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

Peter Bentley

Peter Bentley 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.


Austin Cooper

Austin Cooper OMI AM is a Senior Fellow of Catholic Theological College and member of the Department of Church History and the Department of Pastoral and General Studies. He lectures in Church History and Christian Spirituality. He is a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (omi). Austin has led retreats in several countries and published widely in matters relating to Christian Spirituality and Church History.


Elizabeth Delbridge

Elizabeth is a trained Spiritual Director and Anglican priest who left parish ministry to focus on spiritual direction. Elizabeth understands her vocation as “holding up the light” so looks for prayer practices that illuminate the spiritual life thus enabling people to see more clearly and live more deeply. She enjoys listening to music, especially piano, and creating an indigenous garden.


 

Rhonda Dingle

Rhonda has trained as a Spiritual Director with WellSpring. She is committed to providing sacred, silent spaces of a reflective nature and is interested in encouraging people to explore a contemplative way of life. She believes in the importance of honouring the uniqueness of each persons spiritual/life journey.


Marg Donald

Margaret Donald 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.


Janette Fernando

Janette Fernando began seriously writing poetry on her first trip to Central Australia in 1990. She is a member of The Wordsmiths of Melbourne – a Christian poetry group that has been meeting monthly for 30 years. Her first book of poems, Two edged, was published in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Australian Christian Book of the Year award. Her second collection, Patches of Godlight, which also includes some of her photography and prayer journals, was published in 2016.

Janette loves being married to Roger and spends much of her time relief teaching at Mt Evelyn Christian School, being Managing Editor of Poetica Christi Press, and looking after her eight grandchildren.


 

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.


Jodi Green

Jodi has been a spiritual director with WellSpring since 2013, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.  

Alongside her spiritual direction practice, she is passionate about the intersection of parenting and spirituality, and supports parents to explore the depth of their experience through WellSpring’s Soul Parenting program. Jodi also works as an ADHD Coach, specialising in supporting parents of children with ADHD and executive function challenges.


Jennifer Guild

Jennifer has a long history with embodiment. She has a background in dance and is a physiotherapist and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of learning through movement.

Jennifer is also a spiritual director and has trained as a teacher of The Embodied Life™ work developed by Russell Delman, which has brought together her major interests in spirituality and the body/movement.


Leslie Hanger

Leslie is a WellSpring Spiritual Director. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and is currently studying her Master of Spirituality. She is passionate to see people grow in their relationship with God. Leslie facilitates courses and retreats on spiritual practices which explore contemplation and its relevance to living, work, and ministry.


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.


Jess Holt

Jess is a Counselling Psychologist currently working with refugees in Melbourne Western suburbs. Over several years, she has performed many stories with Katherine Jones: African myths, biblical stories, traditional tales, fairytales to personal stories. Jess and Katherine have ran numerous storytelling workshops both within professional and community contexts, with the purpose of strengthening people’s relationships with themselves and those around them. Their passion is to create fun and warm spaces in which wisdom can be passed around.


Liz Johnson

Liz is married to Michael, with two gorgeous daughters Rebecca and Caitlin. She grew up in a Christian family and attended an Anglican Church. She has been a member of Ashburton Baptist Church since 1995, and has participated in a number of groups and taken on positions of leadership. Liz is a trained teacher of Japanese and English as a Second Language (ESL), and has taught for many years in different school settings.

Together with Keren McClelland, Liz will share the leadership of StudioKids throughout 2018. Both Keren and Liz are artists convinced of the importance of creative spaces for young people finding their way in the world. They have also lived in Japan and that experience including simplicity and beauty in the arts has also influenced their interests, artistic skills and commitment to this program.


Katherine Jones

Katherine works in the heart of Melbourne in Academic Publishing. Over several years, she has performed many stories with Jess Holt: African myths, biblical stories, traditional tales, fairytales to personal stories. Jess and Katherine have ran numerous storytelling workshops both within professional and community contexts, with the purpose of strengthening people’s relationships with themselves and those around them. Their passion is to create fun and warm spaces in which wisdom can be passed around.


Peter Leaver

I have no relevant qualifications; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

I have been meditating at WellSpring for over 20 years and still don’t know how to do it; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

I have learnt, through my work, that I should face each situation with an open mind and heart; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

I have learnt through my work to love the negative; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

I have learnt through my work that out of the deepest shadows come the brightest highlights; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

I have learnt through my work that out of the brightest highlights come the deepest shadows; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

I have learnt through my work to love your work; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.

But I have learnt that I have really learnt nothing, it has been given to me, free; so I offer all these, as me, to you for your consideration.


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.


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!


