Christian Meditation Ireland


Who We Are: We are men and women from all walks of life who come together to share and express a desire for deeper meaning in our lives through meditating together. Throughout Ireland there are groups which meet to meditate weekly in homes, parishes, offices, hospitals, prisons, schools and colleges, in a spirit of openness and sharing with all. We welcome those of all Christian traditions, of other religious traditions and of none. We believe that meditation promotes the development of human consciousness toward a way of seeing and being in the world that enables us to live as one human family in harmony with all of creation.

Christian Meditation Ireland facilitates two online meditation sessions each week on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The sessions are open to all who practice meditation from any tradition - click here to indicate your interest in joining in when you can. Bernadette Baker facilitates online meditation at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning - click here to indicate your interest in joining. Tralee meditation group run an online meditation on MOodays at 5 pm over the parish webcam - click here to join.

Meditatio run a meditation session each Wednesday at 1 p.m. - Click here to join about 5 minutes beforehand. The Benedictine Oblates run an online meditation group each Monday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Click here to join about 5 minues beforehand.

WCCM Launch of 2022 Theme: On Wednesday next, 01 December, Laurence Freeman will host an event with HH The Dalai Lama to launch the WCCM theme for 2022, 'One Mind, One Heart: Unified Consciousness'. The event will take place from 3:30 - 4:30 a.m. (Irish time) - please note this is 3:30 a.m., very early morning! Both Fr Laurence and the Dalai Lama will speak to the theme. On the day, click here or on the image to the right to join the event - there is no need to book in advance.

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 The Governing body of the community is Christian Meditation Ireland clg, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status, with a voluntary board of directors and no paid employees. Our aim is to animate and support the practice of Christian meditation in Ireland by communicating and nurturing the teaching and practice of the tradition. [Company Registration No.: 530525 Registered Charity No.: 20082349]. The Memorandum and Articles of Association may be downloaded here. The Covenant with WCCM may be downloaded here. Please click here for the current Governance Manual of Christian Meditation Ireland.

‘How to do Christian Meditation’ is a  short animation film that introduces meditation to people who have never meditated before, especially Christians who think that it is not part of the Christian traditions. The film has been produced by Paul Demeyer, an animation film director based in Los Angeles who has developed this resource for WCCM. Click the image on the left to watch the video animation.

                

This series of videos has been developed as a response to the pandemic crisis. For other aspects of the response of the World Community for Christian Meditation visit the webpage A Contemplative Path Through the Crisis.

Upcoming Events - NOTE - Because of the COVID-19 threat to public health the events that follow are online events:

MEDITATION & HEALTH: We are delighted to let you know about a new online offering on Meditation and Health from Bonnevaux. The wonderful news is that the series of talks which will be facilitated jointly by our former National Coordinator, Barry White, and Fr Laurence Freeman. The series, entitled ‘Recovering Wholeness for Full Human Being,’ will take place once each month from Jan-Nov 2021 on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.GMT (8-10 p.m. in France) as follows:

12 JAN 2021 – Healing: Meditation and Medicine; 16 FEB 2021 – Sleep (1); 16 MAR 2021 – Sleep (2); 20 APR 2021 – Daily Bread: Food and Nutrition; 25 MAY 2021 – Contemplative Mind: Mental and Social Health; 15 JUN 2021 – Ascesis: Physical and Mental Training; 27 JUL 2021 – Healthy Physicians for Healthy Patients; 07 SEP 2021 – The Meaning of Suffering; 02 NOV 2021 – The Essential Harmonies of a Healthy Life;         

Understandably, there is a charge for Bonnevaux's online programs - they contribute to paying for the costs of running WCCM and  Bonnevaux. However, the cost of registration for this event is flexible. Participants can pay any sum between €60 and €140 for the full series of nine talks or between €15 and €35 for any individual session. It is important to stress that after each talk the recordings will remain permanently available to those who have registered. This means that if you are unable to watch a particular talk as it is being delivered, you can access it readily at a later date that suits you. Or you can go back and listen to any talk as many times as you like. One can register by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the webpage that appears.

Getting Through & Getting On - Why Meditation is a Priority and a Gift for our Time: Led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB this retreat will take place online on Fri 19 February and Saturday 20 February 2021. This retreat was originally planned as an in-person event at Drumalis Retreat & Conference Centre, Larne, Northern Ireland but Covid restrictions rule that out. It will now be an online event hosted by Drumalis via Zoom over three sessions from Fri, 19 – Sat, 20 February 2021

To register your interest in the event, please click the image or email drumalis@btconnect.com  and booking details will be sent to you as soon as they are finalised. Drumalis may be contacted by phone on 048 28272196 

Bonnevaux is the international meditation and retreat centre of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). They hold a range of events throughout the year. The current programme of events can be accessed by clicking the image to the right.

The School of Meditation (WCCM)

Perhaps the simplest way to learn about Christian Meditation is to join a group near where you live. However, that is not always possible. The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) has an online School of Meditation which gives paid access to a number of online courses that may be helpful to those who are seeking information on Christian meditation or who want to deepen their knowledge and practice and who, for one reason or another, are unable to attend a weekly group. Click here to find out more.

An Irish Newsletter will appear quarterly, primarily in digital form and will be emailed out to group leaders who can print copies for their groups or share the link as it is downloadable from the Irish Newsletter page. Those who specifically want a printed copy can contact Theresa Hobbs in the CMI secretariat (086-1621803; email theresawccm@gmail.com) to have it posted for a small fee.