The Centre for Celtic Spirituality

‘THE CELTIC SPIRIT AND LITERATURE’ – BOOK TO ORDER. Also a new book by Kate Fitzpatrick – Macha’s Twins – Published June 2017

Grace BOOK

 

 

 

This new book, published on 12th October 2015 by Columba Press in Hardback, is beautifully presented, containing artwork by well known Irish artist Rita Duffy and photographs by Ian Maginess.

The Authors are Grace Clunie M.A., Anglican priest and teacher of Celtic Spirituality, whose work is based at The Navan Centre, Emain Macha, Armagh, and Tess Maginess Ph.D. Programme Co-ordinator of Queen’s University’s Open Learning Programme.

Part One explores the ageless themes of Celtic Spirituality such as Nature, Hospitality, Art, Creative living, Journey and Pilgrimage.

Part Two explores the Celtic Spirit in Irish Literature, from ancient times through the centuries to the contemporary period.

The two parts of this book combined, create a powerful and inspirational experience of the ever-enduring Celtic Spirit.

For anyone interested in the indigenous wisdom of the Celtic Spirit and its roots in Literature and Spirituality, this new book will be an inspirational read.

It is a hardback book and can be ordered directly from The Centre for Celtic Spirituality.

Please follow these instructions to order your copy.

  1. Send £20 sterling (Includes P&P) via the ‘To Send Payments’ – Donate /Paypal button on this web-site.
  2. Send an EMail to ‘contact@celtic-spirituality.net’ letting us know that you have sent the donation and that it is for a copy of the book – The Celtic Spirit and Literature.  Also your postal address!
  3. We will respond to your Email and confirm that the Book is being posted to you.

 

NEW BOOK BY KATE FITZPATRICK MACHA’S TWINS

Published June 2017, this book is both a personal story and a journey of insight into the power of myth for contemporary spirituality.

Macha is the Irish Horse Goddess and her story is both powerful and tragic.

Will her curse on the men of Ulster finally be lifted and will we see healing and regeneration in Ireland and throughout the world?

The book explores the power of the Sacred Feminine and invites us to take a journey with Macha, and see where it leads us.

The book can be ordered by contacting Kate’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/machastwins

OR

send an EMail to contact@celtic-spirituality.net and ask for the book, and we will forward your Email directly to the author for her attention.

 

 

DATES FOR MONTHLY CELTIC PRAYER IN THE OLD CATHEDRAL – ending in December 2017

What is Celtic Prayer?

Celtic Prayer, like Celtic Spirituality, is very nature focused. So there are references to seasons of the year, the sun and moon, the ocean and the land, the birds, fish and animals and the Sacred Presence in everthing.

During Celtic Prayer there is an order of service (liturgy) to follow easily and there is also suitable music.

Celtic Prayer takes place monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at 12.30p.m. in the Ladychapel (behind the main altar) of the old Cathedral (Church of Ireland or Anglican) in Armagh.

PLEASE NOTE

This year Celtic prayer will have been happening for 10 years in the cathedral and the decision has been made to finish at the end of 2017. So the very last Celtic Prayer in the cathedral will take place on Wednesday 6th December at 12.30p.m.

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

DATES FOR 2017 (all at 12.30pm)

No Celtic Prayer in January.

February 1

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7

No Celtic Prayer in July or August

September 6

October 4

November 1

December 6 – The last Celtic Prayer in the cathedral. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE TEN YEARS!

 

A Caim (Encircling) Prayer.

Circle us with peace – keep light and love within, keep danger without.

Circle us through this day – keep childlike trust within, keep fear without.

Circle us this night – keep health and peace within, keep dis-ease without.

Deep peace of the quiet earth, deep peace of the flowing air, deep peace of the ocean’s depth, deep peace of the God of peace. Amen.

