Nov
3
to Nov 5

Indigenous Spirituality – Making Spiritual Connections

Led by Shane Mortimer, Serene Fernando and Noritta Morseu-DioIp

In this course we hope to make connections with each other, with the land, and with the spiritual wisdom of our traditions. Local Elder Shane Mortimer will offer a welcome to country. We will hear from Serene Fernando, a Gamilaroi woman who is producing a creative PhD research thesis looking at the spiritual beliefs of her ancestors. She is looking forward to sharing the wisdom she has found, and her personal responses to this. Noritta Morseu-Diop, from Thursday Island, will introduce to us the spirituality of her salt-water people. She has a PHD in Criminal Justice and Social Work, and organised a First Nations Traditional Knowledge Conference in August this year.

For our weekend come prepared for some listening, some yarning, some walking, and some time for personal reflection and connection.

 Noritta Morseau-Diop

Noritta Morseau-Diop

 Serene Fernando

Serene Fernando

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Oct
20
to Oct 26

Art Nature Spirit

Led by Brenda Roy, Barbara Huntington and Jen Newton

“The creative process like a spiritual journey is intuitive, nonlinear and experiential. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.” - John Daido Loori

Many of us wish we were more creative. Many of us are more creative, but feel unable to effectively tap that creativity. Be inspired and supported by the wonderful natural beauty of the Silver Wattle environment to give time to your creativity and the spirit through art making.
We invite you to take time out to rejuvenate mentally and spiritually, joining with others to deepen connection to your spiritual practice. We will play with different mediums and share stories and experiences that enhance and enrich the inner spirit, allowing your creativity to emerge through exploring and responding to the landscape. You will gain some technical skills relating to art practice and discover the beauty and restorative benefits of a stay at Silver Wattle.

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Brenda Roy

 Barbara Huntington

Barbara Huntington

 Jen Newton

Jen Newton

Brenda Roy is a Friend from Perth and has been a weaver and maker for many years. She finds joy in playing with natural materials, and the glory and mystery of creating and combining colours and textures. She loves to make useful textiles which express her love of the natural world. Creativity is her daily path to gratitude, reflection and connecting with Spirit.

Barbara Huntington attends the NSW Mid North Coast meeting and also a local Buddhist group in Kempsey. She has worked for several years as an artist using textiles as her preferred medium, using embroidery, dyeing and felting to express ideas and experiences. She exhibits her art with the Fibre Artists Network. Barbara says, “For me creativity is a continuation of my spiritual practice. It helps me discover the mystery of spirit and supports me to look closer at many situations and events. It encourages a self discipline that I tap into, prompting me to keep exploring meaning where I may have easily given up. Being a member of a team who are sharing their creative skills to explore their relationship to spirit is an exciting and rewarding experience.”

Jen Newton’s art practice involves sitting in silence with the materials she is going to work with. She says, “I am often challenged by an idea of what I would like to create and sometimes it just won’t work ….I find that sinking into the silence and being present I find a way forward that is more often not what I thought I would do.” Jen works with recycled materials from textiles to steel and wire and has recently been exploring printing, layering textiles and paper, stitching and incorporating text into her work. Jen is a member of the Hobart Friends meeting and also meets with two small Quaker based spiritual groups that seek to know and walk with God. She is currently completing a course in contemplative practice “Igniting the Fire” with Drew Lawson.

Standard Registration $699

Supporting Registration $759

Concession $659

Early half of week $250

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Sep
21
to Sep 24

Toward a Good Relationship with Earth

Led by Rowe Morrow.

Download detailed course flier here

Are you feeling distressed by global warming? Not sure what makes the biggest difference? Looking for spiritual direction through action and testimonies? This course discusses what works, using permaculture principles and a global and cosmological framework. You will learn:

  • Ways to live effectively

  • What has worked in other countries and situations where people are struggling more than we are in Australia.

  • A larger view of life and the spirit

For keen gardeners, consider staying on a few days to participate in the Spring Gardening Week (24-30 September).

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In the 1980s, Rowe Morrow discovered permaculture which provided a powerful basis for Earth restoration. A Concern was born. She considers permaculture ‘sacred’ knowledge to be carried and shared with others. Since then Rowe has travelled to meet many people anxious and concerned to restore their environments. As a teacher of permaculture Rowe has been inspired for many years by Parker Palmer, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and non-violent resistance. She works in difficult places, choosing people who have been disempowered and who would not otherwise have access to permaculture. Most recently she has been working in Afghanistan, and then with Syrian refugees in Mosul. Rowe delivered the 2011 Backhouse lecture and is a member of Blue Mountains Meeting.

Cost:  $372 (Single)/ $342 (Shared) includes accommodation and catering

Note that Quakers may also seek support from their Local Meeting or Regional Meeting. Funds are set aside for this, so don’t be shy – it is an investment in the spiritual health of the Meeting.

If you need to be picked up from the Bungendore train station ($10 fee) or Canberra airport ($35 fee) please contact admin.office@silverwattle.com.au

If you are not ready to commit to the course but want to let us know you are interested, please contact us here.

