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The Soul of the Pilgrim

A Journey inward as well as outward

The tradition of going to sacred and holy sites is common across many cultures and faith traditions.We all are invited to 'Come away to a quiet place' where we can pray, reflect on our life journey, rest or challenge ourselves.

In Ireland, there are many places of pilgrimage associated with various saints, as well as Holy Wells,Mass rocks, lakes and islands.

One of the oldest places of Pilgrimage in Ireland is Lough Derg, also known as St. Patricks Purgatory. Here pilgrims from all over Ireland and abroad, leave their daily life and routine and embark on three days on the island which include fasting, staying awake for 24 hours, and walking barefoot while taking part in a very old meditative form of prayer.

To make the Pilgrim Journey alone can be a daunting prospect for some.

Caraiosa Centre is happy to include this special week in the schedule of retreats planned for the Centre this year.

The Soul of the Pilgrim

A Journey inward as well as outward

6 night retreat, two nights of which are spent on Lough Derg

Thursday 2nd July to Wednesday 8th July

Cost: € 420 Deposit: € 60 Latest date for booking: 11th June

Early Bird price €400 for bookings before 1st June.

Retreat Program

Thursday 2nd: check in from 4pm.

There will be input on the Retreat on Thursday evening.

Friday: Full day at the Caraiosa Centre

Saturday: Travel to Lough Derg.

Sunday: Lough Derg

Monday: Leave the island and travel back to the Caraiosa Centre for a gentle day.

Tuesday: Reflective time, Individual Spiritual Direction and Massage-all included in the Retreat fee.

Wednesday:Breakfast, Short input and closing ritual.

What is included: 4 nights B&B at the Caraiosa Centre, 2 nights on Lough Derg. Transport to and from the island. Fee for Lough Derg, One individual session with a Spiritual Director, One Holistic Massage, all meals at the centre.

Further information about Lough Derg can be found on their website:

Deposit: €60 or cheque made payable to Caraiosa Centre

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