THE MESSAGE OF THE HEROIC JOURNEY

The psychologist and mythologist, Joseph Campbell identified a common theme connecting many ‘indigenous’ spiritualities – including Celtic Spirituality. Their stories tell about the hero or heroine who is ‘called’ outwards from the familiar place to experience something completely new. These stories teach us that it requires courage to step outside of the familiar and to follow the call of the heart. This is why it’s ‘the Heroic Journey’. This heroic journey has much to teach us about our own life journey. Joseph Campbell said – ‘I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.’

 

The heroic journey often leads the traveller into difficult and testing situations, but he/she returns from the journey a changed and more compassionate human being to share their gifts of wisdom and insight. The journey is also about the discovery of YOUR GIFT. The word in the Irish is DAN – which means both your poetry and your destiny – for your destiny is interlinked with the practice of your gift in this world. Because we are all individuals, no one can offer your gift to the world in exactly the same way as you can.

The Heroic journey enables self exploration to uncover your giftedness and to hear ‘the call’ to the most exciting journey of your life – the Heroic Journey.

The Journey (by Mary Oliver)

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice –

though the whole house began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognised as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do –

determined to save

the only life that you could save.

So the heroic journey of finding your own voice and your ‘DAN’ begins…………………

 

Be Still, and know that I Am God.

EARTHWALKS – postponed for now…..

SORRY FOLKS! Our leader, Frances has had an accident and isn’t able to lead the walks until healing comes! So Earthwalks are postponed just now…..

Updates will be posted here in due course…….

WHAT ARE EARTHWALKS?

EARTHWALKS are all about walking in nature with an approach that is meditative – aware of the breath and walking more slowly.

EARTHWALKS PRACTICE A.R.C.

A = AWARENESS OF THE BEAUTY OF MOTHER EARTH.

R = RESPECT FOR MOTHER EARTH.

C = CONNECTEDNESS WITH MOTHER EARTH.

EARTHWALKS enable us to enter into the experience of the natural world and all its beauty in a deeper way.

EARTHWALKS are about excercise and company, and also about discovery and gratitude and fun!

The walks are led by Frances Daly (M.Sc. Ecology) and Grace Clunie, Director of Celtic Spirituality.

Wear good walking boots and bring  a rain-coat and a cushion in a plastic bag for sitting down.

COST: Voluntary Donation – proceeds go to SURVIVAL – an organisation which lobbies on behalf of the world’s indigenous peoples whose ways of life and lands are continually under threat. (www.survivalinternational.org) registered charity 267444.

For further information EMail contact@celtic-spirituality.net

 

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Sun at Glendalough

 

 

 

 

FACILITIES AT THE CENTRE FOR CELTIC SPIRITUALITY AT THE NAVAN CENTRE/ EMAIN MACHA, ARMAGH, INCLUDING THE CELTIC STUDY LIBRARY

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The Centre for Celtic Spirituality is based at The Navan Centre at the ancient site of Emain Macha just outside of the city of Armagh, Northern Ireland.

 

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                                 (The large A.V Theatre at The Navan Centre) 

 

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(Rev’d Grace Clunie, Director of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality, addresses a group in the Centre’s AV theatre).

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    (Grace Clunie and Kiran Young Wimberly in the Celtic Studies Library)

FACILITIES AT THE CENTRE FOR CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

Restaurant/Coffee shop, gift shop, AV theatre, outdoor living history exhibit, indoor exhibition, ample parking for cars and coaches. For further details see www.armagh.co.uk/navan-centre-fort/

CELTIC STUDY LIBRARY

A small Celtic Studies library is stocked with books on many aspects of Celtic Spirituality, including theology, Celtic prayer, history, Art, mythology and culture – a valuable resource to those seeking to learn about what Celtic Spirituality has to offer our contemporary world. It is free to use, though the books are for reference only and cannot be borrowed.

To contact The Centre for Celtic Spirituality at The Navan Centre Tel: 028 37529644.

Address: 81 Killylea Road, Armagh BT60 4LD.

A prayer for the work of The Centre for Celtic Spirituality:

Bless us, Lord, this day with vision.

May this place be a sacred place,

a telling place,

where heaven and earth meet.

