Tallaght Retreat Centre

DOMINICAN RETREAT CENTRE
TALLAGHT VILLAGE, DUBLIN 24

Telephone: (01) 404 8123 / 404 8189
Email:
Website: www.goodnews.ie

 

AUTUMN 2013

On-going events: 
            
            Mondays, 7pm - 9pm: 
                        Grow Mental Health Organisation
                        Contact: Grow infoline: 1890474474
            Tuesdays, 8pm - 9.30pm:  
                        Zen meditation
                        Twin Hearts (first Tues. each month)
            Tuesdays, 7.30pm - 9pm:
                        Charismatic Prayer Group  (venue: Priory)  
            Wednesdays,  8pm-9pm: 
                        John Main meditation  
            Wednesdays, 8pm - 9.30pm: 
                        Youth 2000 (first Wed. each month)
            Thursdays, 8pm - 9.30pm: 
                        Meditation with the Mystics.
                        (recommencing 17 Oct. 2013)
                        Leader: Donagh O’Shea OP 
            Fridays, 8pm - 9pm:
Taizé prayer (last Fri. each month)

Once-off events:

AUTUMN 2013

 

 

Weekend Advent retreat, 13 - 15 December, 10.30 - 4.30 
Residential: Friday to Sunday (all meals)  €170
Non-residential: Friday to Sunday (all meals) €100
Saturday: €30 (incl. lunch, and tea/coffee.
Led by Donagh O’Shea   

Zen retreat, 17 - 18 December 2013 
A two-day experience of Zen meditation
Robert Kennedy Roshi
(Tuesday 17, 10.00am - Wednesday 18, 4.00pm)
Residential: €140 (extra nights - Monday, Wednesday, €35 per night)  Non-residential, with meals:  €95;  €50 for one day. Bookings only on receipt of €50 deposit


Christian Zen Masters have suggested that people leaning toward a deeper form of prayer are often attracted to Zen – not because they wish to become Buddhists but because they seek a more contemplative prayer life. 
The core practice on a Zen retreat is zazen – sitting meditation (for 25-minute sessions with 10-minute kinhin or walking-meditation in-between).  Zazen is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness, coupled with stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming or speculating on the nature of life.

 

[Other Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014 events will be posted later]

 

WELCOME TO SUMMER 2014 !

Once again we are happy to send you our list of retreats for the coming Summer seasons 2014. We invite you to visit us and make a retreat here in the heart of Tallaght.  This is the third largest centre of population in the RoI; what was once a small village at the foot of the Dublin hills has now the dimensions of a bustling city.  But at the very heart of Tallaght you find this still centre – so tranquil that it surprises even people who live in Tallaght.  This Retreat Centre has been in existence since 1936, and during those 78 years countless people, young and old, have found it a place of peace and prayer.    
It surprises many to hear that Tallaght was a place of pilgrimage for a thousand years. People came to honour the memory of St Maelruan, who founded a famous monastery here in the 8th century.  It was the centre of the ‘Céile Dé’ or ‘Culdee’ movement, a reform movement within Celtic monasticism.  The ground is hallowed by the feet of many who lived a deep life of prayer here.  We like to think that something of the spirit of that monastery still imbues the atmosphere and even the grounds of this Centre.  There is a very large 18th-century walled garden with many ancient and  unusual trees.  It is a perfect place for the ancient craft of seeking God.    
We offer a variety of approaches and methods.  Many of the retreats, as you see from the list, are in the traditional format;   but we also have retreats and workshops on tai-chi, pottery, Zen, etc.  Wisely, these have been called “ways to the Way.”  In today’s complex world many people have some knowledge and experience of different spiritual paths, and  as Christians we are challenged to connect these to the great tradition.  It was the genius of St Dominic to make connections rather than disconnections.  St Thomas Aquinas continued this way by studying ancient philosophies and integrating what was true in them with Catholic faith.  In this Retreat Centre, in our own modest way, we try to gather many streams into the one great stream of Christian spirituality.  
Retreats are normally conducted in gentle quiet, enabling each person to make the most of the opportunity for reflection and prayer.   Meals are traditional; retreatants are served at table.  Please tell us in advance if you have special dietary requirements.  We will do our best to care for you.  But please remember that we are not qualified to care for the sick.  
Whether you are returning for another retreat or coming to us for the first time, we all look forward to welcoming you. 

