Monday, March 24, 2008

The Christian Community in Clare

Preparations for the Confirmation:
Saturday 29th March
help is needed for cleaning of the Mountshannon Hall and St. Caimin's Church, decorating, laying out tables and chairs, cleaning cups etc. Time; 10 am
Please bring or send flowers, greenery etc. for decorations and tablecloths

Sunday 30th March
Confirmation Ceremony in St. Caimin's Church Mountshannon

10.30 am - 12.00 noon, meeting afterwards in Mountshnnon Hall for presentations, tea's/coffee and light refreshments.

Help is needed in providing cakes, biscuits, finger food etc. They can be delivered to the Hall prior to the ceremony at 12.30
Contact Peter Shields (co-ordinator) 087 6455955
Dear Friends,
Caroline Kelly would like to let you know, that if someone from the congregation would like to join the confirmands and their families for Sunday dinner at the East Clare Golf Club in Bodyke (plain cooking and lovely views, 3 courses for under Euro 20.00) to contact her for booking.
email: or mobile phone 087 6287006
Anne Benham

Saturday, March 15, 2008


The aim of the retreats and workshops is to provide a safe space where people may explore inner challenges and crises, working from an anthroposophical understanding of the human being as body, soul and spirit.

Some life events that may have caused pain and suffering often hold the key to transformation, hope and joy. A true listening space for shared biography can help their spiritual significance to emerge. Artistic activities access the imaginative dimension and strengthen social awareness. Stories, myths and legends release the mind from everday concerns, inviting the language of archetypal images belonging to the soul's journey to appear. Thematic talks complement the interactive processes and provide sustance for deeper reflection, conversation and questions.

Facilitators invite enquiries from any group, community or organisation. The character and form of the retreats may be adapted to suit the needs of particular groups.

For information, costs and venues contact: Linda McKeown, Building Bridges Ireland, 5, Martello Terrace, Holywood, County Down BT 18 9 BE, Tel: 02890 424607 email: building healing

Sean Christopher Byrne has created a fine new website featuring his books To Hell or Rome, Gnosis, Poems for the Path. More books are in the works.

The above illustration, featured on the website, is of the Cumaean Sybil, depicted here by 15th century Italian Renaissance artist, Andrea del Castagno - courtesy the Castagno Museum, Florence.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Dear Friends,
In the new postcard design above you will see the Goethe motif that accompanies our quest to find 1600 ELIANT activists who will undertake to collect 432 signatures each by the end of November...presently there are 300 such people.
In 2008 the signature campaign to secure legal frarmework conditions for anthroposophic initiatives in Europe is entering its most vital phase: We need to achieve one million signatures!
We very much hope that we will also be able to find the financial means necessary to spread and evaluate our campaign: for poster, signature lists and advertising materials, translating the information into different European languages, recording and attributing signatures by country, replying to enquiries that come in via email, post and fax, regular communication with supporters and sponsor members across the world (currently in 100 countries) and attending events in order to collect signatures.
(NB Between the 24th and 29th of March 200 of these postcards will be tied to balloons and released into the surrounding area from the Goetheanum terrace during the big teachers' conference. We are excited to see whether heaven will send us a few very special signatures by this means).
On behalf of the Alliance we invite you most warmly to participate. Even small donations are very welcome.
Thank you for your help!
Dr Juergen Erdmenger, Mikolai Fuchs, Dr Michaelas Gloeckler, Thomas Goeing, Guenther Schulz, Heike Sommer, Christof Wiechert.
Donation accounts: Germany and International: Aktion ELIANT account no.: 790 255 50 01 sort code: 430 609 67 GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG, Christstr. 9, D-44789, Bochum, Germany. IBAN: DE66 4306 0697 7902 5550 01, BIC/Swift: GENODM1GLS
For donations to the ELIANT campaign received into the German account, we will send you a donation certificate. Please give your name and address for this purpose.

Many thanks to all for your active support of ELIANT. Till the end of November we will go on with concentrated forces to reach 673.000 more signatures, so please keep collecting signatures in your organization, school or practice, to spread the signature forms and to say a few words during events or conferences. Postcards and information materials available on our website
With kind regards
Thomas Göing

Message from Jonathan Angus at the Raheen Wood School

Dear Friends,

As you've probably heard by now, the Irish Government has approved the applications for two new national schools, teaching the primary curriculum using the methods espoused by Rudolf Steiner. This is exciting news, and it marks the beginning of a new phase of development for Waldorf education in Ireland.I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of some upcoming offerings from the Irish Steiner Teaching Institute.

Next month, on Friday, 14th March, also at 7.30, MaryJo Oresti will be visiting from the United States, and will give a presentation on the theme of Trauma: helping children develop resilience. This promises to be an encouraging and useful talk, and you are warmly invited to attend.

Susan Perrow, author of Healing Stories, will visit Ireland on 15th and 16th March as part of a world tour to present two workshops, called Therapeutic Storytelling and Creative Discipline. If you are interested in attending either of these, please contact

And finally, the Easter courses of the Foundations in Anthroposophy will be open to a select number of individuals. The subjects are Watercolour Painting with Dick Bruin (from Holland), Eutony with Helene Roitinger (from Austria), Speech with John Nixon and Introduction to Anthroposophical Medicine with Dr. Maria van den Berg (both from Northern Ireland). You can sign up for one, two or all four subjects, but please do so soon, as spaces are limited.

To register, please contact

For more information, please open the attached fliers. If you would care to print and post any of these, it would be most appreciated. If you have further questions, feel free to address them to me.

I wish you all a wonderful and productive spring.
Jonathan Angus for the Teaching Institute

Open the following address for details on the Mary Jo Oresti talk:
For details of the Therapeutic Storytelling:
For the open courses at Easter: