Chant Days with Noirin Ni Riain 2011

Legendary spiritual singer and teacher, Noirin Ni Riain Ph.D. is continuing, after four years of phenomenal response, to offer the following six workshops here at Glenstal Abbey during 2011.

Glenstal Abbey are two beautiful words for a monastery that summarises a sanctuary of peace, holiness, wholesomeness and nurture for all; female/male, Christian/non-Christian/young/old who choose to enter into its shelter.

Know that you will not be disappointed and all of these days are for listeners AND singers alike. There is absolutely no principle or condition for admission. Simply an open, receptive and loving heart! There are scholarships available for students, groups or the elderly so do lot let financial considerations prevent you from applying, but early booking is essential.

March 19th – Feast of St Joseph, husband of Mary CANCELLED

This beautiful day of male celebration and energy will explore the masculine in each one of us. So men and women, singers and listeners alike are all meant to be here!

July 2nd – Feast of the heart

The feast of the heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary. We will explore the enormous potential, mostly unfulfilled, in all our human hearts of love, peace and compassion through music, song and story.

August 6th – Transfiguration of the Lord CANCELLED

Every human being is promised transfiguration but the way is almost always obscure. During the course of this day, we will try to discern the various ways of transfiguring our own lives and that of those around us through music, ritual, & walking meditation.

September 17th – Hidegard von Bingen

This extraordinary German 12th century mystic, inspired indeed by a Celtic monk Dissibodenborg, has so much wisdom to impart to our troubled world. We will explore her magnificent wisdom, both divine and human.

November 5th – Exploring our ancient Celtic perception of Death

At this time of the greatest Celtic festival, Samhain, we will revisit songs, stories, and insights on death, particularly from the beautiful insights of poet, philosopher, mystic John O Donohue.

December 17th – O Sapientia – O Wisdom

A day to bring new insights into the birth of Christ, particularly that birth in each one of us, through reflection, song, story and ritual. Farewells will include a marvellous rare moment to be present at Glenstal Abbey’s celebration of this, the first of the O Antiphons.

Cost: €150 (including lunch and morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks) per day

Optional midday liturgy with community and day concludes at 6pm again with optional community Vespers.)

Early booking is strongly advised because numbers are strictly limited.