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4 July 2016

Dream Reflections

Thursday 14 July, 1 to 3pm
(Shared Facilitation)

A monthly reflection time to listen to and share our dreams and come to a deeper understanding of our personal and communal journey to wholeness.

All welcome.

A flier can be downloaded here.

Suggested contribution: $10.

Click here to book and pay online.

A Contemplative Circle

Wednesday 20 July, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Chris Page and Margaret 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.

Working with the Enneagram: Discovering Our True Self
Thursday 21 July, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Margaret Loftus)

This workshop is offered to those who have completed Part 1: Know Yourself, Understand Others: An Introduction to the Enneagram. It develops and builds upon the material covered in Part 1. We will be introduced to the levels of health of our personality style and our choices, both conscious and unconscious, in moving up and down the levels.

Cost: $65 (full); $54 (members/concession)

Click here to book and pay online.

A flier can also be downloaded here (NB: please read information in this flier if you haven't done any previous Enneagram workshops).

Special offer for those registering in this workshop

Marg Loftus is facilitating a retreat focussing on the Enneagram this coming weekend (9-10 July) at Glenburn: click here for more information. She is offering a reduced cost for registrations to this retreat, particularly for those who have not done any previous Enneagram workshops. Contact Marg to register for this retreat.

Soul Nurture Day

Tuesday 26 July, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Marg Donald and Jodi Green)

Soul Nurture days (formerly known as Quiet Days) provide space and time for prayerful reflection and attentiveness to God’s Spirit in our lives in company with others who share the same intention. They are spent mostly in silence allowing for rest, refreshment and new insights. The program may include scripture, meditation, communion, silent prayer together and alone.

BYO lunch, a journal and pen, and anything else you might need to make yourself comfortable.

Cost: $28 (full); $22.50 (members/concession)

Click here to book and pay online.

Experiencing God's Grace

Thursday 28 July, 10.30am to 12noon
(Facilitator: Nicole Rotaru)

Nicole has recently returned from five months spent working in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan and will speak to the Ashburton Baptist Church Thursday morning group about her experience there.

All welcome – please let us know if you would like to join the group for this session.

Leading Contemplative Groups:
Exploring the Work of Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer, an American Quaker scholar, has developed a model for exploring the inner spiritual life by drawing on the insights of Meister Eckhart, Carl Jung, Thomas Merton and other spiritual writers. This has been helpful in the formation of community; exploring religious and secular vocation; discernment and life decisions and the integration of the self with authentic action.

This unit will critique both the work of Parker J. Palmer and the contemplative group approach to spiritual growth. The focus of the unit will be on the principles and practices that lead to inner spiritual development and authentic action. The student will be introduced to and taught to use, the resources of narrative, poetry, art and personal and group reflection with a goal to spiritual growth and wellbeing. These objectives are achieved through lectures, discussion, contemplative group work and a retreat experience.

4 x Thursdays: 28 July, 18 August, 8 September, 6 October
(10am to 4.30pm at WellSpring)
AND Offsite Retreat: 22 to 23 October

This unit can be taken for academic credit through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity. Alternatively, if you wish to audit this unit (i.e. take part for purposes other than academic credit), you can do so through WellSpring.

Click here for more information.

A flier can also be downloaded here.

Advanced Notice of WellSpring Events
  • Transfiguration Feast
    Monday 8 August: 7 to 9pm
    Cost: $18
    Click here for a description of this event.
    Book/pay online here.
  • Quiet Day for Spiritual Directors (at Somers)
    Saturday 13 August: 10am to 3pm
    Facilitator: Jill Manton
    Cost: $22 (full); $20 (members/concession)
    Click here to book and pay online.
  • Embodied Life
    Saturday 20 August: 10am to 3pm
    Facilitator: Jennifer Guild
    Download a flier here
    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
    Cost: $45 (full); $36 (members/concession)
    Click here to book and pay online.
  • Creative Retreat
    Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September, Wantirna
    Facilitator: Marg Donald
    Download a flier here
    Cost: $335 (full) / $305 (members/concession)
    Click here to book and pay online.

Reminder: 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.

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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