Registration and prices:
Spaces limited. The retreat is set up for an intimate group to attend and has booked up fully in advance each year we’ve offered the retreat– so early registration is highly recommended to reserve your spot.
Early Bird Rate ($300 savings): $1959 if registered by 30th of April, 2024. Pay in full or register with $700 non-refundable deposit. After April 30th: $2259. Full balance due by August 1st, 2024. Does not include BrightStar and credit card fees.
Price includes daily retreat sessions with Mary & Seán; four nights accommodations at an 18th century family-run guesthouse with shared accommodation (Limited number of single rooms available for an extra $75 per night – $300 plus BrightStar processing fees); lunch at cafe on day of arrival; four hearty Irish breakfasts; three dinners; buses on Inis Mór to and from the ferry port to guesthouse; bus excursions on the Island to sacred sites.
Price does not include airfare, ferry, and meals not listed above.
Travel trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended to cover your costs in the event of any unforeseen changes in your travel plans, as we are not able to offer refunds under any circumstances. Once you are registered, attendance in the retreat you’ve registered for is not transferable to another future retreat. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have travel insurance to protect yourself should anything unexpected arise. We also strongly recommend baggage and accident insurance.
In order to attend the retreat, for the health and safety of all attending, participants are required to email the results of a COVID test the first morning of the retreat before the journey to the ferry.
Advice for traveling to Inis Mor:
For those traveling to Ireland for the first time, Ireland is an incredibly hospitable place for visitors and easeful place to travel compared to other countries. The 5 day length of the retreat on Inis Mor offers a cushion of some time before and after the experience to have your own adventures on the mainland. It may not be possible for everyone, but if you have the freedom to arrive in Ireland a couple of days early, it can be helpful to adjust to the jet lag and rest before the retreat begins. Similarly if you have the flexibility to stay in Ireland a few days after the retreat, you will find the retreat to be a wonderful immersion that will bring greater depth to your travels and adventures in Ireland afterwards. Below is some advice for traveling.
On Monday, please arrange to catch the 10:30am ferry from Ros a’ Mhíl (Rossaveal in English) to Inis Mor. We will meet you at 11:30am at the ferry landing on Inis Mor.
From Shannon Airport: Shannon Airport is the closest airport to Inis Mor. There are buses from Shannon Airport to Galway City (approx 1.5 hours). Buseireann is the national bus company and have buses running approximately every hour from Shannon Airport to Galway City and details are on their website www.buseireann.ie
From Galway City there are buses that will bring you out to Ros a’ Mhíl (Rossaveal in English) but as it is a Gaeltacht area the road signs are in Irish. Ros a’ Mhíl is 23 miles west of Galway City and return shuttle bus from Galway and back is 7 Euro and the Ferry cost is 25Euro return. The bus takes about one hour from Galway City to Ros a’ Mhíl.
All details regarding the ferry and the shuttle bus from Galway City are on the website www.aranislandferries.com. Just to be aware it is not a car ferry – as cars cannot drive onto the Island. The only cars on the island are islanders’ cars and small buses.
From Dublin airport: (Dublin is on the East coast of Ireland and Galway is on the West Coast). If you do fly into Dublin you need to allow time to travel to Galway City (approx 3-4 hours) and then on to the Ferry Terminal. Travelling to Galway from Dublin can be by bus or train – and obviously car hire is available at the Airport and in Dublin City. www.irishrail.ie has all the details of fares and timetables of trains from Dublin City to Galway City.
Buseireann is the national bus company and their website www.buseireann.ie has all the details of fares and timetables between Dublin City and Galway City. There are also many private bus companies that travel between Dublin City and Galway City.
To get a feel for us and a sense for what our time together will be like, we encourage you to attend one of our Online Celtic Spirituality Gatherings, held every 6 weeks to coincide with the Celtic festivals in the Celtic Wheel of the Year. Visit the Events page to see when the next one is scheduled.