“Luisne, the first blush of light before dawn breaks” -John O’Donohue

“Luisne” (pronounced lishne) is Irish meaning “the first blush of light before dawn breaks”. One of Luisne’s goals is to contribute to the dawn of a new consciousness. Since 2004 Luisne has served a growing community throughout Ireland. Its beautiful undisturbed environment could justifiably be called a “spiritual landscape.”

Luisne provides events, courses, workshops, talks, meditation sessions, cultural & theatrical events and much more for the local and wider community, both on an individual and group basis.

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Mind Body Skills Group – 6 weeks

Dementia Awareness Evening

Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

Walking the Spiritual Path Together

Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

Sacred Dance Wednesday

Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

4

An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Evolutionary Spirituality

6

Mind Body Skills Group – 6 weeks

Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

Walking the Spiritual Path Together

Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

Sacred Dance Wednesday

Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

11

Kum Nye Yoga – 3 Saturdays -Tibetan Yoga Workshop

13

Mind Body Skills Group – 6 weeks

Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

Walking the Spiritual Path Together

Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

Sacred Dance Wednesday

Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

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Extended Meditation Practice

Mindfulness Retreat Day with Pamela Maria

Art & Mind Classes with Lynne Loftus (8 weeks)

Mind Body Skills Group – 6 weeks

Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

Walking the Spiritual Path Together

Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

Sacred Dance Wednesday

Vegetarian Cooking with Chef Claire McCormick (4 weeks) €35 per class inc ingrediants

Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

25

Zen Retreat with Robert Kennedy & Miriam Healy

Tai Chi Taster Workshop with Neil Drew

28

Walking the Spiritual Path Together

Sacred Dance Wednesday

31
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SUSTAINABILITY TALKS: Our Response, Our Responsibility Sean McDonagh

Reflect, Review, Refuel Retreat with Siobhan & Rachel

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  1. Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

    October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm    €75
    Discover your inner world of calm through an outward act of craft. No previous experience is needed just an ability to hold a pen. Over a 6 week period Siobhan will guide you through principles and simple alphabet s using Foundation and the Uncial style, the iconic Irish script that we are so familiar with. Each session begins with discussions and demonstrations followed by a quiet period with music to practice. Each participant is encouraged to create their own piece either a word or phrase that resonates with them. Bookings must be made in advance – please contact Siobhan Campbell on 0876954183

  2. Sacred Dance Wednesday

    October 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm    €12
    An opportunity to experience Sacred Dance with Barbara Perry. Experience the joy of circle dancing with others and a sense of well-being and belonging. Clear instructions are given as each new dance is introduced. So, come on your own or with a friend and join in! No previous experience required – everyone is welcome.Facilitated by Barbara Perry who trained with several teachers but the most transformative and enduring influence has been her encounter with Friedel Kloke-Eibl founder of the Association of Dance Meditation / Sacred Dance in Germany, under whose direction she undertook an intensive training over several years.Booking in advance essential so please call Barbara on 087 1343 907 www.sacreddance.ie

  3. Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

    October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm    €15 – €65
    This is an enormously popular 5 week course. Bookings must be made in advance and a single "taster" session is only €15 - please contact Harry on 0872898073 or email harry@soundtherapy.ie "Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder."- Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author of "The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from life-threatening illness using sound, voice and music.
  4. Harry Parkinson Sound Therapy 2

  5. Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

    October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    €10
    Our 10 week introductory course in practical philosophy draws on the great teachers of the world, for peace of mind, enjoyment and proven ways to reduce stress. It's time to live your best life. Jobs come and go, physical beauty fades, markets rise and fall. Even close relationships can end. But the benefits of philosophy last a lifetime. This 10-session course, Introduction To Practical Philosophy, offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. In September 2019, to celebrate 51 years of Practical Philosophy in Ireland we are offering you this course for just €10 for 10 sessions!  Bookings please contact Sean on 016603788 or email info@practicalphilosophy.ie.

  6. Extended Meditation Practice

    October 19 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Donations welcome. For most of the first Saturdays throughout the year (during term time), we gather to share a day together of extended mindfulness meditation practice, from 10.30 to 1.00. These sessions include quick walking, silent meditation, mindful walking and chanting. All are welcome. Please see the events calendar for dates.

