Spiritual haven in the heart of County Wicklow
IN FOCUS LUISNE CENTRE IN KILCOOLE
IN THE words of the late John O’Donoghue Luisne is an old Irish term for ‘the first blush of light before dawn breaks’.
Luisne Spirituality Centre based in Kilcoole uses these words as inspiration and seeks an awakening to the dawn of a new awareness of self, creation, the God of creation, and their deep and scared interconnectness.
In existence for five years now, the centre was set up by the Holy Faith nun, Sister Miriam, who through time spent in a similar centre in the U.S. called the Sophia Centre, has brought the idea back to Ireland.
Luisne seeks to deepen the spiritual dimension and quality of people’s lives through healing courses, support groups, and courses which nourish creativity through offering retreats and spiritual guidance.
Set up in the tranquil grounds of The Holy Faith Convent in Kilcoole, Sister Miriam has created a space that is beautifully peaceful and that works with nature.
When creating the centre Sister Miriam had many inspirations including the words of Canadian writer John Berry and of course the late John O’Donoghue.
‘An excerpt from Chief Seattle’s response to the then president of the US when the Americans were seeking to buy land from the American Indians gives an insight into some of the philosophy behind Luisne,’ explained Sister Miriam, ‘Such quotes as: You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of their grandfathers so that they will respect the land. Tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of their kin. and Teach your children what we have taught our children: that the earth is our mother; whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth, are all an inspiration to the centre.’
Luisne promotes a valuing of landscape and nature as that which feeds the imagination, nourishes the soul and calms the spirit by providing opportunities to celebrate the rhythms of nature in an inspiring setting of the magnificent panoramic views surrounding the centre.
By offering a wide variety of courses Luisne seeks to nourish the bodymind spirit leading to a sense of oneness within oneself and with the whole of creation.
At Luisne Sister Miriam seeks to make courses available to everyone by keeping fees at a minimum and offering concessions to the unwaged and Old Aged Pensioners.
Occasionally, as financial circumstances may demand it, an individual is offered a course free of charge.
At the centre the spiritual needs of those of every religion are welcomed.
‘A hope for the future would be to promote cultivation of land in a way that honours its integrity and to promote healthy living with the latter already happening to some extent through vegetarian cookery classes,’ said Sister Miriam.
Other upcoming courses include Know your Winter Birds with Birdwatch Ireland and is open to all the family and a Life Balance Course will begin in November.
‘I feel that I am doing something very relevant to people’s needs and I feel that the centre is a great achievement,’ said Sister Miriam.
For further information log onto www.luisne.ie where courses on offer can be viewed on the Events page.
Bookings can be made through the website or by phoning (01) 2010001.
Sr. Miriam at the Luisne Spirituality Centre.