Led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB
Bere Island, Country Cork, Ireland Sun 13th April 2014 to Sun 20th April 2014
The Bere Island Easter Retreat brings people together from many backgrounds, nationalities and spiritual traditions, people who have been meditating for a long time and those who may have had an occasional experience but would like an opportunity to deepen their practice. The week led by Laurence Freeman OSB, is one of community, friendship, spiritual exploration and relaxation within a beautiful and tranquil Irish coastal setting.
The Bere Island Retreat explores the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week. The programme includes twice daily talks and meditation led by Laurence Freeman at the Island’s Heritage Centre. We also take part in Easter liturgies throughout the week with the residents of the island. A session of yoga or tai chi may be held in the mornings and time is set aside every afternoon for walking, sharing, reading or solitude.
The retreat begins with Mass at 10am in the local church on Palm Sunday morning. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is held on Thursday followed by an evening service on Good Friday. At dawn on Easter morning, everyone is welcome to assemble by the Standing Stone at the centre of the island for sunrise. This is followed by meditation and breakfast together at the Heritage Centre followed by Mass at 10am in the church. With its deep history and natural beauty, Bere Island provides the perfect location and community environment from which to experience the spiritual significance of Easter.