Céile Dé: An Ancient Gaelic Path of Transformation

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Thursday 10/27/2016 - Sunday 10/30/2016
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Program Leader
Sue Mosher

Céile Dé means ‘Servants of God/Life’.  An ancient, esoteric tradition, born in the Gaelic countries, Céile Dé grew from its Druidic roots and branched into Christ consciousness in the first millennium. For centuries it existed solely as a monastic tradition, but in 2004 it opened its gates to all sincere seekers.

Céile Dé has always been a path for spiritually practitioners who know the difference between conceptual spirituality and actually walking one’s talk. It is for people who wish to walk a path that is both practical and devotional, opening to mystical union. It is for people who understand that the spiritual life is not about having ‘beliefs’ or ‘dogma’; rather, it is about moving beyond the boundaries of conditioned thinking toward that infinite consciousness called by the ancient Gaels ‘The Great Knowledge that Illuminates’.

This gathering is called a ‘teaching retreat’, because there will be regular contemplative practices each day, and because silence will be held between teaching sessions, in order to work with the powerful energies transmitted during teachings and practices. Written materials will be provided in order to support teachings and aid further study and reflection after the retreat.

Each day will begin with meditation before breakfast and end with meditation before sleep; as your experience will be considerably deeper if you are able to sleep in La Casa De Maria, we strongly recommend that you book a residential place at this retreat.

If this retreat will be is your first encounter with the Céile Dé tradition, we encourage you to visit our website, www.ceilede.co.uk

ONGOING COMMUNITY: Interested newcomers will have the opportunity to consider further exploration of the Céile Dé tradition within local groups where ongoing support and guidance between annual teaching retreats is made available, offering a powerful container for those who seek a path that invites openness and commitment to real inner growth.

This retreat will begin with lunch at Noon on the 27th and end at 4:00 pm on the 30th.

Sue Mosher will be teaching this retreat for Sr Fionntulach, Head of the Céile Dé Order. Sue is an oide (teacher) in the ancient Céile Dé spiritual tradition from the Celtic lands, having been ordained in April 2012 on the sacred island of Iona. She is a founding member of Sgìre Calum Cille (District of Columba), the Céile Dé group that meets in Washington, DC.

In addition to studying the Céile Dé tradition with Sr. Fionntulach, head of the Céile Dé order in Scotland, Sue has completed the 18-month Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats program offered by the Shalem Institute in Bethesda, MD. She holds an M.A. degree in Humanities with Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Mythology, and Education from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has enjoyed three years of Gaelic language study with the Atlantic Gaelic Academy and plans to continue learning that beautiful language. She also is a trained labyrinth facilitator. Occasionally, she blogs about Celtic spirituality, labyrinths, and the landscape at http://www.placekeepers.net.

Before encountering the Céile Dé tradition, Sue enjoyed successful careers in the broadcast news and desktop software industries. She has served Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington, DC, for many years, in many capacities, including lay deacon and wedding celebrant. Sue also is a regular volunteer and program leader at the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at Washington National Cathedral, where she has led pilgrimages honoring St. Brigid and St. Patrick.


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