Donate & Support

 

A New Invitation

19ed9787-f4e5-47d0-b201-68e39e02a44bOur goal is to see more people experience a “homecoming” to self, to the Divine, to one another, and to creation through WellSpring’s holding space.

You can share in this goal by becoming a

  • WellComer
  • WellMaker and/or
  • WellDigger

WellComers

Those who broaden the invitation of homecoming
through financial donations

To extend this invitation as widely as possible, WellSpring subsidises a number of our programs e.g. Retreats and Building Bridges. We have also increased our investment in the Formation Program through Whitley College to bring more people into these transformative courses.

You can be a WellComer and invest financially in our people by donating in a way which is convenient for you. You may also specify that your donation be allocated towards a specific area, for example:

supporting

  • someone to attend a retreat
  • facilitators to participate in the Building Bridges program
  • a Formation Team member e.g. a teacher or supervisor. (Most students use FEE HELP so don’t need sponsorship)

upgrading

  • the Resource Room (library) to make it a more useable space. (NB. Donations to the library are tax deductible and may be used for this upgrade)
  • our furniture needs updating! Make a donation towards a purchase of a chair, or chairs, for one of the rooms

See the monthly e-newsletters for specific giving.

Every gift is valued and makes a difference!

You are always welcome to talk with Ann Lock (Director) or a board member.

A Note about Why We Need to Increase Our Donations

WellSpring is grateful for previous financial gifts which have helped secure our cash assets, but the day-to-day budget is still vulnerable, with a small deficit forecast for this year. As an organisation, we must have sufficient cash resources to sustain our operations and, in the case of insolvency, pay out contractible and service agreements.

Click here to read our Treasurer Ben Norman’s explanation of why we need to increase donations while we have cash in the bank.

 

WellMakers

People who are part of bringing the vision of homecoming to life through volunteer contributions

We simply could not operate without those people who generously and enthusiastically share their time, energy and wisdom – thank you! The value of your gift is inestimable, and WellSpring is richer because of what you offer.

Ann Lock (Director) would love to chat if you’d like to be a WellMaker – contact her here or ring (03) 8578 1327.  Some areas for volunteers are the garden, office, baking goodies for events, sewing some new cushions and more.

 

WellKeepers

Organisations who strengthen WellSpring’s holding space through a formal partnership 
e.g. Ashburton Baptist Church, Whitley College

We are grateful for these partnerships and look forward to expanding in this area. Contact Ann here or ring (03) 8578 1327.

With blessings for the good of WellSpring,
Ann Lock, on Behalf of the Board

We value every gift – it makes a difference!

Click the tabs below to read about how you can help

Thank you for offering to donate your services to WellSpring in lieu of payment. We greatly appreciate your generous and practical support!

To help us ensure our records are accurate, we would be grateful if you could please complete the form below, specifying the services you are donating to WellSpring.

  • 2021: To donate services provided in 2021, please click here

An Invitation

Our goal is for people to experience a “homecoming” to self, to the Divine, to one another, and to creation through WellSpring’s holding space. We invite you to share in this.

 

WellComers

Those who broaden the invitation of homecoming through financial donations

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To extend this invitation as widely as possible, WellSpring subsidises a number of our programs e.g. Retreats and Building Bridges. We have also increased our investment in the Formation Program through Whitley College to bring more people into these transformative courses.

You can be a WellComer and invest financially in our people by donating in a way which is convenient for you.

You may also specify that your donation be allocated towards a specific area, for example:

Retreats

movieWellSpring’s Silent Retreats provide a variety of ways of making space to reflect on our life and spiritual journey.

Click here to view a 5-minute video slideshow by WellSpring member, Carole Poustie, of her experiences of a Silent Retreat at Santa Casa, Queenscliff.

Some feedback from participants at WellSpring retreats

The part I appreciated most was:

  • The warm hospitality and chance to rest or walk in silence.
  • The morning and evening prayer times centred around the theme for the weekend. So much thought had gone into the focus, the homily and the reflection sheets. It was such a beautiful way to start and finish each day.
  • There were so many good things about the weekend: the venue (including the food), the time to be out of every day life, the reflections and the welcoming nature of the leaders

You may like to donate to the Retreat ministry of WellSpring – you can do so below.


Formation Programs

WellSpring’s Formation Programs include:

  • The Art of Contemplative Practice
  • The Art of Spiritual Direction
  • Leading Contemplative Groups: Exploring the Work of Parker J. Palmer
  • Mapping the Soul with the Enneagram
  • Spiritual Formation: Shaping the Teachers and Leaders of Tomorrow

ASD-students-2017-Unit-3-300x219Here is one student’s reflections on the experience of completing The Art of Spiritual Direction.

“Being in WellSpring’s formation program has been a great gift to me of huge significance. It was so much more than simply a ‘study program’, it was my formation – my heart, my soul, my life, transformed and formed. And from this rich, deep, life-giving study and formation, I now have the privilege of being a spiritual director and also working in the area of soul care and wellbeing. I am deeply grateful.”

