Christian Meditation Ballinskelligs Ireland
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We are pleased to announce that there will be a retreat/conference in Ballinskelligs this year.


“...Life to the full...”

Ut Vitam Habeant Conference 2017
Sunday, 10th September  -  Thursday, 14th September 2017.

You are cordially invited to this Conference being held in memory of William Main, whose generous work at the Benedictine Priory, Montreal, Canada and throughout Ireland was a door for many to the tradition of meditation in the Christian tradition. Ballinskelligs was chosen as the venue for this Conference because of the close family ties of John Main OSB and William Main to Iveragh, Co. Kerry.

Venue:  Dun Geagan Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

Conference Speakers

Fr. Paul Geraghty OSB, Director Spiritual Services, The Children's Hospital Montreal, Canada.
Paul lived and worked with John Main OSB at the Benedictine Priory, Montreal on the contemporary renewal of meditation in the Christian tradition and keeps the spirit of the Priory alive in Canada.

Patricia Casey, Professor of Psychiatry UCD, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Hospital Dublin.
Patricia is a leading academic and well known for her promotion of mental health awareness.

Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald, Sr. Consilio has worked for over 40 years in the area of addiction through centers throughout Ireland. The practice of meditation is an integral part of her recovery approach.

Conference cost:  €85 for the conference including conference dinner on Wednesday, 13th September.

Accommodation:  This can be booked separately or through James Sweetman 087.275.8353;
james@  Conference cheques payable to James Sweetman c/o Ballinskelligs Post Office, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

Enquiries:  James Sweetman 087.275.8353  james@

We have structured the Conference to allow time for exploration of the rich heritage and beauty of South Kerry including, weather permitting, a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael.
Click here [JPEG Image - 1.12 MB] to download and/or print a flyer for the retreat.

 “Come away and rest awhile” 


Roscrea Abbey

Roscrea Abbey

Space is limited so early booking is recommended.

Friday, March 31st  -  Sunday, April 2nd
Friday, October 6th  -  Sunday, October 8th
To place your reservation for Roscrea Abbey weekends please contact michael@



Glenbeigh & Tullow

Summer Nature Session - Sunday, July 16th  -  Wednesday, July 21st
"Who am I" - November
Mary Garry will be holding a Summer Nature Session in Glenbeigh, Co Kerry and later in November a “Who am I” course in Tullow, Co Carlow.
Mary, as you may know, trained and worked with Patrick Murray SAC.
Please contact Mary directly at marygarry223 in connection with these events.