Booking will be open in the New Year

Places are limited

Friday 28th July 2017

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Weekend option

Friday 28th July 2017 – Sunday 30th July 2017


Deepening option

Friday 28th July 2017 – Tuesday 1st August 2017


(Arriving after 4pm on Friday and finishing after lunch on Sunday around 4pm or Tuesday around 4pm)

plus restorative vegetarian food

plus tasty desserts 🙂

plus optional energy and body-work



Please ring or text John on 0866040988 to check availability before booking

Join us for our New Year Retreat in the beautiful grounds of Maheramore, Co. Wicklow.


This is a retreat with some workshop elements that is based in the beautiful grounds of the Bobbio retreat centre in Maheramore Co. Wicklow right beside the sea.


All the food is vegetarian and cooked to work on and energise the major organs in the body.


The day will be a mixture of mindfulness, meditation, silence in the mornings, walks, rest, healthy food and time by the sea.


Energy healing and bodywork will be available at a reduced cost during the retreat.


noelleI was lucky enough to get a place in John Doherty’s New Year Mindfulness Retreat, a month on and I’m still feeling the benefits. For me, this retreat was powerful, from both the perspective of the timing (goodbye 2015, hello New Year) and the format of the retreat and his teachings/practice.

John did an amazing job at leading a group of people who were at different places in their lives and their spiritual practices. For me it wrapped everything together and helped me deepen my understanding of what I already knew and bringing in some new perspectives. Weeks later and some of the key messages come back to me daily. Thank you so much John, for creating this beautiful time and space for us and helping me to connect more deeply to who I truly am.

Noelle Goggin

edMy wife and I really enjoyed John’s recent mindfulness and meditation retreat in Wicklow. This is not my first time attending one of John’s retreats and won’t be my last. He is a great teacher and facilitator and the food, they don’t tell you enough about the food, it’s just fantastic. Well done Joe, what a treat. John is not just a very good facilitator though, he is also a very good teacher. His 25 years experience as a teacher and meditator comes from him very naturally. For instance, I welcomed his distinction between ‘Mindfulness, Meditation and Contemplation’. As he explained, with Mindfulness you are developing your observation of yourself, others and the world around you. With Meditation you are letting go of the habitual thoughts and feelings, moving from thinking to sensing, from head into connecting with the heart. And with Contemplation you are investigating at a deeper level, listening into yourself and your underlying patterns, while also connecting into to something other than yourself. I look forward to the next one.

Dr. Ed Kelly

9am Breakfast & Silence

10am Morning Meditation & Teaching

11.30 Tea / Coffee Break

12.00 Meditation

1pm Dinner

2pm Silence Ends / Reflective Time / Bodywork / Rest / Walk

5pm Meditation & Teaching

6.30pm Supper

8pm Evening Session /

9.30pm into Great Silence


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John F. Doherty

Cross Professional Supervisor, Coach and Contemplative Teacher

John has been teaching in primary, secondary, third level and facilitating groups for the last twenty three years. Coming from a long line of teachers he began his teaching career for five years in primary and secondary school. He then moved on to third level lecturing and has been working within adult education and corporate training for the last eighteen years.

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  • I've never done meditation before can I still go? A: Yes, all levels of experience are catered for
  • Is this a religious retreat? A: No, its a spiritual one and is open to people of all beliefs
  • Is there a facility for people with disabilities? A: Yes, we have a full wheelchair access and a bedroom and toiled designed for such.
  • I’m not sure I can drive or need a lift is this possible? A: Yes, we’ll organise car pooling and pick-ups where possible and there is full public transport to Wicklow town 10 minutes from the venue.
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Bobbio Centre

During the retreat we provide 2 places for accommodation:

  1. The Bobbio Centre where the retreat will be held
  2. An Tairseach Ecology Centre 10 minutes up the road in Wicklow Town

Each place has about 11 rooms and once the ‘Bobbio centre’ is full people are booked into ‘An Tairseach’ (The cost is the same)

All rooms are en-suite with power showers.

Each room has twin beds and can accommodate one or two people.



Optional Bodywork and Energy Healing Available

Optional Bodywork and Energy Healing Available for an additional payment of €30