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24 March 2016

Tenebrae Service – the Service of the Shadows

The 2016 Tenebrae Service was held at WellSpring on Wednesday 23 March.

This ancient ritual dates back to the 4th Century and focusses on the shadows falling upon Jesus in the last hours of his life on earth. It is a solemn occasion of lamentation which faces squarely the problems of the present, but is alive with hope in the future.

The Shadows are depicted by seven candles, one of which is extinguished after each reading. The hope of resurrection to come is seen in the Christ candle which remains alight throughout the Service.

The readings are interspersed with music containing the repeating theme of Kyrie Elieison, Lord Have Mercy.

The readings and music from this service can be downloaded from here.

Spiritual Direction Professional Development Session 

Friday 1 April, 10am to 3pm
The Silent Centre: A Metaphor for Spiritual Direction
(Facilitator: Mardee Kaylock)

Both the Creative Process and Spiritual Direction involve pilgrimage, exploration of the inner landscape, engaging with the mystery and the lived experience of other.

Applying these elements of spiritual direction to a series of exercises that have traditionally been the domain of the performing arts, Mardee took a group of actors into an experience of group spiritual direction and produced an transformational piece of theatre that was critically acclaimed for its insights and honouring of the human spirit.

This workshop explores the transformational gift of spiritual direction in everyday contexts and spheres of society.

Bookings: As learning and support is enhanced by sharing with others who hold a breadth of experience, spiritual directors from both WellSpring and other centres are welcome to join these Professional Development sessions. WellSpring students of the Art of Spiritual Direction are also invited to join in this program.

Cost: $65 (full); $54 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay online.

The full spiritual direction professional development program for 2016 can be downloaded from here.

Autumn Colours Retreat

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April
Facilitators: Tim and Mary McCowan
Location: Lysterfield
A gentle invitation to come aside from the daily rounds of life to nurture your soul, and to reflect on your life within the colourful beauty of autumn. 

Cost: $275 (full); $250 (members/concession)

Limited places are still available – click here to book.

Nurture Your Soul at the Beach

Soul Nurture Day:
Thursday 21 April, 10am to 3pm
Facilitators: Marg Donald and Keryn Tolé
Location: Sorrento

Cost: $28 (full); $22.50 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay online.

Creative Art Conversations
Saturday 30 April, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: Liz Johnson, Mary McCowan and Helen Cannon)

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

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

Click here to book and pay online.

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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