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Workshops Available!

These workshops are available for teacher, school and parish groups - daytimes, evenings or on Saturdays . Sessions can be arranged as required but a two or three hour workshop format, with a break in the middle, is the ideal situation. Workshops can be tailored and adapted to suit the needs of participants.

Some of the workshops have already been done with PDST, Religious Education Support Service, the Diocesan Advisors and the Religion Teachers' Association. If interested please use the contact link on left panel.

Reflection for the Year of Mercy
An arts-based reflection on the theme of mercy - featuring music, poetry and film clips. Generally this is a one-hour session but can be shortened or lengthened as required.

Religious Themes in Film/Film in Religious Education
A look at religious themes in film, using participant's personal experiences with film, including a variety of relevant film clips and if required IT advice on how to source and create and use film clips.

Religious Themes in Music/Music in Religious Education
Participants get to experience and reflect upon religious themes in a variety of musical styles, especially modern folk/reflective/rock genres, with a view to personal development and reflection or/and further use in classsroom/parish contexts. Includes also, if required, practical IT advice on sourcing suitable music, online and beyond!

Religious Themes in Drama
Topics covered include spiritual themes in Shakespearean and TV drama, with plenty of relevant video clips to illustrate these themes - everything from Macbeth to the Simpsons. There are plenty of opportunities for discussion and even for impromptu acting/role playing if required. Practical strategies, if required, for developing and using the material in the classroom.

Religious Themes in Poetry
A look at religious/spiritual themes in poetry - from the material learned in school (Donne, Eliot, Kavanagh etc) to modern performance poetry that will have participants out of their seats, but only if they want to!

Using IT in Teaching RE
This workshop aims to help teachers who wish to use Information Technology in the teaching of Religious Education. Topics include Powerpoint Presentations, use of internet video, using user generated photos and video, simple video editing, Photostory presentations, accessing, creating and using film and music resources. This can be done as an illustrated presentation or as a hands-on course in a computer room with individuals or groups.

Images of God
A look at images of God in film, music, art, drama and poetry, including a focus on scriptural images. Includes suggestions and strategies for dealing with this material in RE class.

The Beatitudes
Exploring the Beatitudes through discussion, prayer and music.

Finding Faith on the Internet
Exploring the vast range of faith resources on the internet - official sites, bloggers, music, film, eportals, prayer. Suitable for school or parish.

The Search for Meaning in Film
A detailed look at various approaches to the search for meaning in film, using a range of relevant film clips and guidelines.

Senior Cycle Religious Education (Non-Exam)
Ideas for tackling Senior Cycle RE (Non-Exam) - approaching include creative uses of the arts and a variety of practical coping steps.

Arts Retreat
A retreat based on the arts that can be tailored as required. Among the options are prayer and reflection through music, poetry, film and the visual arts. Can be delivered as a one-off daytime event, or a four-night series.