The Sanctuary's 25 Year Anniversary Conference

(19 May 2023)

The Sanctuary's 25 Year Anniversary Digital Conference

This year, for its 25th anniversary, the Sanctuary has invited Sharon Salzberg, Dr, Tony Bates and Prof. Paul Gilbert to join Sr. Stan to discuss how we might care for ourselves, for one another and for the earth.  The conference invites our keynote speakers to discuss the role of compassion and well being for creating community and for addressing the need to create a sustainable way of being with the earth.

Through a series of online keynote talks, and follow-up workshops led by some of the Sanctuary’s facilitators, the Sanctuary hopes to continue its important work of creating a space, through the practice of stillness, that instils awareness and personal growth.


Conference Schedule

The conference will be opened by Sr. Stan Kennedy on Thursday 8th June at 7pm

- 8th June, 7-8.15pm  Sharon Salzberg, with follow on workshop on 12th June, 7-8pm

- 15th June, 7-8pm, Dr. Tony Bates, with follow on workshop on 19th June, 7-8pm

- 22nd June, 7-8pm with Prof. Paul Gilbert, followed on by workshop on 26th June, 7-8pm

Keynote Speakers

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. Her 2023 release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is now available from Flatiron Books in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed six million downloads and features interviews with thought leaders from the mindfulness movement and beyond.

Dr Tony Bates is a Clinical Psychologist. He was Head of Psychology for 30 years in St James’s Hospital Dublin and established and directed the MSc Cognitive Psychotherapy in TCD until 2006. He founded Jigsaw (The National Centre for Youth Mental Health) in 2006 to serve young people and their mental health needs. He was CEO until his retirement in 2018. Tony has been active in shaping and writing government policy since 2006. He was made honorary Professor of Psychology in UCD in September 2018 as a tribute to his contribution to the field. He trained as a mindfulness teacher in University of North Wales, Bangor in 2001 and has been active since in disseminating Mindfulness in Ireland. Tony now lives on a cliff outside Grange, north of Sligo, where he writes, consults and looks after over 100 wild birds, a wild fox, a badger and a tribe of wild rabbits. Father of three, grandfather of four.

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, researcher and author, and the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy for mood and anxiety disorders where shame and self-criticism present major difficulties. He is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby, England and visiting Professor at the University of Queensland. He established the Compassionate Mind Foundation a charity with the mission to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion ( Professor Gilbert has published over 20 books and 300 academic papers and book chapters. He is the bestselling author of Overcoming Depression and The Compassionate Mind.


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