Monique Lisbon

Monique (widely known as ‘Mono’) is a published author and musician, and Administrator/Office Coordinator of WellSpring. In a past life she studied Philosophy and Theology, and she still enjoys spending time pondering what makes people and the world tick. Mono always has a project (or two!) on the go, and is looking forward to ‘chewing over’ ideas with others in a creative, social context in 2018, alongside Keryn Tolé in the ‘Chew and View’ sessions.


Ann Lock

Information coming soon…


Margaret Loftus

Margaret is an experienced teacher, counsellor, spiritual director, certified coach, workshop facilitator, author and speaker. Her expertise is in developing self-awareness, self-management and emotional and spiritual maturity.

Margaret uses the wisdom of the Enneagram, a sacred map to the soul, to assist others in developing deeper levels of awareness of themselves and others. Her passion is moving people toward discovering their authentic self, which is often hidden beneath the repetitive behaviours of the performing self. This can bring to life the gifts of one’s essential nature, encourage personal transformation and enhance relationships.

Margaret has co-authored a book, Knowing Me, Knowing Them: Understand Your Parenting Personality by Discovering the Enneagram. She has B.Ed; Grad Dip Couns; Professional Member of IEA (International Enneagram Association) Enneagram Teacher.


 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.


Andrea Mayes

Andrea was born and grew up in Canberra. Her first degree was a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management), which led to 10 years of environmental policy and program work with the Commonwealth government. Seven years ago, due to family circumstances, she moved to Melbourne. She started theological study at Stirling Theological College in 2012 and completed her Graduate Diploma in Theology in 2014. She started training as a spiritual director with WellSpring in 2014 and graduated in 2016. Her research paper in her final year was on The Role of Spiritual Direction in Preventing Burnout in Ministers.

Andrea also completed her Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction) in 2016 and her capstone research paper was on Incorporating Multi-faith Perspectives into Spiritual Direction. Over the past two and a half years she has been working for Churches of Christ Vic/Tas as a Data Processing Officer.  Andrea is an active member of the Uniting Church and involved in an inter-faith environmental group called GreenFaith/ARRCC.


Keren McClelland

Keren McClelland is an ordained Baptist Minister, currently part of the pastoral team at Ashburton Baptist Church.

Together with Liz Johnson, Keren will share the leadership of StudioKids throughout 2018. Both Keren and Liz are artists convinced of the importance of creative spaces for young people finding their way in the world. They have also lived in Japan and that experience including simplicity and beauty in the arts has also influenced their interests, artistic skills and commitment to this program.


Maria McCormack

Maria McCormack has been a WellSpring member for 20 years. She graduated in 2002 as a WellSpring Spiritual Director.

Maria is from the Catholic tradition of the Christian Church and is drawn deeply to all that points us to unity in our human family, and to all that leads us into relationship with all creation. Her spirituality is about ‘coming home’ to experience life with joy, gratitude and compassion; to finding the Sacred in self, in other, in all.

Maria with her husband Peter have raised a family of four children, and are now celebrating the lives of their two precious grandchildren.

Maria is a member of the Spiritual Direction Formation Team and is a member of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction (AECSD).


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.


Chris Page

Information coming soon…


Carole Poustie

Carole Poustie is a spiritual director, author and teacher of professional creative writing. Her deep interest in the transformative power of story has lead her on a fascinating journey into the connection between the self and the alchemy of the poem.


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!


Keryn Tolé

Keryn has been a member of Ashburton Baptist Church for 30 years and a passionate supporter of WellSpring since its inception. She volunteers in the office and has represented ABC on the WellSpring Board.

The natural world is integral to her understanding of the sacred.


 

Tess Veenker

Tess writes: I am a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart and have been in this Congregation for over 40 years. In my early years of religious life I was a primary school teacher. Then after some time of teaching I was asked to become involved in Formation within our Congregation. In order to prepare more fully for this call I completed the Siloam Course at Heart of Life where I was invited to remain as a staff member. It was at Heart of Life that I met Jill Manton who invited me to work with her in the early beginnings of WellSpring.

After many years of working with Jill in the Formation Course I was asked to take on the leadership of our Province here in Australia which eventually led to another administrative call of leadership internationally.

I very much believe in the ecumenical aspect of WellSpring and the importance of its existence in our world today. I bring to the Board my many and varied experiences and also my deep heartfelt love and belief in the continued development of WellSpring.


Sally Wall

Sally graduated as a WellSpring Spiritual Director in 2013.

She loves providing reflective spaces for people to take time out to listen and ponder over life’s joys, sorrows and mysteries. She is passionate about social justice issues and committed to getting along side those at the edges of our society.