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Gathering 2015

Our Forthcoming National Gathering is to be held in Ballarat, Victoria 17-20 September 2015

Send your registration today. Registrations close 31 July 2015

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Registration Fee $450
Single Day Registration $100
Closing date for registration: 31 July 2015

To book your place Please download the Brochure and Registration Form
Return the completed registration form to
]an McEvoy, Administrative Officer
PO Box 16, Kogarah NSW 1485
Email inquiries:
Office Administrator Jan McEvoy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gathering Co-Ordinator Alex Scutt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ballarat is one of the most significant regional centres in Australia and is the site for the only armed uprising in Australia’s history – the Eureka Rebellion in 1854. The Centre for Australian Democracy, based at the site of this rebellion, the Eureka Stockade, is to open in May 2013 and will be well and truly established by 2015. With the theme of Eureka – Greek for “I have found” – this Gathering will tie in the spiritual and biblical meanings of “eureka” – finding and seeking – with the historical location, and our interest in Australian spirituality and Australian democracy.

In September, Ballarat is a very beautiful and picturesque location. Our location is to be Ballarat Grammar School close to the shores of Lake Wendouree and will make for a conference in a historic school, with a great communal feel with spring in the air as the weather warms up and there are signs of new life around us.

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Here are some of the advantages we will enjoy at this location:

Affordable prices
Boarding School accommodation with enough downstairs accommodation for the Wellspring Group but with communal bathroom facilities in all cases.
School cafeteria-style catering.
Use of spaces in the Wendouree Performing Arts Centre for plenary sessions and a large and versatile school chapel for worship.
Ethos in keeping with our own.
We can walk in and out without extra cost or time for cleaning.
Very close to Lake Wendouree for walks and relaxation.
Close to a railway station for those coming by train.
Beautiful time of year to be in this part of Victoria.

Cancellation policy
No monies can be refunded after 31 August 2015 . Everyone is strongly advised to take out travel insurance which covers cancellation. Arrival time is by 5.30 pm on 17 September.

The Ballarat Airport Shuttle bus departs at regular intervals from outside the Melbourne Tullamarine airport terminal and terminates at the Ballarat Railway station. Cost $34 per person. http://airportshuttlebus.com.au/
Regular V/Line trains run to Ballarat and Wendouree (nearest station to school) from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Fares $13-20 with Myki.
Train timetables to Ballarat and Wendouree
Transport between school and Ballarat railway station can be arranged. Alternatively, taxis cost $10-15.

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2015
Afternoon arrival, registration and settling in.
5.30 pm Dinner
6.30 pm Welcome to country and opening service
7.30 pm Overview of days ahead, introduction to theme, and introduction to Open Space technology.

FRIDAY 18 AND SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
7.00 am Breakfast
8.00 am Morning worship and bible study
10.00 am Open Space sessions (three 50-minute sessions)
12.45 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Afternoon sessions and activities
Lake Wendouree - parks and memorials - reflective walk
City Centre - reflection on Ballarat’s settler past and interpretation of landscape
Museum of Australian Democracy reflection on spirit, community and democracy
Possible visit to an indigenous museum or local place of significance.
4.30 pm Afternoon tea and free time
5.30 pm Reflection on the day
6.30 pm Dinner
7.30 pm A “Wee Sing” (Friday)/Ceilidh - singing, dancing storytelling (Saturday)
9.00 pm Prayers at end of day.

SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
7.00 am Breakfast
9.30 am Worship
11.00 am Open Space or activities
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Reflections on how it went and things we can incorporate into Wellspring life
3.30 pm Closing worship
4.00 pm Close of Gathering

The precise timings of this programme are subject to change.

It will be possible to organise stay-overs at the School on Sunday night at no additional cost. However there are no meals provided. There are shops, takeaways and restaurants in easy walking distance. To assist planning, please indicate on the registration form if you wish to do this. Accommodation with well-equipped kitchens is available.


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