Our world is facing so many crises ecologically, economically, and spiritually. These cannot be overcome by isolated individuals. We need to come together. There is incredible power in a community of people who are together because they care, and who are motivated by the ideals of compassion and creativity.


Excerpt from 'Eternal Echoes'

Due to unforeseen international health circumstances, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the John O'Donohue Symposium, April 24-26, 2020. We will be promptly refunding your ticket cost in the original form of payment. For those attendees with reservations at the Falls Hotel, please contact the hotel directly to arrange cancellation at no charge.
The O'Donohue Family

The John O'Donohue Symposium: To Bless the Space Between Us
Towards a Conversation of Healing for Our Wounded Earth

April 24-26, 2020
Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland

Dan Siegel, M.D., Diane Ackerman, Ellen Wingard, Davy Spillane, Caroline Welch and Richard Harrell


Fr. Martin Downey, Lelia Doolan, Dr. Deirdre O'Donohue, Dr. Cillian Roden

We extend a warm invitation to the second John O'Donohue Symposium in the heart of John's beloved Burren landscape in County Clare, Ireland. Join an international circle gathering around John's themes of connecting with self, others, community and the world. At the heart of John's awakened beliefs was the premise that ancient wisdom could offer desperately needed nourishment for the hunger experienced in our modern world. His work directs our search to crucial thresholds: past and future, life and death, the visible and the invisible world, encouraging us to become agents of transformation and change. Our time together will be celebrating the rich Irish traditions of conversation, poetry and music, with John's close friends and family.

Our focus will be centered around the themes: Mind, Music, Poetry and the Environment.

We are made from the clay of this earth and the rhythm within, is one with the rhythm outside. We have lost touch with this rhythm and our footsteps on this earth have faltered, our reckless stride is wrecking havoc.

John's writing awakens our spirits, encouraging us to look beyond the small flat screen in the palm of our hand where our world is condensed to immediate accessibly and function. We must turn to one another, creating a conversation of connection to consciousness towards action to reimagine a sustainable future for ourselves and our planet.

See speaker biographies below.

All Symposium Events will be held at the beautiful Falls Hotel and Spa, in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland

  • Friday, April 24, 2020

  • 3:00 - 6:00 Symposium Check-In
  • 6:00 - 7:30 Wine and Cheese Reception on the Terrace / Falls Hotel
  • 7:30 Evening Concert and Opening Ceremony featuring Guest Speakers with John's niece, Katie O'Donohue (soloist)
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020

  • 9:00 - 5:00 Conference
  • 8:00 Celebration of Irish Music at the Dylan Thomas Bar / Falls Hotel
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020

  • 9:00 - 5:00 Conference

Symposium ticket includes all conference activities and the following: wine and cheese reception, buffet lunches (special diet requests accommodated) morning/afternoon tea and coffee. Lodging is not included and the responsibility of the ticket holder to make arrangements.

Lodging and Transportation:

The Falls Hotel and Spa has rooms held at special pricing for Symposium guests. Numerous additional lodging options are available in the surrounding area with Lahinch, Doolin and Ennis in close proximity. We encourage making lodging reservations immediately to ensure availability. The closest airport to Ennistymon is the Shannon International Airport, with ground transportation options available.