Finding our Feet in the Universe Story

Earth Rise. Iconic 1968 image of the earth appearing to rise over the barren surface of the moon. First time humans really saw the earth from outside

On Christmas Eve, 1968 the crew of Apollo 8 captured a spectacular sight as they orbited the Moon: the illuminated Earth appearing above the barren lunar horizon. This iconic image showed humans for the first time, how earth looked from outside. Much like a baby discovering life outside the womb, this was a transformational moment and it resonates still with us as we consider humanity on this pale blue dot, in a small solar system, among trillions of solar systems in our universe.

We have learnt a lot about our human history, but what about the story of the amazing universe our story is set in. What might the story of the Universe have to teach us about our story and who we can be on this beautiful planet together?

We are learning so much, so quickly in these decades, that it can be overwhelming. This weekend offers a chance to become aware of the timeline but also to step back from the sheer volume of numbers and to notice the patterns and possibilities of our unfolding universe.

In a balance of input, reflection and ritual, we will share the story together. Join us in west Clare, on one of the most western edges of Europe to reflect a little on how all life came to be, how all things are connected and what that might mean for a well lived life in the short time we humans each have here.


Dr Niamh Brennan writes and lecturers about cosmology, ecology, and philosophy. She is the author of The Human in the Universe and co-author of The Universe Story in Science and Myth. For the past ten years Niamh has been conducting research in the areas of eco-cosmology, subjectivity/philosophies of the self, religious studies, and poetics. She is a master teacher with a toolbox of many pedagogical skills. She has worked with graduate and undergraduate students, religious congregations, and a variety of other groups.

This weekend retreat starts at lunchtime on Friday April 5th ,and finishes on Sunday afternoon April 7th . It is available with residential and non-residential options

  • Date : 04-05-2024 - 04-07-2024
  • Time : 12:00 - 14:00 (UTC+0)
  • Reg. Deadline : 04-03-2024 12:00 pm
  • Venue : Spanish Point, V95E0W7

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