(from Celtic Daily Prayer, p. 290)

 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION CLASSES – Dates for 2017 – 2018

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CHRISTIAN MEDITATION CLASSES

 These classes will be helpful for anyone seeking a deeper spiritual life – especially anyone interested in exploring basic teaching on Christian meditation as a way to finding stillness and meaning in their life.

Meditation is a very powerful aid to inner peace.

This simple practice is based on the teaching of the Benedictine Monk, John Main, who said – ‘The important aim in Christian meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, everything we are.’

John Main’s work is carried on by the World Community for Christian Meditation and its Director FR LAURENCE FREEMAN OSB clip_image002 (www.wccm.org).

If you would be interested in learning more about the practice of Christian Meditation, come along to a class and find out more for yourself.

NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Meditation classes usually take place on the first and third Mondays of each month at The Navan Centre, Armagh – from 10.15a.m. to 11.00a.m.

COST: £2.00 PER DROP-IN CLASS  

If you are interested in joining a class please EMail  contact@celtic-spirituality.net or telephone 02838870667 – or just turn up!

Dates for meditation classes 2017-8  (All classes at 10.15a.m., finishing at 11:00a.m.)

September 4th and 18th

October 2nd and 16th

November 6th and 20th

December 4th

January 15th

February 5th and 19th

March 5th and 19th

April 16th

May 21st

June 4th and 18th

John Main said –   “To learn to meditate you have to learn to be silent and not to be afraid of silence…. ..In meditation we cross the threshold from background noise into silence. This is vital for us because silence is necessary if the human spirit is to thrive and to be creative. Silence releases a creative response to life, to our environment and friends because it gives our spirit room to breathe, room to be. In silence we do not have to justify ourselves, apologise or impress anyone. Just be.”

(From Word Made Flesh by John Main, Medi Media, US, 1991.)

LOVELY WORKSHOP SPACE FOR HIRE IN INVER, COUNTY DONEGAL

This space is offered by the well known herbalist, Judith Hoad.

  • Judith lives by Permaculture ethics ( see www.permaculture.org.uk for further information), so her place has a powerful and respectful energy for Mother Nature.
  • For Further information contact Judith directly – details below.

 

SPACE FOR HIRE

Judith has a Residential Studio (see photos below), which accomodates up to 8 people, has solid fuel heating and compost toilet. The Cost to stay is £30 euros per person per 24 hours.

She also has a Round House (see photos below) which can be hired for workshops. It is a timber & cob, eco-space communal room suitable for small meetings (15-20 people). The Cost to hire the Round house is £35 euros per half day and £70 euros per day.

TO BOOK: TELEPHONE JUDITH ON 00353749736406 (from the U.K) or 0749736406 (from the Republic of Ireland). 

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THE STUDIO

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THE STUDIO

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THE ROUND HOUSE

 

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VIEW FROM THE ROUND HOUSE

THE SONG OF SAMHAIN – WINTER SEASON

 

 

 

THE SONG OF SAMHAIN – 1st NOVEMBER to 31 JANUARY

I am the hallow-tide of all souls passing,

I am the bright releaser of all pain,

I am the quickener of the fallen seed-case,

I am the glance of snow, the strike of rain.

I am the hollow of the winter twilight,

I am the hearth-fire and the welcome bread,

I am the curtained awning of the pillow,

I am unending wisdom’s golden thread.

 

The Winter quarter of Samhain brings the gifts of restoration and renewal as the cold weather closes in, so the soul is led to more reflective depths.

It is traditionally associated with the remebrance of the ancestors, with the coming of death and the conception of new life.

In the human growth cycle, Samhain corresponds to the period of old age when wisdom, freedom of spirit and clarity are experienced.

Samhain is a good time to celebrate the lives of all wise elders, all those whose actions and ideas have brought resolution and peace, all holy ones whose sacrifices have brought new life and opened spiritual thresholds to all. 

Activities for SAMHAIN/ WINTER

 Practice introspection, meditation, contemplation, drawing upon the peaceful sanctuary of this season.

Shift burdens by doing something about them (e.g. make a will) or by giving up unecessary patterns.

