Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Green Tara with Gen Kelsang Chitta. A Weekend Retreat at Ards Friary.

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Green Tara with Gen Kelsang Chitta. 

Weekend Meditation Retreat at Ards Friary, Creeslough, Co. Donegal, F92 Y23R

6pm, Friday 17th February – 2pm, Sunday 19th February, 2023

Attend in person, stay for the weekend or just come along for sessions

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Arya Tara is a Buddha who is a manifestation of the wind element of all the Buddhas. Since the wind element is the nature of movement Arya Tara is very swift in helping and protecting.

Arya Tara is an embodiment of fearless enlightened wisdom. Tara means ‘liberator’ in that she liberates all beings from all fear and suffering.

This empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we make a deep connection with Tara’s enlightened mind.

Through receiving her powerful blessings we can swiftly actualize our own potential for fearless wisdom and compassionate action.

After the empowerment, Gen Chitta will give commentary to Tara’s practice called “Liberation from Sorrow.”

By relying on Tara with sincere faith, she will protect us from all internal and external dangers and fulfill all our wishes. She will provide us with all the conditions we need for our spiritual training, and guide and inspire us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.

She will care for us throughout this life and all our future lives.

This empowerment is an opportunity to make a strong connection with Arya Tara and receive her powerful blessings.


Guiding the sessions will be Buddhist nun Gen Chitta, a student of Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, she can offer gentle guidance and the clear wisdom of ancient Buddhist practice in a way that’s suitable for everyone of any age, background or belief. 


Ards Friary lies within 200 acres of grounds with access to beautiful beaches. Ards hosts some spectacular views. Its peace and serenity have meditative qualities, allowing you to wonder and explore. Ards Country park is next to the Friary and walks from the Friary, extend into it, allowing you to venture even further.


Schedule for the silence periods, meditations and meals

1700 1800 Check in / registration opens
1800 1900 Supper
2000 2130 Session 1 with Ian McGlade

0800 0900 Breakfast
0900 1000 Session 2 with Ian McGlade
1100 1300 Session 3 Empowerment with Gen Chitta
1300 Lunch
1630 1800 Session 4 with Gen Chitta
1800 Supper
2000 2045 Session 5 Tara Chanting

0800 0900 Breakfast
0900 1000 Session 6 with Ian McGlade
1130 1245 Session 7 with Gen Chitta
1300 Lunch


All inclusive accommodation

Single Room £220 all inclusive
Twin Room for two people £400 all inclusive for two people.
(there are no ensuite rooms available at Ards Friary)

Pricing Breakdown

Sessions only
Weekend £50 (Friday £8, Saturday £30, Sunday £12)
£25 for members

Meals and tea & coffee throughout
Fri £15
Sat £30
Sun £15
All meals £60

Single B&B £55/night
Double B&B £45/night/person

Single Room £220 – February 2023

All inclusive, single room, shared bathroom.


Double Room £400 – February 2023

All inclusive, small double bed for two people, shared bathroom.


Saturday Day Visitor £60 – February 2023

Includes Empowerment, all sessions, meals and refreshments for Saturday only


Sessions only £50 – February 2023


Sessions and Meals £110 – February 2023


Feel free to email us if you need help with your booking.

If you are a member do not need to pay session fees. Please book by paying the appropriate amount for accommodation and meals here.

membership at Kadampa Meditation Centre Belfast entitles you to attend all classes and retreat sessions and is £24/month. Simply use your online banking or your bank to set up a regular payment to Potala Buddhist Centre – First Trust Bank University St, Belfast. Sort Code: 93-83-94 Account No: 46214065, or contact us for a form.

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