Coolamon Journal

The ANSD Journal: Coolamon

Coolamon is a vessel used by Indigenous people across the Australian continent, holding the elements needed to sustain the community as it moves from one place to another.

It contains what is precious so its contents may be carried, moved around, shared, passed on, celebrated and savoured.

ANSD’s Journal, Coolamon, seeks to be such a container for the ANSD community as it companions those on their spiritual journey.

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Coolamon is delighted to announce an expansion of the Editorial Team.

Could you be a valued member of this team?

If you wish to support the Spiritual Direction community in Australia, enjoy working collaboratively within an encouraging environment, and value the vision of the Coolamon Journal, please consider starting a conversation about joining our team by contacting Christina Gilbert as

The following key volunteer roles are currently vacant:


1. Participate in team meetings;

2. Manage electronic filing;

3. Monitor submissions and follow up;

4. Take minutes of meetings, circulate and update on Google Drive



1. Participate in Team Meetings;

2. Work with publisher to create initial design;

3. Help to source suitable images;

4. Edit format and design.



1. Participate in Team meetings;

2. Arrange for and promote the sale of the Journal;

3. Coordinate Journal sales;

4. Encourage and oversee Advertising submissions.

Publication Guidelines

Publication Guidelines have been revised and are available below.


Coolamon’s Vision

Coolamon seeks to be a vessel that carries and shares wisdom, inspiration and fosters connection among the spiritual direction community and the wider public interested in spirituality.

Coolamon’s Mission

To produce a journal which:

  1. Nurtures, inspires and informs ANSD members, and thereby supports the ANSD mission to foster SD as a vital ministry in the continuing transformation of all people. See Mission of ANSD
  2. Supports the professional development of spiritual directors in Australia.
  3. Provides a platform from which the wisdom and insight of the ANSD community might be shared; where we listen to each other as we each seek to develop our capacity to listen to others and to God.

Coolamon’s Aims


  1. To be an inspiration to spiritual directors and to share the wisdom and insight God gives them as they reflect on Scripture, life and creation and on their practice of giving and receiving spiritual direction.
  2. To increase the sense of connection within the spiritual direction community as we learn from each other.
  3. To support increased professional competence among spiritual directors.
  4. To be beautifully presented, in artwork, layout and language, so as to be a blessing to all who receive it.
  5. To unearth some of the deep wisdom held in the spiritual direction community and make it available to all readers.
  6. To assist in discernment of the movement of God’s Spirit within spiritual direction practice particularly in Australia and the southern hemisphere.
  7. To honour diversity and to respect individuals by publishing material from a variety of perspectives (aligned with the aims and values of ANSD and the journal).

 Webinar/Workshop Recording

Coolamon Webinar Panel Recording 


Writing EOIs and Abstracts

Coolamon team

Coordinating Editor

Christine Gilbert



Barry Donaghue

Christine Gilbert

Cecily Jensen-Clayton

Rena MacLeod


Graphics Designer

Louis Ferreira


Distribution Manager

Josie Gregory


There are many ways for you to be involved in or contribute to Coolamon.

To find out more please contact the Coolamon Editorial Team at: