Aug
18
Aug 24

Winter Gardening Week

Led by Shirin Richards and Tony Etherington

The winter gardening week is a great time to prepare the soil for the coming spring and do any pruning that might need doing. It is also a great time to plant root vegetables so come prepared for digging.

Course Cost: $44 per person per day fully-catered, children under 12 free. Register here

Sep
15
Sep 21

Creativity, Nature and Spirit

“Why should we all use our creative power……………..? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” ~Brenda Ueland

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 allow your creativity to emerge through exploring and responding to the landscape. We will play with different mediums and share stories and experiences that enhance and enrich the inner spirit.

Course Cost: $768 Single $708 Double/Twin including accommodation and meals.

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Course Leaders: Barbara Huntington, Brenda Roy, Jen Newton

Barbara Huntington: Creating inspired by the landscape has been the focus of my art practice for the last few years. Gathering windfall leaves for dyeing, observing marks on trees to incorporate into stitched pieces or inspired by seed and pod shapes in the making of 3D Felt pieces.

Sometimes just “being” in the landscape; absorbing its environment, listening, watching, has been sustaining and inspirational. I feel most connected to the spirit when in my garden or walking in the surrounding bush.

These feelings and impressions I take into the studio, not always successfully, but that’s ok. Often there is no finished article just a deep feeling of having connected with something within myself.

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Jen Newton: I love beach combing, walking in the bush, working with natural fibres, nature’s offerings and recyclables.

My sculptures speak to a need in me to address environmental and ethical issues in a creative way that then in turn may speak to another.

 

 

Brenda Roy: is a Friend from Perth and a maker. Over the years she has enjoyed many forms of textiles, spinning weaving, dyeing and stitching. Currently she is balancing an obsession with toy making and experimenting with natural dyes.

Sep
25
Sep 29

Landcare Week

Revegetation at Silver Wattle is an exciting project. Whenever you visit you’ll see self-sown wattle trees marching down from the ridges and along the gullies. Our plantings are turning into sturdy little trees and growing up to meet them. Natives that have been planted around the orchard and the campground are thriving.

Each year during the revegetation week we plant local natives, we maintain previous plantings and take lots of photographs. We observe and explore the beautiful Silver Wattle environment. Come along and contribute to Earthcare in a practical way.

Course Cost: $44 per person per day, children under 12 free.  Register here

Oct
20
Oct 22

Indigenous Spirituality

David and Cheryl’s deep love of country and its ways will form the basis of this exploration of Aboriginal culture and spirituality.

Course Cost: $256 Single $236 Double/Twin including accommodation and meals.

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Course Leaders: David Carline & Cheryl Buchanan

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David Carline is an Indigenous Australian Quaker, a member of the Kooma people of southwestern Queensland. In the 1990’s David was involved in the protests against French nuclear testing at Muroroa atoll.

For the last twenty years he has been actively working for the well-being of his people (Kooma) and is caring for country and its waterways along with his niece, Cheryl Buchanan, who is working with the Murray-Darling Basin Commission.

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Cheryl Buchanan has been politically active at a national level for the past forty years with many publications, some concerning spirituality held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies.

They have been involved in the acquisition and management of traditional lands. Kooma traditional owners have a property Murra Murra, east of Cunnamulla. David is setting up a nursery of native plants at his home to address problems with land degradation.

Both Cheryl and David have held to their indigenous spiritual principles in their love and care of family, country and waterways.

Nourishment for Clerks and Committee Convenors
Oct
27
Oct 29

Nourishment for Clerks and Committee Convenors

Led by Bev Polzin, Anna Wilkinson, Julian Robertson, Sheila Keane

Nourishment for Clerks and Committee Conveners

This course is open to all. For those who are relatively new to Friends, it will help to deepen your understanding of Quaker ways, and the course will be a real help for Friends who are newly appointed to a leadership role. We also encourage those who are experienced in the Quaker business process to come and participate in what feels relevant, enjoying the company of others and sharing your experience.

While the topics can be serious, the approach will be playful as well as informative.

This is a team-led course, with sessions on

Discerning the sense of the meeting (led by Julian Robertson): How is the sense of the meeting different from consensus? How are formal and informal (e.g. committee) meetings different and yet similar in their aim for discernment?

Clerking facilitation skills – (led by Anna Wilkinson & Julian Robertson) How is clerking a meeting for worship for business different from chairing a meeting in a secular context? How can conveners encourage a commitment to discernment, not solely achieving outcomes? How do you prepare for meetings? What additional skills are needed for convening online meetings?

Responsibilities of the members of the meeting – (led by Bev Polzin & Sheila Keane) What can participants do to enhance the effectiveness of Quaker business & committee meetings? What does it mean to prayerfully uphold the process? What are the expectations about preparation, speaking and listening? Can we honour the dissenter as someone who might be calling us back from going off track? How can we find the courage to dissent if needed?

Strategies to address difficulties – (led by Anna Wilkinson & Bev Polzin) How can we support clerks & conveners to prevent them from becoming responsible to action everything the meeting decides? What do we do when a weighty Friend is “out of the Life”? How do we avoid over-complicated committee structures and over-stretched lives? How do we determine if a person is being ‘disruptive’ or actually speaking an important truth?

