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3 March 2014


Director's Newsletter 

To download a copy of the Director's March newsletter, please click here.


WellSpring is now on Facebook!

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Forthcoming WellSpring Events

  • Ash Wednesday
    Wednesday 5 March, 2 to 3pm

    Please join us this Wednesday in the chapel for a quiet, reflective time to commemorate Ash Wednesday.

  • Soul Parenting (Various facilitators)
    Beginning this Thursday 6 March
    with facilitator Maria McCormack on the topic
    'Children are not to be moulded but unfolded'

    7.15 to 9.30pm

    A facilitated discussion group for parents of young children. A continued opportunity for thoughtful and uninterrupted conversations around attentive parenting, spirituality and raising resilient children.

    Thursdays: 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 7 August, 4 September, 6 November, 7.15 to 9.30pm

    Other facilitators in the series include: Grant Stewart, Jodi Green, Gary Heard, Susan Campbell, Keren McClelland, Roslyn Wright and Joan Wright Howie

    Click here for more information and to download a flier/program with more details. For further enquiries: email Keren McClelland

    Cost: $25 per session ($22.50 for WellSpring members) or $150 for all 7 sessions ($135 for WellSpring members).

    Book online here.

  • Nurturing Mindfulness for Children
    (Facilitator: Kristen Hobby)
    Saturday 15 March, 10am to 12.30pm (5-11 year olds)
    Date TBC, 10am to 12.30pm (0-5 year olds)

    Parents are invited to bring along their primary aged children (5-11 year olds) on 15 March, or preschoolers (0-5 year olds) at a date TBC, to explore together ways to nurture mindfulness and contemplation in young children.

    This practical, hands-on workshop will explore body relaxation, meditation, retreats, contemplation and nature-gazing.

    Cost: $36 (members); $40 (non-members) per session.

    Book online here.

  • Lenten Journey
    (Facilitator: Tess Veenker)
    Tuesdays: 18 & 25 March, 1 & 8 April, 10am to 12.30pm

    Lent is a time to pause and focus on how I am, where I am within myself and who is that ‘me’ which is constantly unfolding and evolving. We will use scripture, stories and life’s experiences to depth our Lenten journeying together.

    Cost: $36 (members); $40 (non-members) per session.

    Book online here.

  • Circles of Trust
    (Facilitators: Chris Page and Marg Loftus)
    Wednesday 19 March, 10am to 12.30pm

    A circle of trust (based 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. It is a non-religious yet deeply spiritual approach to identifying our ‘inner landscape’.

    Cost: $20 per session (paid through WellSpring office at each session).

  • Introduction to Reflective Art
    (Facilitators: Margaret Donald and Judy Scott)
    Saturday 5 April, 10am to 3pm

    An experiential workshop to discover and express our creative selves as a way of reflective prayer. Those new to creative expression, and those more experienced, are welcome. In a safe, accepting environment simple ways of getting started are offered, interwoven with times of silence. Art materials provided. Wear casual, comfortable clothes.

    Cost: $54 (members); $60 (non-members).

    Book online here.

  • Creative Retreat: ‘Art is the Language of the Soul’
    (Facilitators: Margaret Donald and Judy Scott)
    Friday 23 to Sunday 25 May 2014

    In a peaceful environment this silent retreat will provide space to reflect on our inner journey, and a variety of art materials will be available for those who wish to express this in creative ways. Art-making as prayer invites us into a free and playful space as we listen to the Creative Spirit within. Within a safe environment those desiring to explore creativity as prayer for the first time as well as those with more experience will be very welcome.

    Venue: St Paul’s Missionary College, Wantirna
    Cost: $283.50 (members); $315 (non-members)

    Book online here (there are only a few places left, so please book in quickly).


Other Special Events

  • Surrender Conference
    14-16 March (Belgrave Heights)
    WellSpring is going to Surrender!

    Over 1,000 people will be gathering at Belgrave Heights on the weekend of 14-16 March 2014 to attend the Surrender Conference. WellSpring has been invited to host a booth in the Baptist Union of Victoria's tent along with other BUV groups.

    The SURRENDER conference is unique in Australia as the largest gathering of its kind, focusing on social justice, radical discipleship and incarnational mission. There is a place for contemplative prayer during the weekend so we have a great opportunity to be part of this and share the theme of 'Walk Alongside'.

    Please be aware of and pray for this important event.
  • Sacrededge
    Spirituality in Diversity:
    A Festival of Arts, Music and Spirituality
    2-4 May (Queenscliff Uniting Church)

    Come and join us for a wonderful festival of arts, music and spirituality in beautiful, historic Queenscliff during the weekend of 2-4 May; WellSpring will have a presence at the Sacrededge festival.

    Click here for more details. You can also download this registration form for the festival, or contact unitingqueenscliff@iinet.net.au for more information.

Group bookings with 20% discount! 

If you have a group of 6 or more people who would like to register for the same workshop(s), you can enjoy a 20% discount!

Click here for more information and to book your group in online.


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