to Mar 1

Sink Down to the Seed

Sink Down to the Seed

23 Feb – 1 March 2018

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.

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.

Course cost (tba 11th Oct 17)



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to Mar 25

Transitions and Transformations

Transitions and Transformations

19 - 24 March 2018

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.

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.

Course cost (TBA 11th Oct)


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