Seminars & Courses 2023

Our 2023 Program will be available at the end of 2022.  In the meantime, our seminars and some of our reflection events are listed below.

Early bookings can be made directly with our office by telephoning (+61 3) 9890 1101 or via email to info@heartoflife.melbourne

We invite you to check this page regularly as new reflection events are added.  Occasionally, dates of events need to be changed – these are kept updated on this page as well as the downloadable Program.

 


What’s Coming Up in 2023… Seminars in Semester 1:


Religious Experience (…in-person and online)
(Peter Malone msc, BA(Hons), STL, DTheol (Honoris Causa))

14 x Mondays, 9am-10.45am, 13/2/23 to 5/6/23, $475

The varieties of religious experience, Biblical and theological foundations, symbols and storytelling, as well as religious experience as the focus of spiritual direction, are examined and reflected upon.


Discernment (…in-person and online)
(Jeff Hood, BSc(Psych), BPA, MA, M Tesol, DTS, GDSD, Dip Min, Grad Dip Couns, Dip Ed)

14 x Mondays, 9am-10.45am, 13/2/23 to 5/6/23, $475

This seminar is for those who wish to explore the spiritual movements of God in our own lives, and in the lives of those we walk alongside. How do we make good decisions? How do we know if something is of God or something we wish for ourselves or are they the same? Over 14 weeks, we will explore the ancient tradition of spiritual discernment and how this can guide us in everyday life.


The Nature of Human Experience and the Human Experience of the Divine (…in-person and online)
(Robyn Reynolds olsh, BA(Hons), MA, PhD)

14 x Mondays, 11am-12.45pm, 13/2/23 to 5/6/23, $475

This seminar is an opportunity to slow down and grow in appreciation of the rich tapestry of God in our lives, providing insights that help us to remain with another in their struggles and their joys. It offers space to reflect on experiences described by classical writers about God and prayer, and to explore our own experience of God, while incorporating visual and narrative arts, images and imagination.


Spirituality of Human Life Stages A (…in-person and online)
(Dr Lynn Moresi, DMin, MMin, GradDipSD, BBibStud, CertIVTAE, CertIVCelebrancy)

14 x Mondays, 11am-12.45pm, 13/2/23 to 5/6/23, $475

This seminar is for those who wish to explore how we grow spiritually over a lifetime, to enable us to hear and hold another’s story and come alongside them as they stretch and grow with God in their daily life. Several ‘life stage’ models of human development are examined, along with the spiritual aspects of more serious mental health problems. Cross-cultural factors are also examined to enable us to respect the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals.


Spirituality of Human Life Stages B (…in-person)
(Dr Lynn Moresi, DMin, MMin, GradDipSD, BBibStud, CertIVTAE, CertIVCelebrancy)

14 x Wednesdays, 9am-10.45am, 15/2/23 to 31/5/23, $475

This seminar examines the role of emotions in forming healthy self-awareness and development; processing anger; acknowledging shame; recognising our moral agendas; the core virtues of faith, hope and love. It also examines a spiritual director’s understanding of how the range of both painful and affirming emotions contribute to a person’s self-engagement and relationships with others. Painful emotions, grief and loss, gender identity and sexuality, and love and friendship will be explored from the developmental perspective.


Grace & Conversion (…in-person)
(Robyn Reynolds olsh, BA(Hons), MA, PhD)

14 x Thursdays, 9am-10.45am, 16/2/23 to 1/6/23, $475

Grace may be recognised, rejected or received in our lives. This seminar is for anyone who wishes to explore their life experiences and allow God to invite them to enter more deeply into our humanity, with all its ambiguities, so we can better listen and accompany others in their lives. We examine the nature of divine grace and explore manifestations of grace in revelation, life events, creation, and human experience. In weeks 8-14, we reflect on the experience of conversion, from the perspectives of theology, human development theory and our own lived experiences.


What’s Coming Up in 2023 … Seminars in Semester 2:


Ecological Spirituality (…in-person and online)
(Peter Hay, DipTeach, BEd, BA, BTheol, Grad Dip Spir Dir, MA Spir Dir, Supervisor: Australasian Association of Supervision)

14 x Mondays, 9am-10.45am, 17/7/23 to 6/11/23, $475

This seminar is for all with a passion for our earth, who are wondering how we, as Christians, are called to impact our world and support those around us in their struggles too. It invites us to contemplate God at the heart of the dynamic, evolutionary universe, and explores the ways we may understand ourselves and our relationships within this inter-related and inter-dependent community of life.