  7. Mindfulness Retreat Day with Pamela Maria

    October 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Mindfulness- Stilling the Mind, Engaging the heart & Calming the body – 1 Day Retreat  To Book / Enquire - Phone: 083 8166800 or Email: info@mindfulnessatsource.com

  8. Art & Mind Classes with Lynne Loftus (8 weeks)

    October 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm    €120
    Enjoy 2 hours of Calm & Creativity just for you.  A unique opportunity to relax, explore and discover your talent in a mindful environment. You do not have to be ‘artistic’ or know how to draw! You will create original designs and artwork in pen, pencil, paint, and polymer clay. You do not have to be ‘artistic’ or know how to draw. You will discover techniques and skills you can use almost anytime and anywhere, whenever you need to wind down. All materials are supplied plus coffee, tea & bickies! Booking essential please contact Lynne on 086 2517361 or lloftus09@gmail.com Lynne has over 40 years experience in art education. She began her teaching career in Rockford Manor Secondary School, Blackrock and has taught students of all ages in Ireland and Canada. She has an in-depth knowledge of visual arts instruction including drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, mixed materials and computer graphics.

  9. Mind Body Skills Group – 6 weeks

    October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm    €180
    In this group we will have an opportunity through practice to foster our growth using research proven skills which include:  meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback & autogenic training, writing, drawing, movement and breathe work.The group will be educational, supportive, participatory and structured. These mind body skills can be immediately incorporated into daily life and will help you learn to: Increase self awareness Develop effective coping skills Use your body’s natural abilities to relax Become aware of your body, release stress and increase your energy Cultivate mental and emotional balance Facilitated by: Heidi Jackson BA and BNSc, Oncology Nurse and Complementary Therapist for 20 years. She is on the Faculty and is a Certified facilitator at the Centre for Mind Body Medicine (https://cmbm.org). She is sharing her passion to empower people to help themselves. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER CONTACT HEIDI JACKSON AT 0868677874 OR EMAIL dillyhip@gmail.com

  10. Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

    October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    During these evenings of Reflections on Mysticism, we begin with a twenty-minute guided meditation session followed by a ten-minute walking meditation and then a further twenty-minute silent meditation. This practice is followed by discussion on Mysticism across Western and Eastern traditions. €45 donation for utilities and materials

  11. Walking the Spiritual Path Together

    October 22 @ 10:45 am - 12:05 pm
    These sessions replace the former Centering Prayer/Introduction to Meditation sessions. They will comprise input from various spiritual writers and traditions, a period of meditation, a sharing on the input to enrich each participant’s understanding and insight regarding the input and will end with prayers relevant to the input and to one’s daily life. Donation towards utilities and materials per session.

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  1. Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

    October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm    €75
    Discover your inner world of calm through an outward act of craft. No previous experience is needed just an ability to hold a pen. Over a 6 week period Siobhan will guide you through principles and simple alphabet s using Foundation and the Uncial style, the iconic Irish script that we are so familiar with. Each session begins with discussions and demonstrations followed by a quiet period with music to practice. Each participant is encouraged to create their own piece either a word or phrase that resonates with them. Bookings must be made in advance – please contact Siobhan Campbell on 0876954183

  2. Sacred Dance Wednesday

    October 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm    €12
    An opportunity to experience Sacred Dance with Barbara Perry. Experience the joy of circle dancing with others and a sense of well-being and belonging. Clear instructions are given as each new dance is introduced. So, come on your own or with a friend and join in! No previous experience required – everyone is welcome.Facilitated by Barbara Perry who trained with several teachers but the most transformative and enduring influence has been her encounter with Friedel Kloke-Eibl founder of the Association of Dance Meditation / Sacred Dance in Germany, under whose direction she undertook an intensive training over several years.Booking in advance essential so please call Barbara on 087 1343 907 www.sacreddance.ie

  3. Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

    October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm    €15 – €65
    This is an enormously popular 5 week course. Bookings must be made in advance and a single "taster" session is only €15 - please contact Harry on 0872898073 or email harry@soundtherapy.ie "Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder."- Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author of "The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from life-threatening illness using sound, voice and music.
  4. Harry Parkinson Sound Therapy 2

  5. Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

    October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    €10
    Our 10 week introductory course in practical philosophy draws on the great teachers of the world, for peace of mind, enjoyment and proven ways to reduce stress. It's time to live your best life. Jobs come and go, physical beauty fades, markets rise and fall. Even close relationships can end. But the benefits of philosophy last a lifetime. This 10-session course, Introduction To Practical Philosophy, offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. In September 2019, to celebrate 51 years of Practical Philosophy in Ireland we are offering you this course for just €10 for 10 sessions!  Bookings please contact Sean on 016603788 or email info@practicalphilosophy.ie.

