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2 March 2017


This month our reflection is from Julie Ellerton, a Level 3 student in the Art of Spiritual Direction.

Thank you, Julie, for your beautiful photos and words, which invite others to share the gift of creation!

– Ann Lock
WellSpring Director

Julie Ellerton reflects:

At Cape Otway I came across a 70 year old plantation of very tall, straight Californian Redwood trees. 

Silence reigned among these giants as I looked upward towards the treetops. 

I was filled with awe and wonder. It was like looking upward in a cathedral. There was a palpable, sacred feel to it. I felt strongly drawn up and transported, but at the same time, small and insignificant.

Enneagram 1: Nine Faces of the Soul
(Facilitator: Marg Loftus) 
Tuesday 7 March 2017, 10am to 3pm

At the core of the desire to heal, grow and deepen our faith is the yearning to experience God’s presence and discover our true self. Using the Enneagram, we seek to find a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Cost: $65 (full cost) / $55 (members/concession)

Click here to book and pay online

Quiet Day for Spiritual Directors
(Facilitator: Tess Veenker)
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 10am to 3pm

Come and share contemplative space in solidarity with other spiritual directors.

Relax with friends, enjoy the silence, share communion, walk in the WellSpring garden.

No cost

Please let us know you're coming by contacting the WellSpring office

Dream Reflections
(Facilitation: Shared)
Thursday 9 March, 1 to 3pm

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.

Cost: By contribution

Click here to book and pay online

A Contemplative Circle
(Facilitators: Chris Page and Marg Loftus)
Wednesday 15 March, 10am to 12.30pm

A place to explore one’s inner life with others through meditation, readings, poems, symbols and story. Drawn from the ancient wisdom of the Enneagram, Christian mysticism and contemporary wisdom, it is a deeply spiritual approach to identifying our ‘inner landscape’.

Cost: $30 (full cost) / $25 (members/concession)

Click here to book and pay online

Let’s Talk: A New Story, A New Community?
(Facilitator: Kaye Twining)
Wednesday 15 March, 7.30 to 9.30pm

We all seek to live meaningfully through a coherent Story of identity, purpose and belonging. While some still find meaning in religious tradition, for many this is no longer the case.

Let’s weave together input and conversation, drawing inspiration from the article. A New Faith Community, to consider: Is it time for a new Story to emerge?

Cost: $15 (full cost) / $10 (members/concession)

Click here to book and pay online

Creative Art Conversations
(Facilitators: Mary McCowan, Liz Johnson & Rachel Peters) 
Saturday 18 March, 10am to 3pm

Hear from an artist, join in conversation together and have time for a hands-on activity.

Cost: $30 (full cost) / $25 (members/concession)

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WellSpring AGM and Blessing Day
Sunday 19 March 2017, 2 to 4pm

All WellSpring members and friends are invited to the Annual General Meeting of WellSpring Centre on Sunday 19 March 2017, from 2 to 4pm.

The meeting will be followed by the Blessing of WellSpring for 2017 and afternoon tea.

This year, there are two vacancies for WellSpring elected board members: Tess Veenker’s two year term expires this year and she will be renominated. A nomination has been received for the second vacancy. 

WellSpring members (only) are invited to submit a nomination for the board using this form.

Please download the form, complete it in Word, print and sign it, and either scan and email it to philippa.thomson@wellspringcentre.org.au

or post it to:

Philippa Thomson
WellSpring Centre
PO Box 300
Ashburton 3147

Please note: the closing date for receiving nominations is Sunday 5 March 2017

The agenda and minutes of the last AGM will be circulated prior to the meeting, along with details of nominees for the vacant board positions.

To notify us of your inability to attend, please email philippa.thomson@wellspringcentre.org.au 

NB: There is no need to notify us if you are able to attend – we look forward to seeing you then!

'Were Not Our Hearts Burning Inside Us?'
(Facilitators: Various)

Monday 22 to Friday 26 May 2017

This is a retreat at home, through a week of guided prayer and spiritual direction at WellSpring.

Following the Emmaus Road story in Luke 24:13-35 you will be invited to spend time each day in guided personal prayer, and the company of a spiritual director. WellSpring rooms will be available for personal reflection and meeting with your spiritual director.

Billeting may be available for those travelling to Melbourne – please contact us if you wish to arrange this..

How it will work:

Participants will gather togther on Monday 22 May for an introduction and welcome session. They will be given guidance for their own individual prayer throughout the week, and a spiritual director will be arranged for each person, who will journey with them each day through that week.

Daily timeslots will be arranged for the week, for each participant to meet individually with their spiritual director at WellSpring (once per day for the five days).

Finally, we will gather as a group on Friday 26 May to end the journey together.

Cost: $165 (full cost) / $150 (members/concession)

Click here to book and pay online
(individual arrangements for each participant will be made at a later date)


Peter Bentley

Many at WellSpring will be thrilled to hear of Peter Bentley's successful submission of his PhD thesis through the School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University.

Peter's thesis topic was 'An Investigation of Learning Processes and Contexts of a Curriculum Program for the Formation of Spiritual Directors'.

Peter is currently Coordinator of Formation Studies at WellSpring, and was previously the Director of WellSpring for ten years until 2012.

He will graduate on 30 May 2017.

Connie Mogg

Congratulations to Connie Mogg, for some exciting upcoming endeavours! 

Connie is reconvening her Masters, with four units to go, after a 12 month break.

Also in 2017, she will be doing the High Potential Leaders Course at Harvard Business School, as well as visiting some other universities in the USA.

WellSpring has already reaped the benefits of Connie's expertise and leadership in her role as a Board member and Treasurer of WellSpring over the last two years. 

Congratulations, Connie!


3-Booklet Set
'Spinifex Blessing' by Julie Perrin
Now Available from WellSpring Bookshop

A delightful new 3-pack of booklets by Julie Perrin, entitled Spinifex Blessing, is now available from the WellSpring online bookshop (or purchase in person at WellSpring from our bookstall).

Many have been touched and delighted by Julie's previous book, Oscar the Ten Dollar Dog (also available at WellSpring).

Click here to read a review of Spinifex Blessing by Harriet Ziegler in the Uniting Church of Australia's Crosslight publication. 

The 3-pack costs $16.50 (+ postage).

More about Julie's writing can be found on her Telling Words blog.

Apollo Bay, watercolour, pen, ink, gouache on paper, 2013

WellSpring is grateful to Liz Johnson (www.lizjohnsonart.co) for granting us permission to use her beautiful paintings in the 2017 program, newsletters and other WellSpring advertising.
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