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A Special Program with the Monks of Glenstal Abbey
April 9-15, 2018
County Limerick, Ireland

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You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. —Buddha

The importance of anger for the psyche, especially as a fearful experience capable of destroying the forward movement of life, is no new discovery. Ancient scholars and poets such as Seneca and Plutarch wrote extensively on anger. The Bible is replete with examples of God’s rage, and the myths of ancient Greece recount vivid descriptions of the anger of its gods, goddesses, and heroes.

In general, Western consciousness has chosen to emphasize but one aspect of the archetypal image of anger: its danger. This one-sidedness reflects our culture’s difficulty with a creative appreciation of anger. Rather than psychologically exploring the meaning of rage and integrating anger’s creative and connective value through the exercise of insight, writers, artists, poets, political leaders, and even psychologists have focused on its potential for violence and aggression.

Consideration of the positive gift of anger does not minimize its potential peril. Rage overwhelms the ego, while anger communicates something vital and essential to it. The passion of rage obliterates the symbolic process and blurs boundaries between ourselves and others. Anger, on the other hand, can lead to greater self-awareness and an appreciation of intrapsychic dynamics. Anger has the potential to ultimately enhance our personal relationships and provide insight into ourselves.

Given that anger is such a basic human experience, it is time for a thoughtful understanding and appreciation of anger’s vital role in the process of inner transformation called “individuation.” We need to recognize that there exists an essential dichotomy in the archetypal complex of anger, an aspect of our emotions that, like all archetypes, has positive as well as negative sides—attributes that contain the potential of being both gift and peril. In this seminar, we will explore the vicissitudes of anger and the ultimate gift that it potentially provides if we approach it as a message from the Self.


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.

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

Explore the Sacred Landscape of the Burren

Thursday, April 12: An optional full-day outing, led by Brother Colmán and Nóirín Ní Riain.

The spectacular karst landscape of the Burren contains the highest concentration of ritual and cultic centers in Ireland. This full-day tour will visit a representative sample of sites that illustrate Irish history and settlement, art, and spirituality from the Bronze Age to the present. From prehistoric Dolmens to early Christian monasteries, from chieftains’ fortresses to abandoned famine villages, the magical backdrop of the Burren will ensure that this will be a day to remember.

Program in Brief

Monday, April 9

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, Anger Without Loss of Heart
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 10

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, Come Not Between the Dragon and His Wrath (King Lear, 1.1.123)
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. Henry O’Shea, Carrying Lazy Smoke Within Our Hearts (Dante’s Inferno)
5:15 p.m. Depart Glenstal for our hotel in Adare

Wednesday, April 11

9:30 a.m. Manisha Roy, The Gifts and Perils of Anger: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee and tea
11:15 a.m. Viewing the Icons or free time to visit the library, meander about Glenstal’s grounds and bookstore
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 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; free time for contemplation, rest, and/or (optional) tour of Glenstal’s forest, led by Anthony Keane (monastery forester)
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 (included)
8:35 p.m. Compline (night prayer) followed by return to our hotel (optional)

Thursday, April 12

Free day OR, for those who have reserved their place in advance (optional) full-day outing to the Burren, led by Brother Colmán Ó’Clabaigh and Nóirín Ní Riain

Friday, April 13

8:30 a.m. Depart Dunraven Arms for Glenstal Abbey
9:30 a.m. Monika Wikman, St. Margaret and the Dragon: Reflections on Anger and the Religious Instinct
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee and tea
11:30 a.m. Aryeh Maidenbaum, John Hill, Manisha Roy, Monika Wikman (discussion and dialogue)
12:45 p.m. Lunch at Glenstal (included)
2:30 p.m. Padraig McIntyre, Stabat Mater, Stuamach, Feargach: The Poetry and Music of Anger
4:15 p.m. Depart Glenstal for our hotel in Adare

Saturday, April 14

8:15 a.m. Depart Dunraven Arms for Glenstal Abbey
9:15 a.m. Simon Sleeman, Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t
10:30 a.m. Break for coffee and tea
11:00 a.m. Closing faculty and participant discussion: Reflecting on our experience at Glenstal
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 15

Departures for airports or, for those participating in the April 15–22 “Growing, While Growing Older” Seminar, transportation will be provided to the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry.

*Please note: Daily schedule subject to change.
Meals included: Full breakfast daily; all breaks for coffee and tea; lunches on April 10, 11, and 13; welcoming and farewell dinners at Dunraven Arms on April 9 and 14 and dinner in the Barrington Room of the Castle at Glenstal on Wednesday, April 11.

 Aerial View Glenstal Abbey Grounds |



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.


Henry O’Shea is the archivist at Glenstal Abbey. Having studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Würzburg University, he specialized in German literature. For eleven years, he was secretary to the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation with a seat in Rome. He organizes many retreats in Ireland and abroad.


Manisha Roy, PhD, is an anthropologist and Jungian analyst on the faculty of the Jung Institute of Boston. In private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Roy, who writes in English and in Bengali, is the author of eight books and coeditor of three as well as having written more than fifty articles. Her publications include novels, a collection of short stories, and memoirs (including My Four Homes, in English).


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.