Retreats

Retreat Space @ Corrymeela

Monthly Half-day Retreats

We would love to welcome you to our Monthly Half–day Retreats at our beautiful Centre in Ballycastle, 5 Drumaroan Road, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, BT54 6QU.

Come to Corrymeela for one of our half–day retreats to take time out and be still, listen to yourself and to God, and seek refreshment for your spirit. Registration begins at 9:30am but all are welcome to attend community prayer at 9am. 

Fri 21 Oct 

Thu 17 Nov 

Wed 14 Dec

Sat 14 Jan 

Fri 17 Feb 

Thu 2 Mar

Tue 25 Apr 

Sat 20 May 

Sat 17 Jun

From 10am–1pm we will spend time in retreat, blending conversation and quiet, stillness and movement, music and silence, learning and creativity. A portion of our time will be set aside for you to experience the spaciousness of retreat by taking a walk, reflecting, writing or creating as you feel drawn. We will conclude with a liturgy and a shared meal (advance booking required).

This retreat is open to people from a variety of spiritual or religious backgrounds. They are led by the Rev. Kiran Young Wimberly, Presbyterian minister and spiritual director.

Cost £35 inclusive of all catering / Refreshment breaks / Programme design & delivery 

Please email: welcome@corrymeela.org to receive a short enquiry form. 

Once we receive your completed enquiry form we will notify you of how to process your payment. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the full non–refundable payment.

Bookings need to be confirmed and paid two weeks in advance of the retreat date.

We hope you can join us. 

Retreats @ Home (Online)

This winter I am offering a series of Winter Retreats @ Home (online via Zoom) – retreats where we will join across time zones from the comfort of our own homes to reflect, share, and find stillness together as we mark the changing of seasons. The theme of the three retreats will be “Leaning into the Cycles of Darkness and Light,” and we will draw on insights from Celtic Spirituality, resilience practices, the Psalms, and Barbara Brown Taylor’s insightful book “Learning to Walk in the Dark” as well as excerpts from the conversation she and I had on the Psalms for the Spirit podcast on the theme of leaning into the cycles of darkness and light.

The dates for these online retreats will be Saturdays 5 November, 3 December, 7 January (check the event pages for your time zone). They are a series but are also standalone, if you can only make one or two of them. Each retreat will be £20 for nonmembers and *included* with paid subscriptions to Bless My Feet.

NOVEMBER RETREAT

Befriending the Darkness: 5 Nov 2022

In this hemisphere, early November is a time when we move into the darkest season of the year, and it is a time that fills some with dread. Yet, how can we embrace this darker season and find gifts within it? We will explore together how we might befriend the darkness and find the gifts that lie within it.

DECEMBER RETREAT

Longing for Light: 3 Dec 2022

December is a time of aniticipation and celebration, but it is also a time when we become deeply aware of our longings – for light, for joy, for peace, for hope – but sometimes it’s difficult to allow space for those longings in the midst of this festive season. As we immerse ourselves more fully into the darker season of the year, we listen for what those longings might be telling us as wait for the light that is on its way. We will explore together how we might tend to our longings when we may not be able to see the way forward.

JANUARY RETREAT

Welcoming the Dawn: 7 Jan 2023

January is a time of new beginnings, when the light increases each day and exciting plans are in the works for the coming year. As we emerge from the darker, cosier season, the year ahead can also look daunting, challenging, and overwhelming. In these early days of the New Year, we take time to welcome the newness of whatever is dawning in our lives, and to find acceptance, strength, peace and joy as we move into what lies ahead. We will explore together how we might welcome the return of light as a part of the natural cycle of seasons that we experience each year.

Residential Retreats @ Corrymeela 2022-24
See below the dates and themes of retreats I will be leading at Corrymeela in the coming years. All the retreats are open to people from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds. If you’ve been dreaming of a chance to come to Ireland and find some spiritual refreshment, inspiration or enrichment, maybe this is your chance! I’d love to see you there. Contact welcome@corrymeela.org for enquiries and bookings

Silent Retreat

24–26 February 2023
This retreat offers a space to be in silence alongside gathered community. In silence, we take the time to still the swirl of daily life and really listen, deeply, to what’s going on under the surface. We listen to ourselves – to our own voices, needs, pains, grief, longings and hopes for the future. And we listen to what God might be saying to us and leading us into. In our silence, we accompany each other in our journeys and support one another. Many of us have endured too much silence in the past few years, and others haven’t experienced enough of it. But this shared silence is sacred, and by entering this retreat experience, we help create the space in which one another can be renewed and restored. Silence crosses many barriers, and this retreat is open to people from a variety of religious or spiritual backgrounds. Contact welcome@corrymeela.orgfor enquiries and bookings
Resilient Spirit Retreat
21–23 April 2023
What keeps our spirits resilient, even in times of upheaval? The past few years have challenged us, and we have also found resilience within ourselves. This retreat offers space for reflection and sharing as we explore together what helps us build resilience in our daily lives – what lifts our spirits? What brings us balance? What offers us hope? Through the spacious rhythm of retreat, we learn more about what gives us life, energy, and wellbeing, so that we can return to our full lives restored and renewed. We have all endured the upheaval of the pandemic, and we have also discovered that we are resilient. We accompany each other on this journey, supporting and inspiring one another as we pay attention to what is life–giving, so that we might live more fully in the world. Contact welcome@corrymeela.org for enquiries and bookings
Stillness in Community Retreat
13-15 October 2023 
In this retreat we follow of rhythm of silence and gathering, finding stillness in the midst of community. As the pace of daily life picks up following these pandemic years, it is vital for our wellbeing that we find ways to quiet ourselves long enough to hear our own voice, and God’s voice in our lives. Even in the busiest of times, we can develop skills to centre ourselves, pay attention to what is going within us, and listen for where we are being drawn in the days ahead. This retreat will be marked by times for gathering as a community for sharing, prayer, and creative expression, while setting aside time and space for silence. Our living space, the Davey Village, will be set aside for intentional silence and gatherings, and our meals will be held in the Main House as we link in with the community life at Corrymeela. This retreat is open to people from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds. Contact welcome@corrymeela.org for enquiries and bookings

Silent Retreat

23-25 February 2024
This retreat offers a space to be in silence alongside gathered community. In silence, we take the time to still the swirl of daily life and really listen, deeply, to what’s going on under the surface. We listen to ourselves – to our own voices, needs, pains, grief, longings and hopes for the future. And we listen to what God might be saying to us and leading us into. In our silence, we accompany each other in our journeys and support one another. Many of us have endured too much silence in the past few years, and others haven’t experienced enough of it. But this shared silence is sacred, and by entering this retreat experience, we help create the space in which one another can be renewed and restored. Silence crosses many barriers, and this retreat is open to people from a variety of religious or spiritual backgrounds. Contact welcome@corrymeela.orgfor enquiries and bookings
Resilient Spirit Pilgrimage/Extended 5-day Retreat
9-14 April 2024
What keeps our spirits resilient, even in times of upheaval? The past few years have challenged us, and we have also found resilience within ourselves. This retreat offers space for reflection and sharing as we explore together what helps us build resilience in our daily lives – what lifts our spirits? What brings us balance? What offers us hope? Through the spacious rhythm of retreat, we learn more about what gives us life, energy, and wellbeing, so that we can return to our full lives restored and renewed. We have all endured the upheaval of the pandemic, and we have also discovered that we are resilient. We accompany each other on this journey, supporting and inspiring one another as we pay attention to what is life–giving, so that we might live more fully in the world. Contact welcome@corrymeela.org for enquiries and bookings
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