  6. Extended Meditation Practice

    October 19 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Donations welcome. For most of the first Saturdays throughout the year (during term time), we gather to share a day together of extended mindfulness meditation practice, from 10.30 to 1.00. These sessions include quick walking, silent meditation, mindful walking and chanting. All are welcome. Please see the events calendar for dates.

  7. Mindfulness Retreat Day with Pamela Maria

    October 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Mindfulness- Stilling the Mind, Engaging the heart & Calming the body – 1 Day Retreat  To Book / Enquire - Phone: 083 8166800 or Email: info@mindfulnessatsource.com

  8. Art & Mind Classes with Lynne Loftus (8 weeks)

    October 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm    €120
    Enjoy 2 hours of Calm & Creativity just for you.  A unique opportunity to relax, explore and discover your talent in a mindful environment. You do not have to be ‘artistic’ or know how to draw! You will create original designs and artwork in pen, pencil, paint, and polymer clay. You do not have to be ‘artistic’ or know how to draw. You will discover techniques and skills you can use almost anytime and anywhere, whenever you need to wind down. All materials are supplied plus coffee, tea & bickies! Booking essential please contact Lynne on 086 2517361 or lloftus09@gmail.com Lynne has over 40 years experience in art education. She began her teaching career in Rockford Manor Secondary School, Blackrock and has taught students of all ages in Ireland and Canada. She has an in-depth knowledge of visual arts instruction including drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, mixed materials and computer graphics.

  9. Mind Body Skills Group – 6 weeks

    October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm    €180
    In this group we will have an opportunity through practice to foster our growth using research proven skills which include:  meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback & autogenic training, writing, drawing, movement and breathe work.The group will be educational, supportive, participatory and structured. These mind body skills can be immediately incorporated into daily life and will help you learn to: Increase self awareness Develop effective coping skills Use your body’s natural abilities to relax Become aware of your body, release stress and increase your energy Cultivate mental and emotional balance Facilitated by: Heidi Jackson BA and BNSc, Oncology Nurse and Complementary Therapist for 20 years. She is on the Faculty and is a Certified facilitator at the Centre for Mind Body Medicine (https://cmbm.org). She is sharing her passion to empower people to help themselves. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER CONTACT HEIDI JACKSON AT 0868677874 OR EMAIL dillyhip@gmail.com

  10. Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

    October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    During these evenings of Reflections on Mysticism, we begin with a twenty-minute guided meditation session followed by a ten-minute walking meditation and then a further twenty-minute silent meditation. This practice is followed by discussion on Mysticism across Western and Eastern traditions. €45 donation for utilities and materials

  11. Walking the Spiritual Path Together

    October 22 @ 10:45 am - 12:05 pm
    These sessions replace the former Centering Prayer/Introduction to Meditation sessions. They will comprise input from various spiritual writers and traditions, a period of meditation, a sharing on the input to enrich each participant’s understanding and insight regarding the input and will end with prayers relevant to the input and to one’s daily life. Donation towards utilities and materials per session.

  12. Calligraphy as Mindful Writing – 6 week course

    October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm    €75
    Discover your inner world of calm through an outward act of craft. No previous experience is needed just an ability to hold a pen. Over a 6 week period Siobhan will guide you through principles and simple alphabet s using Foundation and the Uncial style, the iconic Irish script that we are so familiar with. Each session begins with discussions and demonstrations followed by a quiet period with music to practice. Each participant is encouraged to create their own piece either a word or phrase that resonates with them. Bookings must be made in advance – please contact Siobhan Campbell on 0876954183

  13. Sacred Dance Wednesday

    October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm    €12
    An opportunity to experience Sacred Dance with Barbara Perry. Experience the joy of circle dancing with others and a sense of well-being and belonging. Clear instructions are given as each new dance is introduced. So, come on your own or with a friend and join in! No previous experience required – everyone is welcome.Facilitated by Barbara Perry who trained with several teachers but the most transformative and enduring influence has been her encounter with Friedel Kloke-Eibl founder of the Association of Dance Meditation / Sacred Dance in Germany, under whose direction she undertook an intensive training over several years.Booking in advance essential so please call Barbara on 087 1343 907 www.sacreddance.ie

