Sr Colette Kane, from An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre, recently attended the Film screening of The Letter: A Message for Our Earth  in Áras an Uachtaráin with President Higgins.


Here are some photos from the event and you can click on the link below for further details:

Film screening of The Letter hosted by President Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin (

2023 Calendar now on Sale at An Tairseach

To purchase email or call us on 0404 61833



When: Saturday 3rd December 2022
Time: 9:30 – 16:00
Cost: €60

God With Us: Advent and the Evolutionary Journey

A Day of Prayer, Reflection and Ritual

This in-person Advent day of prayer will invite participants to explore, through an evolutionary lens, the meaning and significance of the Advent journey for our faith and our lives. Over the course of the day, there will be two input sessions from the presenter followed by opportunity for personal reflection and sharing. Coffee, tea, and a simple lunch will be provided.

Booking essential

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Date: Saturday 26th November 2022
Time: 9:30 – 13:00

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Join us for a fun filled morning of Christmas Crafting. In this workshop you will create a number of beautiful Christmas decorations using items freely available around your home, with an emphasis on upcycling and reinvention. The aim of the workshop is that each participant will bring home at least 3 beautiful Christmas decoration items plus a host of inspirational ideas to create. Templates and instructions will be provided. Tea and Coffee will be served during the morning.

October 2022 New courses starting
(Just click on the links below to book the modules or simply call us

012882075 / 0858727482)


We  would like to draw your attention to a number of new modules starting next week.

“If you wish to know the divine”Judith Charry, Vicky Holland, Arslaan Khan, Myozan Kodo, Conor McDonagh OP, Veronica Rafferty OP
26 Oct- 7 Dec Wednesdays 10.30am-12 noon  €70 6 Weeks
Module Description
“… feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand”. If this is what the Buddha has to say, how might other religions perceive and relate to nature? This module will open some little windows to offer a glimpse into richer traditions: from the Big Bang to Jewish food blessings, to the Dominican Albert the Great, to the sacred and the worldly in Zen Buddhism, and to knowing yourself in the Muslim tradition.

Let’s Talk Synod 2John Scally
10th Nov- 8 Dec Thursdays 7pm-8.30pm
Module Description

The Irish Church’s new synodal pathway has been running for a year. This series takes stock of progress to date and considers how the Synod might offer new opportunities for transformation and renewal. At the heart of the module are these two central questions: ‘What is God saying to the Irish Church at this time?’ and ‘How are we to journey together as a Church in the present and the future?’ It will feature contributions from Bishop Brendan Leahy and Nathalie Becquart XMCJ (Vatican General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops).

Joy to the World: Celebrating Christmas with Bach
Kieran O’Mahony OSA
28th Oct – 9th Dec Fridays 10.30am – 12 Noon
Module Description

The Christmas Oratorio of Bach is really six closely connected cantatas, each focussing on a significant moment in the birth stories of Jesus from the Gospels. Our module will devote one day to each component cantata, playing close attention not only to the music but also to the interpretative ‘lens’ of both text and music.

A gentle reminder we are closed for mid term break 31 October – 4 November.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Lumen Team







Dear Friend of An Tairseach,Summer has passed, our schools have re-opened and autumn has firmly announced it’s arrival as we note the changing of the seasons. September is now upon us, and with it, signals both an ending and beginning. We are at a threshold. An Tairseach means “threshold” in Irish and was chosen as the name for our ecological project as a reflection of being “in-between” understandings of our place in the world.But just as September brings the start of another school year, it also offers the rest of us the sense of a new beginning. We welcomed the participants to our 10 week Autumn Sabbatical course on Sunday, many of whom travelled from far and wide across the globe to join us.   We have an extensive range of short courses, covering a wide variety of topics, on offer to the general public over the coming weeks which run through out our Sabbatical programme.Ayurvedic Cooking & Nutrition with Dr. Rajvinder Kaur and Yoga with Liz Richards. One day Course – Saturday 10th September. Time: 9:15am to 4:30pm.

Everything Ablaze, Theology and Spirituality in an Evolutionary Context with Arlene Flaherty. 6 day course (Monday mornings) – September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24th.. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.The New Cosmology with Niamh Brennan. 7 day course (Friday mornings) – September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.Ecological Footprints with Moira Byrne. One day Course – Monday 12th September. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.Living the Season of Creation with Arlene Flaherty. One day Course – Thursday 15th September. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.Celtic Wisdom with John Scally. One day Course – Thursday 22nd September. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.Climate Activism / Future Fridays with Jane Mellet. One day Course – Thursday 29th September. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.Start your own Organic Garden with Wendy Nairn and Cathriona Russell. One day Course – Saturday 1st October. Time: 10am to 4:30pm.Creation, Evolution & Faith with John Feehan – 3.5 day Course – Tuesday 11th – Friday 14th October. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm & 2pm to 4pm.“Plot to Pot” Grow, Eat, Preserve with Moira Byrne. One day Course – Saturday 15th October. Time: 10am to 4:30pm.The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh, A Buttonhole in Heaven with Una Agnew. One day Course – Thursday 20th October. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.Earthlings, Coming Home to God’s Creation with Diarmuid O’Murchu. 2 day Course – Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd of November. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.The Mystics a Window into Creation with John Scally. One day Course – Thursday 27th October. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.“Putting Your Money Where Your Faith Is”, Divesting and Investing for Social and Environmental Impact with Dr. Lorna Gold. One day Course – Tuesday 8th November. Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.For more information and detail around these courses, please check out our website: book you can register through our website or by emailing us on or by telephone 0404 61833.We look forward to seeing you soon.Kind regards,Paula JohnstonExecutive Director and the team at An Tairseach

This year’s theme for the season of creation gives us a beautiful invitation: Listen to the Voice of Creation

It takes attention to listen and to hear.

