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In its simplest form ‘Retreat’, means ‘to withdraw, to drawback.’ Throughout the ages, tradition has understood Retreat to be an important part of spiritual formation. That is, time consciously set aside for spirituality, a change of focus, a deliberate act of stepping outside of normal routine by withdrawing (not running away) from the noise and pressures; the immediate and insistent claims of our social, domestic and workaday responsibilities in order to be in a quiet place where all our senses are open and ready to listen.
Shamrock Chapel is the ideal space to organise or book your retreat. We do not only cater for groups, but for individuals as well.
A retreat is a journey that can be religious or spiritual in nature, and is typically taken away from the confines of everyday living. The purpose of a religious retreat is to get closer to God or rediscover one’s faith. A spiritual retreat can lead to newfound creativity.
Everyone occasionally needs some inner rejuvenation. Whether you want to break new ground, spiritually speaking, or you simply want to reclaim your peace in the midst of a hectic life, going on retreat can be a perfect solution. A true retreat is much more than a vacation—it can be a time of conscious, spiritual opening, of making an enjoyable effort to rise to an entirely new state of awareness.
The right environment can give you a tremendous boost. If possible, choose a place with an established spiritual tradition, one that is harmonious with your own spiritual inclinations. For example, if you are a heart-oriented person, you may not feel nurtured in a strongly intellectual environment, and vice versa.
If you’re new to being on retreat, go to a retreat center that offers individual guidance. Optional, guided group activities—such as postures, meditations, nature walks, etc.—are also a plus. Occasionally tapping into focused group energy can help even experienced retreatants keep their energy high and inspired. But yes, we will gladly guide you on your individual retreat. Don’t be scared.
At Shamrock Chapel, we are geared up to lead you into a meaninful retreat. Look for a place with beautiful natural surroundings. Being quiet amidst nature’s beauty can be tremendously restorative. Choose a retreat that will give you time and space to be alone when you wish.
You don’t need to know anything about retreats or meditation before coming to Shamrock Chapel Retreat Centre. You don’t have to feel shy about asking questions, since we greet and support many people every week who are totally new to these teachings. It will help you to get more from your retreat if you’re able to get rested before you come. But if this is not possible, this is a great place to catch up on that rest. In particular, during your first day or two, you can “speed the process” by scheduling a massage or two at the nearby spa, run by qualified practitioners. You can ask about the variety of bodywork styles available when you make your reservation. If possible, give some thought before you leave home to what you’d like to focus on during your retreat time. Is this a time just to get rest and see what happens? Would you like to focus on healing a relationship or something from the past? Would you like to work on goals for the coming year? Having an intention for your retreat often helps give it momentum.
As soon as you leave home, determine to put all problems out of your mind. Tell yourself that the more you allow your mind to focus on the joy of the present moment, the more inspiration you will feel for dealing with those problems creatively and effectively after your retreat is over. When you can put problems aside and focus on lifting your awareness, you might find the answers you need coming from inspiration.
What you do is not as important as whether your inspiration and “joy level” are high. You don’t have to pray and meditate all day long—few people can do that constructively, anyway. You don’t even have to stay in silence or solitude, though many people find these beneficial. Focus on enjoyment, rather than “should’s.” We will work out a program for your specific needs.
We do attract many wonderful people at Shamrock Chapel Retreat Centre — interesting, kindred spirits, from all walks of life, from all parts of the world. Mealtimes are great fun — not only because of the wonderfully tasty fare—but it’s a chance for meaningful and entertaining sharing with new friends.
We advertise about scheduled retreats regularly, but if you want a solo retreat, you are more than welcome to contact us.