Our theme is “Grounded”
Our keynote speaker will be Alan Jamieson
Alan recently completed his spiritual direction training with Te Wairua Mahi, and has for many years been Senior Pastor at Christchurch’s South West Baptist Church. Alan also teaches Missional Leadership and Christian Spirituality at Carey Collage and is the new general director of the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society.
Alan Jamieson is well-known within New Zealand churches for his well-researched and thought-provoking writings on the relationship between church, faith and culture in New Zealand. We are excited that he is available and willing to share with us.
Bed linen and towel is supplied
- You can choose to share a room, and indicate a preference of who you might like to share with
- There are some Single bed options – though these are limited, so get in early.
- If you have accommodation nearby you can live out, all meals except breakfast are included in the price
- You can stay Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Sunday
Flights are already available for September 2021 with Air NZ, so for those of you wanting to arrange transport, know that registrations will open at 9am, ready for a 10am start on Friday – and we will finish after lunch on the Sunday. In due course we will ask who needs help with getting from the train station in Waikanae to El Rancho itself. When booking flights – remember that there is also an Open Day on the Thursday from 10-4pm
Seminars/Workshops at Grounded
1. He Tūrangawaewae: finding our feet – Adrienne Thompson
For our directees and ourselves, a spirituality grounded in the land and history of Aotearoa. As a way into this kaupapa we will connect with the landscape and stories of Waikanae – the river, the estuary and the Island, the Iwi Māori and the Iwi Pākehā who have made their homes here over the centuries.
2. Tangata Tū ki te Whenua …. – Phil Cody
A shared exploration of what Māori may teach us about being grounded. Looking at aspects such as Identity, Creation, Soil and Sea, Humour…
3. Getting to know your shadow side – John Axcell
An introduction to our shadow side; that part of our self that we reject, repress and deny. The workshop will look at how our shadow side develops and what effect it has on our life. We will then explore the idea that until we undertake the work of accepting and welcoming the dark side within us, we cannot be balanced or whole.
4. Companioning – the move towards greater Intimacy – Pip Nichols
During the session we will look at the Intimacy that Jesus had with God – that he named him ‘father’ and how we too can know and invite others to know the same Intimacy. (It would be helpful for attendees to have a practice of silent contemplative prayer.)
5. Hints for a Discerning Life – Srs Mary Kay, Clare O’Connor and Anne Powell
Ignatius of Loyola gave us some guidelines for living a discerning life based on his own experience. Today we’ll take time so you can learn from your own experience.
- How do we recognize the call of God?
- Remember that discerning is always a present event…
- Life is an ever changing journey…
6. Whakaaroaro – to ponder, consider, contemplate
Would you like to connect with others, process what you’ve been receiving, or a bit of both? This is a dedicated contemplative room available during all Seminars
As in previous years, there will be a preceding “Open Day” (also open to non ACSD members) on Thursday 2nd September 2021, from 10am till 4pm at various venues around Wellington
This will be in a location closer to Wellington City (TBA). Transport options to get you and your luggage to Waikanae at the end of this day will be explained nearer the time.
The emphasis is on Professional Development, and we are excited to offer at least four different workshops from which you can select the one that best suits you… full details coming soon!
In order to honour our commitment to caterers and venue hire, cancellations received after 31 July 2021 will NOT be eligible for a refund.
What about Covid?
For those who are unsure about how Covid-19 might affect the TE. El Rancho has assured us that if the event cannot go ahead on the due date due to a rise in Alert Levels that the event can be moved to another date and the deposit ACSD has paid to El Rancho transferred across. Should you not be able to make the new dates ACSD will refund you your fees less a non-refundable deposit for administration costs of $20. If you choose to leave your TE fees with ACSD, ACSD will guarantee that you will not pay anything extra should the TE fee need to go up for the new dates. Anyone who is refunded their Sept 2021 TE fee will have to pay any increase in TE fee for the new dates.