Events from Other Groups

Common Dreams Conference 2019

The Fifth Common Dreams Conference  will be held at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney 11 – 14  July 2019 with Matthew Fox as the keynote speaker.

Matthew Fox, a 76-year-old elder, activist and spiritual theologian will be the distinguished international keynote speaker for the Common Dreams Conference in Sydney in July 2019. 

Make a note in your diary & plan to attend what will prove to be another exciting & stimulating gathering of progressives featuring leading international, Australian, & New Zealand speakers & workshop leaders. See   News  item for more details or visit their website. Common Dreams 2019



Listen into Life is a 4 year Residential Training Program in Spiritual Direction

(4 weekends a year) offered by Barnabas Ministries led by Sue Dunbar. The weekend intensives are held at St Joseph's, Kincumber. Applications for 2019  are still being accepted. For more information and a downloadable application form go to or contact Sue Dunbar E:

Soul Journey Companions is a transformative Journey in Spiritual Direction Training.

Sue Dunbar and Liz Anne Smith are co-directors of this program which trains/forms new spiritual directors in the Canberra area. A new cohort begins in 2019 for this 3 year ecumenical program in spiritual direction training. More details: or; tel: 6295 6766 or Liz Anne Smith; tel::0409 987 401.

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 Contemplation and Action Seminar  3 November

Organised by the Australian Christian Meditation Community

Venue: Pitt Street Uniting Church  Time:10am to 3pm. Explores the divine synergy of contemplative spirituality and social action.

Speakers include Jarrod McKenna, Donna Mulhearn and Jon Owen. Ticket prices: Early bird $40 / $30 concession (until Oct 10) or $50/$40 after 10 October Book here:

For further information and other ways to purchase tickets phone Paul on 0412 949 862 or see the flyer on the website


Toward a Good Relationship with Earth

Are you feeling distressed by global warming? Not sure what makes the biggest difference? Looking for spiritual direction through action and testimonies? This course discusses what works, using permaculture principles and a global and cosmological framework. You will learn:

  • Ways to live effectively
  • What has worked in other countries and situations where people are struggling more than we are in Australia.
  • A larger view of life and the spirit

For keen gardeners, consider staying on a few days to participate in the Spring Gardening Week (24-30 September). More details of this and many other programs are on their website

Nila Chambers Retreats 2019

Nila writes, "I’d love to have you join me on retreat next year. At this stage I have two weekend retreats organized and bookings are open".

Tues Mar 12 – Thurs Mar 14 : ‘Journeys to Thin Places’

The Celts knew of the thin places in the physical world and within themselves…..join me for meditation, music, dance, storytelling, prayer and intuitive activities designed to awaken and develop our secret inner places…places of heart and of intuitive depth…..

Hartzer Park Conference and Retreat Centre, Burradoo, NSW

Cost $325 per person including two nights accommodation in a private room, all meals and the program.



Fri October 4- Sun Oct 6:Drinking From the Sacred Well: an intuitive journey.’

Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, Bungendore NSW


In the Celtic world, wells were seen as sacred places where pure water sprang forth from hidden depths. In this retreat we will use Celtic imagery, text, music, dance, meditation, intuitive exercises etc to help us unfold our heart’s knowing….


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