The Meaning of Life. Purpose guided by Love, Compassion and Wisdom. New Year Retreat at Ards Friary.

The Meaning of Life.

Purpose guided by Love, Compassion and Wisdom.

New Year Weekend Meditation Retreat at Ards Friary, Sheephaven Bay, County Donegal.

6pm Friday 14th Jan – 2pm Sunday 16th Jan 2022

Attend in person, stay for the weekend, just come for sessions or tune in from home.

Booking NOW opening. PLEASE SEE BELOW.

There Is Nothing More Precious Than Our Human Life. With it we have immense potential and freedom to accomplish anything we want; success, wealth, fame, family life, world travel. Our worldly ambitions can be almost limitless.

However, inspite of our every achievement, we are often left with a residual gnaw of dissatisfaction, that surfaces in spite of our every material gain.

So what is missing? Is there more beyond material gain? What will bring me deep satisfaction? What will bring real meaning to my life? A meaning that is deep and reliable, that will transcend to the moment of my death.

This retreat will explore these profound questions. It will emphasise how training our mind is the key to awakening our ultimate potential.

By turning inwards we can understand, develop and realise our inner potentials. We can awaken our boundless essential nature of peace, love, compassion and wisdom.

By training our mind we can discover a true purpose, navigate our pursuits with meaning and benefit all others. We can take the essence of every moment of this temporary life.


Guiding the sessions will be Buddhist nun. Gen Chitta, a student of Tibetan 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. Also guiding the morning sessions will be Ian McGlade, sharing meditation practices suitable for settling and empowering the mind.


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

Check in open from 1700
Supper from 1800
2000 – 2130 Introductory Talk and Meditation with Gen Chitta

Saturday (Silent until 13:00)
0815 – 0915 Breakfast
0915 – 1015 Session 1 with Ian McGlade
1145 – 1300 Session 2 with Gen Chitta
1300 – Lunch
1630 – 1745 Session 3 with Gen Chitta
1800 – Supper
2000 – 2115 Session 4 with Gen Chitta

Sunday (Silent until 10:15)
0815 – 0915 Breakfast
0915 – 1015 Session 5 with Ian McGlade
1130 – 1245 Session 6 with Gen Chitta
1300 – Lunch


All inclusive accommodation

Single Room £200
Twin Room for two people £380
(there are no ensuite rooms available at Ards Friary)

Pricing Breakdown

£8 each – free for members
Weekend £50

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

Sessions and meals £110
Online only. Zoom and Video Catch-up

Single Room £200

All inclusive, single room, shared bathroom


Twin Room £380

All inclusive, twin for two people, shared bathroom


Sessions only £50


Sessions and Meals £110


Online sessions. Zoom and Video Catch-up £35.00


If you will be attending only part of the retreat or as a member do need to pay session fees please book by paying the appropriate amount here.