Would you like to grow in your faith and refresh your spirit while surrounded by beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, lively traditional Irish music, and the world-famous Irish welcome? Would you like to become more mindful, more creative, and happier?
If so, you'll LOVE the 2020 Christian Mindfulness Retreat In Ireland!
Next summer, come to one of the most beautiful places on the planet: the coastline of County Donegal in the rugged "Highlands of Ireland." You'll love both the scenery and the spiritual renewal of this retreat.
Here are just a few things you'll learn at the 2020 Christian Mindfulness Retreat In Ireland:
- How mindfulness can help you grow closer to God
- Why faith makes you happy
- How the "Fruit of the Spirit" can improve your health
- Ways to incorporate more prayer time into your daily life
- What "Lectio Divina" is and how it can add meaning to your spiritual life
- The power of forgiveness (and how it can help you live longer)
- How creativity can improve your mood, lowering stress, anxiety, and depression
- How to enjoy the moment for more peace and clarity
- How to live with a greater sense of purpose
- How to be a more mindful parent (and how to teach creativity, mindfulness, and happiness to your children and grandchildren)
- How to focus and quiet the "chatter" in your mind
- How to keep your mind strong and active as you age
- "Natural Highs" that help you feel younger and happier
While you're in Donegal for the 2020 Christian Mindfulness Retreat In Ireland, you'll be immersed in Gaelic culture. During your stay, you'll have the chance to enjoy traditional Irish dance and music. In addition, you'll hear the ancient Gaelic language, which was spoken by your ancestors if you have Irish roots.
Why is my 2020 Christian Mindfulness Retreat in Donegal?
I love this place. Three of my grandparents came from Gweedore (my fourth grandparent came from County Cork). I first came to Donegal when I was eight years old, and I have been entranced by it ever since. I've returned several times with friends and family. My wife and I spent our honeymoon here, and we brought our five children over for the first time in 2017. I know that you'll love it, too!
Like other places in rural Ireland, Donegal hasn't completely recovered from the Great Recession of 2008. I created this retreat to help the local economy by attracting more tourists to this part of the country. Most American tourists don't make it to County Donegal when they visit Ireland, but I want to change that. You can learn more about my love for Donegal in this article I wrote, "10 Reasons Why You Should Visit County Donegal, Ireland's 'Hidden Gem.'"
Three summers ago, I had the chance to discuss ways to teach happiness to children on Highland Radio, Ireland's top-rated local radio station. Here's a link to that interview.
The retreat will have three phases.
You'll receive both of my books, Teaching Happiness And Innovation and 101 Ways To Boost Your Creativity. If you don't read them before the retreat, that's OK! I just want you to be able to take a look at them in advance if you're interested.
You'll also receive a pre-retreat lecture that provides background information related to mindfulness and the science of happiness. In addition, you'll get links to several videos and articles that will help you be as prepared as possible for what I'll be teaching when you get to Donegal.
At The Retreat
Now the fun begins! In addition to the four hours of hands-on learning each day, you'll be treated to Irish traditional music sessions, Irish dancing (you may participate if you'd like), and exposure to the Gaelic language. When we're not in class, you'll have the freedom to explore this beautiful area. If you want tips on where to go and what to do, I'll be happy to help out.
After you've gone home, I'll send you additional materials related to mindfulness, happiness, and creativity. All together, the retreat will offer 20 hours of learning.
Here's a brief schedule of the retreat:
Arrive in Gweedore. You could treat yourself to a relaxing walk on one of the area's beautiful beaches or drive around and take in the incredible views. In the evening, you'll want to head over to Huidi Beag's in Bunbeg for the 10 pm traditional music session. It promises to be lively, and it's the perfect introduction to your stay in Donegal. Make sure you get there early, because it tends to fill up quickly during the summer.
The retreat's first session starts at Teac Jack at 10 am. We'll be done at 12 pm, when we'll break for lunch. The second session will run from 2-4 pm. Our entertainment for the evening will be the "ceili," traditional Irish dancing that's similar to square dancing. If you want to participate, you're more than welcome to do so. It starts at 9 pm.
Once again, our two sessions will run from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. Weather permitting, after the afternoon session, we will have a guided hike (it's optional, of course). I'll take you along one of my favorite stretches of the area's shoreline, where you'll enjoy views of sea cliffs and some of the surrounding islands. You'll have the evening to yourself to explore, play a round of golf, relax, or head out to a pub for a bit of the "craic" (Gaelic for "fun"). If you want to attend a Catholic Mass in Gaelic, you'll be able to go to daily Mass at the local parish church at 7 pm.
Our last day will have the same meeting times. For our evening entertainment, we'll be treated to a traditional music session at Teac Jack.
Here are some comments from previous retreat attendees:
"I found attending the retreat to be thought provoking, and it brought home to me the importance of being mindful. It teaches you how to be positive, not to dwell on the past, and how to live a happier life. This retreat was delivered in the beautiful Gweedore Gaeltacht on the Wild Atlantic Way - a lovely setting to bring home all aspects of positivity and mindfulness."
"This retreat reminded me of the importance of showing gratitude and to learn to practice positivity on a daily basis to help me live a happier life."
"I leave with an open mind. I really enjoyed the talks. I saw myself in a lot of the situations discussed and I hope to be able to apply the suggestions to my daily life. I particularly learned from the 'shoulds' and the 'mind traps.' Thanks a lot."
"Enjoyed especially 'creativity.' Learned a lot of mindfulness activities, and how to know your own body. I can be more relaxed now and more grateful for the simple things in life. I just have to learn to 'laugh' more and even at myself!"
"I have just attended a retreat on having a 'mental makeover' along the Wild Atlantic Way given by Mike Ferry from the U.S. This being my first ever retreat on mindfulness, creativity, and the science of happiness, I found some of it daunting and heavy going but I learned some powerful practices that I can incorporate into my daily life to help me get away from the stress, anxiety, and unhappiness and instead promote the joy of living. I will not be looking back or looking forward but paying attention to living in the present moment, trying to increase my level of happiness by being grateful, kind, and persevering. Thank you, Mike, for getting me started on this positive journey."
"Really enjoyed the retreat. Very laid back and relaxed atmosphere. It awakened my creativity and made me aware of my hidden talents. Looking forward to doing this retreat again next year."
Come to Ireland to lift your spirits, engage your imagination, and experience the natural splendor of this amazing place!
The three-day 2020 Christian Mindfulness Retreat In Ireland (June 30 - July 2) costs $197. (Please note: This price does not include transportation, accommodation, or food.)