• 5-Day in-person Silent Retreat daily schedule

    Please arrive by 4 pm for orientation and 'taking tea' This is then followed by the opening ceremony and welcome dinner. The 5-Day retreats finish at midday, followed by lunch. 

    Sample daily silent retreat schedule:

    • 07.30 - 08.30 Practice - Silent practice
    • 08.30 - 09.30 Breakfast
    • 09.30 - 09.45 Mindfulness of routine activities
    • 09.45 - 13.00 Practice - Short talk on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness or Four Realities, spacious mindfulness-based guiding and silent practice
    • 13.00 - 15.30 Lunch and free time
    • 15.30 - 17.00 Practice - Spacious mindfulness-based guiding and silent practice
    • 17.00 - 17.30 Taking Tea informal practice
    • 17.30 - 18.30 Optional Group/Individual meetings
    • 18.45 - 19.00 Short talk - "The Four Immeasurable Heart Practices"
    • 19.00 - 19.30 Practice - Silent Meditation 
    • 19.30 - 20.00 Optional individual meetings
    • Continued overnight silence.

    Optional Gong meditation (Summer Retreat at Cabragh Lodge Only) 

    Each evening after dinner at the Cabragh Lodge you will have the opportunity to experience a spaciously guided mindfulness-based meditation followed by the gongs with Fiona in An Croi, the beautiful octagonal meditation room. Please note: this event is not suitable for people with pacemakers, epilepsy, schizophrenia, or who are pregnant.

    Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using gong sounds to promote relaxation and the soothing of the body. The use of sound for healing and balancing has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. The gong journey is based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression, and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.