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Join Brad and Rita on an adventure into the Irish spirit



Contemplative Ireland: 
A Celtic Pilgrimage

September 14 - 28, 2018

Our pilgrimages are limited to 15 participants. The 2018 Irish journey has 10 spots left.

The spiritual riches of Ireland await you in what many call "the best time of year in the Irish countryside." After the tourists have gone and the Irish people settle into their fall routines, the inner riches of this remarkable landscape open up to the thoughtful visitor.


We begin our pilgrimage in Co. Meath  in the historic Boyne Valley, travel to the western seaside town of Sligo, down the west coast to the Dingle peninsula, winding our way through the center of Ireland to Glendalough, the valley of the  two lakes.

    Travel Day – September 13, 2018
    Participants fly to Dublin 

Friday, September 14, 2018       (arrive at the aiport by 11am)
We arrive in Dublin early in the morning. We’ll meet our bus and driver and head
North for an introduction to Celtic Spirituality at a 5000 year-old passage tomb in County Meath.The rest of the afternoon at our retreat center in the Boyne Valley is yours to walk or to relax. Short evening welcome reception after dinner.

STAY: in the Boyne Valley

September 15, 2018

  This day’s journey will take us to the most extraordinary high crosses in all
  of Ireland at Monasterboice followed by a short drive north to visit one of the
  most well-preserved ancient dolmen stones in Ireland. Dinner at our retreat
  center followed by an evening meditation.

STAY: in the Boyne Valley

September 16, 2018

Today we tour the ancient site of Newgrange and visit the informative visitor’s center there. After lunch we’ll move on to the Hill of Slane and the famed Hill of Tara with it’s mysteries. We return to our retreat center for dinner followed by an evening meditation.
in the Boyne Valley

The Hill of Tara, Co Meath

September 17, 2018
This morning we say goodbye to the Boyne Valley and travel across the border of Northern Ireland on our way to the town of Sligo on Ireland’s dramatic West Coast. Lunch in the Northern Irish town of Enniskillen. Dinner and overnight at a lovely seaside hotel near Sligo with a late evening venture into town for some traditional Irish music. (This hotel has hot tubs, pool and exercise equipment. You may want to bring swim wear plus swim cap and/or work-out clothes.)
STAY: Sligo

September 18
, 2018
With Brad, visit the Carrowmore Megalithic monument near Sligo, one of the world’s most impressive prehistoric ritual sites. Those who would rather climb Knocknarea to visit the cairn of Queen Maeve are welcome to join Rita. We're all back to the hotel in time for lunch, to rest and relax, walk on the beach or visit the Yeat’s grave at Drumcliffe to reflect on his life and poetry.
STAY: Sligo

Photo: The High Cross and Church at Drumcliff, Co Sligo

September 19, 2018
Today we wind our way through the beauty of county Mayo toward Kylemore Abbey. Following lunch in Westport, we move on through County Galway visiting Connemara National Park then boarding a late afternoon ferry to cross Galway Bay for two nights on the Aran Islands.
STAY: Aran Islands (Inishmore)

September 20
, 2018

Home to some of the earliest Christian settlements in Ireland. On the Arans, we will discover how rugged, isolated landscapes formed a distinct spirituality that became a beacon of light for European Christianity in the Middle Ages.

STAY: Aran Islands (Inishmore)

September 21, 2018
Following a guided exploration of the unique spiritual tradition of the Aran Islands, we board the ferry where we'll enter the rugged beauty of the Burren walking to St. Coleman's well and visiting the cliffs of Moher, one of the most dramatic landscapes in Western Europe. Dinner and over-night at a seaside hotel in County Clare. 
STAY: Spanish Point

September 22, 2018
We’ll enjoy a drive through Co Clare on our way to the remote western beauty of the Dingle peninsula. For the next two nights our group will take over two bed and breakfast Inns. Free evening.
STAY: Dingle Town

The Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula

September 23, 2018
The Dingle peninsula is home to a variety of stone circles, monastic settlements, beehive huts, a perfectly preserved oratory, the Blasket Islands, and an excellent visitor’s center. A local archeologist and guide will join us for our tour of the Dingle peninsula. Dingle Town is home to artisans and musicians who specialize in the Celtic tradition. Free evening.
STAY: Dingle Town

September 24, 2018
Leaving Dingle, we enjoy a drive through the dramatic beauty of county Kerry, stopping for lunch in the quaint town of Adare, known for its thatched cottages, then travel through the heartland of Ireland to Kildare, the "Kentucky" of the Emerald Isle.
STAY: Kildare Town

September 25, 2018
We begin our day with meditation at the Christian Community Center called Solas Bhride. Kildare, the church of the oak, is the historic home of St. Brigid and now the home of the Brigidine sisters. We’ll spend the day with the energetic and visionary sisters who are leading a renaissance in feminine spirituality in Ireland. We’ll pray with them in the serene surroundings of Brigid’s well and visit the Cathedral. In the afternoon, we travel a short distance across the Wicklow Mountains. An ancient pilgrim route marks our descent into Glendalough, the "valley of the two lakes," where we will be greeted by one of the most remarkable round towers in all of Ireland.
STAY: Glendalough

September 26, 2018
A day in Glendalough. Rita and Brad lead optional meditations at the monastic city and walk to the woolen mill. We’ll stay next to Glendalough so you can visit the magnificent ruins early in the morning or late in the evening.
STAY: Glendalough

September 27, 2018
Another day in Glendalough to explore, relax and reflect. Meditations at the women's church, the upper lake and St. Kevin's cell. A beautiful outdoor labyrinth is available all day for your walking meditation. Dinner and closing celebration.
STAY: Glendalough


Friday, September 28, 2018
We say goodbye to the Emerald Isle, changed forever by its people and the depth of its spiritual tradition. A morning drive to Dublin airport for flights leaving after 9:00 am. (For flights leaving before 9:00 am, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation from Glendalough to the airport. Cabs are approximately € 90)



   Photo: St. Kevin's church and round tower, Glendalough, Co Wicklow

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Accessibility: Many of the places we visit and explore reflect the rugged, isolation of early Irish hermits. In order to reach these sacred prayer cells, passage tombs and monasteries, we will travel part way by foot. This pilgrimage is not recommended for those who have severe health problems or limited mobility.

Group size: Because this pilgrimage is limited to 15  participants, we recommend sending your deposit early to ensure a place.

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