The Art of Contemplative Practice: A Formation Program for Everyone (UD code DS9201W) is offered for those seeking to explore contemplation as a basis for living and ministry.

This program has the attraction of the following features:

  • A flexible program allowing participants to adapt it to their own circumstances.
  • Participants may benefit from completing this unit on its own or using it to lead into other formation programs. (NB: Completion of this course is strongly recommended prior to enrolment in the Art of Spiritual Direction.)
  • There is a good balance between teaching, practicuums and peer groups.
  • Both teachers and students come from diverse faith traditions and this adds to the depth and richness of the program.
  • WellSpring Centre provides an attractive venue and excellent resources for training.
  • The course is recognised by the University of Divinity – and the units may earn credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Spiritual Direction or Spirituality and the Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction/Spirituality). FEE-Help may be available for course fees, for those who enrol through the University of Divinity. (NB: The cost of the residential gathering is additional.)

For more information, please contact Rosanne Arnott.

Course Director: Rev. Dr Peter Bentley
Course Coordinator: Rosanne Arnott 

  • The team is made up of an ecumenical group of teachers and supervisors who are experienced spiritual directors. Together they bring a creative and balanced approach to this ministry.
  • Numbers are limited to allow maximum participation.

Course for 2018

NB: The Art of Contemplative Practice is strongly recommended before enrolling in The Art of Spiritual Direction Unit 1, and can also be taken on its own without progressing on to the Art of Spiritual Direction.

 2018 dates

  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January (9am to 5pm at WellSpring Centre, Ashburton) AND
  • Friday 9 February, 5pm to Sunday 11 February, 5pm (Residential Retreat at Don Bosco Retreat Centre, Lysterfield) AND
  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March (9am to 5pm at WellSpring Centre, Ashburton)

NB: Class size (minimum and maximum number of students) is designed to facilitate optimal participation.

Process for enrolment for 2018

Step 1:

Please complete the WellSpring registration form for The Art of Contemplative Practice prior to enrolling in the unit.

Step 2:

Decide whether to enrol in the unit for academic credit, or to audit the unit.

Enrolment for academic credit:

This unit may count towards a post-graduate degree in Theology through Whitley College.

Costs are as per University of Divinity schedule (15 point post-graduate unit).

Students who enrol through University of Divinity may be eligible for FEE-Help to cover course fees (NB: cost of residential gathering is not covered by FEE-Help).

The cost of the residential gathering is $250 including GST, payable to WellSpring Centre

If you already a student with the University of Divinity, contact the registrar at your own RTI (Recognised Teaching Institution) to arrange enrolment.

Contact for New Students:
Gary Heard
Coursework Coordinator
Whitley College
Ph: (03) 9340 8000
Dorothy Morgan
Whitley College
Ph: (03) 9340 8000
Non-academic credit:

There is also the option of enrolling in this unit for non-academic credit, at a reduced cost.

Non-academic credit fees are $1,320 including GST (payable to WellSpring Centre).

The cost of the residential retreat ($250 including GST) is additional.

An invoice for the fees for enrolment with non-academic credit will be sent to you for payment prior to the beginning of the course.

Students who enrol in the course for non-academic credit are still encouraged to complete the written tasks to gain full benefit of the course.

Rosanne Arnott
to enrol for non-academic credit

Step 3:

If you are wishing to also apply for/enrol in The Art of Spiritual Direction Unit 1 in 2018, please click here to read further details about application dates and processes.