Residential Mindfulness Retreat

This weekend retreat offers a gentle  introduction to many of the practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is a secular practice, the benefits of which have been validated by 30 years of scientific research. We will explore together what mindfulness is, how it can be cultivated and what it can bring to our lives. Over the course of the weekend retreat, you will experience practices including the body scan, sitting meditation and mindful movement. You will also learn how to develop your own practice and integrate mindfulness into your everyday life following the weekend residential. There will be opportunities for group discussion during the weekend, both in the practice sessions and more informally throughout the day.


Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is oriented especially towards those who are coming new to mindfulness, who wish to find out more and start to develop a personal practice. People with experience are also very welcome and can find it helpful as a refresher.



This retreat will be held at Esker Retreat Centre just outside Athenry, Galway. The grounds of Esker are beautiful. There are three large sand hills, two of which are covered with trees and crisscrossed with walks. Many people come here just to walk and experience the peace of the place. Esker offers simple full-board accommodation in single rooms with shared bathrooms. All meals are vegetarian, and home-made. More information about Esker Retreat Centre can be found here


Cost, Dates and Booking

The total cost of the retreat including teaching and all meals (including dinner on arrival on Friday evening) as well as single room accommodation is 275 euro. The fee also includes 3 Mindfulness CDs and handouts. The retreat begins Friday May 26th at 6pm  and ends on Sunday May 28th at 3pm.


Led by:

Carmel Sheridan  is in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor in Galway city. She has an MA in applied Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. Carmel is the author of The Mindful Nurse: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help You Thrive In Your Work. She completed professional training in MBSR under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn and other senior trainers from the Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has also been trained by Mindful Schools to teach Mindfulness to elementary school students.

A deposit of 100 euro will book your place with the balance due on arrival. Register on our Booking page or email for information Call 086 8185974