Irish Programmes

Our work and Inspiration in Ireland

Richard and Mary Groves began their work in Ireland in 2007 at the Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference at Dublin Castle.  As a result of this the leadership at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, one of Europe’s oldest health care institutions, invited the Groves to begin offering their Art of Living & Dying workshop series at the hospice.

Their mutual regard evolved into Europe’s first pilot site which continued for more than ten years.  Hundreds of participants from all over Ireland and from many other European countries attended and some of these went on to develop programme venues in  Sligo, Cork, Westport, Glendalough and Northern Ireland.

Richard has been a guest faculty speaker at Trinity College and many local conferences.  In time, Ireland became the host country for The Anamcara Project, a deep end apprenticeship in the sacred arts of living and dying.

In 2022 Ireland is joining Canada, the US and other countries around the world for a special version of the International Anamcara Apprenticeship series.  A team of Irish facilitators has been formed who are now co-presenting Sacred Art of Living Centre workshops which will ensure the continued growth of our work and mission into the future.

Our Irish Team

Our Irish team of facilitators comes from many different backgrounds of knowledge.  They have been inspirational in  bring the Art of Living & Dying programs to The people of Ireland.  They continue grow and learn more to share it with everyone who attends our programmes.  Click on the green bar below to learn more about our Irish team.

Debbie Hayden & Mary Groves


An International Friendship

When Richard and Mary met Debbie Hayden, Nurse Tudor at Our Lady’s Hospice Education Centre, they were inspired to bring the work of Sacred Art of Living Centre to Ireland.  The hospitality offered to programme facilitators from Sacred Art of Living Centre, was an “unsurpassable blessing,” in the words of Mary Groves.  Debbie Hayden continues to inspire the Sacred Art of Living work and mission in Ireland to this day.