Books and Workshops

Dying: A Practical Guide for the Journey

Authors: Peter Fox and Sue Wood
Publishers: Double Storey/ Juta/2005

dying guide

This book is helpful to people accompanying those who have serious and life threatening illness.It explores the challenges facing the seriously ill and their families.It is the distillation of my 17 years experience of ministry at St Luke’s as Spiritual Director and Sue Woods experience in supporting  a number of friends who died and the issues that arose for the concerned families.. 150 copies of this book remain.They are available from Beverley Noble,Counselling Dept.Adminstrator at St Luke’s Hospice in Harfield Road,Kenilworth. They sell for R180.

Title: The Virtuosa Organisation

Authors: Graham Williams, Dorian Haarhoff and Peter Fox


This is a timely call for sanity and balance as critical virtues are explained in a way that leads to a focused personal and business life. The tipping points to chaos and disconnect in our inner and external environments are at an all-time high. This book explores and shows the possibilities for calm effective, grounded-ness in social interaction, productivity, and for emotional and spiritual intelligence. It enables leaders to keep an eye on the ball and keep the ball in play.

The Virtuosa Organisation is a wake-up call that ushers in virtuous business organisations where there are no damaging disconnects between stated vision, values and actions.

The book includes:

  1. Choosing and prioritising values
  2. How are you living your personal values
  3. Are we a congruent organisation?
  4. Using anecdote circles to find out what shape your business is in
  5. Personal mindfulness checklist
  6. Do we have organisational blind-spots?
  7. Journaling
  8. What shadow-side factors should we be aware of in our organisation?
  9. How Integrated are we as an Organisation?
  10. The seeds of love
  11. Ethical behaviour
  12. Putting balance into the balance scorecard
  13. Readiness for the journey

Click here for details or to purchase a copy.


Opening a Window: The Story of Spiritual Care at St Lukes Hospice

These stories track the interactions of team members under the direction of Peter and Marius while leading the team as spiritual directors


Books will be on sale at R160
Copies available from Bev Noble:

“This beautiful collection of stories, images and poetry is a valuable addition to our understanding of what it means to offer spiritual care to the sick and dying and those they love. Our country, with its rich diversity of cultural and religious traditions, needs examples of people working together across all social and religious divides to care for those in need. Our true humanity is revealed in how we care for those most in need. The spiritual care team at St Luke’s is a testament to the ‘ubuntu’ that is South Africa.”

The Reverend Canon Mpho A. Tutu
Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

December 2015 Retreat at Temenos Retreat Centre Macgregor, Western Cape
Bouncing Back and Bouncing Forward

Facilitators Peter Fox and Graham Williams

Tuesday 1st December – Wednesday 2nd December

For booking contact Tel: 023 625 1871  or email:

retreatDid you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops …”
Maya Angelou

The demands of modern work, social and family life too often leaves us overwhelmed and even defeated.  A USA military acronym has become popular: VUCA, meaning a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world. Building personal agility and resilience to change and adversity in this world has become an essential requirement.

Resilient people tend to better manage their mind-set, mood, and responses. They know (realistically) where they are going and how they’ll get there, feel good about and care for themselves, empathise with and communicate well with others, are positive and proactive, make well-considered adjustments and adaptations. They find contentment more readily, and success (in that order of course!).  The big questions is:  How do we build resilience?   The answer to that question is the purpose of this workshop.

In this workshop group and individual work takes place under the guidance of two gentle, experienced facilitators.  We consider various ways of coping and achieving well-being in challenging times. Each participant is given an interpretation of a short questionnaire that covers their ability to cope with

the challenge of change

  • how comfortable they are during transitions
  • how much in control of themselves they feel during change.

We find practical ways of ‘bouncing forward’ and engaging with a positive future.  Bring about inner and outer changes that are self – enabled, natural and unforced. Participants answer for themselves:

  • How do I find and apply coping mechanisms and skills that I need?
  • How do I reinvent and re – story, write a new chapter in my life?

The end result is profoundly hopeful and life affirming.  Participants learn not simply how to endure shocks, adversity and change, but how to dialogue with them and benefit from them.

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