Listen to silence. It has so much to say.


Step Into Serenity

Too often the world becomes a little noisy. The pressures of modern life, the expectations of others and of ourselves can leave us feeling exhausted, stressed and sometimes lost. Out of touch with the important things in life and in need of spiritual nourishment.  

Avila Carmelite Centre offers you the opportunity to reclaim tranquillity, peace and calm – to centre yourself again and revive your spiritual energy. Whether spending personal time in the presence of God or availing of one of our day retreats or being part of a course – Avila is here to punctuate the pressures of life with peace – helping you create, appreciate and celebrate a meaningful life. 

Our Centre

Our Centre is a sanctuary and soothing oasis from our hectic world. Contemporary in design, our building is spacious and filled with beautiful light – the perfect balm for a tired soul.

All are welcome to visit the Chapel throughout the day or join the community for the Divine Office and Mass and can access the chapel.

Residential guests are welcome to visit the Chapel at any time, day and night.

Our Aim

At Avila Carmelite Centre we offer a range of Courses and retreats to help you: 

  • Deepen your relationship with God through prayer. 
  • Enrich your inner life  particularly with the help of the writings of our Carmelite Saints, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and many others.  
  • Advance your spiritual journey through mindfulness and meditation. 
  • Achieve a calm mind and find a place of peace and love – physically, spiritually and emotionally. 
  • Experience the presence of God within you and in every aspect of our life and world today. 
  • Focus on the wonder of the present without regret or fear of the future. 

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass.

Teresa of Ávila

Our Accommodation

Many of our guests and pilgrims wish to make the very most of their time with us and stay for a couple of days. To meet your needs, we have eight hotel-style guest rooms complete with ensuite bathroom and desk space.

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We also offer two hermitages which are available for hire, providing self-contained, self-catering comfort within the grounds of Avila.

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Our Facilities

The centre has four fully equipped Conference rooms catering for groups of various sizes. There is also a large Dining room/ Canteen. As well as catering for our own ministery the facilities are available for hire to outside groups.


Our Location

Avila is conveniently located on Bloomfield Avenue, just off Morehampton Rd (N11) in Donnybrook, so is easily accessed by all. We are well-served by public transport with bus routes 39A (Blanchardstown to UCD), 46A (Phoenix Park to Dun Laoghaire) and 145 (Heuston Station to Kilmacanogue) and the Aircoach Service (Dublin Airport to Sandyford) within a five-minute walk. The Centre also has ample parking for private cars.