Focusing in Ireland

Ards Friary Retreat Center Biospiritual Institute Logo

Creeslough, Co. Donegal - Ireland.

Ards Retreat Centre have agreed to become the latest BioSpiritual Institute’s Designated Centre of excellence.

The Retreat Centre lies on the Wild Atlantic Way and is nestled in 200 acres of woodland on the shores of Sheephaven Bay. The extensive grounds offer a range of woodland walks and scenic views of the shore with the hills of Donegal as a backdrop.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to offer a place of religious and spiritual encounter to

all in a place of wonderful natural beauty; and to be a community that supports nature to express itself fully, utilising the best of current spiritual, ecological and environmental understanding and practice.

Our vision is one of a world that is naturally beautiful, bountiful, just and life-giving, where we are able to remember we are all interconnected in Christ, and learn to live as brothers and sisters with all of creation.’

The team in Ards is undertaking intensive training in BioSpirituality and they hope to be able to offer BioSpiritual Focusing courses to the public in the not-too-distant future. 

These courses will be offered to children and adults and will include an ecological dimension that will be fostered by the outstanding natural beauty of the setting.

We hope that Ards will be a place of sanctuary and deep learning for all who are on the journey of exploring the gifts of Focusing and BioSpirituality.

In keeping with their charism of recognising the world as one community, the team also plan to make the Ards Retreat Centre a model of living in tune with the environment. Towards that end they will be offering practical and educational opportunities through hands-on experiences and courses and workshops.

Tom Larkin, a Focusing trainer will be giving a workshop on Nature Connection in autumn 2022 (dates TBC). At the heart of the workshop are the practices of Forest Bathing, a contemplative practice to foster the relationship between the human and more than human world and the Work That Reconnects, a practice that helps people move from a sense of isolation to greater participation in the web of life.

We will keep you informed about other courses in Ards, and we look forward to seeing many of you there in the future to experience the warmth and beauty of this place for yourself.

If you have any questions, please contact John Keane This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can download a brochure for the Ards Retreat Centre by clicking here

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