Mindfully at Home in the Cosmos - 6 day retreat
Mindfully at home in the Cosmos (Teach Bhride Tullow)
The objective of this offering
Ours is a time of radical cultural change that often leaves us uncertain about how to find meaning in our lives, where to find our peace and joy. Living in this time of change we may find ourselves stuck, motivated by fear, and disconnected from the joy that is ours. We are caught between the urge to be ‘good’ – as defined by contemporary society – and our own longing to be free and authentic. This offering is an opportunity for each of us to address this existential in our own lives.
This is an invitation for you to take some time apart to be supported through a simple routine of mindfulness, short inputs, process time and ritual to:
- Come home to yourself, and to
- Experience yourself as loved and loving within our new understandings of the cosmic community.
This mostly silent experience will be facilitated through a simple routine of mindfulness, short inputs, individual time, group sharing, and ritual.
You will have an opportunity in a supportive space to:
- Learn core mindfulness practises in a way that supports you to continue the practise at home,
- Explore with others (through reflection and discussion on the work of key thinkers in the area) our expanding understanding of the origin and development of the cosmos, and of our place within it,
- Experience and contribute to ecology based rituals, and karma yoga (when possible) that will deepen our connection with our earth community, and provide you with practical supports for continuing community building at home.
The sources for the retreat are leaders in the fields of mindfulness and cosmology/ ecology, as for example , Thich Nhat Hanh , Thomas Berry , Judy Canato, Illia Delio, Richard Rohr, and Satish Kumar.
Feedback from Pilot Programme
We have presented this work at the invitation of the Nano Nagle Centre Ballygriffen Co. Cork over six days to sixteen participants. (June 24th to 30th 2016).
At the end of the pilot we invited the participants to fill out an evaluation sheet, choosing one of four categories: very good, good, fair or poor. From a total of twelve feedback sheets received eleven participants rated the organisation as very good, and one as good. Similarly seven rated the process as very good and five rated it as good.
In view of this feedback we feel that our work meets a current need and we would now like to present it as widely as possible. We are open to doing this work in a variety of formats, short introductory sessions, a single day, over a weekend or in a longer format.
Des is currently chaplain in the Central Mental Hospital Dublin. He previously lectured in philosophy in the Milltown Institute, and was pastor in Glasthule Co Dublin and Ballyhahill Co Limerick. Des is an experienced retreat facilitator and spiritual companion and has worked in USA, Wales and Ireland.
Dee is a facilitator and mindfulness practioner, with a passion for supporting individuals and groups to benefit from Mindfulness. Dee is a trained theologian and spiritual director. Dee works with individuals and groups throughout Ireland and online, and designs and delivers workshops, retreats and trainings within education, community and social care, and ecological contexts mostly in response to client requests. She also provides one to one mindful coaching and spiritual companioning. To learn more about Dee and her work visit: www.mindfulfacilitation.com.
Dee and Des co-facilitated a five day residential Easter retreat in Emmaus Dublin in 2015, and a six day pilot of the current work in the Nano Nagle Centre in Cork 2016.
Sample Agenda for one day workshop
9.30 Registration and Welcome
10.00 Mindful Movement and Meditation
10.30 Input on New Cosmology
10.45 Individual and small group process time (including coffee).
12.00 Group Sharing
12.45 Mindfulness Practise
2.15 Creative Activity ( e.g. mandala, clay work, creative writing , outdoor meditation )
15.45 Input on Mindfulness followed by Mindfulness practise
16.15 Group Sharing and Ritual
06/05/2017 to 07/05/2017
06/05/2017 to 19/08/2017
06/05/2017 to 07/05/2017