September 7

Spirituality for Today

The Focolare Movement started by Chiara Lubich
 has many elements of spirituality that are relevant
for today’s world, including prayer, outreach, com-
passion and joy in Gospel service. This day will focus
on these as a way of responding in a radical way to
the call of Jesus.
Focolare Team 


October 5

John Henry Newman

Just a week before his canonisation in Rome, we reflect this day on the journey to sanctity of John Henry Newman, from adolescence to maturity, and how his example and teaching is so relevant for the world of today.
Bishop Philip Boyce OCD 


November 2

Cherishing the Past

This day will reflect on the rich heritage of our Irish 
past that is in danger of being airbrushed out of 
history. Among other topics, it will explore the
the immense contribution of the new religious
 congregations that came to birth in Ireland in the
18th and 19th centuries.
Susan Cox 


November 16:

Edith Stein: St Teresa Benedicta of
the Cross -
‘Make room for holy awe’

This day will explore some key features in the life
 of Edith Stein which makes her a compelling model
 for us today ‘to learn to live at God’s hands’.
Margie Kennedy 


December 14

St John of the Cross

On his feast day, this day will reflect on St John of
the Cross and explore his teaching on prayer, the
 dark night and the adventure that is the spiritual
life when it is imbued with the contemplative spirit
Jim Noonan OCD


December 21

Pre Christmas retreat
In Silence and Peace

A day of quiet and stillness amidst
 the Christmas rush
Please note: this is a silent retreat 



Special Event

Tuesday, October 15

An Evening with
 St. Teresa of Avila

Beginning at 6.00 pm with the
Mass of her feast day, this
 evening will reflect on St
 Teresa’s eventful life and the richness of her teaching,
especially her inimitable 
teaching on prayer and the 
spiritual journey.
Avila Team

Cost: €15
Please bring a packed supper


Private Retreats

There are eight bedrooms for guests who wish to make a private retreat. Every room is en suite and one is adapted for people living with a disability or using a wheelchair. Each room has a chair/table and armchair and ample wardrobe facilities. There are also facilities for tea-making in each room. Private retreats are self- catering. Breakfast cereals are provided. The kitchenette has a cooker and microwave, pots and pans for cooking, and facilities for washing and ironing clothes.
There are a number of supermarkets within a five to ten-minute walk of Avila.

Offering; €55.00 per day including an overnight stay