Christian Meditation Ireland


Welcome

Welcome to our website. We hope you find it informative and useful. It aims to give you a brief outline of meditation from within the Christian tradition and keep you up to date on the activities of Christian Meditation Ireland.

Who are we

We are men and women from all walks of life who come together to share and express a desire for deeper meaning in our lives through meditating together. Throughout Ireland there are groups which meet to meditate weekly in homes, parishes, offices, hospitals, prisons, schools and colleges, in a spirit of openness and sharing with all. We welcome those of all Christian traditions, of other religious traditions and of none.
The governing body of the community is Christian Meditation Ireland Ltd, a not-for-profit company with charitable status, with a voluntary board of directors and no paid employees. Our aim is to animate and support the practice of Christian meditation in Ireland by communicating and nurturing the teaching and practice of the tradition. [Company Registration No.: 530525 Registered Charity No.: 20082349]. The Memorandum and Articles of Association may be downloaded here. The Covenant with WCCM may be downloaded here.

Please click here for an overview of Christian Meditation Ireland.

An Irish Newsletter will appear quarterly, primarily in digital form and will be emailed out to group leaders who can print copies for their groups or share the link as it is downloadable from the Irish Newsletter page.   Those who specifically want a printed copy can contact Theresa Hobbs in the CMI secretariat (086-1621803; email theresawccm@gmail.com) to have it posted for a small fee.
To find our more about our Meditation with Children Project, click on the menu item 'Meditation & Children' or click on the images below for the  Information Leaflet and the Application Form.
Please send all updates and events for this website to:   theresawccm@gmail.com 

 Upcoming Events in Brief:

The 2016 John Main Seminar will be held at the international home of L’Arche in France. Jean Vanier will speak on the theme of woundedness and enlightenment and will co-lead the pre-seminar retreat with Laurence Freeman OSB. You can participate at this event online.


If you register now you will have access to:

SUBSCRIBE HERE TO THE WEBCAST 

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Health & Meditation Retreat Bere Island- 09-16 September

 While open to all interested in learning to meditate or deepen their practice, this Meditation Retreat has a special focus for those in the medical and caring professions.


Please contact Theresa Hobbs on 0861621803 or theresawccm@gmail.com

 

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Bere Island Festival of Music and Silence – 16-18 September

 The third year of this Festival - music & dance workshops, morning and evening music & meditation, talks and discussions, guided walks, evening dances and concerts, local fresh food and drink.


Please contact Theresa Hobbs on 0861621803 or theresawccm@gmail.com

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CMI National Retreat Day Saturday 1st October 2016

‘The Four Directions of Christian Contemplation’

Brother Richard Hendrick OFM will lead a day of meditation and reflection exploring the Christian tradition of meditation and the value of it in our lives.

Brother Richard, who is a priest-friar of the Irish Capuchin Province, has worked extensively with second and third level teaching meditation and giving retreats based on the Christian contemplative tradition.

Venue: The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 

(parking available at the hotel for those attending)

Public Transport:-

The DART from Connolly station to Dun Laoghaire station

The 46 bus from O’Connell Street to Dun Laoghaire station, which is a 5 minute walk to the hotel 

Time:   10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Cost:     €50 including a light lunch 

Booking is essential, the hotel requires the final numbers a week in advance.

Cheques/Postal Orders made payable please to:-Christian Meditation Ireland.

Please send to:- Eithne White

12 South Hill Park, Booterstown, Co. Dublin. A94 YP02

Phone:  Landline: 01-2882659/Mobile: 086-8176655

email:  eithnewhite12@gmail.com 

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21st - 23rd October 2016.

Christian Meditation Essential Teaching Weekend

Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne, N Ireland,

Please contact Maura McKinney on : +447740718540 email: maura.dagostino@virginmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 


Recent Events:

 

 

        THE FIRST NATIONAL FORUM & AGM of CMI LTD.

        Date:    Saturday 7th May 2016
        Venue: The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise Town
                  (beside the Railway Station)
        Time:    11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All who practice Christian Meditation are invited to attend this forum which will hear reports from those on the Board of CMI on their activities over the past two years.

