Dec
29
to Jan 4

Year-End Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness and Acceptance

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Led by David and Trish Johnson

We are being given another year, hopefully, of living in the Light. Whatever happened in 2018, let our hearts be opened so each of us may better understand and undertake what God is asking of us in 2019. The course will explore Quaker writings, the Bible and your Inner Guide for ‘walking in the Light’ with times for learning, sharing experience, personal prayer & reflection, and a range of exercises to open up spiritual space. The retreat will include an afternoon and overnight period of silence midway through, and is open for anyone from mid-teens onwards in age.

David Johnson is a convinced Friend of Conservative nature. David delivered the 2005 Backhouse Lecture to Australia Yearly Meeting on Peace is a Struggle, and wrote A Quaker Prayer Life (2013), and Jesus, Christ and Servant: Meditations on the Gospel According to John (2017).

Trish Johnson has been in private practice as a psychologist and trainer for over 30 years. Trish embraces mindfulness and neuropsychology in her clinical practice. She has served as Convener of the Committee of Elders at Silver Wattle. David and Trish were Co-Directors of Silver Wattle 2013-2014.

Cost: The cost for this 6-day course includes all meals and accommodation

Standard Registration $699

Single Room (as available) $759

Concession $659

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Silent Retreat with your Inward Teacher
Feb
23
to Mar 1

Silent Retreat with your Inward Teacher

Led by Janet Duke

Spend a week in community in silence with opportunities for input and reflection. Individual spiritual direction will be available to help you listen to your Inward Teacher.

Janet Duke is a highly regarded spiritual director with Wellspring in Melbourne and an experienced Quaker. She led the silent retreat at Silver Wattle in 2018.

Cost: Six day course $850 (concession $675) includes all meals and accommodation

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Becoming a Fuller Quaker
Mar
23
to Mar 29

Becoming a Fuller Quaker

Led by David Johnson

Deepen and reinvigorate your Quaker spirituality no matter what your length of Quaker experience. Explore the original Quaker understanding of living more fully a testimony to the Light Within and its meaning in terms of worship & ministry, equality, rejecting violence, plain speaking, clearness and business.

David Johnson is an internationally experienced workshop facilitator, has written several books on prayer and biblical interpretation from a Quaker perspective, and gave the 2005 Backhouse lecture on “Peace is a Struggle”.

Cost: Six day course $850 (concession $675) includes all meals and accommodation

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Collaborative Leadership (intergenerational)
Apr
17
to Apr 19

Collaborative Leadership (intergenerational)

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Led by Gina Price and Jenny Turton

When groups and organisations are clear on purpose and together in decision making, they surprise themselves at what they can do and how good it feels to do it. For learners of any age including children.

Suitable for non-Quaker participants.

Gina & Jenny have a long history of nurturing Quaker children and Junior Young Friends. Gina has done training in sociocracy/dynamic governance with the Sydney Coastal EcoVillage and at the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, Parliament House, Canberra.

Cost: Two day course $210 (concession $180) includes all meals and accommodation

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Note that this event immediately precedes the Easter Family Gathering 19-22 April 2019. Contact us if you want to register for both events.

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Nurturing our Elders: Reclaiming the Life of the Meeting
May
11
to May 17

Nurturing our Elders: Reclaiming the Life of the Meeting

Led by Sheila Keane

Designed to help deepen the work of Quaker elders and others who support active ministry and spiritual growth in their meetings. Learn about and share your experiences of eldering, discernment, outreach, spiritual nurture and supportive oversight for active ministry within our meetings.

Sheila Keane has led many courses at Silver Wattle and with Quakers across Australia. She completed the 2-year School of the Spirit program “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer” in 1996.

Cost: Six day course $850 (concession $675) includes all meals and accommodation

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Celtic Spirituality
Oct
5
to Oct 7

Celtic Spirituality

Led by Nila Chambers

In the Celtic world, wells were seen as sacred places, thresholds between the deeper unknown and the outer world. They were special places where divinity flowed forth from hidden depths. The Celts knew that to have knowledge we must drink from the sacred well which lies within us. It links us to the divine heart of Spirit, and is the source of intuitive knowing.

In this retreat, we will work with Celtic imagery, text, music, and verse as a springboard to get more in touch with our heart’s knowing; our intuition. Ritual, meditation, artwork, and structured exercises will help participants to get out of the rational mind and seek the knowledge that only the heart can reveal.

Nila Chambers (BA(Hons Psychology), Dip Ed, MA (Religion Studies)

Nila is a lifelong meditator and spiritual seeker and is passionate about helping others to discover the intuitive wellsprings within. She now facilitates retreats, workshops and groups and has taught in tertiary, secondary and primary school settings. She helped to found Ghilgai Steiner School in Melbourne the Steiner school in Cairns.

Nila is currently working on her first book about the spiritual experiences of ordinary people. She has worked consciously with intuition for some time now and has many confirmations that our lives are enriched and deepened when we learn to recognize and follow the voice of the Divine.

Cost: Three day course $420 (single room) / $280 (twin share/concession) includes all meals and accommodation

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