Holding Everything in Infinite Awareness

Written by Mary Jennings, an MBSR teacher, reflects on Storm Emma and The Beast from the East There was no real threat. There had been time to prepare. To stock up with food, fuel, batteries and a new phone charger. Emma and the Beast from the East might tort and twist in a macabre dance and we could watch through …

Christian and Zen meditation practice with Br Richard and Turlough O’Donnell

  Turlough O’Donnell and Miriam Healy Sensei will lead a Zen meditation practice. Zazen, sitting meditation, is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness, coupled with the stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming, or speculating on the nature of life. Zen demands discipline and …

Become a Compassionate Hero this April

  Have you got what it takes to be a Compassionate Hero? If so Orla Burchael, who has trained as a clinical psychologist and drama-therapist and Michael McCabe, who has an M.A. in Dramatherapy shed some light on the topic before their upcoming retreat this April.     This creative retreat invites us to take a new path. It assumes that all of …

Writing Captures The Creative Joy Of Childhood.

Ian Hughes has trained as a scientist, psychotherapist and policy advisor in science and technology. His writing has appeared in Village magazine and online on Psychology Today and Open Democracy. Ahead of his class starting in The Sanctuary later in March he writes about the joy of creative writing.   A piece of creative writing, like a day-dream, is a …

January And February Is A Time To Take Stock.

 In January and February the garden grows in silence, the growth hidden from the gardener’s view.  Sr Stan writes about taking stock in the new year. There is hardly any colour, other than the browns and greys of soil and stone; there are no scents or sounds, no signs of life. But the gardener knows that there is plenty of …