Donagh O’Shea OP  Director

 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMME OF RETREATS, 2014

June 7 - 13 
Heartfulness: Centering Prayer retreat 
Heartfulness, and advanced Centering Prayer retreat, invites us to enter into the living tradition of transformation in Christ.  The retreat will feature reflections by Cistercian Thomas Keating on suffering and redemption, the Trinity and the Divine Indwelling.  
                                                Fionnuala Quinn OP 
                                                            Lesley Kavanagh

Fionnuala Quinn, a Dominican Sister, has been a practitioner of Centering Prayer as taught by Cistercians Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating for twenty-five years.  Her ministry includes training new presenters of Centering Prayer and leaving Centering Prayer retreats.  She is regional co-ordinator for Contemplative  Outreach in Ireland.

Lesley Kavanagh has been immersed in Prayer for several years,  She lives in Waterford and is presently co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach Waterford.


June 14 - 20 
Threefold love: God, neighbour and self 
‘To love God, and to love your neighbour as yourself’: there is no commandment greater than these’ (Mk. 12:33).  In this retreat we will dwell on this threefold love – the heart of the Christian life – endeavouring to see how defects in self-love may be putting obstacles in the path of the other two.  
                                                                        Adrian Farrelly OP
June 21 - 27
Hildegard of Bingen and Catherine of Siena 
Two women mystics, both doctors of the Church; both were dynamically involved in the world of their day.   Their lives are evidence that contemplation is not a flight from the practical circumstances of our lives but a profound embrace of them.  Each session of the retreat will be a prayerful reading and reflection on a short passage of their writing, followed by a period of meditation.  
                                                            Donagh O’Shea OP
June 28 - July 4 
Mary, a light shining in the Church and the world
“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey” (Pope Francis).  During these days of prayer we will look at the life of Mary, seeking encouragement and light to guide our steps in the darkness. 
                                                        John Harris OP
July 5 - 11 
Spiritual care of the body
The mystery of the Word made flesh is at the heart of Christian faith. Yet in practice the body is often ignored. This retreat will involve body, breath  and mind awareness, gentle stretching exercises tailored to the physical capacity of each person, combined with deep relaxation and meditation. It will be shown how attention to the body can bring us to a deeper awareness of who we are, and help us become more open to the working of God’s Spirit living in us.
                                                            Louis Hughes OP 
                                                            Marian Dolan

 

July 26 - August 1
Pilgrimage to and from the heart: walking and praying the Labyrinth
This retreat will provide a quiet time for prayer and reflection, and will include the use of a newly-cut Labyrinth at the Retreat Centre.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the often winding path of life’s journey, rekindle energy and enthusiasm, and renew commitment to God’s on-going call to listen, learn and live.
                                                           John Littleton 
John Littleton, a priest of the diocese of Cashel and Emly, is director of the Priory Institute, Tallaght.  He is a weekly columnist with The Catholic Times.  Among his recent books are The Fulfilment  of God’s Saving Promise (20123), and Catholicism and Me (2012) - one of a series of books he has co-edited about contemporary Irish Catholicism.

