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WellSpring Centre


29 July 2013
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WellSpring Centre
PO Box 300
Ashburton VIC 3147

Deepening in God, living out love

Invitation to our 20th anniversary celebrations!

  • Sunday 18 August 2013
    'See How the Tree Has Grown!'

    You are warmly invited to the WellSpring 20th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 18 August from 2 to 4 pm.

    A special service will also be held at Ashburton Baptist Church at 10am that day, in celebration of this event.

    Click here to download an invitation in PDF format, which you are welcome to forward on to other friends and family, or print and place on your church/organisation notice-board.

    More information can also be found at www.wellspringcentre.org.au/anniversary (with updated information until 18 August).

Forthcoming programs
  • Shut Up and Listen: Gen Y Spirituality in an Age of Noise
    Thursdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August 2013 (Facilitators: Various)
    (Beginning this Thursday 1 August at 7pm)

    Who am I? Why should I be still and listen when there is so much to see and do?
    How can I discover God amidst information overload?
    Be part of an exploration of Christ and spirituality for Gen Ys.

    Cost: $10 per session / $35 for the series.
    Book/pay online now
    or just turn up/pay on the night.
  • Spiritual Directors' Professional Development session
    The Transfiguration and Spiritual Direction
    Wednesday 7 August, 10am to 1pm (Facilitator: John Stewart) 

    On the day before this session, Christians remember the Transfiguration of Jesus.
    This session will look at the gospel accounts of this event, its impact on the disciples, and its importance for our ministry of spiritual direction.

    Cost: $35. Book online now.

  • Grappling with God after Childhood Sexual Abuse
    (Facilitator: Monique Lisbon)

    Mondays: 12, 19 and 26 August, 7 to 9.30pm

    (Closed Group of three sessions)

    Surviving childhood sexual abuse can take a lasting toll on relationships with ourselves, others and God. This series will begin with the sharing of (non-explicit) anecdotes, music and reflections by the facilitator (in DVD form). Then, in a safe and structured closed small group context, we will discuss healthy ways of rethinking our relationships with ourselves, others and God. NB: This is not a therapy group, and the focus is on exploring general dynamics and themes of healing, rather than sharing details of abusive experiences.

    Cost: $90 for three sessions. Book online now.
    (NB: Monique Lisbon is happy to respond to any questions or concerns about this course. Please feel free to contact her by email to discuss your potential attendance.)


  • Awareness and Contemplation through Movement
    (Facilitator: Jenny Guild)
    Monday 19 August, 10am to 12.30pm

    This workshop will explore more deeply the connectedness of our bodies and ourselves in relation to the world and our incarnate God. We will draw on techniques from the Feldenkrais method of Awareness through Movement to help us connect with our contemplative prayer stance.

    Cost: $20. Book online now.

  • Soul Parenting
    (Facilitators: Susan Campbell and Keren McClelland)

    Friday 16 August, 10am to 12noon

    A facilitated discussion group for parents of young children.
    An opportunity for thoughtful and uninterrupted conversations around attentive parenting, spirituality and raising resilient children.

    Cost: $35. Book online now.


  • Circles of Trust
    (Facilitators: Chris Page and Margaret Loftus)

    Wednesday 21 August, 10am to 12noon

    A ‘circle of trust’, based on Parker Palmer’s '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 non-religious yet 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: $20 (pay on day).

WellSpring notices

  • To Spiritual Directors

    If someone is interested in writing a brief newsletter for Spiritual Directors twice to three times per year, to keep them up-to-date with relevant news, George Warren would be interested to hear from you.

    George can be contacted on 9404 3310 or 0419 389 464.


Other general community events

  • Q&A on the Forthcoming Election
    Sunday 4 August, 7 for 7.30 to 9pm
    with candidates Kelly O’Dwyer (Liberal), Anna Burke (Labor) and Helen McLeod (Greens),
    hoping to represent you in the seats of Higgins, Chisholm, and Kooyong

    Hosted by Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia
    Venue: Glen Iris Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris
    Concluding with tea/coffee and a chat with candidates.

    Click here to download a flier with more information.

    Got a question for the candidates? In 80 words or less, email (by noon this Friday 2 August), a question with your name, email address and phone number to Geoff Pound.

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