A pdf of the Ten Week Sabbatical is availabe to download above
Exploring Spirituality in the context of: An expanding universe. An endangered Earth. The Christian tradition.
“We have silenced too many of those wonderful voices of the Universe
that spoke to us of the grand mysteries of existence” - Thomas Berry.
AUTUMN 3 September 2017  10 November 2017 *One space available in accommodation off site with 5 other participants*
SPRING -   4 March 2018 –  11 May 2018 *Residential spaces still available*
The programme will include:
  • Becoming familiar with our evolution over 14 billion years as discovered by contemporary science.

  • Exploring its implications for understanding our place in the universe.

  • Exploring the theological implications of this new cosmology.

  • Listening to the wisdom of the mystics.

  • Reflecting on themes from the Celtic Tradition.

  • Examining our images of God.

  • Critiqueing our present world order and exploring possibilities for a sustainable lifestyle.


This will be done through:


  • Lectures and group sessions led by An Tairseach team and guest lecturers - see 'Talks & Conferences' page for details of lectures.

  • Art, Movement, Ritual, Prayer, Nature Walks, Guided Meditiation, Walking the Labyrinth, Time Alone.

  • Visits to sacred places such as Glendalough.

  • Study using a specialised library of books, periodicals, dvds and internet resources.

  • There will also be time to learn about Organic Gardening, Bird Watching and other related topics.

The Ecology Centre, while only five minutes walk from the Wicklow town centre and the sea, is surrounded by spacious grounds and the 70 acre Dominican Organic Farm which overlooks Wicklow Bay. The Centre, is provided with Lecture Rooms, Meditation Room, Art Room, Chapel, Library, Kitchen, Dining Room, Massage/Reflexology Room, Common Rooms as well as Administrative Offices. Guest Accommodation is in single, mostly en-suite rooms with self-catering facilities.
Cost: €4200, Booking Fee: €500
Meals throughout the programme are prepared by our qualified chef who uses fresh organic produce straight from our farm
Many retreats and short courses are offered throughout the sabbatical for those who want to participate but are unable to commit to the full ten weeks.

Sabbatical Group - Autumn 2014


Sabbatical Group - Spring 2014



Sabbatical Group - 2013




Sabbatical Group - 2013



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