Remember your ancestors and celebrate their wisdom – be aware of the ancestral teachers and elders of spiritual traditions, whose footsteps have kept the pathways open.

Be active, with like-minded others, in recording, preserving, living and learning about the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples, especially those in your own land.

Cut back old growth in the garden and compost it. Dig over the soil in preparation for the Spring.

Identify the nature of the soil and rock-forms in your locality and how this affects the life-forms who live upon the land.

As you travel through the land of Winter, relate your spiritual journey to the wisdom of this season.

(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)

 

 

THE ST. PATRICK’S WALKING TRAIL – Armagh, Downpatrick and Belfast.

A 3-stage journey following in the footsteps of St Patrick is detailed at www.Ireland.com/St-Patrick-itinery

The route is from Belfast to Armagh (60.4km/40 miles) then to Downpatrick (82.6km/40 miles) and finally back to Belfast (34.9km/21.6 miles).

All the details can be explored on the above web-site, including maps, accommodation along the route and all places to visit.

Make sure you call in at The Centre for Celtic Spirituality! We’re based at one of the oldest places in Ireland – Emain Macha – which has a beautiful interpretive centre called The Navan Centre (for more information just google The Navan Centre). It’s situated 3 miles from Armagh City on the Enniskillen Road (the road leading past the Armagh City Hotel).

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

may the earth bless your feet,

and may you find your place of resurrection.

 

 

 

SACRED LIVING – An introduction to Celtic Spirituality – A six-part Study Course to order.

This Six part study course is available to order as a PDF document.
It is written as a simple introduction to six themes of Celtic Christian Spirituality – Nature, Hospitality, Sacred Living, Creative Spirituality, Journey and The Other World.
Each chapter concludes with questions for discussion and reflection – for individuals or for group discussion and action.

This introduction will be useful for anyone seeking basic information about Celtic Spirituality, anyone preparing for a pilgrimage journey, groups seeking new material for study and anyone who wants to be inspired in new ways of living. It also contains a section on further resources for reading and for further study.

“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”

 
HOW DO I ORDER IT?

1. Go the web-page marked ‘To send Payments.’

2. Click on the ‘Donate’  button at the bottom of the page.

3. Send £15 to The Centre for Celtic Spirituality via PayPal. This money will go towards the work of The Centre, which is an inter-church work with a focus on peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Please also send an EMail to us at contact@celtic-spirituality.net This will ensure that we have your EMail address so that we can then send you the PDF document.

4. When we receive your payment, we will send you your own copy of Sacred Living: Practical Inspirations for the contemporary Spiritual Journey as a PDF document to download. You also have the author’s permission to make copies for your own use, individually or in group situations such a small study groups. (However, please note that this work is copy-righted and cannot be re-sold for commercial gain).

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WE HOPE YOU WILL FIND SACRED LIVING BOTH HELPFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL!

IONA – THE ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE OF CELTIC SPIRITUALITY – RETREAT IN APRIL 2018

“EASTER, SAINTS AND SPIRITUALITY”  Retreat on Iona from 9th to 12th April 2018 – An exploration of Iona’s ancient and more recent spirituality, with space for creative silence.

Led by Rosemary Power, academic and author. three nights at Columba Hotel (B&B) from £310. For Further details and to Book contact Rosemary Power EMail – rosemarypower@live.co.uk

 

ABOUT IONA

The Island of Iona, off the West Coast of Scotland has a long and multicoloured history.

Today it is home to The Iona Community, a dispersed, ecumenical Christian Community, working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of Community and the renewal of worship.

To truly experience Celtic Christianity in a contemporary setting, it is a wonderful and inspirational place to visit and to stay. It is truly a sacred isle.

Find out more by visiting the web-site at www.iona.org.uk

There you will find more information about places to stay, the annual programme, books and resources and opportunities to work or volunteer.

In Iona of my heart,

Iona of my love,

Instead of monk’s voices

shall be lowing of cows;

But ere the world shall come to an end

Iona shall be as it was.     (Prophecy of St. Columba)