The weekend will also include lots of free time to enjoy the land and companionship available at Silver Wattle, and will conclude with a simulated Meeting for Worship for Business sure to draw upon things learned through the earlier sessions, with a bit of fun thrown in too just to shake things up.

Bev Polzin, Anna Wilkinson, Julian Roberston, and Sheila Keane are all longstanding members of the Religious Society of Friends and have experienced clerking and eldering roles in a number of settings. Bev is a former AYM Secretary and respected elder; Anna is the currently clerk of Northern Suburbs Local Meeting in Melbourne. Julian has served as clerk of Regional and Yearly Meetings. Sheila brings long experience in the Quaker business process and is clerking for the first time in her local meeting. 

Course Cost: $256 Single $236 Double/Twin including accommodation and meals  Register here

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Nov
3
Nov 5

Speak Peace

Based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s Non Violent Communication, “Speak Peace” acknowledges our need for self connection and self compassion as people committed to peace in our troubled world. “It starts with me.” Starting with an introductory session on Friday night, the program will cover the language of disconnection; making clear observations instead of judgments and interpretations; how to express our true feelings instead of our thoughts; identifying needs instead of strategies; making requests instead of demands so that everyone’s needs, including our own can be met non-violently. The course will involve activities in small groups; work in large groups; demonstrations and role play.

Course Cost: $256 Single $236 Double/Twin including accommodation and meals.

Register here.

To Register with a Meeting Pass, Register here. Please note, Meeting Passes are issued by your Regional Meeting and must be applied for before registering.

Course Leader: Susan Clarke

 

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Susan has been studying and practising Non Violent Communication since 2011. She has attended workshops in Australia and internationally, including the New York Intensive in Rochester, New York, and an International Intensive Training held in Bangalore, India. For the past two years she has participated in the LIFE program with Robert Gonzales, whose profound work in living compassion has been transformative.

Susan has facilitated trainings in a range of contexts for volunteer organisations in Brisbane, Northern Suburbs Friends’ Meeting in Melbourne, at Friends Meeting House in Canberra and at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre.

She is currently the Director of the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre.


May
12
May 18

Quakerism 101

This is a course for people who want to delve more deeply into Quaker insights about faith, worship, testimony and community. It is an opportunity to reflect on our Quaker ways, and to explore, in community, how this fits with you and how you fit with Quakerism. We will explore topics such as

  • God and Worship, Testimony, Leadings and Concerns
  • How Quakers in Australia are organised and the Quaker presence in the wider world
  • The continuing relevance of Early Quakers and our Christian origins
  • Peculiar Quaker language and its underlying significance
  • The sensitive topic of Membership

At the end of the course you will have a stronger sense of who Quakers are, your own spiritual journey, and have more words to describe this to others.

Course Cost: $768 Single $708 Double/Twin including accommodation, meals

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Catherine & Helen

Catherine finds great joy in both teaching and learning, especially within her spiritual community. She brings to SWQC a working lifetime’s experience in adult education, including teacher professional development as well as her twenty plus year personal journey with Friends, her study in Organisation Dynamics, and more recently as a facilitator with Meeting for Learning.

Helen is a lifelong Quaker and loves being part of a worldwide faith community that works for peace, justice and equality. She has travelled among Friends in Asia, North America and Europe with a particular concern for children’s human rights. Closely involved in the establishment of SWQC, she was its first Resident Director. Today she is a gardener and a bonneted granny who engages joyfully in nonviolent resistance to war.

May
5
May 7

Sugar, vinegar, fermentation and salt - Food Storage for Friends

This workshop will set you on the path to transform the summer and autumn harvest into a winter feast, and store it without out the use of a fridge or freezer. These old methods are being rediscovered today in the context of sustainable living.

This weekend course will provide participants with the opportunity for hands on preserving using sugar, vinegar, traditional fermentation, salt preservation, air exclusion and dehydration. You will go home with at least 5 samples of the produce you make over the weekend, plenty of practical experience, course notes and an abundance of yummy recipes.

Course Costs: $256 Single $236 (Double/Twin) - includes accommodation, meals.

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To Register with a Meeting Pass, Register here. Please note Meeting Passes are issued by your Regional Meeting and must be applied for before registering.

 

 
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Ruth is the cook at Silver Wattle. Many of Ruth’s earliest memories are of growing, cooking and preserving food. She is passionate about eating ethically and sustainably, having local food security, and she loves to feed people using local, homegrown, found and foraged foods. She regularly runs workshops in preserving, fermenting and cooking so that others can experience the satisfaction of preserving the harvest.

Apr
28
May 5

Autumn Gardening Week

Friends are invited to join in the experience of spiritual community as we garden, worship, eat, relax and celebrate the autumn harvest together.

Course Costs: $44 per person per day fully catered, children under 12 free. Register here

Led by Shirin Richards, Helen Bayes, Jim Palmer

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Apr
23
10:30 pm22:30

Bungendore Harvest Festival - Silver Wattle Farm Tour

Silver Wattle Quaker Centre is establishing a productive food garden which follows permaculture principles, and invites you to visit their farm.

