Celtic Spirituality Retreat on a wild and beautiful island off the west coast of Ireland.

Renew your spirit, kindle your soul, and stir your imagination on this one-of-a-kind, intimate, spiritual retreat in one of Ireland’s most enchanting places. We’ll retreat on Inis Mor– a small island off the west coast of Ireland– where Gaeilge (Irish) is the native language and Celtic traditions flourish. Celtic spirituality is the indigenous spirituality of Ireland. It is a gentle, nature based way of being that invites us to be our authentic selves and to live from our heart. On this retreat, experience the depth and profoundly simple inspiration of Celtic Spirituality through Irish blessings, songs, poems, stories, chants, music, meditations, rituals, visits to sacred sites, connection with locals, gentle candlelit evening yoga sessions inspired by Celtic wisdom, and free time to wander the island.

On this retreat, experience the depth and profoundly simple inspiration of Celtic Spirituality through Irish blessings, songs, poems, stories, chants, music, meditations, rituals, visits to sacred sites, connection with locals, gentle candlelit evening yoga sessions inspired by Celtic wisdom, and free time to wander the island.

Your Guides

Mary Meighan, a native of Ireland, is the founder of Celtic Journeys who offers soul journeys steeped within her native Celtic Spiritual Tradition. Mary has traveled to sacred sites across Ireland for decades renewing, sustaining, and sharing her passion for the Celtic world. She also visits the U.S. and other countries introducing Celtic Spirituality through talks and retreats, sharing her lived experience of this mystical and earthy Spirituality.

Seán Johnson is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, and teacher of spirituality and yoga. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga, Soul School Teacher Training Program, and The Wild Lotus Band. Seán’s love of Ireland and Celtic Spirituality goes back to his childhood, and he did an intensive undergraduate program in Irish Studies. He has traveled to Ireland over a dozen times to deepen his connection to his ancestral homeland.


“Shared time with you two and our entire Pilgrim Family on the beautiful Island of Inis Mor has been heart soothing, mind calming and soul quenching. I came to the retreat open to its offerings and I leave the retreat more open to life, the internal stirrings and fire as well as the external. Feeling grounded, cradled and full of gratitude. Your guidance and this land – heartful blessings and full of gifts I cherish dearly.” – Tehroma

“It would have been more than enough to have only experienced the abundant, luscious sights, sounds, experiences and ideas offered to the group on Inis Mor. Mary and Sean invite everyone to come in and keep close, when folks wish to. But for me, in addition, my sense of understanding subtly changed and I can’t for the life of me explain; its purview lies beyond thoughts and words. You have to come here and wrap yourself around that Celtic Spirit, and identify that sense for yourself.” – Karen

“Thanks so much for the fully engaging and gentle retreat. I was especially grateful to get to know you both in such a sacred setting along with the trips to ancient sites around the island. I will take with me all of your gems of Celtic wisdom, stories , laughter, and Sean’s beautiful Irish songs which all are inside me.” – Mary

“For me it was the space created by Sean and Mary, the stories, songs, chanting, encouragement, shared experience, and genuine love for the Celtic way that allowed for such beauty to emerge in all of us. I keep looking at the pictures shared by others, the warmth in my chest, the quickening of my heart and joy in my soul are the result.” – Meg

“Mary and Sean held a sacred space that allowed us to connect with the energies of the land, sky and sea in our own, individual way while providing a beautiful group experience. Whether a seasoned practitioner of Celtic Spirituality or brand new to it, it was rich and inviting and powerful.” – Simone

A deeply rich and soulful immersion into Celtic Spirituality, with genuine Irish hospitality. It was truly transformative and healing.” – John

“I loved the retreat! The Celtic approach revealed the deepest, most poignant strands of my being that have been seeking manifestation for my whole life! I have done many retreats over the past 30 years and this one feels the most impactful.” – Peter


Sample Itinerary

The sample itinerary below gives you a feel for how our days will flow and the kinds of experiences included in the retreat. Our plans may shift in the flow of the week.
Each day we will have a Celtic Gathering, our gatherings are ways to draw you deep into Celtic Spirituality, a way of experiencing the world that is ancient, yet very much alive. This time will give you an internal understanding and feel for the Celtic Tradition – a world filled with mystery and natural wonder. We’ll share Celtic talks, poems, music, stories, chants, blessings and prayers of this ancient land allowing the Celtic Spirit and Mystery to stir your imagination and nurture your heart.
During our days together, we’ll also be weaving in Celtic rituals at the sea shore, where we can ramble to from our Guesthouse.

Day 1

We will meet you at 11:30am and give you a warm Irish Fáilte (welcome) in the small ferry port on Inis Mór Island, County Galway. We will go by bus to our Guesthouse which sits at the foot of Dun Aonghasa (A World Heritage Site) where the Celtic Retreat will begin.
A few steps from our Guesthouse for a little Celtic connecting time together in the remains of a beautiful ancient Celtic Church.
Lunch together in a lovely cafe nearby.

Settling-in time at our welcoming family run guesthouse.
In the afternoon we’ll have an opening Celtic Gathering beginning your introduction to Celtic Spirituality through Celtic poetry, music, song, blessings and chants, some in Ireland’s native tongue – Gaeilge (Irish). We will also share details of our time together. And an opportunity for everyone to share the call within and without that brought you here on this wild and beautiful Island for this Celtic Retreat.
Walk together to a nearby beautiful beach for a Celtic Elemental Ritual by the Seashore.

