The Path of a Spiritual Traveller. A Weekend Meditation Retreat at Ards Friary.

The Path of a Spiritual Traveller.

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

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

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

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It feels as if we are living in the age of distraction. Relentlessly busy, we move from one activity to the next. Sometimes we feel confused, lost and lacking a meaningful destination. We crave peace of mind and a life with less unpredictability.

Being a spiritual traveller does mean leaving our job, our family or retreating to an isolated mountain hut. 

The path of a spiritual traveller is an inner journey of mind, using all our daily experiences to train our mind.

In this Buddhist retreat we explore and embrace the extraordinary opportunity we have right now to lead a life with meaning and to cut through our confusion.

We will meditate and contemplate on teachings on the preciousness of our life, our mortality and how our actions or ‘Karma’ is the cause of all our painful and pleasant experiences and feelings. Knowing this we can feel empowered to take control of our own destiny

We meditate on how to extract the essence of this life, seek refuge in the peace of enlightenment and realise the true causes of our pain and suffering. 

We will discover how we can live lightly in this busy and unpredictable modern world whilst following an inner spiritual journey, a path to permanent inner peace and liberation.


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. Also guiding some sessions will be Ian McGlade, the teacher from Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Derry Londonderry.


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 – 1045 Session 1 with Ian McGlade
1145 – 1300 Session 2 with Gen Chitta
1300 – Lunch
1630 – 1745 Session 3 with Ian McGlade
1800 – Supper
2000 – 2115 Session 4 with Gen Chitta

Sunday ( Silent until 10:15 )
0815 – 0915 Breakfast
0915 – 1045 Session 5 with Ian McGlade
1130 – 1245 Session 6 with Gen Chitta
1300 – Lunch


All inclusive accommodation

Single Room £220
Twin Room for two people £400
(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

Single Room £220 – February 2023

All inclusive, single room, shared bathroom


Twin Room £400 – February 2023

All inclusive, twin for two people, shared bathroom


Sessions only £50 – February 2023


Sessions and Meals £110 – February 2023


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.

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

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