SOUL SEMINARS : The Importance of Community

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Price: €15.00

Dunderry Park

Dunderry Navan · Co. Meath

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Dear friends,

First of all we would like to say a huge thanks to all of you who have made the first year of SOUL SEMINARS such a success. It has been truly heart warming to see familiar faces come along to the seminars each month to explore new ideas, share life journeys and become friends! We have had talks on Dreams, Jung’s Shadow, Shamanism, dealing with anxiety and stress, reaching your potential and much much more. We are currently finishing putting the programme together for 2015 but if you have any ideas on topics you would like to discover more about please let us know!

The NEXT Soul Seminars is on the very topic of community and how important it is and we are delighted to be welcoming John Lonergan, former Governer of Mountjoy Prison and a hugely inspirational person.


The talk will focus on the reasons why an active and vibrant community is so important for our society. John will highlight many of the positive benefits of community, for example, that as individuals we need families for support and families need communities for support. How communities give us a sense of identity, of belonging and of place, they help to protect us when we are vulnerable, they provide opportunities for social connection and for social and sporting activities. John will also share some of my own experiences of growing up in a community and the influence of Munitir na Tire, an organisation founded almost 80 years ago to promote the development of communities throughout rural Ireland, and the role it still plays in rural Ireland, like the promotion of the community alert scheme. This is bound to be a heart lifting evening and an apt way to finish up our year as The Soul Seminars group.


John Lonergan is a native of Bansha, Co. Tipperary. He served in the Irish Prison Service for over 42 years. He was Governor of Mountjoy Prison for over 22 years and Governor of the top security prison at Portlaoise for almost 4 years. He retired in June 2010 and later that year his autobiography “The Governor” was published. His philosophy is that change, personal or otherwise, cannot be enforced on people, and he believes that real and meaningful change only comes about through dialogue, consent and agreement. He is convinced that people change from the inside out and suggests that the big task for all of us as human beings is to find the humanity in others and then to nurture it. He’s convinced that the more people are in touch with their own humanity the more likely they are to treat others with humanity.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Martin and Team