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Click below for news of an exciting day with Mary Anne Best of Contemplative Outreach USA. The day costs €60 and includes a coffee break and a two course lunch with tea or coffee. It will be held in the Emmaus Centre in Swords. A day not to be missed. The date is Saturday, 17 June 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Further details on this link:

Mary Anne Best

Spiritual Growth

Unless stated otherwise all Programmes, Workshops and Days of Reflection take place in the Emmaus Retreat Centre, include meals and are open to the public. Please consult the Emmaus website for pricing and other details. www.emmauscentre.ie

Education Programmes.

Days for staff reflection on school ethos arranged as requested for the academic year.
Please email: denisrgleeson@gmail.com

Spirituality Programmes.

Most of the programmes below can be arranged for groups on request.

An Emmaus Centering Prayer Meeting

 

Ongoing Programme. http://www.emmauscentre.ie/
Tuesday Evenings (7.30 pm –8.30 pm) in Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre.

These Tuesday evenings are designed as a comprehensive programme of spiritual development for those who have done an Introduction to Centering Prayer or those who are familiar with the method. A twenty minute period of Centering will be followed by discussion of a half hour DVD of Thomas Keating speaking  to some aspect of the Spiritual Journey. Some evenings will feature two twenty minutes periods of prayer with a short break between.

Healing and Spirituality Retreat

 

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc
Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

This retreat draws upon the proven twelve-step spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is suitable for anyone interested in the twelve steps and who wishes to continue, or to embark upon, a twelve step spiritual journey. The retreat is not meant as a first introduction to the twelve steps for someone struggling with addiction but it is suitable for someone who simply wants to explore a tried and tested spirituality and to establish spiritual practices that support heating, recovery and change. It is also a retreat for those who live with family members who struggle with addiction.

A Weekend Introducing Centering Prayer

Saturday from 9.30am – 7pm including coffee breaks, lunch and evening meal and Sunday from 9.30am – 2pm including coffee break and lunch.
Residential and non-residential with Denis Gleeson cfc

Centering is a non-verbal and non-conceptual method  of praying. This retreat is suitable for beginners and will provide a comprehensive introduction to Centering Prayer. The retreat will be a silent retreat. It will include sessions of Centering Prayer, powerpoint presentations and DVDs featuring Fr. Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who is an authority on Centering. Places are still available.

Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom

 

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc
Saturday (9.30am) to Sunday (2.00pm).
Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

Many people today are disillusioned with God and with religion. So, why is this the case and what is it that really holds us back from accepting God into our lives? What are the beliefs, ideas, assumptions, misconceptions that would be helpful to unload? How can we move towards a religion and spirituality that is inspiring and vibrant and helps us embrace our humanity to the full? These two days are a gentle exploration of these and other questions. They are also a look at why the gospel is still very Good News for everyone today.

A Heartfulness Retreat

 

Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

This is a silent Intensive Retreat for those who have an well-established practice of Centering Prayer. The  retreat seeks to deepen a person’s understanding and experience of Centering as a Christian spiritual practice.

A Welcoming Prayer Retreat: Embracing Living

Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16, 2017.

Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

This retreat offers a practical and experiential introduction to the Welcoming Prayer. The Welcoming Prayer offers a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional responses to events and situations in daily life. It is a letting go in the present moment. The prayer helps to address the emotional programmes of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime stored in the body. It also contributes to the process of transformation in Christ which is part of Centering Prayer practice. We learn how we can be free of the false-self system and respond rather than just react to the present moment.

A Retreat Introducing Centering Prayer

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc and Rev’d Robert Lawson
Five Day: Monday to Friday, September 11 – 15, 2017 Quiet Time.
Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

Centering is a non-verbal and non-conceptual method of praying. This silent retreat is suitable for beginners and will provide a truly comprehensive introduction to Centering Prayer. It will include sessions of Centering Prayer, PowerPoint presentations, group discussions and DVDs featuring Fr. Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who is an authority on Centering. Establishing a practice of Centering Prayer has proved to be a major step in spiritual development for many people. It can be a life changing experience.

Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom

 

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc
Weekend Spiritual Workshop
Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

Many people today are disillusioned with God and with religion. So, why is this the case and what is it that really holds us back from accepting God into our lives? What are the beliefs, ideas, assumptions, misconceptions that would be helpful to unload? How can we move towards a religion and spirituality that is inspiring and vibrant and helps us embrace our humanity to the full? These two days are a gentle exploration of these and other questions. They are also a look at why the gospel is still very Good News for everyone today.

