Bringing Meaning to Life

welcoming the meeting of soul and role

a one day urban retreat in nipaluna (Hobart), lutruwita (Tasmania)

Saturday August 31, 2024

9am – 4:30pm

at Friends Meeting house, 5 Boa Vista Rd, North Hobart 

‘Bringing Meaning to Life’ is a full day retreat based on the approach to reflective inquiry of sociologist, educator, author and activist, Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.

This day will offer an opportunity to explore the Map of Meaning framework as a way to take intentional action toward a meaning filled life. Processes offered will bring an invitation to listen deeply to your inner knowing and recognise it as connected to a greater whole.

We will have time for personal reflection, embodied enquiry and creative exploration as well as sharing in small and larger groups. You will leave with a simple, profound, and inspiring framework you can return to again and again.

What is the Map of Meaning

Based on over twenty years of empirical research in many countries, the Map of Meaning brings into one simple Map the intrinsic drivers that lie at the heart of meaningful work and a meaningful life.

The Map of Meaning is simple, profound and universal. Humans instinctively know what is meaningful to them and what is not.

The Map of Meaning:

  • is not a theory. It’s a rigorously researched and proven tool reflecting human experience of meaning in work and life.
  • helps us make sense of what we experience as meaningful and why.
  • shows us the way to create more meaning for ourselves.
  • gives us language to talk about meaning.

 Download a printable copy of the Map here

What does it mean to bring soul and role together?

This video of Parker Palmer from the Centre for Courage & Renewal offers the metaphor of the mobius for the joining of soul and role in our lives. 

Schedule for our day

9:00 – 10:30                   Welcome, Touchstones for our time together, introducing The Map

10:30 – 10:45                  Morning Tea

10:45 – 12:15                   Exploring Inspiration & Reality

12:15 – 1                            Lunch

1 – 2:30                             The four pathways to meaning

2:30 – 3:00                      Afternoon Tea

3:00 – 4:30                      Possibility and potential moving forward

This day retreat could be for you if …

  • You want to live a life of meaning and balance
  • You want to bring your values and ethics more fully into action in your life
  • You are in a time of transition and seek a meaningful way forward
  • You feel stuck in a rut and sense there is more meaning to be found in your life
  • You sense there is more of you to be explored and expressed
  • You are seeking balance between meeting the needs of others and meeting the needs of self
  • You yearn to hit the pause button in your busy life and find a balance between being and doing


your facilitators:

Clare Raffety (BSc, Level 3 Yoga Teacher) is a Courage & Renewal Faciliatator and is qualified in various body-mind-heart integrative practices. Clare has developed and facilitated numerous workshops, retreats, and trainings over the last 35 years, is a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania in Health and Human Services Leadership, co-facilitator of trainings with Adventure Works Australia and consults with organisations in wellness and team development. Clare has trained in Non-Violent Communication, is a certified Map of Meaning practitioner Clare’s passion is to hold safe and trustworthy space for individuals, groups, and teams inviting connection with the ground of being and the guidance, joy, and nourishment such connection makes accessible.

Siobhan Harpur With a career commitment to the authenticity of ‘people power’, Siobhan started in community development – established co-operatives and social enterprises in Europe and the USA, and partnerships in mental health and cancer care that led to her move to Tasmania, Australia in 2001. Siobhan was Tasmania’s Director and then CEO of Public Health Services from 2010, and has held C-Suite level executive positions for more than 20 years. Her tenacity influences action for positive health and wellbeing – from tackling health inequities to applied systems approaches for citizen agency. As a Certified Practitioner of the Map of Meaning, Siobhan is passionate about the conversations of meaning and purpose that enable teams and organisations to thrive in their service. She works with visual collaboration strategies to bring people together in their strategy, vision, agenda setting or problem solving.

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Friends Meeting House, 5 Boa Vista Rd, North Hobart, Tasmania


We will provide morning and afternoon tea and request that you either bring your own lunch or plan pick something up locally.

We will provide all materials, though you might like to bring along a journal and your favourite pens or pencils.


$160 full fee ($20 deposit on registration, full payment due by August 15)

$120 concession ($20 deposit on registration, full payment due by August 15)

We welcome anyone who would like to explore this work with us so if cost is a barrier for you, please reach out as we have some scholarship places available.

Cancellation Policy: 

We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. You will receive a refund less the $20 non-refundable deposit when you notify us in writing at least a week before the program begins. No refund will be given if we receive your cancellation less than a week before the program start date. If you need to cancel due to testing positive to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. If the program is cancelled due to low enrolment or other circumstances, you will receive a full refund.