Activities

Guided tours, courses, workshops and other learning activities

Guided Tours

Abrazo House is an educational project but also a private home, so unfortunately we are not open to casual visitors.

Public guided tours normally take place on the first weekend of the month, by appointment only. Minimum tour group 5 people, suggested donation €5 per adult. 

We are open to working with schools, colleges, associations and other groups; please get in touch to arrange a tour.

Practical Courses

Hands-on learning is a central part of the Abrazo House philosophy. We offer practical courses in a range of different topics, from eco-building with natural materials, to forest gardening, to design and construction of waste-water treatment systems.

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”—Henry David Thoreau

We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. To breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it, realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Carbon Conversations

Worried about climate change but don’t know where to start? Our six-week session program offers the opportunity to explore the relationship between your way of life and climate change, helping to work on complex emotions related to climate change.
We do this through two-hour group sessions over the course of six weeks. Every week, we explore a new way climate change relates to your life.
Topics include:
1. Looking for a low-carbon future
2. Food and water
3. Energy at home
4. Consumption and waste
5. Travel and transportation
6. Looking to the future

Each session clearly presents the tools and resources available to take your own approach to less carbon-intensive living. You don’t have to do it alone.

Death Café

Every day you are transformed. Parts of you die and parts are born. — Thich Nhat Hanh

An invitation to express and share your ideas, concerns, longings and experiences about death and life, in a relaxed and confidential environment.

A Death Café is a discussion group with no agenda, no goals or themes. It’s not a bereavement or therapy group.

Free event, open to all beliefs and none.

Deep Relating

Deep Relating is a ‘relational meditation’ practice that allows us to examine our inner world of thoughts, emotions, sensations and intuitive visions as they arise in our communication with one another. It’s a space where we come together to explore what is true in the present moment and voice it from a place of deep ownership and respect for ourselves and each other. In a Deep Relating circle, we show up in the entirety of our being, listen deeply and allow ourselves to be transformed by the new threads of meaning and perspective that emerge in the process.

The Work that Reconnects

Are you worried about what’s going on in the world? Would you like to explore how we can support ourselves and each other without losing hope?

We invite you to a workshop on “The Work that Reconnects”, a form of experiential group work developed by Joanna Macy, to give us energy and focus to respond to the current challenges facing our planet.

During these workshops, we experience the Spiral of the Work that Reconnects, and pass through the four phases of the model: 

1. Expressing gratitude and connection with our interdependent existence; 

2. Recognising and honouring our pain for the world, navigating the feelings of despair and helplessness around the collective chaos in which we are immersed,

3. Seeing with new eyes: practice changing our perspective on what is happening, focusing on our own lives; 

4. Going forth: exploring what steps we can take towards greater resilience and justice.

The Work that Reconnects helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action. — Joanna Macy

Come on a guided tour of Abrazo House, use our space for your own educational events, or apply to work as a volunteer.