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Need & Greed: What Is Enough?
A Program with the Monks of Glenstal Abbey
April 1-7, 2019
County Limerick, Ireland

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Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs,
but not every man’s greed.
—Mahatma Gandhi

At what point does enough turn into too much—personally and collectively? And at what point do we draw the line between need and greed? When does taking care of our need for comfort and security become greed? Can we ever be content? Can we ever feel as though we have enough? Can the search and need for meaning and spirituality serve as an antidote to greed?

In the course of our week together, in dialogue and discussion with thoughtful and outstanding Jungian analysts and the erudite and psychologically sophisticated monks of Glenstal Abbey, we will explore the nuances and meaning of an issue that we face on both collective and personal levels—the tipping point between need and greed.

I have something he will never have: Enough. —Joseph Heller

There is a collective undercurrent in our society that tells us that we should always strive for more than what we have—there can never be enough! What does it take for us to feel secure and comfortable in our lives? How many go shopping or surf the Internet rather than spending time in a more meaningful and fulfilling way? What are our priorities and values? Is acquiring material goods more important than our spiritual life, furthering our education, involvement in humanitarian works, protecting the environment, or even just spending time with family or friends?

We live in an era of excess. Our closets and homes are filled with things that we don’t use or need; yet we keep collecting more. Every day, there is a sale that we “can’t afford to miss,” and we hoard things that we might need “someday.” We live our lives serving the gods of consumerism. An example of this can be seen in the bargain-hunting ritual known as “Black Friday,” which has created chaos and mayhem—at one point, leading to a man being trampled to death by shoppers at a Walmart. The mall and shopping center have become a cultural phenomenon. The greed at the corporate level seems to have no upper limits. Mergers, mega-acquisitions, identity thefts, scams, and white-collar crimes have reached alarming levels.

Finally, for some, the constant need for power, love, and attention from others is another form of greed. Perhaps the world would be a better place if all of us could realize what our needs should be: attending to our inner, spiritual lives, appreciating nature, and finding meaning and contentment in our work, play, and—most important—our relationships.


Adare Castle County Limerick Ireland |

Welcome to Adare, County Limerick, Ireland

Adare, County Limerick, Ireland
Located in the heart of County Limerick, just 30 minutes from Shannon airport, Adare is the gateway to the southwest of Ireland, bordering the counties of Kerry, Cork, Clare, and Tipperary. Adare village is an architectural wealth of scenic beauty. The village offers beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park. The streets are lined with the original thatched cottages that were built in the 1820s by Lord Dunraven — many of them now restaurants and shops.

Situated in the heart of Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, the Dunraven Arms, established in 1792, is a deluxe, old-world hotel with impeccable service and authentic Irish ambiance. Its comfortable bedrooms are tastefully furnished with charming antiques. It also houses an award-winning restaurant, as well as a health and leisure center, which includes an indoor heated pool. Surrounded by picturesque thatched cottages and within easy walking distance of shops, parks, pubs, restaurants, and historic sites, the Dunraven Arms is an ideal base for our program and only a 25-minute taxi ride from Shannon airport.

Program Setting
Glenstal Abbey, home to a community of monks (many renowned scholars among them), is a Benedictine monastery on the southwest coast of Ireland. It sits on over 300 acres, with streams, lakes, woodland paths, and an enchanting walled garden. Surrounding a castle built in the romantic Norman style, the Abbey houses a world-famous collection of Russian icons and one of the most important private libraries in Ireland, with a substantial collection of antiquarian books (many dating back to the fifteenth century) on Irish history, Irish literature, biography, and art.

Walking tour of Adare

Thursday, April 4: (optional)
Led by Brother Colmán, we will take a step back into the Middle Ages, when Adare was one of the wealthiest manors of the Anglo-Norman FitzGerald Earls of Kildare. We’ll see how the FitzGeralds exploited the natural advantages and resources of the site and left behind some of the finest buildings to survive from medieval Ireland.

