Clarinbridge Retreat

10 Day Retreat. Clarinbridge. Fri evening 25th Sept - Sun 4th Oct. 2020

Taught by Nick Scott and Virginia Kennedy

A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice and leads to an understanding of what meditation and the spiritual journey is really about. The period is long enough that we can leave behind the stress caused by our daily interactions while having no need to plan the future. It thus becomes possible to explore the present, and in the space and silence that opens up, to process our buried memories, traits and other conditioning so that we can learn how to be at peace and content, whatever is happening. This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation as well as experienced meditators. The instruction will be cumulative, starting with posture and how to establish mindfulness (sati) and a caring open attitude (metta) and through that find concentration (samadhi). With this we can then explore the Buddha’s teachings that are designed to lead to insight (vipassana) so to develop wisdom (panna). Throughout the retreat we will refer to his actual teachings in the Buddhist Pali suttas. The teaching will consist of instruction each morning and some afternoons, evening talks on the theory behind what we are doing and regular one-to-one guidance. The retreat will be held in silence. There will be optional taught yoga sessions to help free up the body for sitting comfortably.

This retreat was due to be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre, which may have to change. Kilcoan is situated in woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway. The facilities are excellent and the setting conducive to meditation. Accommodation is in twin en suite rooms, the venue takes a maximum of 30 participants.

Start and End Times:

Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday, 25th of Oct, with soup served at 6.15pm. The retreat will begin at 7.30pm with a short orientation talk and will end at approx. 1.00p.m. on Sunday the 3rd Nov. You have to attend the whole retreat.

Coming on Retreat

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and participants will be keeping the Eight Precepts. To find out more about coming on retreat please see here:

Cost of Retreat

This retreat is offered on a donation (dana) basis. At the end of the retreat there will be an opportunity to give a donation towards the cost of hiring the centre and buying the food. The teachings are free.

To book a place, or to make enquiries, please write to

We will send you a link to the registration form and more information by return.

Nick Scott has been teaching short and long retreats for 20 years with the endorsement of senior monks in the Thai Forest tradition. His teaching is wise and humorous, and illustrated with personal stories and insights from 45 years of meditation, including long solitary retreats and residing for 10 years at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in England. He is the author of several Buddhist travel books recounting adventures with Buddhist monks. These can be downloaded for free at:

Nick is by profession an Ecologist working for environmental charities. He now lives with his partner, Micheline, in Co Galway.

Virginia Kennedy is originally from Belfast but lives in Northumberland. She has practiced meditation since the early 1970s when she was one of the first students of SN Goenka in India. She was also one of the founders of Harnham Buddhist Monastery in 1981 and has supported it ever since. She has taught yoga for over 40 years, and more recently dance and other movement, and runs meditation workshops with the endorsement of senior monastic sangha in the Forest Tradition. She has a lifelong love of the arts and her teaching reflects this.