Queensland region

Queensland Region

ANSD Members live in various locations in Queensland including the tropical far North, the dry North West and the South East of the State.

The network had its beginnings with a group who met with David Binns, Anglican Priest, at the Old Friary. Brookfield, over 25 years ago.

Today, the network is vibrant and energetic and varies its places for meetings and presentations.

There is regular email contact with Members and Friends wherever they live in this vast State.

Retreat days and offerings from ANSD and other like organisations are advertised in these communications.

 All are welcome to attend

The ANSD Queensland coordinator is Jo-anne Brown  Please RSVP to Jo-anne  for all events: email 

ANSD Qld 2020/ 2021 report

 

Friday, February 4. Margaret Wesley

9:30 for 10:00am – 3:00pm. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Please BYO morning tea and lunch

Quiet Day – HINENI: Waiting on God with receptivity and openness as we move into a new tomorrow.

HINENI is the word often used by prophets in the Jewish Scriptures when God called them. It means “Here I am”, and suggests receptivity to however God may choose to meet them. It is an empty-handed stance in which we admit we don’t have the answers and that we cannot control what God might say or be or ask.

As we move into a new phase of life with Covid-19 in 2022, we find ourselves feeling unsure, perhaps, of what new directions might be opening to us, and confused about where to begin this new journey.

This quiet day will give you time for reflection and meditation to simply be in this receptive stance and let God meet you where you are.

Margaret is an Anglican parish priest and spiritual director who has combined soul care, teaching and writing in various ways over nearly 30 years of ministry. She remembers reading these words from Isaiah 6 for the first time as a teenager:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” 

And joining with Isaiah’s, “Here am I; send me!” in a way that she knew would take her on a wild adventure. And it has! This quiet day takes her back to that moment as we all respond to God’s call to be present to our anxious world in a new way in the new year.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ashgrove. 10 Jubilee Terrace, Ashgrove

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Friday, March 4.  Carolyn Doherty

9.00am for 9.30am start – 2:30pm. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Please BYO morning tea and lunch.

Lenten Quiet Day – Face to Face with Jesus.

Today is a time for you … time to breathe …time to be gentle with yourself … a time to encounter, face to face, Jesus the Christ, who delights in each and every one of us. Through meditation, Lectio Divina and quiet time, we will journey with Jesus into the wilderness as we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with mind and heart renewed.

Carolyn has a passion for assisting others to recognize the beauty of who they are in Divine Love.  She has a Graduate Diploma in Theology (2007) and graduated from Ministry Education Commission Spiritual Direction Formation program in 2014. She has also completed courses in the Enneagram and Dream exploration.

 RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: Villa Maria Spirituality Centre, 123 Warren Street, Fortitude Valley (Park underneath or on the road)

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Friday, April 1.   Kathleen Mooney

9:30 for 10 am and finish 3 pm. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Please BYO morning tea and lunch.

Archetype, Symbol and Sand. 

In this workshop, we will explore Jung’s archetypes. Archetypes are the various energies that draw us to wholeness. We will look at how the archetypes can be expressed in symbols and we will use symbols to play in the sand. It should be a lovely day.

Kathleen Mooney is a Sister of Saint Joseph who has a Bachelor of Education, Grad. Dip. of Education (Leadership) and a Master’s degree in Social Science (Counselling). She has been a teacher and a principal of Primary Schools. She has worked as a counsellor for women and children, at MacKwood Life, using sand tray therapy and solution-focused therapy. She has attended many workshops and Master Sessions on Sandplay. She has participated in a conference on Sandplay in Switzerland and she has a certificate on Sandplay therapy through the Institute of Expressive Therapy. She had taught counselling at a tertiary level, to those interested in counselling children and adolescents, where sandplay was an important component. She had run many workshops on archetypes, symbols and sandplay work. Kathleen is now working at St Kevin’s School as School Pastoral Counsellor and at Romero as a volunteer counsellor and general helper for volunteers and asylum seekers.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: Villa Maria Spirituality Centre, 123 Warren Street, Fortitude Valley (Park underneath or on the road)

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Tuesday, May 17.  Judith Keller – ZOOM presentation

9.30am – 12.45pm.   Zoom connection details will be available to registrants in the week before.

Bring Breath Alive
Breathing as a spiritual practice is the overall orientation of our time together.  We will weave connections with one another and within Divine Presence through scripture, meditative practices, very easy movement (you can stay seated), the creation of your own breath prayer, music and stillness.  Before we depart, we will attune our own breathing and aliveness with the breathing together of all living beings with whom we share this planetary time. There are two sessions with a 30-minute break in between.  In the second session, we will share a time of stillness together for around 10 minutes, leading in with a simple breath and heart coherence practice.

Judith has an M.Ed (Rel Ed) from Boston Coll and a Grad Dip in Christian Spirituality and has taught at the intersection of education, spirituality and the arts.  Judith is now involved in community education, her local Botanic Gardens as a Guide, teaching circle dance, and Christian meditation.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $15 or what you can afford.

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Saturday, June 4.  Cheryl Coller

9:00am for 9:30 start – 3:00pm.   Tea/Coffee will be provided. Please BYO morning tea and lunch.

An immersive Enneagram Workshop:

  • Understanding myself & others through the eyes of the Enneagram
  • Own all of your life & help others.

Outline:

  • A brief introduction to the Enneagram as an image & growth system, including Cheryl’s work in SD with enneagram.
  • Brief description of the difference between behaviour & motivations
  • See a live version of each number & ask them questions (panel)
  • Experiences with another similar or different to my self-identified number…
  • Possibly of an ongoing community of growth.