Helen Bayes will welcome the tour group and explain the establishment of the garden and orchard.

Farm Manager and Gardener, Shirin Richards will show you what she is doing with the garden and their transition to permaculture principles.

There will be two tours:  10AM-11AM, and 2-3PM.

Maximum 20 people per tour.

Cost is $20 per car load.  Please be sure to nominate how many people will be attending in the notes when booking below.

Book here: http://southernharvest.org.au/event/open-farm-tour-at-silver-wattle-quaker-centre/

Apr
23
Apr 28

Peace Witness in a Time of Endless War

Third Quaker-led gathering/workshop for Putting and End to War (PEtW). We aim to draw forth skilled occupation of public places and embolden public imagination to further peace and disarmament. Together, we will affirm the elders of this peace work, draw strength from Quaker testimony, familiarise ourselves with contemporary peace activism, and skill up in the use of digital media to get our witness noticed.

The workshop program includes:

• take part in the Anzac eve Peace Vigil at the Australian War Memorial and in the Anzac Day Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars March.

• share stories and group process with experienced peace activists aimed at building support and mentoring relationships

• design, accomplish, record and post to social media a peace witness at the gates of nearby HQ JOC, the military operational command centre near Bungendore.

Previous Gatherings were held in 2010 and 2012 .

Peace Witness Brochure Download

The full cost of the course is $450. Register here.

Subsidies are available for those who can't afford the full cost but you must apply in advance. If you need a subsidy choose the option Peace Witness etc. Subsidy application. Your application form will be forwarded to Helen Bayes, the Organiser. Register here.

Registration is open

 
Helen Bayes learned Quaker peace testimony as a child of her Meeting – international development, nuclear disarmament, peace and race relations. In her work-life she sought ways to serve peace and justice in various settings: town planning, welfare services, income security, detention.  Retired from public service, she became a full-time advocate for the human rights of children, particularly concerned about child soldiers, adoption, sexual exploitation and physical punishment.  Since retirement, as one of the Quaker Grannies for Peace, she has focussed on acting against military bases and militarised occupation of Palestine and West Papua.

Helen Bayes learned Quaker peace testimony as a child of her Meeting – international development, nuclear disarmament, peace and race relations. In her work-life she sought ways to serve peace and justice in various settings: town planning, welfare services, income security, detention.  Retired from public service, she became a full-time advocate for the human rights of children, particularly concerned about child soldiers, adoption, sexual exploitation and physical punishment.  Since retirement, as one of the Quaker Grannies for Peace, she has focussed on acting against military bases and militarised occupation of Palestine and West Papua.

Apr
14
Apr 17

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.

Course Costs: $66 per person per day, fully catered, children under 12 free.

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Tracy is a former Silver Wattle Centre Director and Rosie is her daughter. Tracy has had an interest in intergenerational worship and play amongst Friends and enjoys learning in the company of young people.

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Rosie has been a Friend since she was 18 months old and has been to every Easter camp at Silver Wattle.

Mar
27
Apr 1

Transformation in Life's Transitions

  • Silverwattle Quaker Centre

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Led by Anne Zubrick and Liz Mackinlay

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.

Course fee: $512 (single), $472 (twin/double) including all food, accommodation and tuition. Register here

To Register with a Meeting Pass click here.

Course code: TIT17

About the Course Leaders

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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.

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Liz Mackinlay is a registered nurse and a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia. She was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra, until the end of 2012. She is an adjunct Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University.

Feb
18
Feb 25

Sink Down To The Seed

  • Silver Wattle Quaker Centre

Contemplation and action

Led by Sheila Keane and Drew Thomas

This 6-day course is for those drawn to contemplative and faith-led ministries, or who are actively seeking to discern their own calling in life and 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.

Course fee: $896 (single), $826 (twin/double) including all food, accommodation and tuition. Register here

About the Leaders

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Sheila completed the two-year course ‘On Being a Spiritual Nurturer’ with the School of the Spirit (Philadelphia YM) in 1997 and has been active in teaching ministry for many years, including developing the Australian ‘Quaker Basics’ course.

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Drew deeply values our Quaker practice of inward reflection leading to outward action. He has been an educator and counselor 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.

Feb
13
Feb 16

Summer Gardening Week

  • Silver Wattle Quaker Centre

Course Leader: Tony Etherington & Shirin Richards

Summer gardening week is a time to mulch, harvest and make sure the garden is prepared for the hot summer weather. Come spend time away in the peaceful environment of Silver Wattle to harvest the food planted in spring and to sow the seeds of peace in your heart.

Tony loves gardening, keeps chooks and grows vegetables, but his great love is growing Australian native plants. He follows permaculture practices in composting, recycling and using all that is at hand. Tony has enjoyed many gardening weeks at Silver Wattle and looks forward to sharing his experience, while learning from participants

Course fee: $44 per day. Children free.  Click here to register.

Course code: WB0217