New Year Retreat


6 Day Residential Retreat over New Year

with Nick Scott and Bridie Hogan

27th Dec. - 1st Jan. 

Nick is a teacher of Buddhist Insight meditation and Bridie a teacher of Satyanander Yoga who has also undertaken Buddhist retreats. Together they will be using Body, Breath and Mind trainings to bring us into the body, and shift us into awareness. So that we can become open and free in the moment, in touch with a natural sense of spaciousness, stillness and ease. 

Within this framework we will be inquiring into the process that is us. So that we can understand ourselves better and through that wisdom begin to free ourselves of our reactivity and the karmic load we carry from our past. Which leads to the joy of freeing ourselves form suffering.

The retreat is held in silence and is suitable for all levels of yoga and meditation experience but not complete beginners at both. It is designed to be a way of starting the New Year with a rejuvinating of our body and mind while deepening our understanding and our intentions. 

It is held at the Kilcuan Retreat Centre which is set in woodland near Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. The teaching is free and donations, based on what you afford, go towards the running costs.

This retreat is to be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre. Kilcuan is situated in woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway. 


To find out more or to book a place, please contact:

Start and End Times:

Registration will be at 7.00pm on December 27th. The retreat will finish after lunch at 1pm on Monday 1st Jan. 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: 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. 

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 facilities and our other costs. Any excess will go to Sunyata Retreat Centre to help with their running costs. The teachings are free. The donation can be made at the retreat, or on-line using this link: Retreat Donation  (choose the 'sending to a friend' option, so that no fee is deducted).

Daily Schedule

6.30-7.10am           Puja and meditation

7.15-8.00am           Yoga and movement (optional - you can do your own practice)


9.00-12.00am        Taught meditation session - sitting, walking, sitting 


2.00-5.00pm          Taught meditation session - sitting, walking, sitting


6.00 - 7.10pm        Yoga and movement (not optional)

7.30- 9.30pm         Puja, meditation, talk and discussion

Nick Scott has been teaching short and long retreats for 25 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 who worked for environmental charities in the UK. He now lives with his partner, Micheline, in Co Galway. 

Bridie Hogan has been teaching Satyananda yoga for over 20 years, both as regular classes and as a support to cancer patients at Cancer Care West. She is also a Black Belt, second Dan, in Karate, and has been attending Buddhist meditation retreats since the early 1990’s.