Cheryl is a Spiritual Director and therapist currently working in Aged care. The experiences of her life in Occupational Therapy, full-time Ministry, motherhood and now grandmotherhood have blended beautifully for an interesting and full life. She has a passion for the Enneagram’s power to lead people to growth and fulfillment.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: Villa Maria Spirituality Centre, 123 Warren Street, Fortitude Valley (Park underneath or on the road)

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Saturday, July 16.  Tony Hempenstall cfc

9:30am (for 10am start) – 2:30pm.     Tea/Coffee will be provided. Please BYO morning tea and lunch.

Love At The Heart Of Universe: Harnessing the Energies of Love.

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

This day is a follow-up to last year’s topic “The Cosmic Christ”.

Brother Tony is a Christian Brother, Teacher, Spiritual Director and Retreat Director. He spent 15 years teaching in both primary and secondary schools in North Queensland and Brisbane. In the 1980s and 90s Tony trained in the United States in areas of spiritual companioning and spirituality and has spent many years working as a spiritual director, counsellor and facilitating retreats and workshops on the spiritual journey with particular reference to the middle years and transitions as they impact on the story of one’s life.

He has since studied and reflected deeply on the New Cosmology as presented by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme and many others working in that field. For some 15 years, he lived and directed The Archer Eco-spirituality centre outside Woodford in Queensland where he was a member of a team of religious who presented the New Story and Care of Earth spirituality to fellow pilgrims on that journey of spirituality. He now resides in Brisbane. He has a passion for telling the New Story and presenting the New Cosmology as a valid way to be Human and Christian in today’s world.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: The Archer Mountain Community, 68 Myleema Road, Villeneuve via Woodford.

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Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21. Denise Brosnan

Retreat Weekend: “Love’s Oneing: A Retreat about Contemplation”

This silent retreat is based on Kerrie Hide’s book “Love’s Oneing A book about Contemplation” which will be available in 2022. “May they be one” John 17:21

With Kerrie’s writing, we will visit some mystics as they share their wisdom.

There will be input, group meditation and times for individual reflection and creativity. Spiritual Direction will also be offered by Denise and Jo.

Denise Brosnan is a Sister of Saint Joseph who ministers in spirituality full time as a spiritual director, supervisor and retreat giver. Denise lectures and supervises in the St Francis’ Spiritual Direction Formation Programme. Denise has held various roles in Catholic Education and currently offers in-service to school staff in the areas of spirituality and scripture.  Denise is a qualified counsellor and sandplay therapist and often uses sand and symbols in her ministry. As an educator, Denise has ministered in various places including the Kimberleys, Western Australia, regional and outback Queensland and Timor Lester (East Timor) and continues to be connected with those who are often seen to be on the edge of society including those who have sought refuge or asylum.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Cost: (to be confirmed) includes accommodation, retreat materials, and spiritual direction.

Venue: Mt Alford Lodge, Mt Alford (near Boonah). Details to be confirmed (mountalfordlodge.com.au)

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Friday, October 28. Jenny Norman

10am – 2.30pm. You will need to bring all your own food and drink.

Quiet Day –  Attending to Wild Beauty in and Through Creation

At this precise moment in human history, it is vital that we bridge the false divide between the human and non-human worlds lest we risk losing the wild beauty that is our deepest nature and greatest hope. (Mary Reynolds Thompson, Reclaiming the Wild Soul)

Mary Reynolds Thompson suggests that a deeply precious and essential part of who we are as humans is endangered by a false cultural divide between the human and non-human worlds. This day is an opportunity to ‘be’ in the presence of Wild Beauty, to nurture our inner wild beauty and our oneness with all creation.

Our primary guides will be waiting for us in the natural world, as we deeply listen, opening ourselves to their wisdom. They will be supported by the wisdom of spiritual guides from the human world.

As Wild Beauty inspires us, we will have space for creative exploration, giving voice and form to the experiences and wisdom of the day.

Jenny is a 2020 graduate of the St Francis College Spiritual Direction Program and is now involved in local parish life and ministry at Camp Hill, Brisbane. She has a passion for nurturing spirituality and creating community at the edges. She offers group retreats in daily life, facilitates a weekly centering prayer group, and is often found in a local community garden. She is drawn to the natural world: regularly finding companionship, a sense of wholeness and inspiration in the nearby Whites Hill Bushland Reserve, and more recently in camping trips and swimming in the ocean. Dream-listening has a significant place in her spirituality. She participates in a dream group and the call of wilderness and Wild Beauty has been strengthened in her through the mystery of dreams.

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: Roma Street Parklands (to be confirmed)

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Saturday, November 12. A Morning with Patrick Oliver.

9:00 for 9:30am – 1:00pm. Tea, coffee, etc., will be provided. Please BYO morning tea and lunch.

Patrick works full-time in companioning others in spiritual direction and conducts retreats and workshops. Patrick is a teacher in the St Francis’ Spiritual Direction Formation Programme and was a keynote speaker at the National ANSD Conference 2019.  Patrick has post-graduate qualifications in Theology and Spirituality and is a self-published author. Patrick’s website: www.patrickoliver.net.au

RSVP: Denise: ansdqueensland@gmail.com

Suggested donation to ANSD Qld is $25 or what you can afford.

Venue: Villa Maria Spirituality Centre, 123 Warren Street, Fortitude Valley (Park underneath or on the road)

Patrick’s presentation will be followed by a planning meeting for the 2023 Programme. All are welcome to remain and contribute to this.

 

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