Program in Brief

Monday, April 1

Arrival at Dunraven Arms Hotel. Check in, with time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.
4:00 p.m. Opening remarks: Aryeh Maidenbaum; Presentation: John Hill, A Point of No Return: When Need Becomes Greed
5:30 p.m. Break for coffee and tea
6:00 p.m. Orientation and introductions
7:30 p.m. Welcoming dinner at Dunraven Arms (included)

Tuesday, April 2

7:00 a.m. Breakfast served daily
8:30 a.m. Depart Dunraven Arms for Glenstal Abbey
9:30 a.m. Welcome and introductory remarks by Abbot Brendan Coffey
9:45 a.m. Mark Patrick Hederman, There Must Be Something More: Why Our Hearts Are Restless
10:45 a.m. Break for coffee and tea
11:15 a.m. Mark Patrick Hederman (discussion and dialogue)
12:10 p.m. Mass with the monks of Glenstal Abbey (optional)
12:45 p.m. Lunch at Glenstal (included)
1:45 p.m. Tour of Glenstal’s grounds with Anthony Keane
3:15 p.m. Break for tea and cookies
3:45 p.m. Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Greed and Generosity: The Dilemma of the Medieval Merchant
5:15 p.m. Depart Glenstal for our hotel

Wednesday, April 3

9:30 a.m. Depart Dunraven Arms for Glenstal Abbey
10:30 a.m. Monika Wikman, Celtic Wisdom on Greed
12:10 p.m. Mass with the monks of Glenstal Abbey (optional)
12:45 p.m. Lunch at Glenstal (included)
2:00 p.m. Viewing the Icons (group A) or free time to visit the library or meander about Glenstal’s grounds and bookstore
2:30 p.m. Viewing the Icons (group B) or free time to visit the library or meander about Glenstal’s grounds and bookstore
3:00 p.m. Special performance by Nóirín Ní Riain
4:00 p.m. Break for coffee and tea
4:45 p.m. John Hill, Sylvia Perera, Monika Wikman (discussion and dialogue)
6:00 p.m. Participate in (or observe) the service of Vespers (optional)
7:00 p.m. Festive dinner in the Barrington Room of the Castle with some of the monks of Glenstal Abbey (included)
8:35 p.m. Compline/Night Prayer (optional) followed by return to our hotel

Thursday, April 4

Morning: Free to rest, relax, explore Adare and environs on our own
Afternoon: Walking tour of Adare, led by Colmán Ó Clabaigh (optional)

Friday, April 5

8:30 a.m. Depart Dunraven Arms for Glenstal Abbey
9:30 a.m. Sylvia Perera, Increase Your Need That You May Acquire New Organs of Perception —Rumi
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee and tea
11:30 a.m. Sylvia Perera, (discussion and dialogue)
12:45 p.m. Lunch at Glenstal (included)
2:30 p.m. Aryeh Maidenbaum, The Need for Spirit, Antidote to Greed:
A Jewish Jungian Perspective

4:15 p.m. Depart Glenstal for our hotel in Adare

Saturday, April 6

8:30 a.m. Depart Dunraven Arms for Glenstal Abbey
9:15 a.m. Simon Sleeman, The Elephant in the Room: Downsizing the Clutter Bucket
10:30 a.m. Break for coffee and tea
11:00 a.m. Closing faculty and participant discussion
12:00 p.m. Walk to Carraig an Aifrinn (Rock of the Mass) led by Nóirín Ní Riain (optional)
1:15 p.m. Depart Glenstal for Adare; afternoon free
7:45 p.m. Closing dinner at the Dunraven Arms (included)

Sunday, April 7

Departures for airports or, for those participating in the April 8–15 seminar, “Facing Mortality: Fear of the Unknown,” overnight at Dunraven Arms (included). Transportation to Seminar site at Lough Erne on April 8 (included).


*Please note: Daily schedule subject to change.

