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21 August 2015


Spiritual Direction Professional Development Session

"I'm bored ... and are we there yet?"
Tuesday 25 August, 10am to 3pm
Facilitator: Janet Duke Warner

In this session we will spend time together prayerfully pondering the complexities of the issues raised by the words ‘bore’, ‘boring’ and ‘boredom’. Hopefully we will not be bored but rather develop new perspectives of how as Spiritual Directors we meet the challenges of these topics in our own life and that of our pilgrims. Please bring your stories of knowing or not knowing this place. Let us see if we can find joy in this complex area..

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

Geelong Region Contemplative Network

Initial gathering:
Monday 31 August, 5.30pm for nibbles
Grovedale Baptist Church
(Cnr Pioneer Road & Burdoo Drive, Grovedale)

This network is the seed of an idea which is beginning to take root…

We envisage a local community of people who ‘get’ what contemplative practice looks like, value it in their life and who have a desire to encourage others in their journey.

We are wondering about getting together to: encourage one another; learn from one another; and hear what’s going on in our local area.

If you’re interested in fertilising this seed idea, then please come to an initial gathering. All welcome.

Please contact Jo Lewis or Ann Lock for more information.

Gratitude: All is Blessing
Tuesday 1, 8 and 15 September
10am to 12.30pm
Facilitator: Nicole Rotaru RSM

Every day we have opportunities to ‘see the more’ in our experiences and to expand and deepen our
spirit of gratitude. Participants will be invited to become more aware of their day to day happenings through the following lenses: ‘Being awake’… enables gratitude; Living contemplatively… deepens gratitude; Gratitude…embraces the ‘all’ of my life.
NB: For planning purposes, we'd really appreciate knowing by Wednesday 26 August if you're coming.

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

Soul Nurture Day
'Come away with me to a quiet place and rest awhile' (Mark 6:31)

Wednesday 2 September, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Maria McCormack)

Soul Nurture Days (Quiet Days) provide space to rest, reflect and pray silently in company with others. They are spent mostly in silence, and may include scripture, meditation, communion and prayer. Each day has a particular focus.

Another three other Soul Nurture days will be held this year, from 10am to 3pm: 

  • Wednesday 7 October (Topic: 'Journalling', facilitated by Nicole Rotaru)
  • Wednesday 4 November (facilitated by Ann Lock)
  • Wednesday 2 December (facilitated by April Blackwell – TBC)

Cost: $25 (members: $22.50) per day
Click here to book and pay online

Celtic-Style Service
Thursday 17 September, 8 to 9pm

A Celtic-style service will be held in the WellSpring chapel, which incorporates some music, prayers and quiet reflection.

A $5 donation is suggested.

All welcome!

Let's Talk: Listening to the Whispers of Jerusalem

Wednesday 23 September, 10.30am to 12noon

Joan Fisher and Ann Lock will share some of their stories from time recently spent in Israel. Joan had three months with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine & Israel, and Ann was part of a short Jewish study tour. 

We will finish the morning with prayers for peace during Prayer at Noon. Morning Tea provided.

Attendance by donation
Please email us to let us know you’re coming

Weekend Silent Retreat

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October 2015
(Facilitator: Jenni Georgiadis)

A warm invitation to two days of silence providing space for rest and to notice the mystery of the God of Love unfolding within.

Venue: Janssen Centre, 22 Woodvale Road, Boronia
Cost: $283.50 (members); $315 (non-members)
Book and pay online here.

Images of Spring: WellSpring Poetry Day

Monday 19 October, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Janet Hulston, Elizabeth Lee and Julie Robinson)

A day for sharing, creating and enjoying poetry, with a special focus on the many images arising
from the Spring season. The day will include group time as well as time for individual reflection and creativity, with opportunities to enjoy the Quiet Garden at WellSpring.

Morning tea will be provided ­– please bring your own lunch – or plan to buy it at the nearby Ashburton shops.

Cost: Donation of $10 (pay on day)
Please let us know you're coming by clicking here.

Creative Play and Conversations

Saturday 31 October, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Liz Johnson and Mary McCowan)

Donation of $10 (pay on day)
Please let us know you're coming by clicking here.

Kaleidoscope Creations

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 was delighted to launch the Kaleidoscope Creations program 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.

The launch was a fantastic success, with more than 130 people present, and a wonderful atmosphere of celebration.

Click here to listen to the speeches, see some photos of the event, and read more about Kaleidoscope Creations.

The book/DVD Devastation to Transformation is also available for purchase here and framed, signed prints of the artwork can be ordered here.

Quiet Garden

The Quiet Garden offers a reflective and prayerful space to rest and be refreshed – everyone is welcome (disabled access is available)

Enter from Y Street or Marquis Street, Ashburton

  • Enjoy the courtyard with a river mosaic
  • Walk or sit in the garden beside the pond
  • Spend some moments in the chapel if you wish
  • Book in for a personal or group Quiet Day
  • Tea and coffee available

Our Quiet Garden is generally open (February to mid-December) on:

  • Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am to 4pm
  • Sundays 10am to 12noon

Click here to download a flier in PDF format about the WellSpring Quiet Garden.

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

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