The late John O' Donohue was an Irish Catholic priest, poet, scholar, and bestselling author of two books on Celtic spirituality, two collections of poetry, a book on the spiritual practice of beauty, and a volume on blessing as a way of life. Although he lived in Ireland, he led workshops and retreats in America. He made quite a name for himself with his lyrical, enthusiastic, and buoyant spoken-word audiotapes for Sounds True. To listen to him speak was to be transported to a realm of deep feeling. He peppered his talks with poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke, William Stafford, and many others.
Over his short but stunning writing and teaching career, O 'Donohue consistently tapped into the rich mine of Celtic spirituality and stories. In Anam Cara (Gaelic for "soul friend") he showed us how Celtic wisdom speaks across the centuries to the challenges we face today. In Eternal Echoes, he probed the multiple meanings of yearning and the path of the heart in times of separation. Beauty: The Invisible Embrace gave us a sweeping and vibrant survey of this often underplayed spiritual practice. His final book To Bless the Space Between Us presents ways to use this ritual as a way to connection, healing, and transformation.
"Practicing Spirituality with John O' Donohue" is a 40-part e-course designed to stir your soul and stoke the fires of your imagination. At a frequency of your own choosing, you will receive an email with a short passage from one of O'Donohue's books and a suggestion for how you can practice his ideas as you go about your activities. Among the many subjects explored in the course are the senses, solitude, aging, longing, belonging, soul friends, prayer, nature, suffering, presence, beauty, reverence, and everyday spirituality.
"May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder," O'Donohue once wrote. It is our wish that this e-course will take you to that place as you enjoy this retreat into the heart and beauty of Celtic spirituality.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)