People have always visited the hilltop, the forest and the seashore for they are like doorways, through which we glimpse a different perspective on our lives.
The Parable Garden Education Project is based in a special place near Curracloe, Co Wexford. Located in a walled garden beside the seashore there are lovely walks in the forests, over the hills and along the beach.
The walled garden was built during the middle of the nineteenth century to enclose an orchard. Long since lost under weeds and ivy it has now been brought back to life as the Parable Garden Education Project. We invite you to come and discover this special place still hidden amidst four and a half acres of woodland. Here too you can walk up Holly Hill with its mysterious two hundred year old shell house and lovely views over the sea. Wandering through the forest paths, across the hill and down to the longest beach in Ireland you have space to discover the human spirit. That is why this is truly a spiritual place.
We offer opportunities and experiences for individuals and groups to reflect on their lives and to draw from spiritual wellsprings. While we are inspired by Christian and Irish traditions we welcome all who would like to discover a deeper meaning in their lives.
Our focus is on adult education. We believe that education did not end the day that young people left school or college but that it must continue throughout adult life. This is especially true of spirituality and religious education.
Adults learn in a different way from children as they have all the experience of life from which to draw. This is why we call each of our days an ‘experience’. It is not a lesson or a test but an experience. It is a new experience for you and it will draw on your own experience of life with all its twists and turns. The Parable Garden is a place of discovery, it is a place where faith can grow.
It is interesting to know that the word ‘education’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘to lead out’ or ‘to draw out’. In the Parable Garden we want to lead you out into a deeper understanding of many spiritual and religious insights that have guided people for centuries. Further, we want to facilitate you in drawing out your own wisdom from your deeper self, based on what you have learned about life.
We are committed to learning from doing. This is a project rather than a centre. As our project develops we will learn from each other. We want to learn from you, to hear what echoes for you and what pathways you think we might open up.
Each day at the Parable Garden includes an engaging mix of short film presentations, audio walks, discussion, ritual and time for personal reflection.
Please enjoy some short excerpts from our homemade media content!
During the summer we travelled to Glenstal Abbey and spoke with Mark Patrick Hederman about a wide range of topics. In this short excerpt he speaks of the need to be in contact with our inner source of creativity.
A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE EUCHARIST
In this excerpt we speak to Parish Pastoral Worker Colette Kavanagh about the delicate balance between spirituality and modern life.
A BLESSED LIFE
A chat with local Farmer David French about the highs and lows of living from the land.
We have many interesting places to discover during your trip to the Parable Garden.
The Shell House
The Shell house remains a mysterious construction placed atop Holly Hill. Facing south, at both sunrise and sunset on the winter solstice, sunlight beams dispel the winter darkness. The patterns and design created in local shell capture the imagination in a unique manner. To date, no one has fully explained the story and purpose of the walled hill.
Between the Parable Garden and the sea is a wilderness of Sally tree and marsh. It is a strange landscape usually inaccessible to walkers. This threshold location between land and sea is ideal for those who want to amble, find solitude and reflect.
The Ambry is an ancient sacred place, which developed during the first three centuries of Christian worship. Originally created as a repository for sacred oils, today it is presented as a hidden location in the forest to renew and revisit spiritual identity.
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