April 9-14, 2024 at Corrymeela + April 14-18, 2024 in Glendalough/Dublin
This ten-day retreat and pilgrimage begins with six days of restful reflection at the Corrymeela Community in Ballycastle. With the theme “Resilient Spirit,” this portion of the retreat explores spiritual practices that build resilience in our lives. During this time we will experience workshops with Sara Cook (resilience and wellness skills), Paul Hutchinson (reflective practice and storytelling) and Pádraig O’Tuama (poetry as spiritual practice). One of the days at Corrymeela will be a dedicated retreat day for personal and group reflection – silence can be chosen if desired. In addition, throughout your stay there will be free time to walk the local coastal areas, movement practices such as yoga, and sessions on local music and Irish culture. The pilgrimage continues in the Republic of Ireland with a visit to Glendalough Monastic Site and time in Dublin city. The entire program is facilitated by Kiran Young Wimberly, a Presbyterian minister and spiritual director based at Corrymeela, who will weave together music, prayer, sharing, and spiritual practices for resilience from the Celtic and Ignatian traditions.
There are two options for registration: the retreat-only portion at Corrymeela and the full pilgrimage including both the Corrymeela retreat, Glendalough, and Dublin. Airfare is not included and should be booked directly by participants.
Monday, April 8, 2024 | US Participants Depart
US participants need to arrange their own airfare to Dublin, departing today, to arrive on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 by 10:00 AM.
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Retreat Begins
International participants arrive by 10 AM to meet the private coach for transport to Corrymeela. Those coming from Ireland may arrive at Corrymeela beginning at 2:00 PM. We will dine together at Corrymeela and the retreat begins at 7:00 PM.
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | Resilience and Wellness
Our focus today is “Resilience and Wellness” with Sara Cook. All meals are included.
Thursday, April 11, 2024 | Reflective Practice and Storytelling
Our focus today is “Reflective Practice and Storytelling” with Paul Hutchinson. All meals are included.
Friday, April 12, 2024 | Optional Silent Retreat
Kiran leads a personal/group reflection session throughout the day. Silence can be kept if desired. All meals included.
Saturday, April 13, 2024 | Poetry as Spiritual Practice
Our focus today is “Poetry as Spiritual Practice” with Pádraig O’Tuama. All meals included.
Sunday, April 14, 2024 | Retreat Closing
In the morning, Kiran leads the retreat closing, including worship and lunch. Those not continuing to Glendalough can depart anytime after lunch. Those continuing to Glendalough will depart at 2:00 PM, arriving about 6:00 PM at The Glendalough Hotel for dinner (included) and overnight accommodations.
Monday, April 15, 2024 | Glendalough Walking Pilgrimage
Today, we spend our time in and around the Glendalough Monastic Village. There will be time for individual and group reflection and exploring the Glendalough site. Dinner (included) and overnight at The Glendalough Hotel.
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Dublin
Our focus today is exploring the spiritual and civil history of Dublin, with visits to the Book of Kells, the Chester Beatty Library, and evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dinner is on your own in any of Dublin’s lovely restaurants. Overnight in Dublin.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | Retreat Closing
Our time together concludes with Kiran leading a closing service in the morning. Your afternoon and evening are free, so you can spend more time exploring Dublin. Overnight in Dublin.
Thursday, April 18, 2024 | Return Home
Pilgrims make their own way to the airport via taxi or Airlink Bus.
Retreat includes: Five nights overnight at Corrymeela; retreat facilitators; meals (breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners); gratuities, taxes, and fees; pre-trip educational resources.
Pilgrimage includes: Everything included in retreat, plus: Four nights in three-star or better hotels, ground transportation in private deluxe coach or mini-bus, one additional lunch and two dinners.
Price, Deadlines, and Insurance
Corrymeela Retreat Only: £580 (€663) per person (double occupancy). A single supplement is available for £150(€172). Participants living in Ireland or Northern Ireland receive a discount of £50 per person. A deposit of £290 (€331) is due with your registration, payable via bank transfer. Transfer details will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.
Full Pilgrimage: $2649 per person (double occupancy). A single supplement is available for $600. An early registration discount of $150 per person applies to all registrations received by September 30, 2023. This discount only applies to the full pilgrimage. A $500 deposit is due with your registration. After submitting your registration, you will be redirected to a page with the payment details.
Early Registration Deadline: September 30, 2023 ($150 discount for full-pilgrimage registrations.)
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2025
Final Payment Due: February 8, 2024