 


Louis Hughes is a pioneer in the integration of Indian techniques for body training, breathing and mind-centring with Christian meditation. His published works include the books Body-Mind Meditation and The Art of Allowing – The Breath in Meditation and in Life, as well as the dvdBodyprayer. His website is: www.bodymindmeditation.ie
Marian Dolan is a yoga instructor based in Kilkenny. She is a graduate of the Sivananda International Yoga Centre in India. She also completed a specialized yoga course called, “Yoga of the Heart”, designed for people with illness and debility. Email: 
July 12 - 18
Zen retreat
The author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit, and Zen Gifts to Christians will lead us to a practical understanding of Zen and its significance for today.  “Yamada Roshi [his teacher] told me several times he did not want to make me a Buddhist but rather he wanted to empty me in imitation of ‘Christ your Lord’ who emptied himself, poured himself out, and clung to nothing.” (from the Preface of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit
                                                            Robert Kennedy SJ Roshi
Robert Kennedy is a Jesuit priest and Zen Master [roshi].  He has doctorates in Christian theology and in psychology.  He is professor of theology in St Peter’s College, New York.  In addition he is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City, and a representative at the United Nations of the Institute for Spiritual Consciousness in Politics.
July 26 - August 1 
Pilgrimage to the heart
Spirituality of the labyrinth.  
                                                           John Littleton
John Littleton, a priest of the diocese of Cashel and Emly, is director of the Priory Institute, Tallaght.  He is a weekly columnist with The Catholic Times.  Among his recent books are The Fulfilmesnt of God’s Saving Promise (20123), and Catholicism and Me (2012) - one of a series of books he has co-edited about contemporary Irish Catholicism.
August 2 - 8 
Maintenance or transformation?
Expectations are the secret of a good retreat.  What are our expectations for this retreat?

                                                           Bishop Brendan Comiskey
August 9 - 15 
Madame Guyon: contemplation in a hard place 
A 17th-century French laywoman, Jeanne Guyon fell under suspicion for teaching contemplative prayer at a time when there was little understanding of it and less sympathy.  She endured imprisonment and many years of persecution.  The support of her friend bishop François Fénelon was crucial to her life’s work.  Her profound mystical understanding has enduring value, and she has much to teach us.  Each session of the retreat will be a leisurely reading and reflection on a short passage of her writing, followed by a period of meditation.  
                                                            Donagh O’Shea OP
August 16 - 22
A Healing retreat
“All the crowd were trying to touch Jesus, for power came out from him and healed them all” (Lk 6:19).  We are invited not only to be healed, but also to become healers.  The troubled world of today is in urgent need of healing.  We are to awaken and release the God-given healing powers that lie within us – for our own healing and that of others.  An essential aspect of that healing is to see our wounds as openings through which the light and grace of Christ can shine into our lives.  
                                                            Simon Roche OP
August 23 - 29 
“Your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).
In this retreat we will open our hearts with St Paul, in prayer, meditation and liturgy, to “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God shining in the face of Christ”. (cf. 2 Cor. 4: 6).                                                                                                          
Philip McShane OP

General Information
SIX-DAY RETREATS:
Opening Saturday:       Registration from 5.00 pm 
                                    Supper 6.30 pm 
                                    Opening session 7.30 pm
Closing Friday:             Departure after 1.00 pm lunch
Offering:                      €440 (Residential)
                                    €285 (Non-Res. with meals)

WEEKEND RETREATS AND COURSES
Friday:                         Registration from 5.00 pm 
                                    Supper: 6.30 pm
                                    Opening session: 7.30 pm
Sunday:                        Departure after lunch
Offering:                      €170 (Residential)
                                    €100 (Non-Res. with meals)

Bookings for weekend and longer retreats should include a (non-refundable) deposit of €50.  
The balance may be paid on arrival.

ONE-DAY RETREATS AND COURSES:
€40 (Incl. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea / coffee) 
Day retreats begin with coffee and registration at 10.30, and end at about 5.30.  
SCHOOL RETREATS:
The Retreat Centre is in contact with a very reliable and low cost bus service; if you need a quotation please contact us. 
Post-primary retreats / reflection days: These take place from September to May.  Early booking is advised.  The normal day begins at 9.30 and ends at 2.45.  We supply the retreat team.  Cost: €15 per student.  Tea, coffee, and biscuits are provided at morning break and at lunchtime.  Students bring a packed lunch or (with the school’s permission) may buy lunch in Tallaght village.  Other arrangements are possible; please enquire.
Confirmation retreats: €12.50 per student (incl. fruit juice and biscuits at 10am; bring packed lunch, fruit juice supplied).

