Go Down to the Potter's House is the story of the first 'Potter' retreat/ workshops developed by Donagh O'Shea some 30 years ago. The old buildings of The Mews, lovingly restored, at St Dominic's Retreat Centre in Cork proved a perfect place for the birth of these workshops, but they have continued over the years, and at present, they take place in the Dominican Retreat Centre in Tallaght Village, Dublin.
These workshops combine meditation and simple meditative work with clay. The aim is to help overcome the effects of centuries of introspection and individualism and to discover in ourselves and in the Gospel a straightforward simplicity. 'Clay is mirror-like: it registers every touch of the fingers. The changing shape of the clay mirrors everything that is in the mind: haste, confusion, boredom... Working silently with others we learn to outgrow these false attitudes and discover a true energy that flows from deep within us.'
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