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21 July 2015

News and Views
Profile: A Contemplative Circle
Facilitated by Marg Loftus and Chris Page

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.

All are welcome to join A Contemplative Circle.
Payment ($25 per session for non-members or $22.50 for members) can be made by clicking here or on the day.

Jenni Cronshaw writes:
I have been attending the Contemplative Circle for several years. I am a Mum of three teenagers and work in pastoral care. The monthly gatherings provide a welcoming and nurturing space for me in the midst of a busy life. We have explored different types of meditation at the opening and closing of our time together and this helps me to quieten my spirit and engage with the theme for the morning.  The rhythm of the session is then to read a poem or short reflection together and spend 40-50 minutes alone in a quiet space within the WellSpring building and garden to reflect on the writing and to allow it to speak to us. I often use the available art materials to help me reflect. 

We then gather back together and are invited to share our thoughts into the centre of the circle. I love that my musings are held by the group in respectful silence and I am able also to receive the gift from others as they share.  This process is repeated again with another poem or reading.

Through my time with the Contemplative Circle I have learnt to listen to the wisdom of my heart, a wisdom that is able to ‘bubble up’ because I am allowing the space and becoming more trusting that God can speak to me in this way. 

The Contemplative Circle is a treasured sacred practice in my life.

Thank you, Chris and Marg, for your gentle and inspiring leadership of this inclusive group!

Know Yourself, Understand Others Retreat
23-25 October 2015 in Glenburn

Using the wisdom of the Enneagram, an incisive psycho/spiritual system, Margaret Loftus shows how the nine personality styles of this ‘map’ explain our unconscious motivations and how they impact the way we live our lives.

We all have great gifts to contribute, as well as behaviours that don’t serve us well and keep us trapped. The Enneagram can enhance our gifts and uncover the way out of those self-imposed traps. It also enhances our understanding of what drives other people and what it means just to be human.

Click here to download a flier about this retreat in PDF format.

Cost: $420.
To book, contact Marg Loftus.

Marg's book, Knowing Me, Knowing Them: Understand Your Parenting Personality can be purchased through the WellSpring bookshop

WellSpring Library Stocktake

Have you forgotten to return your library books?

We will be doing a WellSpring library stocktake on 18 August.

Please take this opportunity to check whether you have any unreturned books, and return them to WellSpring before 18 August!

Forthcoming Events at WellSpring

Introduction to the Journey of Illumination

A small group for men
beginning Wednesday 22 July for six fortnightly sessions
7.30 to 9.30pm in the Resource Room

A $5 donation for each session is suggested. 

Facilitated by Andy Stevens, who facilitates men’s spirituality groups, helping men to navigate toward transformation and wholeness. 

This group will explore spirituality from a different perspective.  It is not a typical 'cell' group for men where scripture is studied and solutions to life’s challenges are discussed. This is primarily a place where the soul not the mind takes centre stage.

Email Ann Lock for more information, and/or to indicate attendance.

Transfiguration Feast

Tuesday 4 August, 7pm (NB: NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

Come and share a meal with friends around an open fire in the Resource Room. We will follow a simple liturgy, including communion, as we celebrate the love of God revealed on earth through Jesus.

Cost: $12 per person (contribution to meal) – book and pay online
(Please let us know your name and any special dietary needs)

Would you like to help with preparing and serving a simple meal for this Feast? Please let Ann know.

Soul Nurture: 'Journalling'

A quiet day to warm
your winter soul at WellSpring
Wednesday 5 August
10am to 3pm
Facilitator: Nicole Rotaru

Nicole led some sessions in 2014 with the Thursday morning group.

Cost: $40 (members: $36)
Click here to book and pay online.

Nicole will also be facilitating a series on Gratitude from 1 to 15 September. Bookings can also be made here.

Forthcoming Spiritual Direction Professional Development session

Journeying with People for Whom Suicide is an Issue
Saturday 15 August, 10am to 3pm
Facilitator: Mary Dewberry
 BA (Hons), MA (Couns Psych), MAPS

This spiritual direction professional development session will explore the challenging role of journeying with people for whom suicide is an issue. Topics to be addressed include: making sense of suicide (including the big picture and the individual, and risk factors); warning signs and risk assessment; interventions and resources.

It will also include some sharing from personal experience, and reflections and discussion within small groups.

It is open to all spiritual directors, pastoral workers and those training in spiritual direction.

Cost: $60 (members: $54); click here to book and pay online.

Kaleidoscope Creations book/DVD launch

Kaleidoscope Creations is a new program of WellSpring Centre.

The primary aim of Kaleidoscope Creations is to facilitate the development of quality resources which explore personal journeys from devastation to transformation, through creativity.

WellSpring delights in launching the Kaleidoscope Creations program in August 2015 with the production of a full-colour hardback book and DVD, Devastation to Transformation, drawing together artwork by Fiona Dawn Hill and music by Monique Lisbon.

More information is available here.

Launch Details

Sunday 16 August 2015 at 2pm
WellSpring Centre, 10 Y Street Ashburton
Please RSVP here by 31 July 2015.

A PDF of the invitation can be downloaded here.

Pre-order and save 10%

Click here to pre-order the book/DVD (and receive a 10% discount)

Retreat by the Sea

Tuesday 18 to Tuesday 25 August
Santa Casa, Queenscliff

Come aside for this silent week-long retreat to rest and reflect.
The simple rhythm of morning and evening prayer and spiritual direction will be offered each day.

NB. Only one place still available!

WellSpring members $787.50, non members $875 (payment by instalment option is available)
Click here to book online.

Visit www.wellspringcentre.org.au
or ring (03) 9885 0277 for more information

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