THE RETREAT CENTRE has 30 single rooms, with a lift to all floors; newly refurbished bathrooms; one large and four smaller conference rooms; for very large groups we use a room (58 ft  x 31 ft  or  17.5 m x 9.25 m) in the adjoining Priory.  Retreats and Courses are open to people of all faiths and denominations.  The Centre is available for Conferences and Seminars.  Parish Retreats and Group Retreats available on request. You will find detailed directions to the Retreat Centre on this brochure.  Centre is equipped with free wi-fi.   
ENQUIRIES to: 
The Secretary, 
Dominican Retreat Centre,    
Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 
Telephone: (01) 404 8123 / 404 8189
Email:
Website: www.goodnews.ie

 

HOW TO GET HERE
By Car: Leave the M50 at junction 11.  Take the N81 westwards towards Tallaght and Blessington.  Go straight through the small roundabout, then through a set of traffic lights; at the second set of lights turn right.  Turn left at the next lights, and you are in Tallaght Village.  Continue about 50 yards and you will see the Dominican church on your right.  When you come through the entrance, turn right into a large car park.  The Retreat House is the free-standing building, with steps to a glass porch.  

By Luas: Tallaght is the terminus of the red line, from Heuston or Connolly Stations, and Busáras.  It is normally possible to catch a taxi to the Priory from the upper level of the Square near the cinema (ask directions), and the cost is about 6 Euro.  Ask for the Priory church in Tallaght Village, and then follow the directions through the car park in the previous paragraph. Walking from the Luas: About 12 – 15 minutes, and not recommended if you have heavy bags.  Begin walking in the same direction as the Luas was going when it stopped.  You will come to traffic-light controlled crossroads with a dual carriage way.  Continue straight across, and follow the line of the road.  The road bends to the right.  You should have the Institute of Technology on your left, and the old Protestant church on your right.  Then you will see a high stone wall on your left.  This is the Priory garden.  Continue around the outside, passing Murphy’s pub on the corner.  Turn left here.  The next entrance is the Priory church.  Continue as in the first paragraph.

By Bus: Many buses go to Tallaght, but the most convenient are the 65 from College Green, or the 27, or 77A (opposite Central Bank on Dame St.).  Other less direct buses come from College Green.  Ask the driver to let you know when you get to Tallaght Village.  Ask for directions to the Priory Church, and continue as above. 

 

ADULT EDUCATION SHORT COURSES
THE PRIORY INSTITUTE offers a variety of courses and seminars on a range of themes. In particular it hosts an annual public lecture in January / February in honour of St Thomas Aquinas. 
For details contact Fr John Littleton, Director of the Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. 
Tel. 01-404 8128
Email:
Website: www.prioryinstitute.com

THEOLOGY BY DISTANCE EDUCATION 
THE PRIORY INSTITUTE offers Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes in Theology by distance education.  For details and a copy of our prospectus contact: Head of Distance Education, The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24
Tel. (01) 404 8128
Email:
Website: www.prioryinstitute.com

General Information
SIX-DAY RETREATS:
Opening Saturday:       Registration from 5.00 pm 
                                    Supper 6.30 pm 
                                    Opening session 7.30 pm
Closing Friday:             Departure after 1.00 pm lunch
Offering:                      €440 (Residential)
                                    €285 (Non-Res. with meals)

WEEKEND RETREATS AND COURSES
Friday:                         Registration from 5.00 pm 
                                    Supper: 6.30 pm
                                    Opening session: 7.30 pm
Sunday:                        Departure after lunch
Offering:                      €170 (Residential)
                                    €100 (Non-Res. with meals)

Bookings for weekend and longer retreats should include a (non-refundable) deposit of €50.  
The balance may be paid on arrival.