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Aug
11
to Aug 17

Universal Spiritual Teachings: Jesus, Buddha and Muhammad

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Led by Arthur Wells & Helen Gould

The growth of dogma about these three founders has gradually overlayed, distorted and even replaced their original message. As religious thinking matures into the coming century we will need a new vision of each of these founders and what they have to offer us.  

Friends have reason to hope that our intuitive, undogmatic method of spiritual inquiry, nurtured by all of us over the centuries, may yet help to clarify what is true and essential in these great religions and contribute to a more just and peaceful world .

In this course we will explore some strikingly prescient Quaker intuitions about Jesus confirmed by recent scholarship, especially his vision of the rule of God in the world and how it was already manifesting in acts of compassion and forgiveness.  We will make similar explorations in Buddhism and Islam. 

We offer this week as a retreat rather than just a course of study.  We will provide a booklet of readings from scholars like Geza Vermes, John Dominic Crossan and Karen Armstrong, and Buddhist and Muslim guidelines for ethics, meditation and prayer.  In order to explore how spiritual practice in each tradition is a source of rich discovery we will practice some simple Tai Chi, meditate on some wonderful Zen koans, and try the Quaker “Experiment with Light.”   

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Arthur Wells is an elder in Christchurch Meeting in New Zealand and a Zen Buddhist teacher.  He retired eight years ago from counselling and leading stopping violence programmes for men, in order to focus on teaching meditation.  He has led countless meditation retreats including some for Quakers interested in Buddhism. He has degrees in English, Religious Studies and Social Work, and taught literature and Religious Studies in universities for many years.

Helen Gould learned to read on the King James Version of the Bible, and as an adult she has immersed herself in Quaker writings and practice.  She practices tai chi and yoga, and has a great interest in interfaith relations.  She had a formative mystical experience in her 20s while living among Gunardpa (Aboriginal) people in Arnhem Land.  She has practiced Buddhist meditation and participated in Jewish religious life, while remaining a Quaker whose first and most significant teacher is Jesus.  Since the early 2000s she has led many Experiment with Light sessions in Quaker communities in Australia, Korea and recently in Norway.  The Experiment with Light is a re-interpretation of early Quaker practice.  In 2009 she presented to Australia Yearly Meeting the annual Backhouse Lecture, entitled “The Quaking Meeting: transforming ourselves, our Meetings and the more-than-human world”.   Within the Western intellectual tradition, she has degrees in philosophy and law.

Cost:  SWQC offers a sliding scale for the 6 day courses, to assist those who are unable to pay the standard registration rate

  • Standard registration (we hope most people will pay this amount) $699

  • Supporting registration (supports others so they can also attend) $759

  • Concession (for those who are on minimal incomes) $659

Note that Quakers may also seek support from their Local Meeting or Regional Meeting. Funds are set aside for this, so don’t be shy – it is an investment in the spiritual health of the Meeting.

If you need to be picked up from the Bungendore train station ($10 fee) or Canberra airport ($35 fee) please contact admin.office@silverwattle.com.au

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Apr
21
to Apr 27

Relating to your Inward Teacher - A Silent Retreat

Led by Janet Duke-Warner

Quakers believe that "there is that of God in everyone". From the very early days of Friends one of the ways that this has been experienced is expressed by the terminology of Inward Teacher. During this silent retreat all those present will be invited to deepen their individual experience of listening to and relating with their Inward Teacher. The silence of a silent retreat opens the opportunity for this. We will gather together twice a day for Meeting for Worship. The opportunity to live together at Silver Wattle, experiencing the hospitality of both place and kitchen, will free us to come to the place of being rather than doing. Janet will be available to speak with as the Spirit leads you. Some may choose to speak daily others as desire arises.

This retreat is open to any Quaker or non-Quaker who feels led to enter for a period of listening deeply to their Inward Teacher.

Download the Silent Retreat course flyer here

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Janet Duke-Warner has been intermittently involved with Quakers since 1971. In the 1970s and early 80s she was an active member of Victorian Regional Meeting involved with the care of the children, overseer, Assistant Clerk, Acting Clerk and Regional Meeting Clerk. During this time she completed her medical degree and started her training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Following a period of training in Scotland she returned to Melbourne and married David Warner an Anglican Priest. She had a very busy life with a large step-family, running a Vicarage and a large practice. In 2003 she yearned for a deepening of her spiritual life. She re-entered spiritual direction and commenced her ecumenical formation as a spiritual director at WellSpring in Melbourne.

During her formation she rediscovered her Quaker roots and started re-attending Meeting for Worship and subsequently has rejoined Friends. She has also completed a variety of academic studies including a Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction), a Graduate Diploma in Supervision (Spiritual Direction) and is currently a PhD candidate of the University of Divinity working on a thesis entitled "Where do words come from?"

Cost:  SWQC offers a sliding scale for the 6 day courses, to assist those who are unable to pay the standard registration rate

  • Standard registration (we hope most people will pay this amount) $699

  • Supporting registration (supports others so they can also attend) $759

  • Concession (for those who are on minimal incomes) $659

Note that Quakers may also seek support from their Local Meeting or Regional Meeting. Funds are set aside for this, so don’t be shy – it is an investment in the spiritual health of the Meeting.

