The Ruah Vision
May we stay strong and persevering,
Courageous and wholehearted in our vision.
May this journey be kept free from all harm,
filled only with love,
belonging and a new incarnation of God’s beautiful presence.
May love be stronger than fear. Light stronger than shadows.
May we have eyes to see the face of Christ before us.
May we always have the breeze of the
blowing our hearts wide open to
(Written by Fr. Daniel O' Leary For the opening of Ruah, 2017)
Our Ruah vision is to create a unique, contemporary model of Christian
Contemplative Living. We do this through our home based Christian Community and also online and through many outreach programmes.
Each of the following are integral to how we live and what we offer;
Christian Mindfulness and Contemplative Prayer
We draw from the spirituality of the early Desert and Celtic Christian Mystics, integrating it with today’s learnings in mindfulness, neuroscience
and psychology. We commit to, and assist others in creating deliberate mindful pauses in the midst of today’s ‘plugged –in and full on’ pace of life.
Our programmes help people to Live in the Presence, in the Moment, where deliberate pauses are created for stillness, gratitude; and a savouring of the simple gifts that life is offering.
Today’s seekers are searching for a body- mind-spirit integration, a connection that creates a visceral fire in the belly. Lectio Divina which is a
sacred reflecting on scripture is something we share on line and regularly in our home.
Care of the Earth
When our understanding of evolution is linear, where human beings are placed superiorly at the pinnacle, we tend to cut off from a compassionate relationship with all of creation. In Ruah we strive to widen our circle of care to extend to all of creation because at the very heart of the universe is the movement of inter-relational community; we are all impacting on
one another through our interconnection in the awesome web of life.
Society places a high emphasis on productivity and advancement. While this is good in many ways, this constant striving can encourage mind-
states of craving and perpetual disquiet. Consequently, many are now searching for mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing and balance. If we habitually live in a state of excessive mental activity, striving or reactivity, we build up stress in mind and body.
We have devised many programmes around the theme of dealing with stress, burnout, grief etc. We also bring many of these concepts into our
programmes on holistic leadership.
The idea of a Domestic Dwelling as faith community is not a modern concept, but reflects the earliest form in which the Christian Church
emerged. We seek, therefore, to make community and hospitality the primary characteristic and central vision beating in the heart of Ruah.
Our growing On line Community has flourished over the past few years.
Spiritual Direction, Retreats and Counselling
Discovering and living from the true self is a journey of continual growth, healing and letting go. If we are to find harmony with others, we have to journey compassionately with the shadow and split- off parts of ourselves. We often discover that there are shimmering gems hidden in the rubble of the shadow self and when we excavate them, we are fuller human beings. When we practice compassionate acceptance rather than feverish perfectionism (easier said than done) healing can emerge.
The theme of healing & compassion are foundational to all of our programmes. We offer Directed Retreats (On line and in person). We also offer regular afternoons, day retreats and six day creative retreats. These are offered online and also at venues nationally and internationally.