Art of Contemplative Practice 2

Recipient of Exception Report Commendation from the Vice Chancellor, University of Divinity

This Commendation is for an outstanding result based on student feedback in 2019

Lecturers: Rev Dr Peter Bentley + Spiritual Formation Team

This online unit explores the various forms or stages of contemplation relating to the shifts in our awareness of our relationship with the Divine. The application of contemplative practices associated with these forms or stages are examined to ascertain their influence on deepening awareness of personal spiritual development, vocational discernment, communal engagement and the development of global perspectives.

Art of Contemplative Practice 1 is recommended, but not required, for Art of Contemplative Practice 2.

Watch a short video trailer with lecturer, Peter Bentley

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate evidence of personal reflection and integration of concepts by:

    1. Articulating an historical framework for the development of contemplation through Christian history from the early Church to the current era.
    2. Demonstrating a clear understanding of contemplation and its relationship to other spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer and intercession.
    3. Developing a critical awareness of the unique aspects of the various forms of contemplation.
    4. Engaging in critical examination of their own spiritual practices as they relate to contemplation.
    5. Describing the relevance of contemplative practices to engagement with the world and diverse contexts and cultures of ministry.


2022 Enrolment and Costs

Academic Credit:

This unit can be taken for academic credit through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity.


UD code: DS9202W

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

More information from the Whitley website.

2022 dates:

  • Thursday 1 September, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Thursday 8 September, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Thursday 15 September, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Thursday 22 September, non-teaching
  • Thursday 29 September, non-teaching
  • Thursday 6 October, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Thursday 13 October, 9am to 8pm (Retreat day 9:30am to 8pm)
  • Thursday 20 October, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Thursday 27 October, no class scheduled
  • Thursday 3 November, (Retreat day 9:30am to 8pm)
  • Thursday 10 November, 9.30am to 2pm 
  • Thursday 17 November, 9.30am to 2pm

In 2022, this unit will be offered by Zoom only.

Process for enrolment for 2022

Step 1:

Please complete the WellSpring registration form for The Art of Contemplative Practice 2 prior to enrolling in the unit with Whitley College.

Step 2:

Decide whether to enrol in the unit for academic credit or register as an audit participant. Both options happen through Whitley College.

Enrolment for academic credit:

This unit may count towards a postgraduate award through Whitley College, a teaching college of the University of Divinity.

Costs are as per University of Divinity fees schedule for 2022, $2732 (postgraduate single unit).

Eligible* students enrolling for academic credit may defer the payment of fees through the FEE-HELP loan scheme.

(*Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa.)

If you already a student with the University of Divinity, contact the registrar at your own Home College to arrange enrolment.

Contact for New Students:

Dorothy Morgan
Whitley College
Ph: (03) 9340 8000

There is also the option of auditing this unit, at a reduced cost. Auditing:

Fees for auditing for 2022 ($1,366) are payable in full to Whitley College at the time of registering as an audit participant.

Participants who audit the unit are encouraged to complete the written tasks to gain full benefit.

NB: If you choose to register as an audit participant, no academic credit can be claimed for the unit, either at the time of enrolling or retrospectively.

To register as an audit participant:

Please download/complete this form and return it to Dorothy Morgan, Registrar at Whitley College.