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DREAMS AND PRAYERFULNESS SERIES

(limited to five participants each)

This series (offered three times on three different days of the week) is a way for participants to learn how to listen to dreams, through sharing their dreams with each other. Patrick will facilitate the listening, and draw out helpful points to keep in mind.

This small-group method has proved itself to be an invaluable way for not only those taking part to learn how to approach their own dreams, but also for others in the group to learn something valuable for themselves through the dreams of others. We've found it helpful to ask ourselves, "What if your dream were mine? Would there be something valuable in it for where I am at the moment?"

 

Workshop offerings:

 THURSDAYS August 1, 8, 15 and 22  9.30am - 12.45pm  (RSVP: 25th July)

 OR

FRIDAYS  October 11, 18, 25, November 1   9.30am - 12.45pm  (RSVP: 4th October)

OR

WEDNESDAYS   November 6, 13, 27, December 4 (not Nov.20)  9.30am - 12.45pm  (RSVP: 30th October)

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera.

Cost: $160 in total. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

 

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The Experience of Dreams and the Experience of Our Soul:

becoming more attentive to the healing nature of our dreams

 

a two-day exploration 29th and 30th October 2019

 

led by Dr Patrick Oliver

 

A workshop suitable

for those who accompany others in the helping professions and ministry,

or for those who simply wish to be more present to the gift of their dreams.

 

Dreams receive a mixed welcome in our present culture. On one extreme, some deride them as nothing more than curious phantoms of the night, signifying nothing. On the other extreme, some exult them as providers of instant solutions for every circumstance.

In these two days, Patrick will approach the phenomenon of our nightly dreams from the vantage point of the soul – which he sees as our capacity to become truly present to the opportunities to participate in loving relationship. Patrick regards dreams as a valuable way to listen to these invitations into freedom, truth and “lightness of being”, which are offered us through daily life and our interactions.  

Investigating dreams needn’t be the preserve of learned professionals. They are given to us all, and we can help each other be present to them reverently. The best parts of ourselves usually can know what gift the dream is offering us, with just a little help, a little space and warm encouragement from others. Of course, no workshop can answer every question or resolve every dream experience. A little information though can help a lot!

 

The workshop aims to

·               help participants appreciate the nature, purpose and language of dreams;

·               provide helpful questions to ask oneself or another person, to unfold the richness of the dream content in a relaxed, reflective and respectful manner;

·               help participants to appreciate the richness of soul within themselves and within others, through the exploration of nightly dreams, and to apply this to daily life.

 

You are invited to bring a dream or two along to the workshop,

so you can share it with a small group if you wish (no obligation!).

 

VENUE: The Bonaventure Professional Learning Centre, Mt Alvernia College, 82 Cremorne Road, Kedron.

TIMES: 9.30am – 4.00pm each day.

COST: $200. This is to be paid by RSVP date. Bank deposit details can be provided when you book.

RSVP: Thursday 17th October. Please reply to patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

Bring lunch with you. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

For any further queries regarding the day, please phone Patrick on 0408 062676.

 

- A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the second day -

 

The Infinite Circle of Grace Level Two:

a training course

 

Three Wednesdays 9.30am – 12.45pm

12th June, 19th June, 26th June

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $120. This includes $90 for the three sessions, plus $30 for hire of the hall for three weeks. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

A minimum of ten participants is required for the course to proceed.

RSVP date: 4th June. This booking confirmation is needed, as I am required to pay a prior deposit for use of the hall.

 

This course is designed to sharpen the participants’ awareness of the impact of our soul-joy and soul-pain, in how we all meet and try to engage with life’s vicissitudes and challenges. It highlights how the individual story is within a larger story of redemption.

Emphasis is placed upon assisting participants to listen for the clues and indicators in others’ stories, so they can help them to identify patterns not only of behaviour but of motivation. The course primarily is about assisting others to recognize grace in their life story – even if their life circumstances have not been particularly palatable.

This course would be particularly helpful for those in pastoral and ministry roles, as well as those working in the areas of psychology, social work etc. However anyone familiar with Patrick’s “Infinite Circle of Grace” approach and wishes to deepen their appreciation of the enneagram is welcome to participate.

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course for those who have attended all of the sessions.

TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

 

HARVESTING THE YEARS:

a five-morning exploration of our life’s unfolding

Five Tuesdays, 9.30am – 12.45pm

16th July, 23rd July, 30th July, 6th August, 13th August

This course is limited to five participants

Venue: St John the Baptist church hall, Cnr. Pickering St and South Pine Road, Enoggera

Cost: $200. This amount can be paid in weekly instalments of $40.

RSVP date: 8th July.

This five-morning series offers opportunities to explore and appreciate how grace has been with us through the ups and downs of our lives.  It helps us to respond to the question which can arise in all of our lives at some stage or another: “What’s it been all for?”

Perhaps many of us spent our first few decades trying to mould an image that could we imagined could cope with the ups and downs of life. We may have tried hard, but often it seemed that we could never be good enough, successful enough, holy enough or tough enough.

 

Perhaps we found that life circumstances took us into waters where our former perspectives could no longer hold: perspectives about life, religion, God, parents, family, culture or ourselves could no longer meet the reality of a broken world. Yet somewhere along the line we learned that love couldn’t be earned, that peace of soul couldn’t be bought, and that forgiving life for being imperfect was the only way through.

 

Through it all, the Spirit has been trying to constantly convert us. Can we gain a sense of what God has been up to through our years? Can we come to an appreciation of how grace has been calling forth and moulding something beautiful – within and through the earthen vessels that we are?

 

This series would be valuable not only for individuals reflecting upon their own life’s journey, but also for those in ministry who are accompanying others entering the final years of life.

 

TO REGISTER: Email Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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