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Ireland: History, Myth, Saints and Culture

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Program #4793RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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Elevation Note
Monastery is located at 4000 feet.

Itinerary for Jul 22 — Jul 28, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. 24 hour snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day One: Monday, July 22 - Hors d'oeuvres and a banquet prepared by our chef...
Hors d'oeuvres and a banquet prepared by our chef LuAnn Stites Kraft, who prepares all the meals and is beloved of all who visit the monastery for her wonderful cooking. If you let us know on the questionnaire we send, she will prepare special diets.

Dinner: 5:50 Social; 6:15 Dinner. The program officially begins with a social at which soft drinks, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres are available. It is followed by dinner.

Evening: 7:30 PM Orientation to the facility and its amenities, the program and the instructors and introductions of participants.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. 24 hour snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 23 - Prehistory of Ireland; Irish myths.
Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are served in the dining room.

Morning: 8:45-11:30 Irish prehistory; classic myths. Classes are held in the conference room or in the audio-visual area off the lobby. The complimentary snack bar is always available. There is usually someone to lead participants who wish to do so in light exercises after the morning session.

Lunch: 12:10 Dining room.

Afternoon: 1:00--3:30 PM. Irish myth and prehistory continued.

Dinner: 5:50 Dining room.

Evening: An Irish film retelling an ancient Irish myth.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. 24 hour snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 24 - Coming of Christianity to Ireland: the golden age...
Coming of Christianity to Ireland: the golden age of saints and scholars. Patrick; Kevin; Brigid.

Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are prepared in the monastery kitchen and served in the dining room.

Morning: 8:45 - 11:30 AM The Coming of Christianity to Ireland; Patrick, Kevin; Brendan (with point presentation of art and retracings of his sea voyage); Columbanus and Columcille.

Lunch: 12:10 Dining room.

Afternoon: 1:00--2:45 Ancient Irish Art 3:00-4:00 The Book of Kells 4:00-5:00 The Cross of St. Brigid

Dinner: 6:00 PM Dinner in the dining room.

Evening: Live performance of Irish dance.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. 24 hour snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 25 - From the Celi De to the Conquest by the Anglo-Nor...
Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room.

Morning: 9:15-11:30 The Celi De. The partial conquest of Ireland by the Anglo-Normans.

Lunch: 12:10 Lunch

Afternoon: 1:00 PM board bus for visit to 1000 Springs Area: as time allows, stops include Niagara Springs, Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Oregon Trail site, and one of the 1000 springs.

Dinner: Picnic dinner at Centennial Park in the Snake River canyon.

Evening: Outing on a portion of the Snake River with experienced and knowledgeable guide on safe and peaceful pontoon boats. There is usually a chance to watch B.A.S.E. jumpers parachute off the 500 foot Perrine bridge.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. 24 hour snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 26 - Ireland from 1173 (the Anglo-Norman invasion) to ...
Ireland from 1173 (the Anglo-Norman invasion) to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1921. Stained glass of Harry Clark. Modern Irish art.

Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 Ireland from 1173 to 1921. The "Troubles" in the North.

Lunch: 12:10 Dining room.

Afternoon: 1:00 - 2:00 The stained glass of Harry Clark. 2:15-3:30 Modern Irish art and architecture.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.

Evening: Irish Film.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned. 24 hour snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Six: Saturday, July 27 - Modern Irish poetry and history. Concluding socia...
Modern Irish poetry and history. Concluding social and banquet. Harp concert.

Breakfast: 9:00 AM Breakfast in dining room.

Morning: 10:00- 11:30 Modern Irish Poetry: Seamus Heany and Evan Boland.

Lunch: 12:10 Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: 1:15- 3:00 Modern Irish Poetry, cont.

Dinner: 5:50 Social, followed by banquet.

Evening: 7:00 Harp concert 7:45 Wrap up in the conference room.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, July 28 - Early bird breakfast for those who wish it, for t...
Early bird breakfast for those who wish it, for the rest, a leisurely exit.

Breakfast: Pick-up breakfast will be available from 6:00 AM. Breakfast will be served at 7:40 AM. The program concludes with breakfast on Sunday.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Jerome, ID
General OverviewThe Monastery of the Ascension and its attached retreat center are located centrally in the Magic Valley, five miles east of Jerome and ten miles north of Twin Falls. The monastery is within two hours' drive of Boise (state capitol; churches; Birds of Prey Center), Glens Ferry (Oregon Trail Interpretative Center; Three Island State Park), Malad Gorge State Park, Sun Valley, Jackpot, NV, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks, Silver Creek Preserve, 1000 Spings (e.g., the spectacular Niagara Springs), Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Museum (Hagerman, ID), and ice caves north of Shoshone. There a number of museums (e.g., at College of Southern Idaho and in Twin Falls and Jerome), antique stores and galleries, as well as numerous golf courses, several hot springs, and scenic boat rides in the Snake River Canyon.

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11 Expert-led lectures
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