You may like to make a donation towards the WellSpring formation program – you can do so below.


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Ways to donate to WellSpring

If you would like to make a regular or one-off financial donation to WellSpring, you can do so in one of three ways:

 

1. Direct deposit to our bank account

You can make your donation through direct deposit into the following bank account:

Bank: Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633-000
Account Number: 154841936
Account Name: WellSpring Centre
Reference: Your surname + the word ‘donation’

Please also email us to let us know that you have made a donation, and with details of any particular area you would like it to go towards.

You may like to set up a regular donation through your bank/internet banking.


2. Cheque

Cheques can be made payable to ‘WellSpring Centre Inc.’ and sent to:

WellSpring Centre
PO Box 300
Ashburton VIC 3147

Please include a note with details of any particular area you would like your donation to go towards, and your name and contact details if you would like to receive a receipt.

 

3. Secure online credit card payment

square-payIf you would like to make a one-off payment to WellSpring, you can do so securely online using your Visa, Mastercard or Amex card.

 

 

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The importance of making a will

There are many good reasons for making a Will, one of which is that it enables you to decide how your assets are distributed after your death.

While family, friends and loved ones are usually the main beneficiaries of a Will, many people also take the opportunity to help charities or other organisations which have been significant for them.

A legal Will is the only way to ensure that your assets will benefit the people and organisations that you care about, according to your priorities.

If you don’t have a legal Will, it may be a good time to see your solicitor.

Bequests: An Ongoing Gift

A bequest to an organisation is a meaningful way to make a practical contribution after your death.

Not only does it bring a much needed investment into the organisation for the future, it is also a very satisfying way of saying ‘thank you’ to the people and ministries which have been important to you during your life.

A bequest to WellSpring will ensure continuing support for our ministry as we:

  • invite people towards a deeper awareness of God’s presence in everyday life
  • provide pathways for spiritual discernment and formation
  • encourage reflective engagement with issues such as justice, peace, interfaith understanding, indigenous reconciliation and care for creation
  • create a safe, sustainable, hospitable and prophetic community.

How do I make a bequest to WellSpring?

There are three kinds of bequests you can make to WellSpring – a specific gift, a proportion of your estate or a proportion of the residue of your estate.

You can choose to include one of the following statements in your Will:

  • ‘I give ___ percent of my entire estate to the WellSpring Centre of *’
  • ‘I give the sum of $___ to the WellSpring Centre of *’
  • ‘I give ___ percent of the rest and residue of my estate to the WellSpring Centre of *’

* ’10 Y Street Ashburton VIC 3147’

Also include the following statement:

‘I declare that a receipt issued on the authority of the Board shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executor or trustee for the said gift and my executor or trustee shall not be bound to see the application thereof.’

We strongly recommend that you consult your solicitor for the preparation of your Will.

Please let us know if you intend to leave a Bequest to WellSpring in your Will.

 

To download a brochure about making a bequest to WellSpring in your will, please click here.

Volunteers are valued members of the WellSpring community.

If you are interested in participating in any of the varied roles, please contact Ann Lock by email or on (03) 9885 0277.

 

WellMakers

People who are part of bringing the vision of homecoming to life through volunteer contributions

Clean-up-Day-2013-264x300We simply could not operate without those people who generously and enthusiastically share their time, energy and wisdom – thank you! The value of your gift is inestimable, and WellSpring is richer because of what you offer.

Ann Lock (Director) would love to chat if you’d like to be a WellMaker – contact her here or ring (03) 8578 1327.

Some areas for volunteers are the garden, office, baking goodies for events, sewing some new cushions and more.

 


 

Early Reminder!

Christmas Gathering and Thank You to Volunteers

Thursday 12 December 2019, 12noon (beginning with Prayer at Noon) to 2pm

The whole WellSpring community is invited to join the volunteers and staff for an end-of-year Christmas get-together. We will especially honour and thank the volunteers for their generous efforts during 2019.

Cost: N/A

 

 

Blessing of the Well

If you stand at the edge of this blessing
and call down into it,
you will hear your words return to you.
If you lean in and listen close,
you will hear this blessing
give the story of your life back to you.

Quiet your voice.
Quiet your judgment.
Quiet the way you always tell your story to yourself.
Quiet all these and you will hear the while of it
and the hollows of it:
the spaces in the telling,
the gaps where you hesitate to go.

Sit at the rim of this blessing.
Press your ear to its lip,
Its sides, Its curves
that were carved out long ago
by those whose thirst drove them deep,
those who dug Into the layers
with only their hands and hope.
Rest yourself beside this blessing
and you will hear the sound of water
entering the gaps.

Still yourself and you will feel it
rising up in within you,
filling every emptiness,
springing forth anew.

© Jan Richardson