Christian Mindfulness Pilgrimage and Retreat in Ireland
July 12-27, 2019
Want to grow in your faith while exploring the beautiful country of Ireland?
Enjoy a two-week tour of "Ireland's Greatest Hits" on the way to gorgeous County Donegal for the 2019 Christian Mindfulness Retreat. Here are some of the monastic settlements, cathedrals, castles, and beautiful views you'll see on this trip.
Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains
Discover the enchanting 6th-century monastic settlement, learn the history of the place with its many tales of saints and scholars, and stop by the iconic Round Tower for a memorable picture. Take a stroll toward the Upper Lake and breathe in the magnificence of the woods surrounding you.
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells, which is the most richly decorated of Ireland's medieval illuminated manuscripts. The book contains the four gospels in Latin.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral was founded beside a sacred well where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts around AD 450. The writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, whose best known work is Gulliver's Travels, became Dean of St. Patrick's in 1713. His grave and epitaph are situated near the entrance of the cathedral.
Christ Church Cathedral
Standing on high ground in the oldest part of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the city's finest historic buildings. Part of the Anglican Church of Ireland, the cathedral is the mother church for the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. It was originally founded by Anglo-Norman conquerors in the late 12th century.
You will have a guided tour of the world-famous brewery and afterwards enjoy a perfect complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which is located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City and County in every direction.
Rock of Cashel
We will make a stop at the Rock of Cashel, the most visited historical site in Ireland. Legend associates the Rock of Cashel with St. Patrick, but the name comes from Caisel, meaning "stone fort," and the hilll was originally the residences of the kings of Munster. Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002.
Built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, Blarney Castle is world-famous. You will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to gain the "gift of gab."
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry boasts some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe and provides insights into the ancient heritage of Ireland. See stone forts, standing stones, and a landscape carved out of rock by the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago.
Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Dingle Peninsula sees more than 100 inches of rain a year, giving this area its "40 shades of green." Our journey will offer dramatic views to South Kerry and the Blasket Islands, passing through fishing villages and wild open countryside, and visiting a number of ancient mountains and early Christian sites.
Note: This video is beautiful, but the creator mistakenly claims that the Republic of Ireland is part of the UK.
Cliffs of Moher
Situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. Standing 230 meters above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland.
Built as a breathtaking castle in 1868, in 1920 it became the home of the Benedictine community of nuns who fled Belgium during World War I. Today it is one of Ireland's best-loved and most iconic attractions.
We will visit the Knock Shrine, where the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist appeared to fifteen witnesses on August 21, 1879. You will have a chance to explore the Knock Museum, which contains the original testimonies of the witnesses to the Knock Apparition, as well as hand-written letters of people who were cured here. The pilgrimage site is visited by over one and a half million people every year in search of healing, reconciliation, and peace.
We will enjoy a walk at Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe and nearly three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher! Remarkably, on the high slopes of Slieve League there are remains of an early Christian monastic site, with chapel and beehive huts. There are also ancient stone remains that suggest that the mountain was a site of pilgrimage before the arrival of Christianity.
At Malin Head, the Inishowen Peninsula reaches just far enough into the Atlantic to grab the title of northern most point on the island of Ireland. It is remote, rugged, desolate, and sparsely populated, making it a special and peaceful sort of place. Malin Head is also famous for being a filming location for the Star Wars movie, "The Last Jedi."
Christian Mindfulness Retreat
The tour will stop at Teac Jack's for the three-day Christian Mindfulness Retreat, located on the scenic coastline of County Donegal. You'll experience a "mental makeover" during this time of prayer, meditation, and reflection. Learn how mindfulness can help you grow in your faith and improve your health, and have the time to implement new life-changing habits that will last long after you have unpacked your suitcase. The Christian Mindfulness Retreat in Ireland is led by Mike Ferry, internationally-known author of Teaching Happiness and Innovation. Visit http://www.irishmindfulness.net for more information about the retreat. Also, you may check out this article that describes Mike's love for Donegal and his motivation for creating a retreat here. After covering his travel expenses, Mike will donate all excess funds to charity.
$3297 per person (twin/double occupancy)
Single room available for additional $1000
- Private a/c motor coach transportation
- Experienced driver-guide throughout tour
- 14 nights Bed and Full Irish Breakfast
- 13 Evening Dinners; all 3 courses with choices on each course plus tea/coffee
- 1 lunch at Blind Piper Pub
- Visits, activities, and entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
- 3-day Christian Mindfulness Retreat
- All taxes on lodging and meals
Price does not include:
- Airfare (estimated at $1050 - contact Agrotours for booking flights)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuity to driver-guide
- Travel insurance (recommended)
A $500 deposit is required to hold your place. Final payment is due on May 10, 2019.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation 90 days or more before departure will get a full refund.
Cancellation between 30 and 90 days will forfeit the deposit, and may be subject to *Supplier fees.
Cancellation within 30 days of departure will not be refunded, unless participant can be replaced. Refund may be subject to costs related to the name change.
*The Supplier is an airline, hotel, charter coach company, restaurant, museum, or entrance fee, guide, or unrecoverable administrative charges.
Want to go?
To sign up for the Christian Mindfulness Pilgrimage and Retreat in Ireland, or if you have questions about the tour, please contact Elisabet Goodwyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the retreat, please contact Mike Ferry at email@example.com.