  14. Vegetarian Cooking with Chef Claire McCormick (4 weeks) €35 per class inc ingrediants

    October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    €140
    Chef Claire McCormick has been running popular vegetarian cookery classes at Luisne for a few years. Claire has worked in many of Ireland’s leading vegetarian restaurants including The Happy Pear, Escape Bray, It’s Natural and Cornucoppia, Learn how to prepare tasty and healthy vegetarian meals for beginners and more experienced cooks alike. We will focus on expanding your repertoire of tasty, imaginative and original vegetarian meals. Suitable for individuals or families. Booking is essential please contact Claire 0861071579 or vanillatea1@gmail.com

  15. Soul Bowl: Sound Therapy for Health & Transformation

    October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm    €15 – €65
    This is an enormously popular 5 week course. Bookings must be made in advance and a single "taster" session is only €15 - please contact Harry on 0872898073 or email harry@soundtherapy.ie "Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder."- Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author of "The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from life-threatening illness using sound, voice and music.
  16. Harry Parkinson Sound Therapy 2

  17. Introduction to Philosophy with Sean Kelly

    October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    €10
    Our 10 week introductory course in practical philosophy draws on the great teachers of the world, for peace of mind, enjoyment and proven ways to reduce stress. It's time to live your best life. Jobs come and go, physical beauty fades, markets rise and fall. Even close relationships can end. But the benefits of philosophy last a lifetime. This 10-session course, Introduction To Practical Philosophy, offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. In September 2019, to celebrate 51 years of Practical Philosophy in Ireland we are offering you this course for just €10 for 10 sessions!  Bookings please contact Sean on 016603788 or email info@practicalphilosophy.ie.

  18. Zen Retreat with Robert Kennedy & Miriam Healy

    October 26 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm    €50
    ROBERT KENNEDY SJ ROSHI is the author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit, and Zen Gifts to Christians will lead us to a practical understanding of Zen and its significance for today. “Yamada Roshi [his teacher] told me several times he did not want to make me a Buddhist but rather to empty me in imitation of ‘Christ your Lord’ who emptied himself, poured himself out, and clung to nothing.” (from the Preface of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit) Booking essential please contact Luisne 086 0517575 or office@luisne.ie
  19. Robert Kennedy

  20. Tai Chi Taster Workshop with Neil Drew

    October 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm    €10
    Tai Chi is regarded as an ‘Internal art form’ that seeks to still the mind and enrich the spirit while moving through postures that are beneficial to the body. This is achieved by dynamic stimulation of the acupuncture meridians. This workshop will guide you through the opening postures of form and introduce the principles of Tai Chi movement for personal practice. The concept of the ‘Internal’ energy will be examined through partnership by the traditional method of guided assessment. A set of Solo Exercises will be taught that will assist the student gain ‘centre movement’ necessary for the proper practice of traditional Tai Chi Chuan. Neil Drew has practiced Tai Chi and Chi Kung for around 40 years and has been taught by two Chinese Masters of the Yang Family Lineage. He began teaching in Ireland in the early 90’s and has worked with a number of health organisations such as ARC Cancer Support and has developed Fall Prevention Programs for the HSE using Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Booking essential contact Neil on 085 7116664, robertneildrew@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/transtaichi/
  21. Tai Chi with Neil Drew

  22. Walking the Spiritual Path Together

    October 29 @ 10:45 am - 12:05 pm
    These sessions replace the former Centering Prayer/Introduction to Meditation sessions. They will comprise input from various spiritual writers and traditions, a period of meditation, a sharing on the input to enrich each participant’s understanding and insight regarding the input and will end with prayers relevant to the input and to one’s daily life. Donation towards utilities and materials per session.

