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1 May 2015


WellSpring News
Ann Lock will be overseas from 4 May to 17 May, inclusive (returning to work on 18 May).

In her absence, please direct enquiries of a general nature to Administrator, Monique Lisbon.

Board-related matters should be directed to the Chair, Mark Bailey.

New Special Project

Kaleidoscope Creations is the creative brainchild of WellSpring members, Fiona Dawn Hill and Monique Lisbon.

Its primary aim is to facilitate the development of quality resources which explore personal journeys from devastation to transformation, through creativity.

D-to-TLaunching a new creative project

WellSpring delights in partnering with Kaleidoscope Creations to launch a new creative project.

The Kaleidoscope Creations publishing label will be launched 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.

Proceeds from the sale of this resource will be divided evenly between future Kaleidoscope Creations projects – enabling other trauma survivors to develop and publish creative works – and the work of WellSpring.

Baptcare-logoWe acknowledge generous support from Baptcare in the form of a $17,000 Community Engagement grant to cover costs of producing, launching and distributing this initial Kaleidoscope Creations resource.

Kaleidoscope Creations’ commitment to facilitating transformation in the lives of trauma survivors is in line with Baptcare’s vision of community participation and engagement through critical, analytical, flexible and creative approaches to identifying and responding to human need.

Baptcare is committed to addressing significant, emerging and chronic conditions within communities, particularly issues which concern the marginalised and the disadvantaged.

The ongoing work of Kaleidoscope Creations

We each have a unique story.

Yet, many personal stories, particularly those grounded in traumatic experiences, remain unexpressed. Often this is because people living with the implications of trauma find it difficult to verbalise their own reality.

Kaleidoscope Creations broadly defines trauma as any experience which might be perceived as a threat to one’s life, safety or sense of self/wellbeing. Experiences which commonly trigger post-traumatic reactions include:

* child sexual abuse and other child abuse and neglect;
* family violence;
* road trauma;
* natural disaster;
* acquired brain injury;
* war, torture and Holocaust experience;
* other experiences of grief and/or loss, including serious illness and financial hardship.

We understand that it can take a lot of courage, confidence and resources to experiment with “finding your voice,” setting boundaries, deciding what to share, and ensuring that you remain safe throughout the whole process.

So, we would love to work with you, in each stage of your creative pursuits and personal transformation.

Depending on your individual needs, this might include:

* listening with compassion as you feel comfortable to share your story;
* helping to translate your ideas into words, art or music;
* providing feedback and suggestions to assist you in reframing, restructuring or reconceptualising;
* ghost-writing or co-writing;
* exploring design and publishing options;
* support for exhibitions and marketing.

Contact Fiona or Monique at Kaleidoscope Creations for more information.

Further details are also available on the WellSpring website.

Male Spirituality: a few weeks ago about 40 men and a few women attended the session with Richard Fay on Authentic Male Spirituality.

The recording of this session is now available online by clicking here.

Mainly Men is a 3 week series in May which will pick up on some of the themes in Richard's sessions.

Andy Stevens will lead these.

Click here to download a flier with more information.

13, 20 and 27 May
7.30 to 9.30pm

Cost: $40 (or $36 for members)

Click here to book online.


Creative Retreat

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 May
Creative Retreat

Facilitator: Margaret Donald

Only three places left – book now!

This silent retreat offers space to rest and reflect on our inner journey. A variety of art materials will be available for those who wish to express their prayer in this way. All are welcome to enjoy two days of silence in the beautiful bushland environment at Wantirna. There will be morning and evening prayer and opportunity for spiritual direction each day.

  Venue: St Paul’s Missionary College,
  Nortons Lane, Wantirna South
  Cost: $283.50 (m
  $315 (non-members)
Click here to book online


Spiritual Directors'
Professional Development Session

Managing Life's Transitions: Some Reflections
Tuesday 26 May, 10am to 3pm

(Facilitator: Diana Kelly-Byrne)

This session will explore how both sought and unsought change can disorient us and yet provide opportunities for growth and new life. Transformation is both a psychological and spiritual phenomenon, fundamental to us as directors and pilgrims. Using a combination of input, discussion and reflection on our experience with managing transition, the session will address: distinctions between change and transition, a useful conceptual model, recognising it in ourselves and others and challenges of listening for it in our pilgrims and for us as guides.

Diana Kelly-Byrne is a psychologist and educator who has taught in universities in Melbourne, London and the US. She has been in private practice as a psychologist in Melbourne for over 20 years. Presently, her focus is on helping others manage life's transitions using short term psychotherapeutic approaches. Her spiritual interests include interfaith dialogue, the art of contemplation, and the use of spiritual approaches to managing transition. She has been a long time member of WellSpring. She loves music, literature, gardens, creating tables of hospitality and cooking for family and friends.

Cost: $60 for non-members ($54 for members)
Click here to book online.

Full Circle

Use any sized hoop or circle format to create something wonderful your choice of medium and materials as you interpret the theme:

The Good Life

Featured art work: “The Good Earth” by Mary McCowan

Exhibition will be hung in the WellSpring Gallery spaces at Ashburton Baptist Church
Enter via Y Street or the Marquis Carpark entrance from 31 May to the end of June

Exhibition Opening
Sunday 31 May, 9am
Everyone is welcome!

Click here to download an entry form (to be returned by 24 May).

Forthcoming Regular Events:

Dream Reflections
Thursday 14 May, 1 to 3pm
(Facilitator: Jean McGonigal)

The WellSpring Dream Network brings together a group of people who are interested in deepening their own personal experience of dreams.

The group follows a structured format where the respect for the dreamer is paramount.

It affirms the belief that all dreams lead to health and wholeness and with this principle the group explores dreams using a projective method.

All welcome! Payment of $10 ($9 for members) can be made
by clicking here or on the day.

A Contemplative Circle
Wednesday 20 May, 10am to 12.30pm
(Facilitators: Marg Loftus and Chris Page)

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’.

All are welcome! Payment ($25 per session for non-members or $22.50 for members) can be made by clicking here or on the day.

Now Available:

Recordings from the WellSpring
GroundWorks Celtic Festival
with Ray Simpson

Click here to listen online, or to download recordings of the main sessions by Ray Simpson from the GroundWorks Festival (February 2015).

You can also purchase a seven-CD set of these sessions at our online bookshop for only $35.

Don't forget to enter the member discount code (which is in your membership welcome letter) to receive 10% discount off the cost of these CDs, as well as all other items in the bookshop.

NB: If you are a current WellSpring member and are unsure of the membership discount code, please email Monique.

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

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