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Contemplative Ireland: 
A Pilgrimage

September 16 to September 29, 2006

The Celtic riches of Ireland await you in what some call "the best time of year in the Irish countryside." After the tourists have gone and the Irish people settle into their fall routines, the inner riches of this remarkable landscape open up to the thoughtful visitor.


We begin our pilgrimage in Co. Meath  in the historic Boyne Valley, travel to the seaside town of Sligo, down the West Coast to the Dingle peninsula, winding our way through the center of Ireland to Glendalough, the valley of the  two lakes.

Travel Day – September 15, 2006
Participants fly to Dublin 

September 16, 2006
Participants arrive in Dublin in the morning. By noon, we meet our bus and driver and head North for one stop and an introduction to Celtic Spirituality. The afternoon at our Retreat Center in Navan is yours to walk the beautiful grounds or to rest. Short evening welcome reception.
STAY: Dowdstown House hear Navan

Dowdstown House is a splendid 17th century mansion situated on the banks of the river Boyne in the grounds of Dalgan Park in County Meath.  It is a peaceful haven to soothe body, mind and spirit. The area is rich in wild life, with scenic woodland and river walks.


September 17, 2006
This day’s journey will take us to the most extraordinary high crosses in all of Ireland at Monasterboice followed by a noon picnic and tour of Mellifont Abbey. In the afternoon we visit the town of Kells. Dinner at our retreat center followed by meditation and prayer.
STAY: Navan

September 18, 2006

Today we tour the ancient burial sites of Newgrange and visit the informative visitor’s center there. After lunch we’ll move on to the Hill of Slane and the famed Hill of Tara and it’s mysteries. We return to our retreat center for dinner followed by meditation.

The Hill of Tara, Co Meath

September 19, 2006
We spend the day in Dublin visiting Trinity College, the Book of Kells and the "treasury" at the National Museum and return to our retreat center in Navan for dinner and an evening meditation.
STAY: Navan

September 20
, 2006
This morning we say goodbye to the Boyne Valley and travel across the border of Northern Ireland on our way to the town of Sligo on Ireland’s dramatic West Coast. Lunch in the Northern Irish town of Enniskillen. Dinner and overnight at a lovely seaside hotel near Sligo.
STAY: Sligo

September 21, 2006
First thing this morning, we will visit the Carrowmore megalithic cemetery near Sligo, one of the world’s most impressive prehistoric burial sites. Afternoon options will include the Drumcliff Church with Yeat’s grave, time in Sligo or recreation at our hotel. A free evening will allow you to walk on the beach, rest, or venture out for traditional Irish music.
STAY: Sligo

The High Cross and Church at Drumcliff, Co Sligo

September 22, 2006
We say goodbye to Sligo and drive to Co Clare, home of the unique beauty of the Burren, an expansive area of ground covered by a rough and ragged limestone cap. Lunch near the seaside town of Ballyvaughn, an afternoon exploring the Burren with its famed portal Dolmen and dinner at our hotel in Doolin. 
STAY: Doolin.

September 23, 2006
We’ll enjoy a drive through Co Clare on our way to the remote western beauty of the Dingle peninsula. For the next two nights our group will take over two bed and breakfast Inns. Free evening.
STAY: Dingle Town

The Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula

September 24, 2006
The Dingle peninsula is home to a variety of stone circles, monastic settlements, beehive huts, a perfectly preserved oratory, the Blasket Islands, and an excellent visitor’s center. A local archeologist and guide will join us for our tour of the Dingle peninsula. Dingle Town is home to artisans and musicians who specialize in the Celtic tradition. Free evening.
STAY: Dingle Town

September 25, 2006
Leaving Dingle en route to Kildare, we stop in the quaint town of Adare, known for its thatched cottages. We'll arrive at the Abbey of Glenstal, near Limerick, for noon mass to enjoy the singing and prayer-style of this modern Benedictine Abbey. With many recorded CDs, the monks of Glenstal sing the hours beautifully. Following lunch, we'll explore the wooded abbey grounds and visit the oldest terraced gardens in Ireland.
STAY: Portlaoise

September 26, 2006
Following a short drive to Kildare Town, we begin our day with meditation at the Christian Community Center called Solas Bhride. Kildare, the church of the oak, is the historic home of St. Brigid and now the home of the Brigidine sisters. We’ll spend the day with the energetic and visionary sisters who are leading a renaissance in women’s spirituality in Ireland. We’ll pray with them in the serene surroundings of Brigid’s well and visit the Cathedral. 

In the afternoon, we travel the short distance across the Wicklow Mountains. An ancient pilgrim route marks our descent into Glendalough, the "valley of the two lakes," where we will be greeted by one of the most remarkable round towers in all of Ireland.
STAY: Glendalough

September 27, 2006
Our guides to Glendalough will be authors and Celtic specialists, Marcus Losack and Kevin O'Kelly. We’ll stay next to Glendalough so you can visit these magnificent ruins early in the morning or late in the evening.
STAY: Glendalough

September 28, 2006
A day in Glendalough to explore, relax and reflect. A beautiful outdoor labyrinth is available all day for your walking meditation. Dinner and closing celebration.
STAY: Glendalough


September 29, 2006
We say goodbye to the Emerald Isle, changed forever by its people and the depth of its spiritual tradition.



St. Kevin's church and round tower, Glendalough, Co Wicklow

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Accessibility: Many of the places we visit and explore reflect the rugged, isolation of early Irish hermits. In order to reach these sacred prayer cells, passage tombs and monasteries, we will travel part way by foot. This pilgrimage is not recommended for those who have severe health problems or limited mobility.

Group size: Because this pilgrimage is limited to fifteen  participants, we recommend sending your deposit early to ensure a place.

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