WellSpring programs are facilitated by a range of people from diverse backgrounds. More information about our 2020 facilitators can be found below (listed alphabetically by surname).

Rosanne Arnott

Rosanne graduated as a WellSpring director in 2000 and completed a Masters of Arts (Spiritual Direction) Degree in 2015. She is part of the formation team who run Post-Graduate courses in Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Practice and delights in seeing the transformation that happens in the lives of those who participate. She also spiritually directs and supervises a number of students.


Peter Bentley

Peter has completed a Masters of Arts Degree looking at the relationship between Art and Spirituality and a PhD examining spiritual formation. He coordinates a team of trainers who run Post-Graduate courses as part of a Master of Arts course in the Spiritual Direction, Contemplative Practice and Personality, Spirituality and the Enneagram.


Bernadette Byrne

Bernadette is a spiritual director and completed her Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction with the Arrupe® Program. Bernie is passionate about leading silent retreats, giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and journeying with people as they come to deeper intimacy with God and Jesus. She currently works part time in community Aged Care and has a background as an occupational therapist.


Jo Chu

Josephine is a Wellspring Spiritual Director who is interested in seeing people enter into a deeper relationship with themselves, others, and with God; especially through music and the arts.


Rhonda Dingle

Rhonda is a Spiritual Director with WellSpring. She is committed to providing sacred, silent spaces of a reflective nature. She also enjoys her family, walking, gardening and swimming.


Marg Donald

Margaret is a spiritual director with a deep love for Celtic Spirituality, Centering Prayer, and the process of reflective art-making as a container for awareness. She is an experienced retreat facilitator and is passionate about offering creative silent spaces where each person can depth their own unique journey of the heart.


Lynette Dungan

Lynette Dungan is an experienced spiritual director and supervisor. She is a WellSpring ‘Art of Spiritual Direction’ formation team member and is undertaking PhD research on ‘Supervision with a Contemplative Stance’.


 

Graeme Garrett

Graeme is an Anglican priest, theologian and writer. He has worked in theological education within the Melbourne College of Divinity, Charles Sturt University and Trinity College Melbourne, with interests in ecumenical theology, social ethics, preaching, liturgy, film and cultural issues.

In recent years, together with Jan Morgan, Graeme has tried to develop a spiritual practice of attending to the ‘visible voice’ of the natural world, learning from Indigenous wisdoms. This confronting experience lead them to collaborate in writing and speaking about ecological challenges that face Australia today, particularly in response to the call and plight of the oceans. The title of their joint book is, On the Edge: A-Way with the Ocean.


Jennifer Guild

Jennifer has a long history with embodiment. She has a background in dance, is a physiotherapist and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of learning through movement. Jennifer is also a spiritual director and a member of the Spiritual Direction formation team. She has trained as a teacher of The Embodied Life work developed by Russell Delman, which has brought together her major interests in contemplative spirituality and the body.


Leslie Hanger

Leslie graduated as a WellSpring Spiritual Director in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and is undertaking studies in Master of Spiritual Direction. She is passionate about contemplative practices as a pathway for spiritual transformation and for an ever-deepening relationship with the Divine. Leslie meets with people for spiritual direction. She also facilitates retreats, workshops, and courses on contemplative practices.


Digby Hannah

Digby is a community worker, musician and author. He presently spends quite some time caring for two delightful grandchildren.


Marilyn Hinton

Marilyn Hinton is a spiritual director, completing the WellSpring Formation Course in 2000. Through this she developed a deep love for silence and found it to be a space of inner healing, refreshment and renewal, providing space for deepening our inner journey. She has facilitated a number of Soul Nurture Days / Retreat Days over the years at Wellspring as well as being part of retreat teams on other Wellspring retreats. She has also enjoyed introducing silent retreats in her church community. She is especially interested in people deepening in a loving, life-giving relationship with the Divine.


Marcel Koper

Marcel has over 20 years’ experience in the helping professions including counselling, management and teaching. In all his work, he emphasises the importance of self-care and attending to our own mental health. His approach is sensitive to where people are at in their life and spiritual journey. He co-teaches ‘The Art of Supervisory Practice’ at Stirling College with Joan Wright Howie (WellSpring Formation Team member).


