Sally Longley - Spiritual Director
Sally’s education and work has taken her across the globe from Australia to South Africa and to London. In her work from South Africa as Missions Director for the Student Cross-Cultural Missions Program in South Africa Sally worked with graduates in placement. Her guidance helped put in place key skills for cross cultural work such as listening more than doing, recognising that they will receive much more than they could ever give, and letting the local community set the agenda. Sally has held board positions, various lecture and tutor roles at university. She spent some years on the Board of the New College Values Institute, UNSW, and on the Social Issues Commission for the Anglican Church General Synod.
Sally’s training to be a spiritual director started in 2005-6 when along with her family, Sally spent a year at the Mennonite Seminary in Indiana where she studied in a post-graduate program in spiritual formation and spiritual direction.
Sally is currently a part-time Honorary Pastoral Assistant with an Anglican parish, and has been a Spiritual Director and retreat leader on the staff of the Canisius Centre for Ignatian Spirituality since 2008.
Sally has been involved as a Spiritual Director since 2004 and facilitates both silent retreats and courses on Spiritual Formation, and is a speaker at conferences for different denominations.
Sally has also been on the formation team for the Residential Program for Spiritual Direction, a four year ecumenical program forming spiritual directors. She is currently the President of the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction and a member of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction.
Sally is married to Jim, and they have two adult children.
Hari Das - Yoga Instructor
Hari Das has been practicing yoga and teaching yoga for almost 20 years and is a senior member of Yoga Australia.
Her love of yoga took her to teacher training in Sydney at the age of 50 after leaving her corporate world behind to serve others. Entering the yoga profession changed Hari Das' life.
After Hatha yoga teacher training Hari Das traveled to India which opened a whole new world to her. The 6 month experience transformed her yoga teachings and her view on life and now visits India yearly.
Hari Das holds weekly yoga classes, workshops in yoga and meditation, retreats; privates designed to assist one through personal challenges and those brave enough, a spiritual experience of India in India.
Hari Das is a regular provider of yoga at St Joseph's Centre for Reflective Living. Her classes are well received and appropriate for all ages. She supported participants with yoga and relaxation exercises in the recent 2016 Retirement for Mission sabbatical.
"Yoga teaches to us to unite our body, mind and spirit, to live a life of balance and to make this realization in the present moment, I believe that this way of life is obtainable through the regular practice of yoga."
Sr Tess Formosa - Massage and Reflexology Therapist
Tess was born in Malta and migrated with her three brothers and sister when she was 3 years of age. She taught infant school for 13 years and then worked in Parish Ministry as liturgy co-ordinator. At 46 she had a quadruple bypass and it was then that she decided to do a ten week course in massage.
Tess was encouraged by friends to continue with study as they found her treatments very healing and relaxing. Tess’ first diploma was Remedial Massage. She then set up a clinic in Canterbury Medical centre where the practice grew and she had four other therapist working with her.
Tess wanted to learn more techniques and be able to combine her techniques to offer a wholistic massage. After obtaining a diploma in Chinese acupressure she continued her study in Beijing with Master Zhang Hoa. She also studied head neck and shoulder massage in a sitting position where she did some work in offices, and also with the staff who were organising the Olympics in Sydney.
Aromatherapy and face and feet reflexology were next. She uses these especially in nursing homes, hostels and aged care facilities. Tess then studied baby massage and became a qualified baby massage instructor and ran classes for mums and Babies to help mums to bond with their baby and teach them techniques to help babies with Colic and sleeping. She is also a practitioner in ear candling which helps clients with sinus and headaches and the build up of ear wax.
Tess loves her exercise and sport especially tennis and swimming.