6pm Evening welcome dinner together.
A session of gentle Celtic-inspired yoga, Celtic chanting and Irish lullabies, to bring you towards sleep and dream time on this mystical Island…

Day 2

10am Mary will offer a  morning Celtic Gathering to further unfold more of the natural gems of the Celtic Tradition. Be introduced to the Celtic Calendar and how we can live more within this circular sense of time and the joy and care of living within the seasons.
Mary will introduce you to the Spirit of Brigid – our beloved ancient Goddess and Celtic Saint, The Divine Feminine of Ireland. Learn the importance of Brigid in the heart and soul of Ireland. Hear some of the myriad of stories, poems, songs, blessings and about Brigid.
Seán will introduce you to some of the beautiful Sacred Chants dedicated to Brigid that will offer another Celtic Way to connect you to Brigid’s Spirit.
Be part of a Brigid Ritual that is heart easing, heart warming and will fire your imagination.
Receive a Water Blessing from Brigid’s Goddess Well.
Hear about our Celtic Practices, opening your hearts to these, simple, yet powerful Celtic rituals and experience how you can bring them into your daily life to nurture, support and inspire…..

A little reflection time and a lunch break.

More of this island’s sacred treasures await us for the afternoon We will first have a tour of part of the island and later in the afternoon a Pilgrimage Walk in to one of the Holy Wells on the Island where you will be guided in one of our traditional Celtic Holy Well Rituals and receive Water Blessings at the Holy Well.
Time for reflection to interact with this ancient Sacred Site hearing the stories of these sacred places.
In the evening our bus driver will take us to Kilronan, the main village on the Island, for dinner and traditional Irish music, experiencing the culture and conviviality of a local Irish pub.

Day 3

10am Celtic morning Gathering with Mary bringing you deeper within the Celtic Spiritual Tradition and touching into the energy of Celtic Poetry and how Poetry can animate our being and enhance our connection to our hearts.
During this Gathering you will hear Celtic Poetry, Blessings, Stories and Song.

After a reflective break join Seán and Mary for chanting and experience the essence of what chanting some words as Gaeilge (in Irish) can do for touching our Hearts and Spirit.
Participate in a Celtic Contemplative Practice, that offers you the opportunity of going within accompanied by a supportive set of principles and the comfort and nurturance and also vitality that such a Celtic Contemplative Practice can offer and it is a Celtic Contemplative Practice that you can bring into your life at home.

Time for Reflection and Lunch.

In the afternoon our bus driver will bring us to another part of this beguiling Island, sharing stories along the way about Island life and if the weather allows Seán will offer chanting outdoors and sharing some Irish songs.

5pm Dinner together.
Evening. Gentle Celtic inspired Yoga and Celtic Lullabies with Seán.

Day 4

Here we are on this wild and beautiful Gaeilge (Irish) speaking Island. We open our day with an early morning silent pilgrimage walk up to Dún Aonghusa Fort (weather allowing). Dun Aonghusa is perched spectacularly on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic ocean….. next stop the USA.
Here you can experience a Celtic Ritual including Song and Chant for the further opening of our hearts to the Celtic Spirit. Aonghus is the Celtic God of love and poetic inspiration
Walk back down to our guest house for breakfast and then time for taking a breath, and free time for yourselves until we meet again at the cafe for dinner. There are many possibilities as to how you might like to spend this time…….

We will have shared with you how the very nature of Celtic Spirituality offers a guiding hand to turn gently within, offering you guidance to assist you on the inner journey within the Spirit of the Celtic Wisdom Tradition. This island offers peace and an expansiveness to journey deep within and as we are about an inner journey as well as an outer journey Celtic Spirituality offers the encouragement and inspiration. Relax and let this sacred landscape nurture and fire your imagination. You can walk to the beautiful nearby beach, take a guided pony and trap tour around the Island hearing stories while traveling slowing and absorbing this glorious landscape, bicycles can also be hired to explore other parts of the island, maybe Journal, or sit and be with what this sacred island of wild beauty on this Sacred Journey is offering you.
5pm Dinner together.
An evening Celtic Gathering of Celtic Song, Ritual, and Celtic Blessings and a Reflective Practice to deepen within the heart.

Day 5

Following breakfast at 9am walk to the Beach for a Ritual at the Seashore.
Depart the guesthouse midmorning for a Farewell Ritual at a Celtic Labyrinth located near a beautiful beach on the other side of the Island. At this gathering we begin weaving together the strands of this Celtic Retreat with a Farewell Ritual and begin the harvesting of the treasures and making ready for the path onwards….knowing that the harvesting of this Retreat will continue to unfold as you travel in Ireland and homewards.
Celtic Blessings to be with you as you make your journey back to the mainland from the wild and beautiful Island of Inis Mór.

Take the noon Ferry back to the mainland arriving at (Ros a’Mhíl) Rossaveal in English by 1pm and you can take the return bus to Galway City and travel onwards with the Celtic Spirit whispering in your hearts and on your lips…

Cost & Travel Advice

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.


$2259. Price does not include BrightStar processing fees, added at registration. Register by paying in full or with $700 non-refundable deposit. Full balance due by April 2nd, 2024.

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.