August 2021 – What We’ve Been Up To…

Siloam 2022
We continue to receive interest from prospective candidates for next year’s Siloam Program.  A Taster session will be hosted by Rita Malavisi rsj, Marlene McGrath and Clare Shearman on 14 August 2021, via Zoom from 9.30am-11.00am AEST. (Whilst we had hoped to see some participants in-person, due to the likely extension of the Covid restrictions, the Taster session will go ahead via Zoom only.) We look forward to seeing all the people who have registered. This will be an experiential opportunity, and will enable participants to get a sense of what following the call to spiritual direction through Heart of Life means. For further details or to book click here.

Note that we’ll be repeating the Taster on Saturday 11 September 2021 – we’ll have more information soon.

Mindfulness & Meditation via Zoom – Drop in during August
With the success of our Mindfulness & Meditation Tuesday night series in July, we have extended this Tuesday night offering until 24 August 2021. Join us for one or more sessions of this centering and relaxing practice. Our qualified meditation teacher leads us in one hour of meditation and mindful self-compassion practice on Tuesday nights from 7.30pm-8.30pm via Zoom. To participate, pop us an email or call 03 9890 1101. Cost: $12.50 per session.

What Graduates and Current Students are Saying about Siloam
Past and present Siloam students are sharing their experiences of Siloam through a series of short videos that are viewable on YouTube. Click here to listen to a brief account of graduate Jovito Dales’ experience.

Heart 2 Practise (H2P) – ‘Spiritual Direction on the Margins’
H2P (our 2020 Alumni Program) hosted a thought-provoking professional development lunchtime session that attracted additional participants. Liz Lee, of Vision and Action, inspired us with her experience of working with those on the fringes of society. Liz herself was compelled to action when she read an article by Paula Ferris, which commented that spiritual directors need to “recognise that practicing addicts, still in their addiction, are not good candidates for spiritual direction, as is the case with any person suffering with untreated mental health issues.” Liz begged to differ, and has gone on to develop her spiritual direction ministry in prisons and with those who have no place to call their home. She also has big dreams for the future of this ministry. We are hoping she will come back to Heart of Life and run a longer session for us in the future.

Schools Team
This month, a team of four spiritual directors representing Heart of Life will facilitate workshops at a staff spirituality day for a high school in Point Cook.  This is the first of such initiatives being led by Rita Malavisi rsj, our Spiritual Liaison Manager.  If you are interested in working with Rita and our spirituality-in-schools work, please contact her via email.

With the Royal Commission recommending that everyone in individual ministry be the recipient of supervision, and the scarcity of trained supervisors on the ground, Heart of Life:

  • continues to offer individual and group supervision;
  • will soon launch its professional supervision program – the Emmaus Supervision Program – to train experienced practitioners in the art of supervision using the experiential Heart of Life methodology.
  • is compiling a list of accredited supervisors who can be approached for group or individual supervision (for publication on our website);

Please email us if you are interested in finding out more about any of these aspects of supervision.

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