Event Calendar 2024
Personal Retreats on the Aran Islands
During 2024 Slí Aonghusa Centre is offering the opportunity for small groups or individuals to come to the island to either make their own personal retreat or to join a guided retreat based on the Ignatian exercises.
The silence and sacred landscape of the Aran Islands is an ideal sanctuary , inviting the pilgrim to take time out from a busy lifestyle where they can walk, pray, reflect and join others who feel called to a restorative time away from home.
Ciorcal Cómhrá – Irish conversation gatherings
A chance to come with others and use your cúpla focal in the heart the gaeltacht of Inis Mór.
This is an ideal opportunity to experience the culture, language and heritage of the Aran Islands from the heart of an island home.
Bespoke Weekends for you and your friends
An opportunity to share community on the island of Inis Mór for some music, meditation, book club or simply some quiet time to savour the uniqueness of Slí Aonghusa Retreat Centre and what it has to offer.
Anois teacht an Earraigh… 2024
Crossing the Threshold with Brigid towards Spring
With Deirdre Ní Chinneide and Nóirin Lynch
Our weekend together offers you the opportunity to journey with others through silence, poetry, reflection and music
Guided by the spirit of Brigid , we immerse ourselves in her message of new growth, inspiration and peace, especially during these uncertain and challenging times.
Teach Spiorodálta becomes our sanctuary as we cross a threshold, spreading our mantle as a welcome opening to the season of spring in our lives.
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.”
February 9th – February 11th
FCJ Spirituality House, Spanish Point, Co. Clare V95 E0W7
Themed Retreats 2024
Turas an Chroí – Journey of the Heart 2024
Join Deirdre Ní Chinneide and Aiveen Mullally for a restorative space of spirituality and Capacitar practices on the island of Inis Mór.
Held in the depths of the spirit of the Celtic Christian landscape, we will weave together a tapestry of movement, listening, silence and sound. The Aran Islands with its unique culture, spirituality and natural beauty provides a special setting for this retreat which includes visits to local sites of interest.
Deirdre Ni Chinneide is a licensed psychotherapist, spiritual director, retreat and workshop facilitator presenting throughout Ireland, the United States, Australia and Europe. She divides her time between the Aran Islands, the mainland, Australia and USA, offering retreats, workshops and performances of spiritual music.
Aiveen Mullally is a lecturer at Marino Institute of Education in religious education and spirituality of the child. She is a qualified psychotherapist, workshop facilitator and Capacitar tutor.
June 14th –
Cost 390 € includes accommodation, meals, workshops and all transport on the island.
The Healing Power of Writing – Writing as a Spritiual Tool 2024
Personal expressive writing is a simple and powerful self-care tool that promotes healing, relaxation, personal growth and inner peace.
No experience in writing required
“…this is not a competition
but a doorway into thanks,
and a silence in
which another voice may speak.”
On this journey together we will also immerse ourselves in the creative and healing power of Meditation, Poetry, Music, Ritual and Nature.
Deirdre Ni Chinneide
Lorraine O Brien
May 10th –
Cost 595 € to include accommodation/evening meal and transport.
Beverages and snacks.
Turas an Chroí 2024
“A Celtic Christian Journey of the Heart, Crossing the Threshold Home: The call to remember this ancient civilization is to retrieve that which we have lost and longed for in these current times.”
During this retreat, Deirdre will guide and explore themes of soul loss, disconnection and the return home to the Spirit of God within.: In the early Christian church, the well was seen as a place of healing. Held deep within the earth, a journey to the well nurtured and refreshed the pilgrim who drank of its healing waters . Through this journey of the heart we open to the well within.
July 11th – 13th
August 15th – 17th
September 12th – 14th
Cost 495 € includes accommodation, meals, workshops and all transport on the island
Ancestral Echoes 2024:
Music, Poetry, Story-Telling and Ritual
With Deirdre Ni Chinnéide and Lorraine O’Brien
A two day immersion in the Spiritual Aspects of Celtic Story, Poetry, Song and Ritual.
- Storytelling-Guided Poetry, Music, Meditation and Song
- A visit to a 5th century Monastic Beehive Hut
- A visit to the Ancient Fort of Dun Aonghusa
- Time out on the wild landscape of the Aran Landscape
The venue, Sli Aonghusa nestles at the foot of the Ancient Fort of Dun Aonghasa in the village of Kilmurvey Aran Islands.
The centre is spacious, bright and comfortable with spectacular views of the wild landscape of Aran. An award winning blue flag beach nearby is a delight for swimmers and many of the Islands sacred sites and holy wells are within walking distance.
September 20th – September 22th
595 € (Cost includes accomodation, beverages, snacks and meals.
Slí Aonghusa Retreat Centre Inis Mór Aran Islands Co. Galway
View from the Kitchen
Blue Flag Beach
“Workation” – Work & Travel
Discover a new, unique way to spend your holiday on a budget by contributing your creative resources to the Slí Aonghusa Retreat Centre and immerse yourself in the warmhearted community of the islanders.
There’s always a variety of jobs inside the house and the Centre as well as the garden where your personal skills will be highly appreciated. In return for your work (appr. 5 hours per day) you get free accommodation and meals and can discover life on the island with all its beautiful nature, the ancient sites and traditions.
If you are learning the Irish language you will find great opportunities to practise as Gaeilge is the main language on the Aran islands.
You are also welcome to join in e.g. meditation. There is a blue-flag beach nearby for swimming and recreation.
Your work-contributions could be:
● Pre-cooking meals for coming retreats
● Indoor decorating like painting or wallpapering
● Gardening and building new garden features
● General Household Chores
● Filing documents
● Repair jobs – depending on your skills
To apply get in contact – stating the dates, on which you are available.
Participants feedback on the Slí Aonghusa retreats
“Transformative and nurturing …..will be back.”
“So enjoyed the retreat. I feel I have tapped into my own ability to heal and connect …”
“Heart / soul felt, enlightening, enriching spiritual fun and connection”.
“It certainly opened my heart. A fabulous place and the retreat was so well organised. Will certainly come back.”
“I didn’t know what to expect but it was wonderful. So well planned, paced and facilitated.”
“I enjoyed visits to the sited around the island
It was an amazing experience – perfectly balanced, so refreshed and nourished.”
“Great to see the island and the special places . Got a real insight into island life especially the place and the people. I found it all so special.”
“Lón anama – beautifully and harmoniously paced. You held a nourishing space all weekend “.
Getting to Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway IRELAND
Galway to Inis Mór
The biggest of the 3 Aran Islands, Inis Mór (or Inishmore), can be reached by sea from Ros A Mhil (Rossaveal) ferry port – shuttle bus available from Galway city-centre. Further details & ferry/ shuttle bus timetables on