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Dayspring Companions

Dayspring is excited to launch a new community membership model for the 2017 year. It is a model that seeks to be more inclusive of those who physically live at a distance from the Dayspring Centre in Dianella. It is also a model that requires, in return, for members to be supportive of Dayspring, in its ethos and its work. We hope it will capture your interest, especially if you are looking to belong to a supportive, contemplative community, regardless of where you live.

As a community member (known as “Dayspring Companion”) you will be encouraged to find your own individual rhythm of prayer and contemplative living, which will vary according to the place you live and your particular circumstances. To support you we are looking at the possibility of revamping the website to offer a separate area for “Dayspring Companions” where members can blog, read articles, and find notes of various Workshops and Retreats (and hopefully Podcasts as well).

We will also have paper-copy Newsletter just for “out of towners.” It will be sent by “snail mail” to give a more tangible connection with the Dayspring Centre at Dianella.

We are currently trialing virtual prayers and meditation by sending out a message on “WhatsApp” telling people when Dayspring’s prayers and meditation are about to begin or end. While people may not be present, they can join Dayspring’s rhythm in spirit.

In return, “Dayspring Companions” will support Dayspring through both regular prayer and giving. To be inclusive the regular support is, to use a phrase of Abbott Chapman, “what you can, and not what you can’t.”

But “Dayspring Companions” may not be for you, so Dayspring is wants to offer other ways for to you to connect, according to your need. If you wish to be connected to Dayspring without any commitments you can become a “Friend of Dayspring.” If you wish to use the Dayspring library without any commitment to Dayspring you can join for $30.

Membership Options

Dayspring offers two types of annual membership detailed below.  The membership year commences 1 April.

  • General Membership
    General membership includes discounted pricing for most Dayspring events and free use of the Dayspring library. Discounted prices for retreat room bookings are also available. $120 per annum.
  • Dayspring Companions Membership
    Be part of a community of people not bound by geography but by a commitment to develop a personal contemplative practice in everyday life, supportive of the ethos and work of Dayspring.

    • Dayspring Companions commit to:
      • Develop a personal contemplative practice in everyday life
      • Support the ethos and work of Dayspring
      • Pray regularly for Dayspring
      • Contribute $40 each month to Dayspring ($480 per annum)*
    • Dayspring commits to provide:
      • A Dayspring Daily Prayer book**
      • A quarterly online newsletter
      • Significant discounts to all events**
      • Many events free of charge**
      • Free use of Dayspring retreat rooms
      • Free use of the Dayspring Library
      • Out of Metro members to receive an exclusive, special mail outs
      • Website page for Dayspring Companions to access

Dayspring also offers:

  • Library Membership
    Use of the Dayspring library for a one off joining fee of $30.
    ($15 for lost or damaged books)
  • Friends of Dayspring
    People with an interest in Dayspring who would like to receive regular emails regarding events can be on our email list.

If you wish to connect with Dayspring in one of these ways, please contact the office. The office is open all day on Tuesdays.

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Note* Dayspring recognises that some people may be committed to developing a personal contemplative practice; support the ethos and work of Dayspring; and pray for Dayspring, yet their individual circumstances may not allow a $40 per month contribution.  Dayspring has adopted a ‘give as you can, not as you can’t’ philosophy to take into account different circumstances, so please contact us to discuss.

Note** Dayspring Companions who contribute $40 each month will pay no fee for attending Quiet Days, On the Edge presentations or the Lent and Advent Retreats. In addition, the first Enneagram workshop scheduled for 19 August 2017 will also be offered free of charge.

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