June 2016

 June 2016

Warm greetings to you from Riverdell Spiritual Centre!  

This is my last editorial in my position as Program Director as I'm retiring at the end of June and Lyell and I will be moving to Melbourne to be with our children and grandchildren at the end of July.

What comes to your mind when you review your life to date?   How do you want to be remembered?  These are amongst the thoughts that have been with me as one chapter of my life comes to a close and the next is not yet fully in view.

Lyell and I came to Riverdell for a 3 - 5 year period of semi-retirement.   We wanted to help the leaders who were here at the time, Martin Banham and Jonathan MacIntyre, realise Riverdell's potential.  We thought we'd spend a month here and a month back in Victoria where all our family live.  We would enjoy contributing in both places and have an easier pace of life after 16 years of solo medical practice in which we both worked.

It's said that the way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.   I'm glad God had so many giggles with us!  We've been here 9, not 5, years and never did manage the month on, month off vision we started with.  And with both Martin and Jonathan stepping back, Lyell and I have been leading at Riverdell for the past 5 years.  With Justin Martin's arrival as Riverdell's Business Manager, we are now able to return to Victoria.

What do I see as I reflect upon the past 9 years?  I see a Riverdell Spiritual Centre on firm, sturdy foundations with the right people in place and a roadmap to follow in the form of a strategic plan. I feel confidence in the air and I rejoice in a beautiful, cared for, physical setting.  I'm excited about the future.

I'm deeply conscious of all that's conspired for Riverdell to be at this place now.   For the vision of Paul and Libby Blythe to come to Australia in the first place.  To the International Emissaries who have consistently supported the growth of Emissary activities here over the 39 years since the Blythe's arrival.  To the initial community, first in Adelaide and then at Hillier, who worked so hard in the 80's and 90's to establish both a live in spiritual community and a business, now Hillier Park Residential Village, to provide financial support for the spiritual mission.  That support has flourished thanks to Martin Banham's skilful management, for which Riverdell is very thankful. 

And now we stand on a threshold at Riverdell.   Life has conspired to give us all that we need to succeed in our mission of bringing to all people the reality that they CAN live their lives knowing that they are spiritual beings first and foremost.  That awareness can change everything about the way a person's life unfolds.   I know it has mine. 
All humanity stands on this same threshold.  The world will only change from the constant recycling of drama if enough people remember their spiritual nature and express that in their lives.  Ken Wilber says that 10% of the world's population need to change their consciousness for critical mass to be reached, and currently, we're at 5%.   That's 5% more to go.

Will you join in this vital, thrilling life choice to say "YES" to Spirit and let your spirit express through you in all that you do?  
I hope so.

With love and thanks for being here on earth at this important time

Dr Andrew Horwood
Program Director - retiring

July Programs and Events
If you are seeking to discover more about yourself, to embrace a fresh beginning in life or to simply be more present in day to day living, we have some great programs and events to support you on your journey. 

Check out the Programs Page on our Website here

Yin-sightful Yoga
Alternate Wednesdays. July 27th. Aug 10th, 24th. Sept 7th, 21st.
9.30 - 11.00am    
Fee $7 per session
Find the 'Yin' within. With reclined or seated poses to help you slow down, unwind & reconnect with the inner you.  Click   here  for more details. 

Stillpoint Meditation 
Alternate Wednesdays July 6th. Aug 3rd, 17th, 31st. Sept 14th, 28th.
9.30 - 11.00am   Fee $7 per session
Calm your mind & relax your inner being in a supportive group environment.  No prior experience necessary. Click   here  for more details.

Celebrating Earth's Sacred Cycles 
Saturday September 17th 6 -7pm
Fee: Donations appreciated
A time of ritual and sacred celebration of the earths' rhythms.  A time to realign yourself with the Planets natural rhythms. Click  here    for more details.

Just Be
Saturday September 24th. 1 - 5pm
Fee Early Bird Offer by September 9th $20. 
This program offers a collage of meditation experiences in which  you're invited to just be - with yourself, with your life and with this moment. Click  here for more details.

Morning Tea
Tuesday to Friday 11.00-11.30am  
Join us Tuesday to Friday  for an opportunity to relax and make connections. Kindly let us know you will be attending.Click  here  for more details.  

Experience the power of  Attunement, a non-touch energy support technique. 
Please ring the office for an appointment time.   Like to know more about Attunement?  Click  here for more details.

Sunday Mornings
July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st. August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Chanting from 9:30am. Presentation from 10am. Morning tea to follow at 11:30
A time of inspiring presentations, performances, creative expression and group attunement. All our Sunday services are followed by a refreshing morning tea. All welcome. Click here for more details.

All Age Service
Sunday July 10th. Sunday August 7th
A time for children to discover and enjoy their own spirituality. Click  here for more details.

 Meme of the Month

 Sacred Sound Event - Video

Riverdell Spiritual Centre hosted a wonderful overnight sacred sound event complete with free form drumming, chanting, meditations and camp fire cookout. Enjoy the video we created.

 Our Blogs....

My Re-connection with Nature

For as long as I can remember I've been a lover of nature in all its forms. 
From the age of 8 I would romp around the bush, enjoying the experience of carelessly leaping over rocks at the Cotter River near Canberra on one of the many family weekend driving adventures.
I remember also as a child the times that my friend and I would take care of the trees in the grounds of my primary school. I could never understand why kids liked to wound the trees by writing their names in the tree trunks. My friend would bring a container of...read more  here

"Don't Tell Me a Story!" 
  by Ruth French

This afternoon I took myself for a brisk walk in the local area. I hadn't gone far when I came across an egg carton lying open on the road and several broken eggs both in and around it. Twenty metres further on was a poultry farm. "Someone has put the carton of eggs they've bought on top of their car and then forgotten them. As they've turned left out of the driveway the eggs slid to disaster."That was the story I created. While it may have been plausible, and it briefly entertained my mental capacity as I walked along, the conclusions we draw from a set of facts - and their presumed effects - are not always so innocent.
With recently renewed interest in clear communication, I've noticed how...read more  here

 Poem of the Month 
By Rita Kohler  

To share beauty
Each other a mystery
Magic attracting us to each other
Embrace joyously surrender
To creators biddings
The wonders
Of enhancement ever flow
In ebb, in tide
Yon holy wholesome
Grand abiding law
Of life of love soundwave
Dancing rhythms rhymes
Reason purpose
Consequence for now
A newness birth
Build design upon design
Vibratingly align
Unite with primal source
As cause.

Riverdell Spiritual Centre 
51 Clifford Road, Hillier, SA  5116 Australia
Tel:  +61 8 8523 1329