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2015 Gathering Ballarat

Our National Gathering in 2015 was held in Ballarat, Victoria 17-20 September 2015

ballarat 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. Visits to The Centre for Australian Democracy, based at the site of this rebellion, the Eureka Stockade, opened in May 2013 were highlights of our Gathering in 2015. With the theme of Eureka – Greek for “I have found” – this Gathering tied 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 was Ballarat Grammar School close to the shores of Lake Wendouree and had a great communal feel with spring in the air as the weather warmed up with signs of new life around us.

ballarat grammar school

Here are some of the advantages we enjoyed 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.

REGISTRATION

Registration Fee $450
Single Day Registration $100
Late registrations for day participants close on 31 August 2015

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.


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.

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

A copy of the Book of Proceedings from this Gathering is available by contacting one of the above email addresses.


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