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WellSpring Centre


March 2013
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WellSpring Centre
PO Box 300
Ashburton VIC 3147

Deepening in God, living out love

News from our Director, Ann Lock

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Forthcoming WellSpring programs

Have you booked in for the following programs yet? Have a look at some programs coming up soon and book in today using our secure online booking form.
  • Table Manners (Facilitators: Ann Lock and Moriah Hurst)

    We eat everyday, alone or with others, habitually or in celebration of life's special times. Food and how we consume it is rich in spiritual significance as well as nourishing and enjoyable. Let's set the table and enjoy a simple meal and conversation together looking at three aspects of food and spirituality: My Table (April); Our Table (May); God's Table (June).

    Places are filling fast, so book online now!

    Wednesdays: 17 April, 15 May and 12 June, 7 to 9.30 pm (NB: note earlier starting time)
    Cost: $35 per session

  • Celtic Style Worship Service

    Join us for a Celtic style service will be held in the WellSpring chapel, which incorporates some music, prayers and quiet reflection.

    Thursday 18 April, 8 pm
    Donation to WellSpring: $5
  • Quiet Day - Walking Meditation (Facilitator: Anna Mansbridge)

    Quiet Days provide space for reflection and attentiveness to God's Spirit in company with others. They are spent mostly in silence. The program may include scripture, meditation, communion, silent prayer together and alone. This special Quiet Day will take place around a walking meditation.

    Book online here.

    Saturday 23 April, 10 am to 3 pm (BYO lunch)
    Cost: $35
  • A Day of Introduction to Reflective Art (Facilitators: Margaret Donald and Judy Scott)

    In this experiential workshop there will be opportunity to discover and express your creative self as a way of reflective prayer. Those new to creative expression, as well as those more experienced, are welcome. In a safe, accepting environment simple ways of getting started will be offered, interwoven with times of silence. Art materials provided. Wear casual, comfortable clothes.

    Book online here.

    Saturday 11 May, 10 am to 3 pm (BYO lunch)
    Cost: $55
  • Celtic Spirituality (Facilitator: Cath Connelly)

    Drawing on connections to nature, a passion for learning, prayer, soul friends, music, art, poetry and pilgrimage, Celtic spirituality offers a deeply engaging way of relating to God. Cath Connelly will lead us in an exploration of the major themes of this form of spirituality, in reflective, experiential and informative ways. The day will include harp music, meditation, input sessions and time for personal reflection.

    Book online here.

    Saturday 25 May, 10 am to 3 pm (BYO lunch)
    Cost: $55

New and changed WellSpring programs

We are pleased to announce the following new programs, to take place later this year.
  • Drumming Day (Facilitator: Christina Green)

    A repeat of the popular Drumming Day facilitated by Christina Green in February, will be held this November.

    We will begin with a short meditation and then learn drumming and chanting. We will use both frame drums (Native American style) and hand drums (djembe, etc.). The chants are sourced from Jewish, Celtic and Native American spirituality.

    Book online here.

    Tuesday 19 November, 10 am to 3 pm (BYO lunch)
    Cost: $55

  • Eco-Theology and Eco-Spirituality workshops (Facilitator to be confirmed)

    Due to ill health, we regret that Robin Pryor will be unable to facilitate these scheduled workshops in April.

    We are currently finalising details with an alternative facilitator - stay tuned for more details of change of facilitator and possible changes of dates for these workshops.

  • Quiet Day at Queenscliff (Facilitator: Ann Lock)

    Please note the change of date of the Queenscliff Quiet Day, which will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday 6 June (not Wed 5 June as previously advertised in the WellSpring program).

    Attendance at this Quiet Day is available at a discounted rate of just $10, with an optional additional donation to WellSpring on the day.

    Limited accommodation may be available if you wish to spend some time around the Quiet Day in Queenscliff or surrounds. Contact Ann Lock for more details.

    Book online here.

    Thursday 6 June, 10 am to 3 pm
    Cost: $10 (+ optional donation to WellSpring)

Mapping Landscapes of the Soul: Intensive Course on the Enneagram (Facilitators: Peter Bentley and Tim McCowan)

This course is available for academic credit through the MCD University of Divinity, or you can audit it through WellSpring.

This unit explores the relationship between the spiritual aspects of our lives and our identities. The unit will draw on a personality mapping system – the Enneagram - to identify 
how it provides pointers to our spiritual awareness in areas including:  self identity, personal development, prayer and the ways people experience God, discern life goals, engage in work and ministry.  Students will be invited to reflect on their own personality frameworks and the impact these have on their developing awareness of self, God and the world in their everyday life experiences.

Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April
Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 May

Course cost: $850 (auditing cost; i.e. for non-MCD-UD students)

Did you know that you can enrol for this course for academic credit through the MCD University of Divinity?

Different costs apply depending on the basis of your enrolment, and are payable directly to the MCD University of Divinity. FEE-Help may be available for those enrolling through the MCD University of Divinity.

Contact Monique for more information, or visit our website.

Contemplative Retreat by the Sea:
Friday 15-19 October 2013

WellSpring is pleased to announce a fourth silent retreat for 2013.

This silent retreat is for those desiring to pause from busyness, to rest, and simply 'be.' In a contemplative supportive space containing morning and evening prayer and spiritual direction, there will be opportunity to listen and respond to the presence of God.

It will be facilitated by Geraldine Bachowski and will take place at Santa Casa, Queenscliff.

Indications of interest and deposits are being accepted now through our online booking form. Please note that payment by instalments may be negotiated - contact Monique for more details.

Please also refer to Ann's Director's newsletter for information about how you might like to consider helping others to attend this or other retreats, who may not be able to attend otherwise.

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