Cultivating Conference Kylemore

Cultivating a Sense of Place

From June 1 to June 3, 2020, Kylemore Abbey and Notre Dame’s Kylemore Global Center will host the first Kylemore Summit on the Environment: Cultivating a Sense of Place.

Drawing upon Laudato Si’s vision of “integral ecology,” this summit will host scholars, activists and artists to consider the question of how the community at Kylemore, together with friends and partners from Ireland and the U.S., can respond to Laudato Si’s call to live in more responsible relationship with the natural world.

The summit will focus on the question of what it means to cultivate a sense of place, drawing upon both Kylemore’s distinctive character (including its location in Connemara), and the Benedictine spiritual tradition’s long commitment to contemplative awareness (including awareness of and love for place).

Learning to see, to pay attention is critical to Laudato Si’s vision of contemplative awareness. But what does it mean in practice, and in relation to a particular place? And how can the practice of paying attention to a particular place help us cultivate a sense of ecological awareness that contribute to addressing the larger, global questions the environmental crisis is opening up in the present moment?

The Kylemore Summit will provide an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of these questions in a way that can help Kylemore deepen its own sense of place and become a leader in shaping thinking about and practices of sustainability in Ireland and beyond.

Interested in attending? Please email Zoe Langsdale at