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Sunday 30th December 2018


Thursday 3rd January 2019



Sunday 30th December 2018 – Thursday 3rd January 2019

Investment €625 (Accommodation, food and teachings)

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

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. The accommodation is great, the food is great. No the food is fantastic! Jo adds so much to the experience with her thoughtful planning of every meal and her easy style of presentation that informs you into a new way of engaging with food. I chose to stay for the four days and was so glad I did. It felt like two different retreats as the last two days dropped the whole experience to a deeper level. 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. 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 /

New Year Ritual

Candle lit walk

Mulled Wine (non-alcoholic:)

11pm into Great Silence

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Joanne Faulkner

Shiatsu & The Art of Conscious Cooking

Joanne once again will grace our kitchen for this years retreat. A truly gifted cook who brings the wisdom of Chinese medicine to each dish helping participants to bring awareness to how the food impacts the body especially in a restorative way. Joanne has been with us from the beginning offering love, presence and great joy with every meal. She is a healthy cooking teacher author, mother and general goddess!

For more about Jo

John F. Doherty

Contemplative Teacher

The New year retreat will be held and facilitated by John F. Doherty and other teachers who work with The Beehive School and have completed the Mindfulness inter-Spiritual Teacher Training program. John has been providing retreats, teaching and offering mindfulness, meditation & contemplation for twenty years. He believes in a 'middle-way' approach in his retreats offering times of silence, practice and healthy eating mixed with engagement, talking and tasty desserts! He will 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

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


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