Bere Island Easter Meditation Retreat is a spiritual retreat that offers you the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Easter mysteries…
The Bere Island Easter Meditation Retreat is an interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week.
The Retreat programme includes a movement session to prepare for meditation each morning along with regular meditation periods, talks by Fr Laurence, the Easter liturgies with the island people, and time for reading, walks and solitude. There are also additional sessions that address the needs of young adults seeking a spiritual dimension in their lives today.
This retreat is open to all participants who are looking to deepen or explore the sacred. Participants are welcome to attend all or part of the Retreat. Come before the start date or stay afterwards to enjoy the Bere island as Spring unfolds.
About Laurence Freeman
Laurence Freeman OSB is a Benedictine monk and spiritual guide. He is the Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation, a contemporary, contemplative community. He travels widely as an international speaker and retreat leader, and is the author of many articles and books including The Selfless Self, Jesus: The Teacher Within and First Sight: The Experience of Faith.
Bere Island Easter Meditation Event Itinerary
The Retreat opens with Palm Sunday and a liturgy in the church at 10 am. A talk and meditation at the Heritage Centre will follow at 5.30 pm.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is on Thursday at 7 pm.
The Good Friday service will be at 3 pm.
The Easter Vigil will begin on Saturday at 9 pm.
At Sunrise on Easter Morning those who wish will assemble by the Standing Stone in the centre of the island. The Retreat will conclude at the Heritage Centre at 8 am with a final talk and meditation. There will be Mass on Easter morning at 10 am.
Cost & Registration
The cost of registration for the retreat is €250 or €35 per day
The price does not include accommodation, food, and travel, although advice and assistance are offered by Theresa Hobbs.
In the event of cancellation within 30 days of the event, the full amount will be charged.
Cancellations prior to 30 days of the event will be refunded in full.
Anyone with special needs of any kind is requested to advise us upon booking a place on the Bere Island Easter Retreat.
Bere Island Accommodation and Services
Lawrence Cove Lodge B&B/Self Catering Rerrin 027 75988 www.bereislandlodge.com
The Hotel B&B Ballinakilla 027 75018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martello View B&B/S/C Cloughland 027 75052/086 1981541 email@example.com
Bere Island Holiday Homes B&B/Self Catering Ardagh 086 8845709 www.bereislandholidayhomes.com
Ardagh Holiday Village Self Catering Ardagh 064 6641170 www.dreamireland.com
Jim’s Place Self Catering Greenane firstname.lastname@example.org www.irishcot.com
Log Cabins Self Catering Derricreeveen 086 2423140 email@example.com
The American House Self Catering Rerrin +41798342507 firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurants, Hotels & Shops on Bere Island
The Bakehouse Café Food Rerrin, 027 75004
The Hotel Pub/Food Ballinakilla 027 75018
O’Sullivan’s Pub Rerrin 027 75192
Murphy’s Shop & Post Office Shop/Post Office Rerrin 027 75004
More information about Bere Island can be found at www.bereisland.net
Getting to Bere Island
Bere Island is reached by 2 ferry services from Castletownbere as follows:
Bere Island Ferries (West End) from slip opposite Super Valu: 086 242 3140.
Murphys Ferry Service (East End) from pontoon 3 miles outside Castletownbere on the Glengarriff side: 087 238 6095.
Harringtons bus from Cork, bookings essential: 027 74003
Bus Eireann: 021 4508188
Car Hire from Cork Airport: www.corkairport.com/to_from/car_hire.html
By Car from Cork:
Follow signs for Kinsale (N27) at Kinsale Rd Roundabout, follow signs for Killarney/West Cork (N25), at Sarsfield Rd Roundabout, take 2nd exit (N25), at Bandon Rd Roundabout take first exit (N71), straight through next small roundabout, follow N71 to Bandon, passing through Innishannon. At Bandon, turn right at T-junction, following signs for Bantry/Dunmanway R586, passing through Enniskeane /Ballineen and Dunmanway, where you will follow signs for Bantry. Continue on R586, passing through Drimoleague at Junction N71. Turn right and follow road to Bantry, drive through Bantry and take the Glengarriff road heading west. Drive through Glengarriff and turn left at the junction and head for Castletownbere.
Follow signs for Kenmare, N71, at Moll’s Gap turn left (signposted Kenmare), follow signs for Glengarriff N71, turn right at the junction and head for Castletownbere.
Take the N25 through New Ross, Waterford, Dungarvan, Youghal and Cork. As you come into Cork you will turn left onto the Southern Ring Rd (N25) and follow the signs all the way round it for the N71 to Bandon and proceed as above.