An Croí Wisdom Institute
An Croí Wisdom Institute is a learning centre established by Dr.Geraldine Holton and Carmel Boyle offering training and enrichment programmes that blend wisdom from the disciplines of psychology and spirituality. ‘Wisdom’ is the term that An Croí has chosen to use to bring these two disciplines together in programmes that are heart-centred and holistic. Rather than acquiring knowledge An Croí programmes seeks to develop wisdom for personal, professional and spiritual life. An Croí provides a space for reflective learning blending theory and experiential learning and an environment that supports educational excellence and best practice.
An Croí is a specialist centre for research and training in Supervision. Dr. Geraldine Holton is an innovator in the field of supervision. She developed, delivered and was director of Ireland’s first Masters Programme in Supervisory Practice initially at Milltown Institute and later at All Hallows College Dublin DCU. She continues to be innovative in developing new opportunities for training in supervision and Continuing Professional Development workshops for caring professionals. Through her doctoral work she has developed cross-professional approach to supervision and the Wisdom Supervision Model which is currently delivered in the professional diploma at An Croí Wisdom Institute. Geraldine is chair of the Supervisors Association of Ireland.
Spiritual Guidance Training & Soul-Centred Accompaniment
Carmel and Geraldine are also innovative leaders in the area of Spirituality. They developed the first academically recognised programme for spiritual guidance in Ireland in collaboration with Milltown Institute. They were founding members of the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association. The Spiritual Guidance Training programme has been running successfully for more than ten years. A new development and re-visioning of the programme will be offered in 2017 under the new title of Soul-Centred Practice described as a psycho-spiritual training for soul-centred accompaniment.
Celtic Spirit Centre
The latest innovation for An Croí is the launch of Celtic Spirit Centre. Drawing from the Wisdom of the Celtic Spiritual Tradition and inspired by what is referred to as ‘the golden era’, An Croí attempts to give a contemporary expression and an opportunity to experience elements of the tradition that are imbedded in the overall work of An Croí. This venture brings together many years of sharing the tradition internationally and also Carmel Boyle’s original songs and recordings many of which are inspired by the tradition.
Elements of the tradition that find expression both in the work of An Croí and in a tangible way in the Celtic Spirit Centre include a love of learning that is open minded, an attitude of hospitality that is inclusive, a love of creativity in all its forms, daily contemplative practices, providing ‘Anamchara’/ Spiritual Guidance for pilgrims of all traditions and care for the earth.