Wednesday 29 November 2017: Visit to the Tara Centre, Omagh
On arrival members were treated to tea, coffee and scones in the dining room before moving into the Conference Room for the club’s regular meeting. Business was conducted briskly to allow President John to introduce with minimal delay Sister Maura Twohig and Sister Maura Daly, co-founders of the Tara Centre. Over the next hour they shared their story, relating how in 1996 on their return from study in Chicago they felt called to open a centre to provide counselling services for the people of Omagh. Supported by their respective Religious Orders they were able to purchase 11 Holmview Terrace which, in the years since, has been extended by the acquistion of neighbouring properties. The centre now comprises a suite of rooms and offices providing flexible accommodation for a wide variety of services including counselling/psychotherapy, art therapy, complementary therapies. meditation, life-enhancing workshops, yoga and support groups.
The founding vision was inspired by a holistic philosophy of life which cherishes a sense of the sacred in all aspects of life and seeks to build a society where diversity can be experienced as enrichment and pain can be engaged with as the raw material of deep personal transformation. Testimonials abound to the fact that at the Tara Centre peoples often find a new direction for their lives. To learn more of what the Centre has done, is doing and its hopes for the future, drop in or visit their website www.taraomagh.com.