The reflections this term will be based on the series “That we may Be One” by Thomas Keating. We will examine the Western and Scriptural models of spirituality: God, self and rational consciousness; the Christian contemplative tradition; beyond rational consciousness; the self and evolving consciousness; Christian non-duality and unity consciousness. We will also reflect on living in the Present Moment and All That Is. Voluntary contribution at each session.
Regular yoga practice can impart a number of different physical, mental and emotional benefits. The exercises tone and strengthen the body, increase circulation and oxygen flow, energize for the day and help unwind in the evening. The class is suitable for all levels and ages. Newcomers are most welcome! €135 11 weeks)
For students who can produce simple French sentences and can ask and respond to simple French questions. In a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, these classes will enable students to communicate with more fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations. €120 (11 weeks)
Vino bianco o vino rosso, signore?" Are you able to book a table, order a meal, ask directions and actually follow them? If you have already studied some Italian and appreciate fun and informality, then this is the class for you. Newcomers are most welcome.
The Inquisition is shrouded in shuddering legends. At its time, however, the Medieval Inquisition was a revolutionary breakthrough in legal practice. This module will look at its innovation and ambiguity as well as at the modern Roman Inquisition (“Holy Office”) and its stance on magic and witchcraft, science, “dangerous” writings, and the new 19th Century working class. The module will conclude with an examination of present-day procedures for disciplinary action used by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. €65 (6 weeks)
This module will explore the times Teresa of Avila lived in and how she developed friendship with Christ. This experience, reflected in her writings and in her foundations, is still relevant today. We will explore the Book of her Life, her Way of Perfection and the Book of the Mansions – her Interior Castle. There will be an opportunity to pray with St Teresa in a quiet atmosphere to share our reflection.
Regular yoga practice can impart a number of different physical, mental and emotional benefits. The exercises tone and strengthen the body, increase circulation and oxygen flow, energize for the day and help unwind in the evening. The class is suitable for all levels and ages. Newcomers are most welcome! €135 (11 weeks)
Meeting the religious other is a new experience for many of us. Even though respect for diversity is becoming the norm there is the challenge in the schools, work place and communities to understand each other’s faith and how it is lived. This module aims at developing that understanding from a Christian point of view. It will focus on basic beliefs, life style and rituals and make an attempt to appreciate them whilst comparing them with Christian practices. An optional day of visits to different places of worship will take place on 28 February in collaboration with the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD enabling the participants to meet and discuss with the leaders of different faith groups in Dublin.
€65 (6 weeks) plus €15 for optional visit to places of worship
Silver Swans is a ballet class for the over 55s. Dance is now considered to be one of the most beneficial ways of improving mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels and imparting a sense of wellbeing and fun. No previous dance experience is necessary!
Immerse yourself in German language and culture in this engaging class. Topical issues, art, literature and Austrian and German traditions are explored in a fun and informative way. The conversational manner is sure to boost both your confidence and fluency.
This series gives an introduction to the great theologians: Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth Johnson and Pope John Paul II. It will provide an exploration of their contexts in addition to their writings. The course shall also explore if their theologies have enduring significance for us today. €65 (6 weeks)
Communication of the Word of God may take many forms. This module explores how the great Dominican artist, Fra Angelico, uses his paintings as visual homilies. Some remarkable examples of this can be found in San Domenico di Fiesole, San Marco in Florence, the Vatican and Orvieto. Isn’t it extraordinary how these paintings still speak to us today? €65 (6 weeks)
This module is designed for students to improve their skills in conversational Irish in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The emphasis will be on giving the student confidence to use the language in everyday situations. A good basic level of Irish is required. Fáilte roimh chách. €130 (12 weeks)
This module is for students who have a good command of French and would like to keep up to date with cultural, social and political developments in France and increase their fluency in spoken French. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere guaranteed. Au plaisir de vous voir ou de vous revoir! €130 (12 weeks)
In this class, we read, discuss and share novels, poetry and drama. Our reading material is a mixture of classic and contemporary work written in English and translated writing of both established and emerging writers. No prior knowledge is required. Our emphasis is on enjoyment. €130 (12 weeks)
The ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi is becoming ever more popular in the West. With its slow, gentle movements, it is an excellent way of promoting physical and mental well-being. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Beginners and improvers welcome. €130 (12 weeks)
This is a “stand alone” course on body, soul, mind and spirit as understood by the following 20th century thinkers: Stephen MacKenna, Emmanuel Levinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gabriel Marcel, Simone Weil and Mary Midgley. This course will explore their importance today and relevant handouts will be supplied. Discussion and questions are welcomed as part of the learning process. €65 (6 weeks)
Experience harmony of body, mind and spirit as you dance to beautiful music. Sacred dance is influenced by the classical and European folk traditions. No previous experience necessary - clear instructions are given. A warm welcome awaits all. €185 (12 weeks)
In this module, the emphasis is on easing students into conversational French. Learned grammatical concepts are revised and put into a variety of conversation-based exercises that strengthen comprehension and self-expression. These classes will give you the confidence to converse on a range of topics. À bientôt! €130 (12 weeks)
What does it mean to be wise, to have wisdom? A whole section of the Bible is dedicated to this very human quest. The Wisdom books are read in the liturgy but only in part. The six lectures will offer a general introduction to biblical wisdom and close reading of the last one to be written, the Wisdom of Solomon. €65 (6 weeks)
The happiness and vitality of later life are opportunities there for the taking! The soul’s song gains momentum as we live on into ‘extra time’ and celebrate as best we can, the magnificent ‘grace of living’. This short module is an opportunity to explore together what is on offer during this rich season of grace. €35 (3 weeks)
In the year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis issued his memorable exhortation to religious: ‘The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world. Be witnesses of a different way of acting, of living. It is possible to live differently in this world.’ This series looks at how religious might find creative ways to respond to this challenge in a world that is often hostile to the message of the Church. €65 (6 weeks)
This module will look at the development of Christian art from its distinct roots in Rome, and in Byzantium, and trace it through Gothic Art and architecture to the high renaissance with its giants Raphael and Michelangelo. It will conclude with its re-emergence and re-formation in the works of the 19th Century Nazarenes and the Pre-Raphaelites in Germany and Britain. €65 (6 weeks)
Matthew presents the Good News in a manner which radically reinterprets Jewish expectation around how God's justice would be made manifest in the world. He sees it fulfilled in Jesus' ministry which culminates in the earth shattering revelation of Holy Week and Easter. This course will focus on key texts from the Gospel that express how the Evangelist interprets Jesus as God-with-Us, manifesting the covenant justice of God in his words and deeds. €65 (6 weeks)