A Down to Earth Introduction to Dreamwork

 

Date to be arranged. Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/
Two day weekend workshop  in Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre.

A weekend looking at how we can make use of our dreams for our own spiritual growth and tie them in to an authentic and practical spirituality for life. Topics will include dreams and scripture, the psychology of dreams, dreams and symbols, dreams and spirituality and practical ways in which we can work with dreams.

A Wisdom Retreat

 

Date to be arranged. Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

This is a silent residential retreat. The retreat found its inspiration in a text from Thomas Merton:

There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom, the Mother of all, Natura naturans, nature naturing.”

The Enneagram and Spirituality

 

Two day workshop to be arranged.
Saturday ( 10.00 am) to Sunday ( 2.00 pm)

A journey of prayer, conversion and integration. This weekend course is designed to help you clarify your motivation in life and identify positive steps for spiritual and psychological growth.

The Enneagram and Prayer

 

Two day workshop to be arranged.
Saturday (10.00 am) to Sunday (2.00 pm)

Most of us find prayer difficult and part of the reason is that sometimes we use prayer forms that simply do not suit us. So, for those who already know their type on the Enneagram and who have done a basic introduction, these six evenings explore ways of using the wonderful insights of the Enneagram theory to discover the approaches to prayer that best fit their personality.

Companioning

 

A day of reflection to be arranged.

A day in the beautiful surroundings of Emmaus Retreat Centre reflecting on companioning as a spiritual theme. How best can we companion ourselves and others, spiritually and psychologically, as we seek to fashion a contemplative lifestyle in a frenetic and violent world?

An Introduction to the Ancient Practice of Lectio Divina

 

To be arranged.
An afternoon  introduction to Lectio Divina as a tool for spiritual practice today.

An Introduction to Centering Prayer

Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

These Tuesday evenings (7.30pm-9.00pm) offer an introduction to Centering Prayer as taught by Thomas Keating in  his various, well known writings. In Centering we acknowledge the presence of God within and open ourselves to God’s transforming action. As a prayer of transformation and growth, Centering is an ideal Lenten prayer. Centering is also a method of non-verbal, non-conceptual prayer.

A Weekend Introduction to the Welcoming Prayer

Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

This weekend offers a practical and experiential introduction to the Welcoming Prayer. The Welcoming Prayer offers a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional responses to events and situations in daily life. The prayer helps to address the emotional programs of the false self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime stored in the body. It also contributes to the process of transformation in Christ that is part of Centering Prayer practice. We learn how we can be free of the false self system and respond rather than just react to the present moment. Familiarity with Centering Prayer would be helpful for anybody taking this weekend.

 

The Enneagram: A Journey of Self Discovery:

A weekend Programme in Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre. Please enquire http://www.emmauscentre.ie/

These two days offer a clear, gentle and conversational introduction the Enneagram. This workshop is important for anyone who wishes to get to know themselves and what really motivates them in life. Suzanne Zuercher says:

As we study the enneagram, we gradually come to see how we frustrate what we most desire for ourselves.  We become aware of what clouds our perceptions and blocks our energy.  We learn what strikes fear into our hearts and paralyses them as well as what sends them into automatic, compulsive reaction.  We come to know the patterns of personal dynamics and life themes as these recur in experience.  Through these awarenesses we can become reconciled with who we are and learn to flow with our life energies.  We discover what endowment of ours is a gift for others as well as for us.  In other words, we are introduced to our reality more and more.

Earth’s Future – Be the Change

 

Next programme to be arranged. Special programmes for groups are arranged on request.
The workshop takes about four hours and can be run over a morning or an afternoon.

What kind of world will we leave our children and our grand-children? Can we continue to ignore ecological and environmental concerns? This workshop outlines how we can work to bring about an ecologically sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on our planet. Everyone needs to do a workshop such as this.

“Meditation with Fireflies”: An Introduction to the life, thought and spirituality of Thomas Merton

 

Two day workshop which usually runs from
Saturday (10.00 am) to Sunday (2.00 pm).

Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, was one of the great spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. From his hermitage in the forest, he kept alive the Christian mystical and contemplative tradition and is credited with being one of the founders of the modern peace movement. To understand Merton is to understand your own true self and where Christianity must move in our own times

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            <pre>Find the real world, give it endlessly away
            Grow rich, fling gold to all who ask
            Live at the empty heart of paradox
            I’ll dance there with you, cheek to cheek</pre>  (Rumi)

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