10:00 am: Bike Week Cycle Heritage House to Ballinakill
At 10 am anyone who would be interested in coming along can partake in a Bike Mechanics Workshop at Heritage House. Learn how to repair a puncture and check if your bike is up to speed!!
At 11.30am we will be saddling up and departing for Ballinakill, stopping off at some really interesting historic sites along the way. First Stop will be the ancient Church site at Dysart Gallen, an important Tribal site of the O'Moore's of Laois.
Secondly we will have a look at an Anglo-Norman Motte Castle in the area and from there we will cycle into Ballinakill and check out the sites of interest there.
Following on from this we will cycle to Heywood Gardens and explore the exquisite designed Garden Landscape and grounds of Heywood House. Some refreshments will be had and then we are back to Abbeyleix for 3pm.
For further information contact us here at Heritage House on 0578731653
7:30 pm: Book launch and talk, by Dr. Mark Hilliard about his Book Sacred Place and Sacred Space.
A reminder: come hear Dr. Mark Hilliard talk about Sacred Place and Sacred Space. “My research and story about sacred place and space began with the dance of a Cherokee crow while I lived and conducted my doctoral research on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Reservation about twenty years ago, but my passion for the topic came from the six summers I lived and oversaw a program called O’More/Ireland in Abbeyleix, Ireland.”
Hilliard’s book will launch at Castle Durrow, County Laois, Wednesday, 7th of June, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. (Please contact Castle Durrow at email@example.com if you plan to attend so we will know the number attending.)
The book tour will end at the Abbeyleix Heritage House, Abbeyleix, Friday, 16th of June, 7:30 p.m. in co-sponsorship with the Abbeyleix Further Education Centre. (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org you plan to attend so we will know the number attending.)
Dr. Hilliard notes, “One of my significant findings is that research into sacred place and sacred space most often occurs in the plural sense of sacred places and sacred spaces. Yet, until we understand the singular aspect of a sacred place and a sacred space, we cannot begin to comprehend their plural forms.”
In his talks, Hilliard will discuss the Cherokee Dreamcatcher; how an understanding of mystery, enchantment, and the imagination help in encountering the sacred; what is sacred place and sacred space; is a sacred place and a sacred space a psychological or spiritual phenomenon; how do we connect with the sacred within a place or space; and with what or with whom do we connect.
His new book, The Crow’s Enchanted Dance: The Phenomenology of Sacred Place and Sacred Space, published by Moloney-O’Brien, will be for sale after each talk (cash, rather than credit cards, please). Dr. Hilliard says, “No purchase required to attend the talks, you will be most welcomed. I enjoy sharing what I have learned!”
If you are interested in Dr. Hilliard holding a talk and book signing at your site, or for your club, in County Laois between 5-16 June, 2017, you may contact him at email@example.com He would be happy to arrange additional talks at no cost to your organization. Or if you plan to attend one of the sessions above, please contact the session site so they will know how many will be attending. All sessions are free to the public.
Dr. K. Mark Hilliard, B.S., M.S., D.Arts
Vice Chancellor, President, Professor
The Hilliard Institute for Educational Wellness
4440 Savage Pointe Drive, Franklin, TN 37064
Hilliard Press & Moloney-O’Brien
Franklin, Tennessee; Abbeyleix, Ireland; Oxford, England
Cherokee Church, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Cherokee, North Carolina
8:30 pm: Winyl Party