Spirituality of Human Life Stages B (…in-person and online)
(Dr Lynn Moresi, DipTeach, BEd, BA, BTheol, Grad Dip Spir Dir, MA Spir Dir, Supervisor: Australasian Association of Supervision)

14 x Mondays, 9am-10.45am, 17/7/23 to 6/11/23, $475

This seminar examines the role of emotions in forming healthy self-awareness and development; processing anger; acknowledging shame; recognising our moral agendas; the core virtues of faith, hope and love. It also examines a spiritual director’s understanding of how the range of both painful and affirming emotions contribute to a person’s self-engagement and relationships with others. Painful emotions, grief and loss, gender identity and sexuality, and love and friendship will be explored from the developmental perspective.


Grace & Conversion (…in-person and online)
(Robyn Reynolds olsh, BA(Hons), MA, PhD)

14 x Mondays, 11am-12.45pm, 17/7/23 to 6/11/23, $475

Grace may be recognised, rejected or received in our lives. This seminar is for anyone who wishes to explore their life experiences and allow God to invite them to enter more deeply into our humanity, with all its ambiguities, so we can better listen and accompany others in their lives. We examine the nature of divine grace and explore manifestations of grace in revelation, life events, creation, and human experience. In weeks 8-14, we reflect on the experience of conversion, from the perspectives of theology, human development theory and our own lived experiences.


Professional Standards in Ministry (…in-person and online)
(Clare Shearman, BA(hons), MBA, Grad Dip Spir Dir (Siloam), Grad Dip Supervision, Supervisor: Australasian Association of Supervision)

14 x Mondays, 11am-12.45pm, 17/7/23 to 6/11/23, $475

This seminar is for all who are interested in living an ethical life, with a focus for people in ministry – priests, pastors, chaplains, pastoral carers, professional supervisors and spiritual directors. It studies the philosophy of ethics and provides an opportunity for us to consider our lived experience of taking (or not taking) ethical stances. It will encourage us to develop our own personal ethical framework. It will also look at professional standards in different disciplines in light of the findings of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.


Discernment (…in-person)
(Jeff Hood, BSc(Psych), BPA, MA, M Tesol, DTS, GDSD, Dip Min, Grad Dip Couns, Dip Ed)

14 x Wednesdays, 9am-10.45am, 19/7/23 to 8/11/23, $475

This seminar is for those who wish to explore the spiritual movements of God in our own lives, and in the lives of those we walk alongside. How do we make good decisions? How do we know if something is of God or something we wish for ourselves or are they the same? Over 14 weeks, we will explore the ancient tradition of spiritual discernment and how this can guide us in everyday life.


The Nature of Human Experience and the Human Experience of the Divine (…in-person)
(Robyn Reynolds olsh)

14 x Thursdays, 9am-10.45am, 20/7/23 to 9/11/23, $475

This seminar is an opportunity to slow down and grow in appreciation of the rich tapestry of God in our lives, providing insights that help us to remain with another in their struggles and their joys. It offers space to reflect on experiences described by classical writers about God and prayer, and to explore our own experience of God, while incorporating visual and narrative arts, images and imagination.


What’s Coming Up in 2023 … Reflection Events:


Understanding Your Personality Type:  Gifts Differing (…in-person event)
(Peter Malone msc, BA(Hons), STL, DTheol (Honoris Causa))

Saturday 18/3/22, 10am-3.30pm, $60 (BYO lunch)

Our graced selves, praying, communicating…

This is a Myers Briggs reflection day. Attendees can complete the Personality Type Indicator form on the day.


Pondering Grief (…in-person event)
(Linda Espie, BA, Grad Dip Soc Sc, Grad Dip Hum Serv Admin, Grad Dip Experiential Creative Art Therapy, Assoc Dip Arts Welfare Studies, Adv Dip Gestalt Therapy)

Saturday 20/5/22, 10am-3.30pm, $80 including materials (BYO lunch)

This day offers an invitation to reflect on and honour our inner life of change and transition. With creativity, space and gentle guiding support, this workshop will offer a sacred place for the breadth of human experiencing and spirit to guide individual exploration.


Passion on the Big Screen:  A Day at the Movies with Peter Malone msc (…in-person event)
(Peter Malone msc, BA(Hons), STL, DTheol (Honoris Causa))

Saturday 17/6/22, 10am-3.30pm, $60 (BYO lunch)

We always acknowledge Jesus as the Word made Flesh. But, Colossians I proclaims Jesus as the Image of the Invisible God. Religious images have always been part of spirituality. The 20th century saw moving images emerging on screens, cinemas, television, and new modes of streaming. How can we relate to these images as vision for our spiritual lives? Images, symbols, visual metaphors, Christ-figures? We appreciate Lectio Divina.  Here we respond to Visio Divina, clips from movies, their challenge.