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AECSD Gathering 16 – 18 July 2021

Community in Diversity Gathering of the Australian Spiritual Direction Community

As early beginnings birthed a creative vision for Spiritual Direction across Australia, a community of spirituality has connected and progressed the vision. Since those early beginnings we have journeyed in contemplative communion – together and apart – across this vast continent, in both place and time.

As we come to our National Gathering in 2021, we acknowledge our rich and diverse beginnings, dwell in the present moment together, and seek to gain a sense of tomorrow. On 16-18th July, we are offering exactly that; though apart, we can be together through conversations with founders, engaging with each other in the moment, and looking towards our next steps together. This is an opportunity to draw aside in conversation, shared wisdom, learning, and even audacious dreaming – a refreshment of spirit through the gift of a virtual gathering.


Friday evening we will hear from Jill Manton, founder of the Wellspring Centre in Melbourne. Jill and others will share some of the audacious dreaming that founded spiritual direction in Australia, as well as the essence of spiritual companioning which holds us in communion today, even in the midst of diversity. Saturday holds the invitation to listen to a number of voices and to join with others in dreaming of a way to bring communion. There will be a dozen or so different presenters representing marginalized groups, eg: disability, cross-cultural, sexual orientation, mental health, refugees. Participants will be able to choose which topics and speakers they’d like to hear, followed by a break out group for contemplative dialogue.  Sunday will see these threads drawn together as we seek a future for spiritual companioning in the midst of both communion and diversity. 

This is a gathering organised by AECSD including ANSD, CSD, Companions and others.

More details including speakers and costs will be on our website shortly:

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ANSD Friday afternoon meditation sessions 16 April – 2 July 2021







Breathing in the Presence of God

Lead me to the heart of life’s treasure,

that I may be a bearer of the gift.

Lead me to the heart of the present,

that I may be a sharer of your eternal presence.

John Philip Newell, Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter


Judith will facilitate online meditation sessions over 12 weeks. 

We will be online for around 45 minutes depending on the size of our group, around 20-25 minutes of which each Friday will be in sitting meditation.

  In the opening weeks we will draw from the wellsprings of indigenous wisdom expressed in Miriam Rose Ungunmerr’s Dadirri.

Judith is a member of ANSD and has led ANSD Reflection days in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, QLD. 

She is a facilitator of weekly online meditation and is currently a mentor in the Deeptime Network online course,

applying the New Cosmology,  she is leading a small international group exploring contemplative cosmology. 





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Melbourne event – 20 May 2021 – Conversations between cultures


Melbourne event



Thursday 20 May

Rev Glenn Loughrey: ”Conversations between cultures”

Rev Glenn Loughrey is a Wiradjuri man from NSW and a priest at St Oswald’s Anglican Church. He is an artist who
fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of storytelling. He often uses his art to reflect on the diversity of
Indigenous identity and it’s disconnect from the dominant culture. He explores his own journey of discovery to
reclaim the sense of country on a personal and community level.


Format:  Face to face  (10:00 – 2:00pm)

Email Pamela for further information




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Canberra Event – 29 May 2021- Quiet Day


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Queensland event – 22 May 2021 – Trauma and Transformation – Lisa Coles

Queensland event

 – Trauma and Transformation


Date and time:

Saturday, 22nd May 2021

9:00 for 9:30am – 3:30pm



Lisa Coles



St Francis Theological College, Milton


Tea/Coffee will be provided. BYO morning tea and lunch





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Sydney event – 5 June 2021- Deep Talk with Carolyn Handley


Rejuvenating Deep Talk Retreat

Saturday 5 June


As a spiritual director, you generously offer a caring presence to those who come to you.

Here is an opportunity to refill your own well. Come and take time to slow down and listen
for that “still, small voice” of the Holy Spirit as we reflect on Scripture, supported by
being in community with others. Come open to receiving the insights or inspiration you need to refill your well.


More detail HERE


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