New Monasticisms Ireland hosted Patrick Woodhouse – Etty Hillesum ‘A Life Transformed’ 

This event took place in Milltown Park on Saturday 31st October 2015 – A day of presentations and reflection led by Rev Patrick Woodhouse.  “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between” Etty Hillesum

Patrick Woodhouse is an Anglican priest and writer. His particular interest is the practice of contemplative spirituality in a multi-faith world. His book, Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed (Continuum 2009) explored the life of Etty Hillesum and the transformation that occurred in her as a result of the life changing experience of being detained in Westerbork concentration camp where she became determined to be the “thinking heart” of the camp.

New Monasticisms Ireland hosted Spiritual Autobiography led by Julienne McLean on 27th February, 2016 at Milltown Park – which provided a guided introduction to writing and recognising the movement of the spirit, followed by the practical application of what Julienne had opened up to us in the morning.

Julienne McLean was assisted by two skilled facilitators – Elizabeth McCrory Consultant Psychologist, PhD student in UCD  and Noelia Molina PhD student at All Hallows –  A day of knowledge, insight, reflective guidance and personal movement of the spirit!

Julienne McLean is a psychologist, Jungian analyst and spiritual director in North London. She has had a lifelong involvement in the Christian contemplative tradition, and has been teaching, writing and running retreats for many years on Jungian psychology, prayer and Carmelite spirituality. She is the author of ‘Towards Mystical Union’ (2003, 2013, St Paul’s), a modern commentary on St Teresa of Avila’s classic text on prayer, ‘The Interior Castle’.

New Monasticisms Ireland hosted Dreams: A source of Inner Truth – a Day of presentations and reflection led by Dr. Barbara Koning on the 11th June 2016 at Mount St Annes, Killenard, Co. Laois.

Barbara looked at  dreams from theological, psychological,  cultural and anthropological perspectives. She gave personal and other examples highlighting dreams and their significance in terms of life changes.

We were guided in the afternoon using Jeremy Taylor’s Dream work Tool kit which elucidated significant events in the examination of dreams.

Barbara is co author of Dreams and Spirituality: A handbook for ministry, spiritual direction and counselling – Kate Adams – Bart Koet – Barbara Koning – 2015