A Daily Practice:   Perhaps we could remove the earphones and focus on the sounds around us. Let our minds be still and listen. What might we hear?

The songs of the birds, the wind in the trees, the splatter of rain, the sounds of joy and praise, the sounds of pain? We also might begin to notice the absent sounds, the sounds that have been stilled by our way of living. Let us practice listening during this season of creation.

For resources on the Season of Creation click

Click here for 2022 Season of Creation Prayer


Anam Ashram

Autumn Retreats and Classes at Anam Ashram

We hope you all had a wonderful summer break and we are delighted to be able to offer yoga, meditation and ashram day retreats this Autumn!

Christianity & Yoga – Breaking Through to the Real

“Glorify God in your body”  (1 Cor 6:20)

We are excited to offer this one day retreat on September 3rd from 9.30am to 4pm. As committed Christians and trained yoga teachers, we invite you to explore with us the interconnectedness of these two ancient traditions. The day will be a mixture of input and gentle practice suitable for all levels, while leaving a generous space for discussion after each practice.

 For booking or enquiries please email
Cost: 50 euros. Concessions are available for unwaged etc. Please contact us.
 FacilitatorsJane Mellett is a qualified yoga and meditation teacher.
She has worked in pastoral ministry for over 12 years and is also a qualified Spiritual Director. Since 2016 Jane has lived at Anam Ashram in Tallaght, Dublin and is interested in the integration of Eastern spiritual practices within Christianity and sharing these practices with others.
Saule Cameron is working in Clondalkin as a parish pastoral worker and has worked in pastoral ministry for the past decade. She is a qualified yoga teacher, Spiritual Director & Godly Play trainer. Saule lives in Athy with her husband and two grown up daughters.

Morning Meditation (online only)

At Anam Ashram we resume our Monday morning meditations from 5th September at 7.30am – 8am. If you would like to join us online please email (details below). For those familiar with Korko Moses SJ ashram experiences in Ireland, this morning meditation follows in this style of Christ Centered Heart Meditation and is suitable for beginners. No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Ashram Retreat Days

The dates for our monthly Ashram retreat days this Autumn are: Saturdays October 15th; November 12th and December 10th 2022. This days run from 9.30am – 4pm.  We are happy to offer this day to online participants also via zoom for those who cannot attend in person.

What is involved? An ashram retreat day is a day to nourish the body, calm the mind and get in touch with your true self, growing in awareness of the Divine within. The day comprises of spiritual practices from the Yogic path, a combination of gentle Hatha Yoga and various types of meditation and reflection, under guidance. Everyone is welcome and no experience necessary. The yogic path offers us practical ways of growing in spiritual awareness in a chaotic world, to open oneself to union with God (the Christ within), with people and with the natural world. A day retreat at Anam Ashram aims to help participants in the practice of the asanas (Hatha Yoga), contemplation in action (karma yoga), bhakti yoga (union through devotion) and jnana yoga (union through knowledge e.g. wisdom teachings from the mystics or scriptures).

Facilitators: Saule Cameron & Jane Mellett (see bios above)

Cost? Attending in person there is a suggested donation of 50 euros with concession available for unwaged.

Marjo Oosterhoff returns to Anam Ashram on October 8th and 9th 2022.

We’ll be practising Open Awareness: a form of vipassana or mindfulness meditation where we let the mind and heart show us what is ‘alive’ in us, without putting ourselves under pressure to ‘get it right’. We might even stumble upon what is already kind and joyful in ourselves, in the safe and sacred space that is Anam Ashram. Bookings are with

Hatha Yoga – Monday Evenings

Hatha Yoga classes resume on Monday 5th September from 7.30pm – 8.45pm. This is a gentle meditative practice which focuses on the chakra system and finishes with a 15 minute deep relaxation. This is a deeply nourishing class to calm the mind, nourish the body and spirit. Everyone is welcome, suitable for beginners. This class is offered as a hybrid – option of attending in person (10 euros per class) or online via zoom (7 euros per class). Facilitator: Jane Mellett (bio above)

For enquiries about any of the above or to register please contact Jane by emailing

Maranatha Yoga – Thursday Evenings

We are delighted to be able to offer this new yoga class facilitated by Saule Cameron. “Maranatha Yoga is an enjoyable and playful means to unify us in body, mind and spirit, enaabling us to become the instrument through which we give back to God our eternal thanks and praise for all his goodness towards us” (Christine Pickering, Creator of Maranatha Yoga). Let’s meet on the mat! This class will take place every two weeks on Thursdays beginning on Thursday September 15th and continuing on September 29th, October 13th & 27th; November 10th.  To register for this exciting new class please email 

                        “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” — Ram Dass

                                                Namaste! Om Shanti Shanti Shanti!

Bancroft Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Our new term is commencing on Tuesday, 13th September 2022.

We are delighted to announce that registration on our website is now open. We have simplified our booking system. In-person modules can now be booked through an easy guest checkout. Only online modules will require a registered account. Our help sheet will guide you through the process.

For your convenience, you can access our new autumn 2022 brochure here  – Lumen Brochure Autumn 2022

We would encourage you to register soon. Places are limited – avoid disappointment!

Warm wishes from the Lumen Team.


On the 360th anniversary of the death of Irish Dominican Friar Daniel O’Daly, the Embassy of Ireland in Lisbon are hosting a celebration and reflections on the Irish Dominicans in Portugal and Sister Extraordinaire: the work and legacy of Margaret MacCurtain.  This takes place on 7th July in Colégio de Bom Sucesso, Portugal.






Photos from the event