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Waiting for The Light

The Musician,The Philosopher, The Scientist and Sr. Stan: A Winter Reflection

Featuring our Founder Sr. Stan Kennedy

In the natural world, Winter is a time for slowing down, turning inward and resting. It is a time for preparation for the coming of the light of Spring.  However, what once was traditionally a time of quiet and dark is now a time of the noise and glare of an ever- expanding holiday period.

This December, The Sanctuary invites you to join us for a month- long online Winter reflection in which we will explore the benefits of slowing down, letting go and resting as we prepare for the return of light and the witnessing of the first shoots of inspiration.

Through a series of guest speakers and meditation practice sessions, we will explore the benefits of embracing the dark days of December as a time for quiet reflection, as we wait for the light. This will be done through the lens of Philosophy, Science and Spirituality.

4 Weekend Teachings Saturday mornings from 10.30 am -12.30 pm

Saturday the 27th of November/The Musician Deirdre Ní Chinnéide

Saturday the 4th of December/The Scientist Matt Gaw

Saturday the 11th of December/ The Philosopher Richard Kearney (This session will be from 2pm-3pm due to Trans Atlantic Connection)

Saturday the 18th of December/ Sr. Stan Kennedy

3 Midweek Practice Sessions with Jane Negrych on Wednesday mornings from 8 -8.30 am

The Winter Reflection ends on Winter Solstice or Monday December 20th (10am) at our Community Meditation. 

Due to unforseen circumstances, Brother Richard Hendrick is unable to attend this year’s reflection. However, we have a video recording for participants made especially for the event.

The Musician: Saturday, November 27th

Deirdre Ní Chinnéide

Deirdre Ní Chinnéide is a composer, singer, psychotherapist , spiritual director and workshop facilitator presenting throughout Ireland, the United States, Australia  and Europe, including Bosnia and Kosovo. The Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland with its unique history culture and natural beauty provides a special setting for her retreat work and was the place of inspiration for her music. She has two  cds Celtic Passage, a journey of the heart, which on release in the united States  won Celtic Album of the year. She recently recorded her second album I will Sing for you “songs to soothe the soul “.


The Scientist: Saturday, December 4th

Matt Gaw

Matt Gaw is a journalist, naturalist and author of the book ‘Under the Stars: A Journey into Light’ of which this talk will be based on.

About the book:

Moonlight, starlight, the ethereal glow of snow in winter … When you flick off a switch, other forms of light begin to reveal themselves.

Artificial light is everywhere. Not only is it damaging to humans and to wildlife, disrupting our natural rhythms, but it obliterates the subtler lights that have guided us for millennia. In this beautifully written exploration of the power of light, Matt Gaw ventures forth into darkness to find out exactly what we’re missing: walking by the light of the moon in Suffolk and under the scattered buckshot of starlight in Scotland; braving the darkest depths of Dartmoor; investigating the glare of 24/7 London and the suburban sprawl of Bury St Edmunds; and, finally, rediscovering a sense of the sublime on the Isle of Coll.

Under the Stars is an inspirational and immersive call to reconnect with the natural world, showing how we only need to step outside to find that, in darkness, the world lights up.


The Philosopher: Saturday, December 11th

Richard Kearney

Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has served as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Australian Catholic University and the University of Nice. He was also formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin.


The Return of the Light: Saturday, December 18th

Sr. Stan

Sr. Stan is one of the founders of The Sanctuary. She is a visionary and social innovator and a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since 1958.

Sr. Stan is also the founder of Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Young Social Innovators. She is the author of numerous books, her most recent: “The Sacred Life of Everything”. 

Stan has been leading the community and teaching meditation and mindfulness for years with The Sanctuary.


The teachings will be accompanied with 4 Mid- Week Practice sessions on Wednesday Mornings at 8.00am with Jane Negrych

Jane Negrych is the Managing Director of The Sanctuary. She has completed her MSc: Studies in Mindfulness with The University of Aberdeen and is an Honorary Lecturer on the programme. She also teaches on the Caring for the Caregivers programme, the SWAY Programme and the MBLC: Being Present Teacher Training for The Sanctuary.

Weekly emails with the teachings and practice sessions.

********Online registration will be closed at 3pm on Friday 26th November- To book after this time please call 01-6705419*********

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