Director and Program Coordinators

Kathy Cave (Managing Director of WellSpring)

Kathy grew up in rural South Africa, where Ndebele and Sotho people have lived for generations. Some twenty years ago she moved to the lands now called Australia and in 2022, relocated to the lands of the Kulin nation. She is curious and committed to cultivating and sharing a contemplative approach to life. Her experience from 30 years in management of investments and teams has given her opportunities to engage at strategic and administrative levels, in both profit focussed and not for profit organisations.

She has trained as a Spiritual Companion and Supervisor, has a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver and Masters in Christian Studies from Sydney Missionary Bible College.

She takes great pleasure in being outdoors, in particular, walking, swimming, scuba diving and watching waves.

Anne Pate (Program Director)

Anne migrated to Melbourne from the UK with her Australian husband in 2002. She completed the Arrupeâ program with a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction, has a Graduate Diploma in Supervision, and is finalising her PhD on the Fifth Week of life after the Spiritual Exercises. Anne is passionate about the transformative power of the Exercises and loves offering group retreats which combine imaginative prayer with creative practices. Anne is Missional Spirituality Pastor at Northcote Uniting Church, where she seeks to make the riches of the Christian tradition accessible in today’s context. Her life journey and professional experience in social work, research, teaching, and formation shape her open stance towards all who are searching for depth and meaning in life. Anne enjoys being at home with Daisy the mischievous Labrador, painting, and travelling. She joined the WellSpring team in February 2024. 

Bernie Byrne  (Referral Team Coordinator)


Bernie did her initial training as an Ignatian spiritual director as part of the Campion Arrupe Program in Kew, and is now also a spiritual companion with Wellspring and a member of the Referral Team. Bernie loves to offer silent retreats, and has given the Full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over 35 days on a number of occasions. “I love the dynamic of the Retreats and the silence which draws people into deeper relationship with God”. Bernie has a background in occupational therapy and has worked with older people and people with disabilities for over 40 years. Bernie’s interests include being with family and friends, music. Pilates, dining out and attending films and plays, social justice, and reading and praying with the mystics.

Margaret Donald (Retreats Coordinator)

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.