A New Year Retreat

with

John F. Doherty & Michael Ryan

in collaboration with

Mount Saint Anne's Retreat Centre

Booking: SOON!

Retreat is: Available

 

Monday 30th December 2019

to

Wednesday 1st January 2020

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  Details

Monday 30th December 2019 – Wednesday 1st January 2020

Investment €400 (Accommodation, food and teachings)

(Arriving after 4pm on the opening day and finishing after lunch on closing day around 4pm)

plus healthy food

plus tasty desserts 🙂

plus optional energy and body-work

 


Join us for our New Year Retreat in the beautiful grounds of Mount Saint Anne's Retreat Centre, Co. Laois, Ireland. An ideal opportunity at the end of the year (Solstice) to enter our shared Stillness and release what no longer serves us, while inviting in and setting our intentions for a new year.

The days will be a mixture of gentle yoga, mindfulness, meditation, silence in the mornings, walks, rest, healthy food, with a special emphasis on ritual designed  to let go of the year and welcoming in and setting our intentions for the New Year.

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

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Last year my usual New Year’s retreat was cancelled and quiet by chance I got a place on John’s. I was soon to realise that someone up there was really looking out for me because it was a fantastic experience from beginning to end. I enjoy any gathering of like minded people but add to that John’s good humour and reverence for ritual, his mindful structure for the whole retreat and his attention people’s needs made it all so much more meaningful. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the times of silence but I found the reality comforting and restful to be with people without having to talk. The grounds and surrounding area is beautiful. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed very appropriate to have a different feel to the first days of the year and what a way to start. I can happily recommend this retreat and will be delighted to do it again myself this year. Hopefully I’ll see you there. =)

Trish Banks

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. 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
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Arrive Monday 30th December 2019

4pm Arrive, registration and settle-in

6pm Supper

7.30pm Evening Session & Introduction

9pm Silence Begins


Tuesday 31st December 2019

9am Silence & Breakfast

10am Morning Session - 

11.30 Tea / Coffee Break

12.00 Meditation

1pm Dinner

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

5pm Meditation & Teaching

6pm Supper

7.30pm Evening Session /

New Year Ritual

Candle lit walk

Mulled Wine (non-alcoholic:)

Dancing

12pm Into Great Silence


Wednesday 1st January 2020

9am Silence & Breakfast

10am Morning Session - 

11.30 Tea / Coffee Break - Silence Ends

12.00 Meditation

1pm Dinner

4pm Retreat Ends

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Michael Ryan

Yoga, Wellness & Meditation Instructor

Michael is an internationally accredited yoga teacher who has studied with some of the worlds leading yogis. Voted Best Yoga Teacher in Dublin by Hot Press, Michael also teaches the Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

His classes have been described as a slow flowing journey into a place of greater ease and presence. Whether you are looking to support your body, mind or emotions Michael's classes will benefit you.

For more about Michael click here


John F. Doherty

Mindfulness  –  Teacher, Spiritual Facilitator & Guide

The New year retreat will be held and facilitated by John F. Doherty and Michael Ryan. John has been providing retreats, teaching and offering mindfulness, meditation & contemplation for twenty five years. He believes in a 'middle-way' approach offering times of silence, practice and healthy eating mixed with engagement, talking and tasty desserts! He will co-lead the retreat and guide the practices step by step if you are a beginner while also offering a master-class in meditation during the retreat. He has a great sense of humour and teaches with an ease, lightness and authenticity.

For more about John click here

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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 an interspiritual 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.
  • If the retreat centre is snowed under and its impossible for travel what happens then? A: If the retreat is cancelled due to adverse weather then a refund will be given less admin fees (see terms and conditions when booking).
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Mount Saint Anne's Retreat Centre

At Mount Saint Anne’s, here in the heart of the midlands, you will discover a Treasure.

When you come through the early nineteenth-century doors you will experience a serenity that disperses all else. If you need to get away from the strains and stresses of everyday life, Mount Saint Anne’s offers a wonderful opportunity.

We all need time to ourselves, times of silence where we can get in touch with our deepest selves. The very special surroundings here at Mount Saint Anne’s help to bring about renewal. Take a walk through the trees and let your thoughts unfold in the silence. Or, if you feel the need, you will find a listening ear among us.

To see more click here

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Optional Bodywork and Energy Healing Available

Optional Bodywork and Energy Healing Available for an additional payment

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