ONE-DAY RETREATS AND COURSES:
€40 (Incl. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea / coffee) 
Day retreats begin with coffee and registration at 10.30, and end at about 5.30.  
SCHOOL RETREATS:
The Retreat Centre is in contact with a very reliable and low cost bus service; if you need a quotation please contact us. 
Post-primary retreats / reflection days: These take place from September to May.  Early booking is advised.  The normal day begins at 9.30 and ends at 2.45.  We supply the retreat team.  Cost: €15 per student.  Tea, coffee, and biscuits are provided at morning break and at lunchtime.  Students bring a packed lunch or (with the school’s permission) may buy lunch in Tallaght village.  Other arrangements are possible; please enquire.
Confirmation retreats: €12.50 per student (incl. fruit juice and biscuits at 10am; bring packed lunch, fruit juice supplied).

THE RETREAT CENTRE has 30 single rooms, with a lift to all floors; newly refurbished bathrooms; one large and four smaller conference rooms; for very large groups we use a room (58 ft  x 31 ft  or  17.5 m x 9.25 m) in the adjoining Priory.  Retreats and Courses are open to people of all faiths and denominations.  The Centre is available for Conferences and Seminars.  Parish Retreats and Group Retreats available on request. You will find detailed directions to the Retreat Centre on this brochure.  Centre is equipped with free wi-fi.   
ENQUIRIES to: 
The Secretary, 
Dominican Retreat Centre,    
Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 
Telephone: (01) 404 8123 / 404 8189
Email:
Website: www.goodnews.ie

 

HOW TO GET HERE
By Car: Leave the M50 at junction 11.  Take the N81 westwards towards Tallaght and Blessington.  Go straight through the small roundabout, then through a set of traffic lights; at the second set of lights turn right.  Turn left at the next lights, and you are in Tallaght Village.  Continue about 50 yards and you will see the Dominican church on your right.  When you come through the entrance, turn right into a large car park.  The Retreat House is the free-standing building, with steps to a glass porch.  

By Luas: Tallaght is the terminus of the red line, from Heuston or Connolly Stations, and Busáras.  It is normally possible to catch a taxi to the Priory from the upper level of the Square near the cinema (ask directions), and the cost is about 6 Euro.  Ask for the Priory church in Tallaght Village, and then follow the directions through the car park in the previous paragraph. Walking from the Luas: About 12 – 15 minutes, and not recommended if you have heavy bags.  Begin walking in the same direction as the Luas was going when it stopped.  You will come to traffic-light controlled crossroads with a dual carriage way.  Continue straight across, and follow the line of the road.  The road bends to the right.  You should have the Institute of Technology on your left, and the old Protestant church on your right.  Then you will see a high stone wall on your left.  This is the Priory garden.  Continue around the outside, passing Murphy’s pub on the corner.  Turn left here.  The next entrance is the Priory church.  Continue as in the first paragraph.

By Bus: Many buses go to Tallaght, but the most convenient are the 65 from College Green, or the 27, or 77A (opposite Central Bank on Dame St.).  Other less direct buses come from College Green.  Ask the driver to let you know when you get to Tallaght Village.  Ask for directions to the Priory Church, and continue as above. 

 

ADULT EDUCATION SHORT COURSES
THE PRIORY INSTITUTE offers a variety of courses and seminars on a range of themes. In particular it hosts an annual public lecture in January / February in honour of St Thomas Aquinas. 
For details contact Fr John Littleton, Director of the Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. 
Tel. 01-404 8128
Email:
Website: www.prioryinstitute.com

THEOLOGY BY DISTANCE EDUCATION 
THE PRIORY INSTITUTE offers Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes in Theology by distance education.  For details and a copy of our prospectus contact: Head of Distance Education, The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24
Tel. (01) 404 8128
Email:
Website: www.prioryinstitute.com