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January workshops - Manx Taize chants, and Manx for worship

On Friday 12th and Saturday 13th January 2024, Culture Vannin will be running two free workshops in conjunction with Thie dy Vea retreat house in Peel. Entitled 'Cree as Annym' (Heart and Soul) the two workshops explore accessible ways to engage with and use Manx for worship.

On Friday 12th January, Ruth Keggin Gell (Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin) will lead a one-hour workshop from 6pm - 7pm teaching simple Taize chants in Manx. A simple supper will be served at 7pm, and you can use your new skills in a half-hour Taize service at 8pm. If you haven't come across Taize chants before, they're very beautiful, mindful and use lots of repetition so are extremely easy to pick up. Ruth will be teaching by ear as much as possible for this workshop. These Taize chants will be brilliant to use during Lent, or at any other time of the year.

On Saturday 13th January, between 9.30am - 12.30pm, Ruth will teach a workshop exploring liturgical phrases, prayers, blessings, and some conversational Manx. Whether you're a member of the clergy, a church welcomer, attend a bible group, or just want to learn some Manx for your own personal worship, you are very welcome to come! This will be the third time that this workshop has been run; it is back by popular demand and there has been greater use of Manx in some of the churches in the Isle of Man as a result of the previous two workshops (which we are delighted about!).
Option to stay on for a snack and sandwich lunch, giving the opportunity to practise a little more Manx. Cost: £8 per person.

Both workshops are free to attend (although donations to cover refreshments during the sessions would be gratefully received by Thie dy Vea), but booking is essential. To book your place on a workshop, please phone : 01624 609299 or email: 
Thie dy Vea also offer accommodation packages, should you wish to stay overnight. Details can be found at their website: 



Published: Wed, 29 Nov 2023