January 26
Rekindling the Wonder of the Present Moment

This will be a day of quiet retreat to nourish the soul and explore how the combined practice of mindfulness, prayer and spirituality can lead to transformation.
Pamela-Maria O’Reilly M.Sc.


February 2
Day for Consecrated Life

To coincide with the annual celebration of Consecrated Life, this reflective day will focus on the witness given by consecrated people and their role in building up the kingdom of God. Open to all.
Avila Team


February 23
Mother Teresa – Prophet or Plaster Saint?

This retreat will go behind the stereotypical images of  Mother Teresa and present the life and legacy of the real woman rather than the ‘plaster saint’. It will explore issues like: Who is the real Mother Teresa? What are her main messages? How do these apply to us today? To what extent can she help us on the path to the creation of a just society?
Dr John Scally


March 9 
2.00 to 5.00 pm)
An Afternoon with Lorna Byrne 

This afternoon will focus on how Lorna’s positive vision for the world, passed on to her by God and the angels, can transform the world into a more loving place, thereby promoting peace and hope.
Lorna Byrne


 March 23
 ‘Shelter me, God, in your love’    

Sr Marie will present a time of prayer and reflection, using some of her own composed music as part of the process. 
Marie Dunne CHF


April 6 
 Returning to the Well of Celtic Wisdom    

During this day we will explore some of the central strands of Irish Spirituality and remember some of the central early holy men and women. 
Padraigin Clancy  


April 18  
Holy Thursday retreat 

This special afternoon will reflect on the rich themes that will be played out in the sacred liturgy that will follow at 8.00 pm.
Avila Team

 May 4 
 Centering Prayer  

   Join us for contemplative prayer, stillness and reflection; and experience what it means to pray with God, instead of search for God.
This will be a silent retreat    
Eileen Foley   


May 18   
The heavens proclaim the glory of God’  

This reflective day will explore the beauty of creation, and draw on the great nature poets as a way of enriching our lives and enhancing our prayer 
Vincent O’Hara OCD 

June 1 
St Elizabeth of the Trinity  

This day will focus on the young Carmelite nun from Dijon and how her acute awareness of the
indwelling Trinity transformed her.  
What can we learn from her? 
Tony Parsons OCD 

  June 15  
Giving Thanks: The Psychological Power of Gratitude  

  It is good to be grateful and the practice of gratitude has long been recognised within ‘positive psychology’ as having significant psychotherapeutic benefits. This gentle reflective day will explore the transformative power of ‘giving thanks’.
Dr Marie Murray  


Individually Guided Retreats

It is a gentle four or six day time of reflection on scripture and prayer. Participants meet with their guide each day to share their reflection on scripture and how it relates to their life. No expertise is needed… just a desire to deepen one’s inner life. It is important to point out that an individually Guided Retreat is not counselling nor a scripture study group.
Suggested Offering €400      


May 27 – June 2:    (Alacoque O’Reilly OCDS and Felix Okolo OCD)   

June 10 – June 16:   (Jennifer McAleer, Tom Stone OCD and Frank Gallagher OCD)  

July 15 – July 21:    (Christina Gordon OCDS and Vincent O’Hara OCD)  

July 29 – August 4:   (Clodagh Plunkett and Noel O’Connor OCD) 




 Weekend Special

August 30 – September 1  

Begins on Friday at 7.30 pm. Ends at lunchtime on Sunday.
Suggested Offering €75 (includes light lunch on Saturday)      

Jesus Christ, our way to the Father
This reflective weekend will look at Christ through the lens of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross
Iain Matthew OCD 


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