Places of Retreat
There are many places in Ireland where it is possible to take time out for reflection, prayer, meditation or spiritual renewal. All are unique. While most have links with a religious or spiritual traditions, those listed welcome individuals from any tradition (or none) seeking to spend quiet, contemplative time away from the routines of everyday life. You will find basic details below. Please contact individual centres to arrange a visit.
- Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick
- Sunyata, Co Clare
- Holy Hill, Co Sligo
- Dzogchen Beara, Co Cork
- Jampa Ling, Co Cavan
- Passadhi, Co Cork
Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick
Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery set on 500 acre estate with streams, lakes and woodland paths, The Abbey is home to a community of monks. Glenstal's prayer and liturgical celebration combine with managing a boarding school for boys, a farm, and a guest house.The monks assemble in Church five times a day for the Divine Office and the Mass. Benedictine worship emphasises beauty and harmony, celebrating God's presence, while it evokes a response of loving reverence in the monk.
The Guest House at Glenstal Abbey is a facility for those who want to spend some prayerful days in a monastic setting. Those who come are invited to attend the liturgies in the abbey church which take place several times each day. Meals are provided and, if any guest desires some spiritual guidance, that can be arranged. The Guest House features twelve en-suite rooms. Occasionally, the Guest House welcomes groups, but for the most part, people come as individuals and so more easily absorb the atmosphere which is provided by monastic space.
For Bookings and Information: Telephone: +353 (0)61 386103
Sunyata Retreat Centre, Co Clare
Sunyata is a beautiful 10-acre property in the rolling hills of East Clare. A spacious haven away from the bustle of modern life, Sunyata is perfectly situated for relaxation, meditation, and contemplation. Sunyata's main connection is with the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism, and their main practice is mindfulness meditation.Sunyata is open to people of any faith and to all the traditions in Buddhism. Sunyata have weekly Wednesday night meditations, offer their own programme of retreats, and have occasional opportunities for personal retreats when no retreat is scheduled.
Sunyata Retreat Centre, Snata, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, Ireland
Holy Hill Hermitage, Co Sligo
Holy Hill Hermitage is home to a small community of men and women who live as apostolic hermits according to the Carmelite tradition. They are part of the Spiritual Life Institute, a community dedicated to simplicity of life, contemplative prayer, and apostolic outreach.
The Community at Holy Hill welcome anyone who wants to make a private retreat for a day, a week, or longer, or to come for extended sabbatical time. People making a longer retreat stay in a beautiful, private hermitage with bed and bath facilities, a comfortable chair, writing space and cooking facilities. Basic foods are provided. Spiritual direction is available.
There is also one hermitage (a small cottage) available for couples who want to come on retreat together.
Suggested Donation: €55 euros for the first night and €50 for each additional night. Full week €300 euros.
Holy Hill, Skreen, Co. Sligo, 071-9166021; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dzogchen Beara, Co Cork
Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre under the spiritual direction of Sogyal Rinpoche author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Many people visit Dzogchen Beara simply to enjoy a break from their busy lives. They find that the atmosphere of spiritual practice together with the seclusion and natural surroundings, provide an ideal environment for rest and reflection, healing and renewal. The Centre's cottages and farmhouse hostel are open to anyone who would like to spend some time in the environment of the retreat centre.
For further information please contact Dzogchen Beara:
Jampa Ling, Co Cavan
Jampa Ling is a residential retreat centre in north west Cavan set in thirteen acres of meadow, woodland and gardens under the guidance and spiritual direction of Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche. Jampa Ling is open to visitors, both Buddhist and those of other traditions (or none). Aside from organised retreats and events, many people come to Jampa Ling to enjoy its peaceful ambience and beautiful natural surroundings. Guests are free to join in with the morning and evening meditations, browse theBuddhist library, and explore the grounds and environs. Prices:(includes all meals) Dormitory accomodation: €36 per person; Double room: €36 per person, or €45 for a single occupancy
Solitary Retreat Facility
There is also a facility available for those wishing to pursue a solitary retreat in a mobile-home situated in a quiet and secluded part of the grounds. This provides a supportive and peaceful environment in which to conduct a retreat and has been set aside specifically for solitary retreatants.
The cost for use of the retreat facility is €20 per night, and electricity is charged separately.
Please contact the centre if you require further information, or to make a booking. Jampa Ling, Owendoon House,Bawnboy, County Cavan, 049 952 3448 email: email@example.com
Passadhi, Co Cork
Passaddhi is a small meditation centre in the Beara Peninsula, in the southwest of Ireland. Passaddhi seeks to make the teachings of the Buddha, and in particular the meditation practices of vipassana and metta, available to as many people as possible, whether they are Buddhist or non-Buddhist.
In addition to group retreats (see website for details), thereis a chalet on site (called kuti in the Buddhist tradition of Thailand and Burma), which can be used for personal retreats (with a minimum stay of 2 nights).
Resident Teacher Marjó will be able to offer guidance and support if you don’t have an established meditation practice yet and would like to start one. If you have an established practice, you’re welcome to use the chalet. It can be rented on a self-catering basis or Marjó can provide vegetarian meals.The kuti is offered on a donation basis, with a guideline of an amount per night in accordance with the price of a local B&B, and a donation for food and additional expenses. The kuti sleeps two.
Passaddhi is situated on the Beara Way, a long-distance walking route on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork in the southwest of Ireland.
Phone: 353 (0)27 60223