MarDee Kaylock

MarDee is a listener, artist, funeral celebrant, mentor and spiritual director. She grew up amid conversations of life, death, God, football, prison and the rhythms of Warrandyte River. Through Spiritual Direction she serves church leaders, artists, and explorers in their pilgrimage, as well as offering spiritual direction in corporate and governance settings. She is an experienced retreat facilitator and the founding director of The Threshold Collective (a collective of skilled artisans helping folk in their end of life journey to share their stories). She also works as a a freelance writer and theatre maker.


Peter Leaver

I have been meditating at WellSpring for over twenty years and am still finding my way and would love to share your journey.

I am involved in and facilitate Men’s Work groups for over four years now and it’s one of the most worthwhile activities I have been involved in.

I am the father of four children and am very involved with my seven grandchildren.


Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee has trained as a spiritual director at WellSpring and enjoys encouraging people in the exploration of contemplative spaces in many different contexts.

She has had a love for reading and poetry since childhood and is particularly interested in the role of poetry, together with other forms of art and literature, as a means of story-telling and as an invitation to connect more deeply with the experiences of our spiritual journeys. Elizabeth is currently the co-ordinator of the WellSpring Poetry Network.


Linda Leigh

Linda is a WellSpring Spiritual Director who never wants to lose the sense of wonder this life offers. Linda also has a Speech Pathology practice supporting people to find true self-expression. Her passion is soul health – living out an ever-deepening relationship with God, who is Life itself.


Jo Lewis

Jo writes: I am a Spiritual Director with WellSpring. I delight in offering Soul Nurture Days, being on team with retreats and involved in all things contemplative.

Three days a week I am very privileged to work as a Pastoral Carer in Geelong. Amongst these and other things I am also a wife, a mother of three teenagers, someone who loves to walk at the beach/bush, be creative and drink strong coffee!


Ann Lock

Ann has been the Director of WellSpring since July 2012 and is a Baptist minister with over 20 years in pastoral and associated ministry. She left the world of business and industry to follow a call to ministry which surprised everyone, including Ann. The move to a deeper, contemplative way of life has been an experience of coming home and holds all that sustains Ann.

Ann and her husband, Garry, have three adult sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and two precious granddaughters. Ann loves walking on her local beach, dressmaking, cooking and reading.


Margaret Loftus

Margaret is a spiritual director and transformational coach, using the wisdom of the Enneagram to assist others in developing deeper levels of awareness in themselves and others. She is trained in the Narrative Tradition of the Enneagram and the Enneagram in Business.

She is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association, (IEA) and presented at IEA conferences in the USA and Asia.

Margaret has co-authored the parenting book Knowing Me, Knowing You which has been translated into Chinese and Korean.


Andrea Long

Andrea Long graduated as a WellSpring Spiritual Director in 2014 and completed a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Direction in 2015.

She is passionate about the art of deep listening and creating a safe space in which pilgrims might feel able to share something of their story and explore the sacred within that. She delights in the mystery of silence and the gift it offers in our deeper transformation. Andrea also works as a clinical nurse specialist in community palliative care where she feels privileged to journey with people as they enter into the final part of their lives.


Glenn Loughrey

Rev Glenn Loughrey, is a Wiradjuri man and Vicar of St Oswalds. His career has been diverse, pioneering, people-focussed, risky and lately academic and artistic. Glenn is also a spiritual director.


Mary McCowan

Mary McCowan is an experienced spiritual director who has been involved in facilitating silent retreats, and has a particular interest in visual art as a prayerful place.


Tim McCowan

Tim McCowan is an experienced spiritual director who has been involved in teaching prayer and enjoys contemplative activities like walking in nature, photography and reading.


 

Jan Morgan

Jan is passionate about our Earth-home and her book Earth’s Cry: prophetic ministry in a more-than-human world, was published in 2013. Her vocation has been in the field of pastoral care education at Peter McCallum Cancer Institute. She has developed an innovative course in eco-ministry with the University of Divinity.

