Health & Meditation

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 17:00 to Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 12:00

Retreat led by Laurence Freeman OSB

Bere Island, County Cork, Ireland
Costs €400 for the retreat programme – including yoga.
Please book online. It is recommended that you book as soon as possible as there are limited spaces. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation, and should book for their accommodation directly with the provider.

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Meditation and medicine are integrally connected through the experience of care, attention and wholeness.

While open to all, this seven day meditation retreat has a special focus for those in the medical and caring professions.

Laurence Freeman OSB, who is leading a course on meditation and leadership in the medical profession for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, will guide participants towards discovering how important is the inner state to their work and care for others, and to the life of the health care professions in general.

It is a special opportunity to refresh the sense of calling that makes the medical and caring professions personally fulflling as well as effective for the well-being of others.

Bere Island is a unique environment of great peace, friendliness and beauty which has hosted many retreats for meditators.

Laurence Freeman OSB

is a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation; a contemporary, contemplative community.

He travels widely as an international speaker and retreat leader, and is the author of many articles and books including, The Selfless Self ,  Jesus: The Teacher Within  and  First Sight: The Experience of Faith.

Fr Laurence has conducted dialogues and peace initiatives such as the historic “Way of Peace” with the Dalai Lama, and is active in interreligious dialogue with leaders of other faiths. He encourages the teaching of Christian meditation to children and students and the recovery of the contemplative wisdom in the Church and in society at large. He is the Director of Meditatio, the outreach program of the community, which engages with the secular world on the themes of Education, Mental Health, Business, Addiction and Recovery and Medicine.

Retreat content

The timetable of the retreat will centre around times of meditation, (alone or together), a morning talk by Fr Laurence, periods for discussion and reflection, optional yoga sessions and times for personal meeting with Fr Laurence.


A range of accommodation is available on Bere Island from newly developed, self-catering houses with sea views, to full board hotel rooms close to the Heritage Centre. Participants will need to make their own arrangements.

Details can be found here:

Please contact Caroline at for more information.

Travelling to Bere Island

If travelling by plane into Cork International airport, Bere Island is a two and half hour drive from there. Cars are readily available for hire at the airport. There is public transport from Cork to Bere Island but availability is limited.

There is a ferry service from Castletownbere which will you take across the bay to Bere Island.

Information on ferry times is available at: