Irish Programmes

Art of Living & Dying Workshop Series

Module 2 Workshop: Recognizing Spiritual Suffering

This is the second of four workshops providing the historical and theoretical foundation for the Anamcara. Each of the study modules is grounded in the contemporary health care sciences and is inspired by the great spiritual traditions and collective wisdom learned from the dying.

Participants study in-depth the time-tested primary diagnoses of spiritual suffering: forgiveness, relatedness, meaning, and hope. Through a series of case studies as well as reflecting on personal experience, traditional and contemporary modes of inner healing are applied to pastoral practice. The result is an enhanced ability to recognize and celebrate the final gifts of growth and transformation revealed at the end of life.

What you can expect from this program:
-In depth study of the four classical dimensions of existential and spiritual suffering: Meaning, Forgiveness, Relatedness, and Hope.

-Learn from the world’s great healing traditions from many cultural perspectives with a special emphasis on Native American and Hispanic traditions.
-Examination of the relationship between ethical and religious based decision making.
-Study of the current understanding of ‘religious abuse’ as a critical factor for some individuals in coming to peace at the end of life.
-Reflection on the correlation between the traditional stages of human development and the stages of faith development, especially as it impacts end of life care and bereavement.
-Define, compare, and contrast personal modes of pastoral practice with alternative modes of therapeutic presence.


Programme Information:

Friday, 27 May 2022, 18.00-21.00
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 13.00-19.00
Sunday, 29 May 2022, 13.00-17.30
This six-month programme includes the workshop followed by five Circle of Trust© study group sessions.

Programme Tuition: €355

Early Bird Tuition: €295 (Valid through 27 April 2022)

Discounts available for groups of three or more. Please email for more details.

Click here for Module Two Flyer PDF

Click here for page one of the Art of Living & Dying four-part series Flyer PDF

Click here for page two of the Art of Living & Dying four-part series Flyer PDF


Every participant of Sacred Art of Living Centre’s online programmes is required to have adequate internet connection and appropriate equipment for a Zoom meeting/webinar.  This allows for each participant to be seen and heard by their fellow participants as well as the Leadership Team during our highly interactive programmes.  It is not allowed to simply attend a workshop anonymously (i.e. with muted video and audio).

Participants are also required to be present in an appropriate, stationary space with access to audio and visual privacy as needed.  Driving or riding in a vehicle during a programme is unsuitable to the integrity of the workshop and the quality of your experience and the experience of your fellow participants.

Full participation in these workshops is required.  This includes participation in the interactive breakout sessions and small group exercises that are part of each programme.

We highly recommend, if at all possible, to join our online programmes with a laptop or desktop computer to allow for optimal viewing and participation.  A working camera and microphone are also essential.  In our experience iPads, Tablets, and smartphones tend to greatly inhibit the overall experience for participants.


The Dominican Retreat Centre ( in Tallaght Village, Eircode D24KA40, has accommodations for participants who would appreciate a tranquil healing space for this module, while using their own laptop computer.  Thirty rooms available, either on B&B (Euro 50 per person per night) or half board including evening meal (Euro 65) and free parking.  For enquiries and bookings, please contact or call 086 8409035.

Please CLICK HERE for Sacred Art of Living Centre’s Programme Cancellation Policy.

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