January 25 
How to live from the Heart in 2020
Pathways to our Wholeness and to our Oneness with the Divine. A Day of Reflection, Peace and Stillness to nourish and guide us as we start into this New Year chapter of our Lives
The day will include periods of Silence.  
Pamela-Maria O’Reilly MSc


 February 1
‘The Odd Couple’
This day will examine two great women, St Thérése of Lisieux and Dorothy Day and what brought them together spiritually, in spite of their vastly different backgrounds
Frank Gallagher OCD


  February 15
Resting in the Arms of God
Through music,Scripture, reflection and prayer, this day will seek to explore the gift and message of new birth and the nearness of God in our lives.
Deirdre Ní Chinnéide


 March 7 
The Power of One
This day will explore what each person would like to influence or change in their own lives and in the world. Transformative power …
Dr Marie Murray


                                       April 4  (CANCELLED)
 Journey through Exodus
ʻGodʼs presence is with you as you journey towards freedomʼ.
An opportunity to spend time exploring your own journey, to deepen Godʼs Word in your life and to discover some new insights into the Book of Exodus.
Thérése Fitzgerald nds



                                    April 9 (CANCELLED)
2.00 to 8.00pm)
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 8.00pm.
Avila Team


                                           April 18  (CANCELLED)
The Richness of Now
The present moment is where ʻwe live and move and have our beingʼ. Through mindfulness exercises, this day will seek to cultivate greater awareness of ourselves, of others, of our world and of the Loving Presence that holds all things in being.
Angela Rogerson


Transformation in God
A Day of Reflection on how St Elizabeth of the Trinity drew inspiration from St John of the Cross in coming to her discovery of the Divine Indwelling
Dr John Quigley OCDS


  May 16 (CANCELLED)
raying with the Christian Mystics
This day will be an introduction to the life and teachings of four great Christian mystics: Julian of Norwich, St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross and Meister Eckhart and how their spiritual journey to God can help us today.
Annetta Maguire OCDS


In Word and Sacrament’
Day for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers
A day of prayer and reflection on these two important ministries
Vincent O’Hara OCD


 June 20 (CANCELLED)
he Carmelite Spirit and the New Evangelisation.
The urgency of a new evangelisation has been gathering momentum under the papacy of Pope Francis. Has the spirit of Carmel anything to offer this call of the Church today?
Tony Parsons OCD


Special Events   

                       March 19 to 20 (CANCELLED)
Wood You Believe
Getting the Past out of the Present Finding freedom from personal and ancestral issues using wood carvings to explore core human issues.
Fr Jim Cogley

Suggested offering €50 (Including light lunch on Saturday)
Advance booking essential


                      Tuesdays March 24 and 31, and April 7 at 7.30 pm  (CANCELLED)
Lenten Musical Journey
Following on from the popular Advent series, these reflective evenings will take place in the quiet of the Avila chapel and ponder the great themes of Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem and Calvary through music (voice, harp and violin), interspersed with readings.

Kerrie O’Connor, Naomi O’Shea, Teresa O’Donnell and Mary Kelly


Individually Guided Retreats

All of the Individually Guided Retreats are cancelled

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      

   June 15 – 21  Cancelled

(Jennifer McAleer RSG, Tom Stone OCD and Frank Gallagher OCD)

 July 20 – 26  Cancelled

Clodagh Plunkett and Noel O’Connor OCD)  

August 10 – 16 Cancelled

Alacoque O’Reilly OCDS and Felix Okolo OCD)  


Private Retreats
(Not available for the present)
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; €60.00 per day including an overnight stay