When a survey was undertaken by Stella Gannon and Maria Gavin with the CMI groups around Ireland over the past 18 months, one of the areas identified that many of the groups felt isolated and would like more information and a sense of belonging to the wider group of CMI.  
This Forum will be an opportunity to participate more fully and have these questions answered and you are warmly invited to attend.

It will be followed by a short AGM, which is necessary annually to fulfil the obligations of the CMI Board.

There is no fee for this event, but a charge of €10 will apply for a light lunch which will be provided by the hotel.
While payment will be collected on the day, it is important that you book in advance (contact number below) as the hotel requires to be notified of the number attending to accommodate  room size and catering.
    
The Agenda will include 2 meditation sessions, one in the morning and one after lunch.
The Agenda will also include:-
•    Input as to the background of the formation of Christian Meditation Ireland Ltd
•    Input from the new Company Secretary & Hon. Treasurer on responsibilities of Directors and Members, including a request for persons willing to become members.
•    Reports on Meditation & Health Initiative and Meditation & Children initiative.

We would welcome full participation from the attendees on the day with their
comments /suggestions.

For booking please contact:
           Eithne White  mobile: 086-8176655/ landline; 01-2882659
        Email:     eithne.white@oceanfree.net

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MEDITATION GROUP (John Main Tradition)

Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 

LENTEN TALKS 8 p.m. each Wednesday

All Welcome

THEME: Your Mercy is Gentle as Silence Be Still and Know that I am God

 

Wednesday, 17th February 2016

Michael Lane, Practitioner of Meditation, Lawyer, Polymath

Wednesday, 24th February 2016

Noreen Mackey, Practitioner of

 

Meditation, Retired Lawyer, Spiritual Director and Retreat Facilitator

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016

Mary Garry, Practitioner of 

 

Meditation, Trained and Worked with Fr. Pat Murray

Wednesday, 9th March 2016

Donagh O’Shea OP/Director  

The talks will end with a Meditative Mass celebrated by Donagh O’Shea OP  

(A donation of 5 euros, if possible, would be appreciated)

Contact Niall Charleton 085 7609500

 

Sat, 2 April 2016: Day of Talks and Meditation in Cork with Fr. Donagh O'Shea: from 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Missionaries' Hall, Western Rd., Cork.   Cost €15. Bring a packed lunch. Booking not essential - just turn up on the day. For further information contact Rita  Tel.: 021 4292404 or email: 8rroconnell@gmail.com

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Bere Island Easter Meditation Retreat - 20-27 March 2016

An interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week. The Retreat programme includes regular meditation periods, talks by the Benedictine Monk Laurence Freeman, the Easter liturgies with the island people and time for reading, walks and solitude.

Please contact Theresa Hobbs on 0861621803 or theresawccm@gmail.com

 

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Saturday 30th January, 2016

11.30am-2.30pm

Regional Coordinators meeting

Gresham Hotel Dublin

Contact .text/phone- Elizabeth Dinn 086 8351740

All welcome

Saturday 21st November 2015 – Waiting in Silence

10am - 4pm (Registration from 9.30am)

Pastoral Centre, Church of Our Lady and St. Brendan, Upper Rock Street, Tralee.

Speaker: Dr Stefan Reynolds

 

Stefan, a retreat leader, is working as Assistant Guest Master at Mount Melleray Abbey. Stefan’s book "Living with the Mind of Christ: Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality" is due for publication in May 2016.

 

For further information and booking:

Please contact: Sylvia Thompson 085 863 2623  sylviajms11@gmail.com       

Ann Fagan 064 6632381 Prior Booking Essential

Cost: €20, or €15 (Concession Rate) incl. tea/coffee

Lunch not included (Bring a packed lunch or eat locally)

Organised by the Kerry Christian Meditation Groups

(John Main Tradition)

 

 

Sat, 5 December 2015: Day of Talks and Meditation in Cork with Fr. Donagh O'Shea: from 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Missionaries' Hall, Western Rd., Cork.   Cost €15. Bring a packed lunch. Booking not essential - just turn up on the day. For further information contact Rita  Tel.: 021 4292404 or email: 8rroconnell@gmail.com

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Wednesday 16th December -  “All things were still”

An Advent talk by Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

Venue: The Church of the Assumption, Booterstown Avenue, Booterstown, Co. Dublin

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Fr. Laurence will explore the inner meaning of Christmas and will include an introduction to the practice of Christian Meditation. 

