Spir­i­tual haven in the heart of County Wick­low

IN FO­CUS LUISNE CEN­TRE IN KIL­COOLE

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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.

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