National Conference resources


In September 2020 a contemplative online gathering with the national ANSD community was held, where we
listened together to numerous voices of wisdom including:

Wisdom from the Earth – Cal More

Wisdom from Scripture – Sarah Bachelard

Wisdom from Artists – Doug Purnell

Wisdom from Wordsmiths – Richard White

Wisdom from Silence – Sally Longley



In September 2019 we held a conference in Melbourne. This included a celebration of 30 years since ANSD started and the inauguration of life members for their contribution to ANSD.

Below are the recordings from one of the speakers, Patrick Oliver.  We also make available reflections from the ANSD Life members.

Recordings from ANSD National Conference September 2019

Sessions by Patrick Oliver:  Dreams and Dreaming

Patrick has been accompanying folk for thirty-five years: ten in pastoral situations, and twenty-five years in specific spiritual direction.  He completed an M.A. in Studies in Religion (1994) and a PhD in theology and spirituality (1999).

Patrick was introduced to listening to dreams by his spiritual director back in 1980, and finds them invaluable in companioning.

Session 1  (Saturday morning)

Session 2A (Saturday afternoon)

Session 2B 

Session 2C

Session 2D

Session 2E

Session 3A (Sunday morning)

Session 3B

Our other speaker Brooke Prentice is writing a book which includes some of the material she presented. We value her contribution and insights, however they are not available to members.

Reflections from ANSD Life Members inaugurated at the 2019 National Conference