Whitley College and NEXT in conjunction with CAF (Christian Artist Factory) are proud to bring you an 18 week course facilitated by Joel McKerrow (see Joel’s bio below).

Over 18 weeks we will be exploring the creative process and its intersection with Spirituality, in particular, the Contemplative Tradition. This course is for those who are only just dabbling their feet in the waters of creativity and for those who are experienced, professional creatives of any description. It is for those who are seeking to go deeper in their creativity and those seeking to meet the sacred through their art form. Joel McKerrow will be facilitating the course and a host of other creative thinkers and practitioners will also be teaching throughout the year.

Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm beginning the 15th April and ending 28th October (with an 8 week break over winter University holidays).

The course can be taken either as an accredited Diploma level unit with Whitley College for $1320 (You may be eligible for FEE-HELP) or as a non-accredited audit for $600.

Whitley College, 271 Royal Parade, Parkdale.

You must register with Whitley College in order to take this course toward a Diploma or as an Audit student. For general information about enrolling at Whitley College, <Click Here>


Registration cut-off is the 20th March 2015.

Audit Registration <Click Here>

Diploma level unit Registration <Click Here>


Joel McKerrow - Poetry - HeadShot

Joel McKerrow is one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ as well as being a writer, speaker, educator and community arts worker. Joel was the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (2010-2013), was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012), was invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House at the Australian National Poetry Slam Finals in 2013 and is a TEDx speaker and performer.

Brian McLaren (Author and activist) has said of Joel, ‘In a time when politics, theology, and other important avenues of human intercourse suffer from a flatness of prose and a vacuum of meaning, Joel walks on stage just when we need him, sounding off with all the craft of a first-rate poet and all the verve of a first-rate performer.’

In 2012 Joel released his first published book Beyond Rhetoric – Writings in the Tradition of Kahlil Gibran (published by UNOH publishing with foreword by Fr. Richard Rohr) and in 2013 he released his second book, These Wandering Feet: Reflection from a travelling pilgrim (published with the Poatina Tree). He has a B.Arts (Psych), B.Th (Theology), Cert. IV TAA (Training and Assessment) and M.Arts (Vocational Practice). Joel was running a nationally recognised spiritual formation program for emerging adults out of Tabor College and is now involved in the NEXT spiritual formation program run out of Whitley college.

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