If you need to be picked up from the Bungendore train station ($10 fee) or Canberra airport ($35 fee) please contact admin.office@silverwattle.com.au

 

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Mar
31
to Apr 3

Easter Gathering

The Easter Gathering is a time of community building between Friends of all ages, planned and coordinated by Junior Young Friends. We will share games, learnings, and worship – with plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful and ancient country of Silver Wattle.

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Course Costs: $75 per person per day ($30 if camping), fully catered, children under 12 free.

For more details, download the EFG flyer here

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Mar
20
to Mar 25

Transformation in Life's Transitions

Led by Anne Zubrick

Mary Oliver in her poem The Summer Day asks: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Whatever our age and stage of life, we might sit with this question. Each of us has made, and will continue to make, life transitions—some of our choosing and making, others thrust upon us often unexpectedly and not of our choosing,

During this week at Silver Wattle we will invite participants to be curious: to explore and muse on life’s transitions (including some yet to come) through journaling, creative activities, music, conversation and reflection. The course is participatory and designed to suit adults at any age or stage of life.

Download the Transformation in Transitions course flyer for more detailed information

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Anne Zubrick has served as clerk of WA Regional Meeting, a Friends School Board member for 8 years and Quaker in residence at the Friends School in Hobart. She has held senior academic positions in universities in Australia, USA, and several countries in Asia and holds a PhD in life course developmental psychology, as well as a recent masters degree in Ageing and pastoral studies. Ann is an adjunct professor in the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies. Charles Sturt University. Her spare time is taken up choral singing, cooking and entertaining.

Cost:  SWQC offers a sliding scale for the 6 day courses, to assist those who are unable to pay the standard registration rate

  • Standard registration (we hope most people will pay this amount) $699

  • Supporting registration (supports others so they can also attend) $759

  • Concession (for those who are on minimal incomes) $659

Note that Quakers may also seek support from their Local Meeting or Regional Meeting. Funds are set aside for this, so don’t be shy – it is an investment in the spiritual health of the Meeting.

If you need to be picked up from the Bungendore train station ($10 fee) or Canberra airport ($35 fee) please contact admin.office@silverwattle.com.au

 

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Feb
24
to Mar 2

Sink Down to the Seed

Led by Sheila Keane & Drew Thomas

 “Give over thine own willing… and sink down to the seed which God sows in thy heart… and thou wilt find by sweet experience that God owns that… and will bring it to the inheritance of life which is its portion.” – Isaac Pennington

Pennington’s quote forms the backbone of this 6-day course, which was designed for those drawn to contemplative/ faith-led ministries, or who are actively seeking to discern their own calling in life. The course is open to non-Quakers as well as Friends.

The course will guide participants through a process of letting go, entering deeply into prayer, becoming attentive to leadings, and forming strategies to live into the Light they have been given. It will include formal teaching, group and individual reflection, quiet contemplation, and support with the discernment process.

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Sheila Keane has been active in Quaker education and spiritual nurture for many years, including developing the Australian ‘Quaker Basics’ course. Sheila completed a 2 year spiritual formation program through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “School of the Spirit” in 1997. She is currently convener of the Silver Wattle Program & Learning Committee and is co-clerk of Hunter Valley Local Meeting.

Drew Thomas deeply values our Quaker practice of inward reflection leading to outward action. He has been an educator and counsellor in both secondary and TAFE settings, and remains a committed career developer. He is currently a facilitator in preparation for the Centre for Courage and Renewal, which offers programs developed from the work of Parker Palmer.

Cost:  SWQC offers a sliding scale for the 6 day courses, to assist those who are unable to pay the standard registration rate

  • Standard registration (we hope most people will pay this amount) $699

  • Supporting registration (supports others so they can also attend) $759

  • Concession (for those who are on minimal incomes) $659

Note that Quakers may also seek support from their Local Meeting or Regional Meeting. Funds are set aside for this, so don’t be shy – it is an investment in the spiritual health of the Meeting.

If you need to be picked up from the Bungendore train station ($10 fee) or Canberra airport ($35 fee) please contact admin.office@silverwattle.com.au

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Jan
4
to Jan 8

Junior Young Friends Summer Camp

Junior Young Friends are 12-17 year olds who have or seek a connection with the Religious Society of Friends, known as Quakers. We particularly invite new JYFs to join us and new Young Friends to join the team of FRAPs (Friendly Responsible Adult Presence).  Parent or Guardians will need to sign medical and other consent forms, after registration and before the camp begins.

Activities will include those requested by JYFs, including a day at the coast (Bateman’s Bay).

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Remember the sooner we know the numbers, the sooner we can plan our four glorious days together. Please register by Thursday 21st December 2017.

If you have any questions and/or require further information, please contact YM Children and JYF committee members:

  • Lisa Wriley 0429 431 889 / lisaw0508@gmail.com

  • Wilma Davidson 0419 628 865 / wilma2010@live.com.au

 

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