  23. Sacred Dance Wednesday

    October 30 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm    €12
    An opportunity to experience Sacred Dance with Barbara Perry. Experience the joy of circle dancing with others and a sense of well-being and belonging. Clear instructions are given as each new dance is introduced. So, come on your own or with a friend and join in! No previous experience required – everyone is welcome.Facilitated by Barbara Perry who trained with several teachers but the most transformative and enduring influence has been her encounter with Friedel Kloke-Eibl founder of the Association of Dance Meditation / Sacred Dance in Germany, under whose direction she undertook an intensive training over several years.Booking in advance essential so please call Barbara on 087 1343 907 www.sacreddance.ie

  24. SUSTAINABILITY TALKS: Our Response, Our Responsibility Sean McDonagh

    November 2 @ 2:00 am - 5:00 pm    €25
    We are fortunate to have Fr Sean McDonagh lead a workshop at Luisne. Care for our environment and concern about climate change has become an issue for our governments and our society in recent times. Fr Sean has been writing and lecturing on the topic for over 30 years!! Churches are starting to become involved following the publication of Pope Francis’ document, Laudato Si. This workshop will cover the concerns Pope Francis has expressed in the document and how we can respond to them. This workshop is part of a series at Luisne on the environment. Each workshop can be attended separately or as part of the series. The greatest benefit will be gained by attending all four but this may not be possible. Booking essential call 0860517575, office@luisne.ie

  25. Reflect, Review, Refuel Retreat with Siobhan & Rachel

    November 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm    €60
    Are you running to catch up? Do you feel a lack of mojo? Then this retreat is for you. Gift yourself an opportunity to reflect, review and refuel. This workshop is just what you need. Through a mixture of experiential exercises drawing on Neuroscience, Reality Therapy, Behavioural Psychology including Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga, we will explore the way to peace of mind, serenity and contentment. It will give you the necessary strategies, tools and tips to use in your daily life. Facilitated by Siobhán and Rachel, qualified and experienced counsellors, facilitators and yoga teachers. We promise you a beneficial and fun day that can improve your mental wellbeing and add significant value to your life. For more information contact Rachel on 086-3823106 or email rsrf@icloud.com
  26. Reflect, Review, Refuel Retreat with Siobhan & Rachel

  27. Art & Mind Classes with Lynne Loftus (8 weeks)

    November 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm    €120
    Enjoy 2 hours of Calm & Creativity just for you.  A unique opportunity to relax, explore and discover your talent in a mindful environment. You do not have to be ‘artistic’ or know how to draw! You will create original designs and artwork in pen, pencil, paint, and polymer clay. You do not have to be ‘artistic’ or know how to draw. You will discover techniques and skills you can use almost anytime and anywhere, whenever you need to wind down. All materials are supplied plus coffee, tea & bickies! Booking essential please contact Lynne on 086 2517361 or lloftus09@gmail.com Lynne has over 40 years experience in art education. She began her teaching career in Rockford Manor Secondary School, Blackrock and has taught students of all ages in Ireland and Canada. She has an in-depth knowledge of visual arts instruction including drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, mixed materials and computer graphics.

  28. Reflections on Mysticism – 6 weeks

    November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    During these evenings of Reflections on Mysticism, we begin with a twenty-minute guided meditation session followed by a ten-minute walking meditation and then a further twenty-minute silent meditation. This practice is followed by discussion on Mysticism across Western and Eastern traditions. €45 donation for utilities and materials

  29. Tai Chi with Neil Drew ( 6 weeks)

    November 5 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm    €75
    These Tai Chi classes will guide you through the opening postures of form and introduce the principles of Tai Chi movement for personal practice. The concept of the ‘Internal’ energy will be examined through partnership by the traditional method of guided assessment. A set of Solo Exercises will be taught that will assist the student gain ‘centre movement’ necessary for the proper practice of traditional Tai Chi Chuan. Neil Drew has practiced Tai Chi and Chi Kung for around 40 years and has been taught by two Chinese Masters of the Yang Family Lineage. He began teaching in Ireland in the early 90’s and has worked with a number of health organisations such as ARC Cancer Support and has developed Fall Prevention Programs for the HSE using Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Neil has also had several television appearances on programmes that promote natural health and Tai Chi and Chi kung. In 2010 Neil was awarded Tai Chi Chuan Grand Master of the Year Award by Black Belt International. Booking essential contact Neil on 085 7116664, robertneildrew@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/transtaichi/

  30. Walking the Spiritual Path Together

    November 5 @ 10:45 am - 12:05 pm
    These sessions replace the former Centering Prayer/Introduction to Meditation sessions. They will comprise input from various spiritual writers and traditions, a period of meditation, a sharing on the input to enrich each participant’s understanding and insight regarding the input and will end with prayers relevant to the input and to one’s daily life. Donation towards utilities and materials per session.