Land of the living heart is a Steiner inspired Creative Kindergarten and Art Centre based in Holycross, Thurles.

The centre offers sessional Kindergarten , creative workshops and summer camps for Children age 3+ in a carefully prepared environment.

Small children develop through physical activity and imitation. My role is to be a model worthy of that imitation and provide a safe and secure space for the children to discover this world.

My program will be developed around creative play, outside adventures, celebrating the seasons and educating with love.

The children will be supported in developing their own creativity as they discover the world through curiosity and imagination,discovery and risk assessing.

In addition to preschool sessions I offer creative workshops with Na Rinceoiri  my own personal textile art work @ Land of the Living Heart.

"To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life
enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. - Osho                             

Call Jackie on 087 1369812 or leave your contact details on the bulletin board.

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Jackie |Matthews

Summer art camp July 9th-13th - 10.30-1pm daily

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`Land of the Living Heart`
from Sept '16 Afternoon session 12.30-3.30 pm ECCE scheme limited places - now booking.

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Summer Art Camp
week 1 July 11th
week 2 July 18th
mom-fri 10.30-1pm

Jackie |Matthews

Jackie |Matthews
Steiner inspired
Land of the Living Heart
Opening hours :
Kindergarten session :Mon - Fri
9am - 12
Seasonal workshops: Christmas and Easter, summer camp - dates change and will be advertised.

Jackie |Matthews

Today you are you!that is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-re than you!

Jackie |Matthews

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Albert Einstein

Jackie |Matthews

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

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"Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education."

Rudolf Steiner

Jackie |Matthews

“Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.”

Rudolf Steiner

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Land of The Living Heart

Offering sessional Kindergarten at Land of the Living Heart and always understanding that in the early years children are forming physically and live very much in their imagination - this great capacity to enter into imaginative pictures and stories is a good place to begin the process of learning.

Free, creative play allows the children enter into a world of discovery and self education.

At Land of the Living Heart I will provide rhythmically structured play in an environment that will nurture the children's imagination.

Using a rich supply of natural materials, the activities for early years+ are based on the home & garden and will include the following:

sweeping - gardening - building - weaving - caring for the environment - singing - listening to stories - baking - helping to prepare the meal table - cutting fruit - painting - drawing & crafting and felting. 


Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.”  by Rudolf Steiner

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Na Rinceoiri:

Textile art work @ Land of the Living Heart.

This is my own personal work- a collection of felt pieces inspired by the ancient and mystical ritual of Celtic dance - using vibrant colours and blends of Marino wool, silks, linen and other natural fibres.The use of colour is with the intent of reflecting the magnificence of the Irish dance robes.

My most recent work finds itself attracting impulses from the angelic realm which for me represents beauty, innocence and purity .

"The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,

Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,

And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled

Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world"

                              -Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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  1. Land of The Living Heart - Creative workshops

Children in their first seven years are forming physically and live very much in their imagination, working close to nature in a creative way is great preparation for self realising adult life. At our workshops we will have lots of outdoor activities, the children will work closely with nature using lots of natural materials . We will learn to relate socially with our peers through meeting and Working imaginatively  together. Understanding that preparation and tidy up is part of our daily routine the children will be encouraged to take part and help each other, gaining vital interpersonal skills.

Children's Creative Workshops

Christmas and Easter and Summer

Children will create crafts including -painting, collage, felting.

Out door activities : exploring, gardening, games ,sports - Story telling, puppet shows, finger games and dramatic movement.


"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun"

Pablo Picasso

Land of the Living Heart - Steiner inspired Creative Childcare Centre

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'A Print in Time'

Baby hand and foot prints captured in porcelain and mounted on slate.

Appointment essential.Gift vouchers available for that special gift.