Saturday 13 August | 09:00-15:00 | Mezzanine

Scientists, doctors, and researchers across the globe agree that a second pandemic is at hand: Mental Health.
In this reality, Conversations 2022 is focused on practices, input, and reflection with the aim to promote healing and inner well-being.

Our hope is that Conversations 2022 will bring insight, hope and restoration as we embark on this path of healing in a post-Covid society. Allow Conversations 2022 to stir your emotions, engage your intellect, and inspire you to go further on your journey of living deeper with God.

During this in person event, we will delve into deep conversations that take a look at important voices from the past such as Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich, Henri Nouwen, Matthias Grunewald, Lina Spies and the Psalmist to inspire and challenge our worldview, theories, practices and how we now live.

Join us, so that together we can make sense of a world that needs each other to bring a renewed hope through conversations from the heart.

Our Speakers

The keynote speakers share learnings from pilgrims in the contemplative stream like Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich, Henri Nouwen, Matthias Grunewald, Lina Spies and the Psalmist.

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Barry van der Merwe Bio
Barry van der Merwe studied Theology at the University of Pretoria and served as pastor in five Dutch Reformed Church congregations from 1981 till 2013. Since 2013 he is manager of the Mosaïek Origins Retreat and serve also as retreat facilitator.
Barry is not an academic, though he loves theology.
He is not a poet, though he loves poetry.
He is not an artist, though he loves art.
He is not a musician, though he loves music.
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Daniel Horan Bio

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD is Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology and Director of the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He previously held the Dun Scotus Chair of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, USA. A columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, he is the author of fourteen books, including Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology, which received the 2020 First Place Award for Theology Book from the Association of Catholic Publishers, and his two latest are titled A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege and The Way of the Franciscans: A Prayer Journey Through Lent. Fr. Daniel regularly lectures around the United States and abroad; and serves on a number of university, academic, and publication editorial boards. He is co-host of The Francis Effect Podcast.

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Johan Geyser Bio

Johan Geyser is a dedicated husband, father, teacher and leader.

As Cultural Architect at Mosaïek since 1987, he continually facilitates the process of clarifying who Mosaïek as a community is in the opportunities that God presses on the community’s hearts to pursue, and what God wants to do within them: all this within a context of growing closer to God, others around them and making a difference.

As an articulate teacher, Johan’s down-to-earth and pragmatic approach inspires others to join the pursuit of the art of living. He is an avid learner, and apart from doctorates in both Theology and Educational Psychology, he is currently in the process of obtaining a doctorate in spirituality. Johan married his high school sweetheart, Wilma, who shares Johan’s passions by serving as Potential Coach at Mosaïek. They have a son, Remon, who is married to Helene.

One of Johan’s favourite pastimes is spending time on a bicycle, both competitively and for leisure.

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Mimi Dixon Bio

Miriam (Mimi) Dixon began her ministry in 1979 serving as an associate pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. From 1985 to 2019 she served as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Golden, Colorado. She earned both her MDiv and DMin degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mimi is on the Renovaré Board of Directors and teaches for the Renovaré Institute. She actively promotes Christian Spiritual Formation, crediting Richard Foster and Dallas Willard for their influence in her life and ministry.

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Russell Pollitt Bio
Fr Russell Pollitt is a Jesuit priest and director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa. He studied spirituality and communication. He worked as pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein and chaplain to schools and universities before spending a year in the USA where he worked in a retreat house. He offers spiritual direction, gives retreats and teachers courses in spiritual accompaniment. He is also a writer and commentator on church and political affairs in South Africa. Russell believes that the contemplative way of life must lead to action for justice in the world.