"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

Course: Walking Home

JAilsa Piper
Ailsa Piper
Starts 10am Wed Mar 6

Ailsa Piper is a story-teller, having worked for over thirty-five years as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster.

As a writer, she works across many mediums. Highlights include being named co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her script Small Mercies in 2001 and publishing her first book Sinning Across Spain in 2012. Her most recent book, co-authored with Monsignor Tony Doherty, is The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship. It is a collection of letters between them, and to the reader, exploring spirituality, friendship, difference - and the right time of day to eat rhubarb!

Ailsa is an accomplished moderator of conversations and panels, and writes journalism and opinion pieces for newspapers and magazines. She also writes and performs Wordwalks – monologues celebrating poetry, walking and landscape, which she performs in all weathers, as you’d expect! As a teacher, she illuminates dark corners and aims to surprise with delight.

The Course will lead a three week mini-pilgrimage of the mind and spirit. Using simple writing exercises, as well as processes devised over decades of walking and teaching, she will invite participants to examine resilience, grief, relationships with self and others, and the art of paying attention - to the world and to self. For one session, she will be joined by Monsignor Tony Doherty. 

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Presenter: Ailsa Piper
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, March 6, 13, 20
Cost: $120/person 

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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