and Sunday worship themes encourage and reinforce the themes. This integrative learning is bound to be the most effective way to journey in discernment.

Making Life Decisions: Journey in Discernment by Geoff Pound is available for $22 (with a 10% discount for WellSpring members) from the WellSpring online bookshop or in person at WellSpring.

WellSpring is grateful to Fiona Pfennigwerth for granting us permission to use her beautiful illustrations of Australian nature in our advertising. Fiona's books, The Scrolls Illuminated and The Gospel according to John Illuminated are available through WellSpring.

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