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4 August 2015

Spring is coming to WellSpring!
A Message from the WellSpring Director

Here's a Spring thought from Leunig to warm our Winter hearts.

Dear God,

We rejoice and give thanks for earthworms, 
bees, ladybirds and broody hens; 
for humans tending their gardens, talking to animals, 
cleaning their homes and singing to themselves; 
for rising of the sap, the fragrance of growth, 
the invention of the wheelbarrow and the existence of the teapot, 
we give thanks. We celebrate and give thanks.


We've added some events to the WellSpring program to help us welcome the coming of Spring, with its promise of new growth and life.

These are listed below, alongside our existing events.

Rejoicing, giving thanks, tending, talking, cleaning, singing, rising, growing, inventing and sharing with each other over a teapot ... great ways to celebrate Spring!

Ann Lock
WellSpring Director


Introduction to the Journey of Illumination

A small group for men
Wednesday 5 and 19 August; 2, 16 and 30 September
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.
Spiritual Direction Professional Development session
(Open to all spiritual directors, pastoral workers and those training in spiritual direction)

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.

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.

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)

Soul Parenting
Friday 21 August
9.30am to 12noon
Facilitator: Jodi Green

What are our rhythms and how do they foster peace? How do we create meaningful rituals for ourselves in our day-to-day lives?
Cost: $25 (members: $22.50)
Click here to book and pay online.

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

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

Other Events recommended by Nicole Rotaru SJ

Exhibition Launch
“Life without hope cannot be” (Tisso):
Defying genocide: Nuba and Sudan 
Tuesday 29 September

(Focus session:
Compassionate capacity in the face of trauma and adversity
Wednesday 30 September)

Click here to download a flier about these events.
For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Nicole Rotaru directly.

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!

Soul Nurture Day: 'Journalling'

A quiet day to warm
your winter soul at WellSpring
Wednesday 7 October
10am to 3pm
Facilitator: Nicole Rotaru SJ

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

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

Other Soul Nurture Days in 2015

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

  • Wednesday 2 September
  • Wednesday 4 November
  • Wednesday 2 December

Facilitators to be confirmed.

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

Other Ways to Nurture Your Spring Soul at WellSpring


Poetry Day
Monday 19 October
Facilitators: Elizabeth Lee, Julie Robinson and Jan Hulston

Art Day
Saturday 31 October
Facilitators: Mary McCowan and Liz Johnson

Stay tuned for more details of both of these special days! 

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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