In recent years, together with Graeme Garrett, Jan has tried to develop a spiritual practice of attending to the ‘visible voice’ of the natural world, learning from Indigenous wisdoms. This confronting experience lead them to collaborate in writing and speaking about ecological challenges that face Australia today, particularly in response to the call and plight of the oceans. The title of their joint book is, On the Edge: A-Way with the Ocean.


Jane Ormonde

Jane is a WellSpring spiritual director, graduating in 2017 and recently completed a Masters in Spirituality in which she focused on indigenous peoples’ connection to the Earth and the forgotten connections and longings of human beings generally to relate more closely to nature. Jane’s interests have led her to develop her own practises that support this exploration and she enjoys offering Nature Connection workshops to others who are seeking this. Jane also offers spiritual direction sessions outdoors, for those who are interested, as well as in more traditional indoor settings. Jane’s professional life has included working in pastoral care, counselling, communications, facilitation and refugee services for the Federal Government. She is a long-term spiritual seeker, a daily meditator and has had seasons of church involvement over her lifetime.


Chris Page

Chris is the minister of Toorak Uniting Church. He has co-led a monthly Contemplative group based on Parker J. Palmer’s model ‘The Circle of Trust’ at WellSpring for over 8 years. Chris’s spiritual influences come from the poets John O’Donohue and David Whyte, Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr and contemporary Celtic scholar John Philip Newell, among others. He is an experienced retreat leader interested in meditation and spiritual reflection drawn from the wisdom-traditions.


Kerstin Reimers

Kerstin is a WellSpring graduate (2016) offering spiritual accompaniment in Hobart. Her Masters in Spiritual Direction (2019) inspired this workshop. Kerstin is a Quaker, a seeker and dreamer whose soul is nourished by silence, nature and deep sharing.


Julie Robinson

Julie has been part of WellSpring since it began in 1996. She loves the gentle peace of WellSpring, especially the Poetry Days, Retreats and Art Conversations. She was born in New Zealand, is married to Ian and has three adult sons.


John Steward

John loves to speak and write about healing and forgiveness in difficult situations of conflict. He volunteers in the Cranbourne Australian Gardens, is a spiritual director, a supervisor with the Living Well Centre, and a member of WellSpring.


Grant Stewart

Grant Stewart is a qualified supervisor and spiritual director with experience in facilitating retreats and has served as a regional minister for the Baptist family of churches. At present he pastors a local church and is involved in a number of community ministries, including sports chaplaincy. His ‘sacred spaces’ include a yacht, various sea kayaks and a bicycle!


Liza Stewart

Liza Stewart is a wife, mother and grandmother whose background is in education. Her spiritual direction formation was at Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Melbourne. She is passionate about encouraging the exploration and integration of all aspects of life.


David Tacey

Professor David Tacey is an interdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual who works across the fields of spirituality, religion, analytical psychology, literature and continental philosophy. David grew up in central Australia and has a life-long interest in indigenous cultures. He has written many books on spirituality, and has a particular interest in the role and place of spirituality in secular societies.


Janet Turpie-Johnson

Janet is an Aboriginal woman who, over many years, has advocated for First Nations people. Janet was key to the development of Mullum Mullum – a community controlled Aboriginal organisation based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She is an artist. She served for a number of years as Anglican Priest in the Ringwood, Lilydale area of Melbourne and currently lectures at Australian Catholic University.


Roslyn White

Roslyn has been offering spiritual direction and retreats for more than 20 years in both London and Melbourne. Her home and purpose designed garden offer a haven for reflection and prayer. Many quiet corners create spaces for quietness and vistas for refreshment. Singing, sewing, gardening and writing poetry are some of her favourite activities.


Julien Winspear

Julien Winspear has had a love for reading and writing poetry and for deepening her relationship with God since her mid-teens. She completed an Honours thesis on a modern poet (Ted Hughes) at Monash University, after studying the development of poetry across the ages since classical times. She taught English and English literature for six years before family and Christian service became a focus for a lengthy season. She continues to serve in the church, including through leadership in the prayer ministry centre at NewHope Baptist. Julien’s poetry has always embraced her spirituality and, through her writing, she seeks to nurture encounter with the presence of God in his many expressions. The WellSpring Poetry Workshop offers the shared delights of growing relationship through discussion based on poetry and spirituality.