Celtic Spirituality


Celtic Spirituality in Athens, Georgia (In Person Event on March 16, 2023)


Long before I moved to Georgia, I knew about Athens GA, as some of my favorite bands — like the B-52s and R.E.M. — hailed from this quirky little southern college town. If you live in or near Athens, I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, March 16, 2023 when I venture from Atlanta to visit Friendship Presbyterian Church to give a talk on Celtic Spirituality, on the eve of St. Patrick’s...

Register Now for CELTIC SPIRITUALITY SCHOOL (Online Program Begins February 11!)


Friends, I hope you will join me — and eleven other amazing Celtic and contemplative teachers and speakers, including John Philip Newell, Esther de Waal, Sharon Blackie, Christine Valters Paintner, and more — for the first-ever online Celtic Spirituality School which begins on February 11, 2023 and runs for a full year! Are you hungry for a more contemplative, earthy, embodied spirituality? If...

25 Celtic Books (and a CD) for Your Late Summer Reading List


Hello friends! I currently have a course on Celtic spirituality running through Spirituality and Practice (it’s not too late to sign up for it, if you’re interested, click here). We had a zoom call the other day which gave me a chance to interact with participants in the course, and of course during our time together several books were mentioned; people asked to recommend a few books...

Explore Celtic Spirituality with “Spirituality and Practice” Online Course — Starts August 8!


Hi friends, I’m happy to announce that my Celtic spirituality course through the Spirituality and Practice website will be running this August — August 8 through September 2, 2022!  To register for the course, click here. The course will include a Zoom call with  me on Thursday, August 18. Here’s the description and enrollment information from the S&P website: Celtic Spirituality...

Online Retreat Day: At the Edge of Waiting: Centering Prayer and Celtic Spirituality (October 30, 2021)


In celebration of the Christian feast days of All Saints and All Souls — and the ancient Celtic New Year, which happened at this same time — you are invited to a special day-retreat combining Centering Prayer with contemplative insights from the wisdom of the Celtic tradition, facilitated by Carl McColman and sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta. To register for this online retreat, click...

Two Online Retreat Options for October: Celtic Wisdom and the Spirituality of Tolkien and Lewis!


Hi friends, just want to make sure everyone is aware of two upcoming retreats I am doing online. If one or both of these topics appeal to you, I hope you’ll join me! On October 22 and 23, the Rock Hill Oratory is sponsoring a retreat called “The Wisdom of the Christian Imagination” featuring insights from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I know fantasy isn’t...

Online Day of Reflection: Celtic Spirituality (March 20, 2021)


Experience the prayer,  poetry, folklore, and  spirituality of the Celtic Christians of old  — and how their down to-earth, lyrical, and  hope-filled wisdom  still speaks to us today.  Our day together will include time for storytelling, conversation, prayer, and meditation, as we explore ways for us to celebrate Celtic  wisdom and weave it  into our lives here in  the 21st century. We’ll...

Online Retreat: Celtic Wisdom (March 16-18, 2021)


Explore the wisdom, wit, poetry and mysticism of the Celtic saints in this 3-day online retreat! In March, I will return (via Zoom) to lead another retreat sponsored by the monks of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. We will engage in three sessions, once a day, on Zoom, with time for conversation and prayer in addition to the presentation. Suggested donation for the retreat is $45, which...

Online Retreat: Celtic Spirituality (March 12-13, 2021)


In March 2020 I was scheduled to travel to western North Carolina to give a retreat on Celtic Spirituality. Alas, it was not to be: the Covid-19 pandemic happened. But the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, the sponsors of the retreat, asked if I would lead the retreat in 2021; a year later, and it’s still too early to host the retreat in person, but we are looking forward to gathering...

A Celtic Perspective on Abundance


A few days ago I posted the transcript of a talk I gave at a Celtic spirituality conference at Southern Illinois University, way back on May 1, 1999. Today’s post comes from that same conference — this is a reflection I shared at the Catholic Mass that evening. It was, to the best of my knowledge, the first time I ever spoke in a Catholic setting. The readings were from 1 Peter 2:4-9 and...

What are the gifts of Celtic Spirituality for our age?


Here is a blast from the past: a talk I gave at a Celtic spirituality conference at Southern Illinois University, way back on May 1, 1999. Public speaking was still really new to me at the time, and I was scared to death. Back then I only had one book published (Spirituality, which came out in 1997) and my (pre-blog) website was devoted to Celtic spirituality, which is why the organizers of this...

Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: A New Edition for an “Old Friend”


If you are interested in Celtic mythology — and curious about how to integrate the ancient wisdom from the Celtic people into your spiritual life today — then The Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses might be for you. I co-authored this book with a good friend, Kathryn Hinds; the first edition was published in 2005. It’s been out of print for a while, and Kathryn passed away after a...



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