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1 February 2017

From the WellSpring Director

"It is lovely to be at back at WellSpring and ready for another year of good things, after a restful January. I hope the refreshing breezes of summer holidays, or at least quieter times, have brought you some delight..."

Click here to download the full letter from Ann Lock, WellSpring Director



2017 program

Below are some highlights of forthcoming events.

For a copy of our full 2017 program, please click here



WellSpring Prayer at Noon

Half an hour of silent prayer in the middle of the day (Monday to Friday): an opportunity to join with others in prayer for the concerns of our lives, our communities and our world. Please come as you are able.

If you are unable to be physically present for our Prayer at Noon services, you might like to receive the liturgies we use, to join with us in prayer from wherever you are.

To receive copies of the liturgies, please contact Monique Lisbon.



February Events

Dream Reflections
Thursday 8 February, 1 to 3pm
(Facilitators: Various)


A monthly reflection time to listen to and share our dreams and come to a deeper understanding of our personal and communal journey to wholeness.

Cost: a suggested contribution of $10 is welcome.
All welcome
Click here to book and pay securely online (or just turn up!)



A Contemplative Circle
Wednesday 15 February, 10am to 12.30pm
(Facilitators: Chris Page and Marg Loftus)


A place to explore one’s inner life with others through meditation, readings, poems, symbols and story. Drawn from the ancient wisdom of the Enneagram, Christian mysticism and contemporary wisdom, it is a deeply spiritual approach to identifying our ‘inner landscape’.

Cost: $30 (full) / $25 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online.


Soul Nurture Day
Monday 20 February, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: George Warren)


Begin the year with a day to nourish your soul. These days are offered monthly, so put them in your calendar now before it gets too full!

Cost: $30 (full) / $25 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online




March Events

Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul
Tuesday 7 March, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Marg Loftus)


At the core of the desire to heal, grow and deepen our faith is the yearning to experience God’s presence and discover our true self. Using the Enneagram, we seek to find a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Cost: $65 (full) / $55 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online


Creative Art Conversations
Saturday 18 March, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitators: artist Rachel Peters, Liz Johnson and Mary McCowan)


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

Cost: $30 (full) / $25 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online




Blessing Day and Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting and Blessing Day
Sunday 19 March, 2 to 4pm (including afternoon tea)


Everyone is invited to join WellSpring’s blessing of plans for 2017 at the Annual General Meeting.

Cost: N/A



Let's Talk: A New Story, A New Community
Wednesday 15 March, 7.30 to 9.30pm
(Facilitator: Kaye Twining)


We all seek to live meaningfully through a coherent Story of identity, purpose and belonging. While some still find meaning in religious tradition, for many this is no longer the case. Let’s weave together input and conversation, drawing inspiration from the article. A New Faith Community (www.treeoflife.org.au/resources/a-new-faith-community), to consider: Is it time for a new Story to emerge?

Cost: $15 (full) / $10 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online



A Few of Our Events in April and Beyond

Poetry Day: Changing Seasons
Tuesday 4 April, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: Elizabeth Lee)


An opportunity to tune in to the rhythms of life and reflect on the different times and seasons of the heart and of the world around us.

Cost: $65 (full) / $55 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online



Embodied Life
[NOTE CHANGE OF TIMES]

Saturday 22 April, 29 April, 6 May, ** 10am to 1pm **
(Facilitator: Jennifer Guild)


Exploring contemplative practice deeply grounded in the body through meditation/contemplation, conscious movement and listening deeply to your bodily felt sense. Please bring a mat or blanket for floor work and towel for head support. You are welcome to come to any or all sessions.

Cost: $48 (full) / $38 (members/concession) per session (NOTE lower cost)
Click here to book and pay securely online
Click here to download a flier





Silent Retreat: Autumn Awakenings
Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May 2017
(Facilitators: Mary and Tim 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)
Click here to book and pay securely online



Especially For Spiritual Directors

WellSpring understands the formation of a spiritual director to be ongoing and works with our directors to provide a contemplative learning environment for competent, well trained and committed individuals who continue to be formed in listening with a contemplative heart.

Professional Development sessions are offered throughout the year with the aim of fostering the call that first drew you to become a spiritual director, to develop your skills as a spiritual director, and to build a supportive community of spiritual directors.

As learning and support is enhanced by sharing with others who hold a breadth of experience, spiritual directors from 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.

The full Professional Development Program for 2017 can be downloaded here.


Spiritual Directors' Professional Development Session
The Landscape of Forgiveness: Interactive, Inspiring, Illuminating

Tuesday 28 February, 10am to 3pm
(Facilitator: John Steward)
Author of From Generosity to Genocide (available through WellSpring bookshop)


Every person stands somewhere in a broad landscape: either desiring, needing, avoiding, struggling for, or struggling with, forgiveness. Inevitably the issue of forgiveness arises as part of the warp and woof of living.We will reflect on ways our work can support those who face the question of forgiveness.

We will first reflect on our own experience and then seek insights from stories emerging from the healing and recovery of Rwandans after the pain and chaos of 1994. Through our conversation our lives will be touched, and our work as spiritual directors impacted. We will consider what forgiveness is and isn’t, why it is so difficult at times, and what our responsibilities and opportunities are as companions on the faith journey.

Cost: $65 (full) / $55 (members/concession)
Click here to book and pay securely online


'Keepers of the Flame' Online Discussion Group for Spiritual Directors
(Facilitator: Tim McCowan)

This online (closed group) blog/discussion group aims to provide a space for WellSpring spiritual directors to have extended conversations around their understanding and practice in the art of spiritual direction, through the book by Susan S Phillips, Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction and some appropriate open-ended questions. Tim McCowan will facilitate the online group, and Susan Phillips herself will occasionally participate. This is a great way to further our understanding and engage with each other, especially if access to Professional Development sessions at WellSpring is difficult. The author, Susan Phillips, is thrilled that we are using her book and has agreed to join our online discussion group from time to time.

Click here for information about how to join this group. 

The discussion group will commence in February 2017.



Other Local Events of Interest

Encountering God in Australia Today


A Public Lecture by David Tacey

Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 7pm

Stirling Theological College,
44-60 Jacksons Road, Mulgrave, Victoria


Come and hear Dr David Tacey address the possibilities for encountering God in Australia’s remarkable physical environment. Tacey is one of Australia’s remarkable scholars and public thinkers. Among many other interests Tacey is interested in the role of religion and spirituality in society and he has published several books on this subject, including Re-Enchantment and The Spirituality Revolution.

Entry by donation to Stirling College appreciated.

Click here to download a flier.
Please direct any further enquiries to Stirling Theological College ph (03) 9790 1000.


Apollo Bay, watercolour, pen, ink, gouache on paper, 2013

WellSpring is grateful to Liz Johnson (www.lizjohnsonart.co) for granting us permission to use her beautiful paintings in the 2017 program, newsletters and other WellSpring advertising.
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