Celtic Meditation and the Celtic Imagination with Áine Minogue, March 2 – 4, 2018: A Lenten Retreat Exploring the Contemplative Celtic Tradition
Stone Church Center, Bellows Falls, Vt.
Come celebrate and learn about the Celtic Contemplative tradition and how we can draw on this rich, beautiful and mysterious tradition to enrich our lives and the lives of those around us! We will learn to meditate and if you already have a practice, we will work to enhance it. Feel free to bring your creative tools~ musical instrument, needlepoint or even a book or piece of poetry by you or another that’s important to you. We’ll look closely at combining your meditative practices and creativity. The goal is to bring mediative practice into life and most especially the creative aspects of your life, whether it’s gardening, crafts, food preparation or music..
All are welcome including observers. Save $35 on Early Bird registration (Early Bird ends two weeks in advance). Retreat is limited to 15 people.
Retreat Leader: Áine Minogue, Boston Irish Harpist and Celtic Culture Expert
Áine Minogue is an Irish musician, vocalist, folklorist and lecturer. She not only embodies the soul of traditional Irish music and dance through her sellout performances and many albums, but also is renowned for her deep, subtle and nuanced understanding of the Celtic spirituality and culture from which the music arises.
Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine’s large musical family encouraged her to pursue a number of different instruments during her youth. They played together as a family and attended fleadhs (traditional music festivals). But it was at the age of twelve while at boarding school in County Galway that Áine discovered her true love – the harp – which she decided to pursue in lieu of the others. After completing school she spent three years developing her talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, County Clare, then moved to the United States, settling in New England. Áine’s harp has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is a regular performer at folk festivals and concerts throughout the world. Her recordings include The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Lamentations, Celtic Pilgrimage (2008),Winter, A Meditation (DVD, 2009) and most recently “In the Name of Stillness: Celtic Meditation Music.”
Áine’s profound love of traditional Irish music has naturally let her to steep herself in the spiritual and cultural aspects of the Celtic world, so much so that she has become a much sought-after authority in this arena, whether offering workshops alone or with such luminaries as Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue (sadly now deceased), or in her role as a radio commentator on matters Celtic.