This study experience – for individuals, couples or groups – is planned to be either a short introduction to an experience of Celtic Spirituality or could be part of a longer experience – for example, combined with a week in Iona and/or Holy Island Lindisfarne. Teaching will take place in the mornings at The Navan Centre (3 miles south of Armagh City) between 10:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. There you will have access to a study room and a small Celtic Studies Library. The afternoons and evenings are free for study or visits to other places. For example, while in the North of Ireland you may want to visit Belfast, Downpatrick or the ancient monastic site of Nendrum. You may also want to visit The Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation on the North Coast, and The Giant’s Causeway – one of the world’s amazing geological wonders.
Study is facilitated mainly by the Director of the Centre for Celtic Spirituality, Rev’d Grace Clunie M.A., and is based on her book Sacred Living: Practical inspirations from Celtic Spirituality for the contemporary spiritual journey. (Published by Columba Press, Dublin, 2011 £5.99).
The approach is facilitated discussion – as we have always much to learn from and share with one another!
If you are coming from Dublin Airport, we would suggest you might want to spend a night or two in Dublin before you come North, in particular to see one of the best preserved early Christian monastic communities in the world – Glendalough, County Wicklow. You may also want to see The Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin and the wonderful Irish High Crosses at Monasterboice, County Meath.
The study experience will include some of the following:-
1. An Introduction to and overview of Celtic Spirituality.
2. A tour of the old cathedral (Church of Ireland) from a Celtic Perspective.
3. Sacred Creation – What Celtic Spirituality has to say to us about Ecology, our relationship with the rest of creation and living with simplicity.
4. Hospitality and Anamcara – What Celtic Spirituality has to teach us about our own sacredness and that of others.
5. Celtic Spirituality and Art – What Celtic Spirituality says about our creative gifts.
6. Sacred Living – The Celtic Calendar, Simplicity of living, the influence of the desert fathers and mothers.
7. Spiritual Journey/‘peregrinatio’ – What Celtic Spirituality has to teach us about the journey and the pilgrimage of life.
The experience will also include Celtic Prayer, opportunity for Eucharist, and optional visits to St Brigid’s Holy well and the ancient hill of Emain Macha.
The Cost (Flight and accommodation are not included).
*N.B. Prices quoted are in pounds sterling, whereas the Republic of Ireland uses the Euro!
One person – £60.00 per morning session.
Two people – £40.00 per morning session per person.
Three people – £30.00 per morning session per person.
Larger groups can negotiate a reasonable total cost.
For further information – Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggested dates – it would also be helpful if you could outline your particular interest in Celtic Spirituality so that we can ensure that this aspect is part of our discussion.
Booking a study experience with The Centre for Celtic Spirituality will require a down-payment (non refundable) of £50 sterling.
Finally, for those seeking a study experience but unable to travel to Ireland, why not have a look at the E-Studies course offered by The Community of Aidan and Hilda? www.aidanandhilda.org