For more details please click here

ALL ARE VERY WELCOME

Monday 9th November 7.30pm to 9.30pm

He will also be giving a talk in Dublin in the Gonzaga College Sandford road Ranelagh cost €20.

Francis was a Cistercian monk for 30 years, he is author of I Am That I Am and is presently completing his second book Fully Human Fully Divine (which is theme of Dublin talk)

His website is www.findinggraceatthecenter.com

Contact: Kate Feehily kmfeehily@eircom.net or 086 2411114

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8th November 2015, 10am to 5pm: Francis Bennett will be giving a day retreat in Star of the Sea Centre Mullaghmore Co Sligo cost €65 including lunch and refreshments.

Rooms are also available in the centre to rent for €35 or €40 (en suite).

Contact: Kate Feehily kmfeehily@eircom.net or 086 2411114

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October 2015: “Essential Teaching Weekend” at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork. The weekend is suitable for Group Leaders and meditators of at least one year’s practice. The aim of an Essential Teaching Weekend (ETW) is to support and nurture meditators. Given the nature of the weekend, places are limited to 24 participants. 
The weekend will provide an opportunity to re-familiarise participants with the core teaching on meditation and how best to present this teaching to various different community groups. The spirit of the weekend is relaxed and friendly yet informative. Participants raise questions, share experience, learn about new aspects of meditation and then put it all together in a way that will enrich and strengthen their practice.
This is a residential weekend, an experience (all be it short) of community and contemplative living.For Enquiries / Booking, contact:   Sile O’Connor, 087 6838537 sile.terry@gmail.com 

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Sat 26 Sept - Fri 2 October 2015: Healing Silence Retreat - Bere Island

while open to all interested in learning to meditate or deepen their practice, this six day Meditation Retreat has a special focus for those in the medical and caring professions.

Registration: https://io-wccm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=17

Contact Theresa Hobbs at theresawccm@gmail.com or 086 1621803 for further details and for booking

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Thur 27 August - Sun 30 August 2015: Bere Island Festival of Music and Silence

The second year of this Festival - music & dance workshops, morning and evening music & meditation, talks and discussions, guided walks, evening dances and concerts, local fresh food and drink.

Contact Theresa Hobbs at theresawccm@gmail.com or 086 1621803 for further details and for booking

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Sunday 24 May 2015: CMI National Retreat Day

Venue: The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

Cost:€50 which includes a light lunch

Click here for the flyer

     

 

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Saturday 18th April: Invitation to all Regional Co-ordinators to attend a meeting for Meditation and Conversation with the National Co-ordinator and Committee.
Venue: Gresham Hotel, Dublin.
Registration: 11 30am

Start: 12pm - 2.30pm
Light lunch: 1.45pm.
Contact: Elizabeth Dinn: elizabethdinn@gmail.com, Tel: 01 2303117

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Saturday 25 April 2015:  9.45am - 5pm Day of Recollection with Fr. Donagh O'Shea O.P.
Sacred Heart Missionaries' Hall, Western Rd, Cork.
Offering 15euro.Bring own packed lunch. Tea/Coffee provided.
Parking available in grounds. Prior booking not essential, though helpful.
Enquiries to Anne 021 4312413, or Rita 021 4292404

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Sun 29 March - Sun 5 April 2015: Bere Island Easter Meditation Retreat - an interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week. The Retreat programme includes regular meditation periods, talks by the Benedictine Monk Laurence Freeman, the Easter liturgies with the island people and time for reading, walks and solitude.
Contact Theresa Hobbs at theresawccm@gmail.com or 086 1621803 for further details and for booking and the app can be dowloaded below:

       

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Saturday 21 March: 11am to 1pm
Informal Group Leaders' Meeting, St. Columba's Parish Centre, Douglas, Cork
Tea/Coffee available from 10am. Prior notice of coming to this meeting ESSENTIAL, as it is primarily for local groups, and space is limited.
Enquiries to Anne 021 4312413, or Rita 021 4292404

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Please click here for 2014 Events details                             

                                     

John Main Seminar 2015

The 2015 John Main Seminar was held in Hamilton, New Zealand and hosted by the New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation.

It took place from 12th to 18th January 2015 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

For more information, read about it here