Meals included: Full breakfast daily; all breaks for coffee and tea; lunch on April 2, 3, and 5; welcome and farewell dinners at Dunraven Arms on April 1 and 6, and dinner at the Abbey on Wednesday, April 3.

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Mark Patrick Hederman, former abbot of Glenstal Abbey, has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey for over 40 years. Founding editor of The Crane Bag Journal of Irish Studies, he spent the first years of the new century wandering in search of the Holy Spirit, allowing inspiration and coincidence to lead him. Among his many publications are Walkabout: Life as Holy Spirit; Kissing the Dark: Connecting with the Unconscious; Underground Cathedrals; Dancing with Dinosaurs; and, his most recent, The Opal and the Pearl.


John Hill, MA, earned a diploma in analytical psychology from the Jung Institute of Zurich, where he served for many years as training analyst, and degrees in philosophy from the University of Dublin and Catholic University. He has a private practice in Zurich and is a training analyst at ISAP-Zurich. Born and raised in Ireland and a graduate of the Glenstal Abbey School, he has published, among others works, “Celtic Myth,” “Dreams,” “Christian Mysticism,” and At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.


Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD, an acclaimed spiritual singer, has introduced the Dalai Lama at official occasions in Ireland and elsewhere. A theologian, musicologist, and recording artist who was awarded the first doctorate in theology from the University of Limerick, she has written several books, including Listen with the Ear of the Heart: An Autobiography; and Theosony: Towards a Theology of Listening. Dr. Ní Riain was ordained a minister in 2017 with One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in London.


Colmán Ó Clabaigh is a monk of Glenstal Abbey and a medievalist specializing in the history of Irish monasticism. He is the author of many books and articles, including his monograph The Friars in Ireland, 1224–1540, which was awarded the 2013 Prize for Irish Historical Research by the National University of Ireland. Brother Ó Clabaigh’s current research focuses on the impact of religion on the human life cycle in medieval Ireland.


Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD, Director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. Among his publications are the articles “The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology,” “Sounds of Silence,” and “Psychological Types, Job Change, and Personal Growth,” and the collection of essays Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism. Moderator of an important conference on aging at the Library of Congress, Dr. Maidenbaum was also a faculty member at NYU for 18 years where he taught courses in Jungian psychology, and was a contributing author of Current Theories of Psychoanalysis.


Sylvia Brinton Perera, MA, an internationally known Jungian analyst, lives, practices, writes, and teaches in New York and Vermont. Faculty and board member of the Jung Institute of New York, she lectures and leads workshops internationally. Her publications include Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women; The Scapegoat Complex: Toward a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt; Dreams, A Portal to the Source; Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective; and The Irish Bull God: Image of Multiform and Integral Masculinity.


Anthony Keane joined the Abbey of Glenstal in 1965 to teach in the Abbey school, one of Ireland’s leading secondary schools for boys. Father Keane studied archaeology and Irish in Dublin and theology in Rome, following which he embarked on pilgrimage for a year in India before returning home to tend the forest in Glenstal and serve as the monastery’s forester. Situated on several hundred acres, Glenstal’s forest contains some of the oldest and most magnificent trees in Ireland.


Father Simon Sleeman, MA, earned a BA in psychology and philosophy at University College, Dublin, and MAs in theology and organizational development. Ordained in 1991, Father Simon was born in Berlin and educated at the Glenstal Abbey School. Headmaster of Glenstal’s Secondary School from 1991 to 1998 and bursar of Glenstal Abbey from 2000 to the present, he notes that “providential encounters with psychotherapy, poetry, and alternative philosophies have helped me to forge another understanding of life.”


Monika Wikman, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has contributed articles, and poems to numerous publications. A graduate of the Jung–von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, Dr. Wikman was a dream researcher at UCSD Medical Center on “Dreams of the Dying.” She has a private practice in Tesuque, New Mexico, and in Gaviota, California. Along with her partner, Tom Elsner, she hosts a nonprofit project under, the Center for Alchemical Studies.