Wake Up Ireland Winter Retreat 2018
A retreat for young adults across Ireland to come together and practice in a spirit of joy, peace, and inclusivity (ages 20 - 40)
Preparing for the New Year
The winter season is a powerful period of transition as we reflect upon the quality and meaning of our lives, as well as reigniting the forces of our deepest aspirations in the year to come.
In the darkest hours of winter, we also celebrate the brightest gifts of our lives and precious community.
This retreat, we will prepare our hearts and minds for a beautiful New Year... with both deep reflection, peaceful meditation, and conscious celebration!
Thursday, 6th of December until Sunday, 9th of December
Dear Friends,

You're invited to join us on this special Winter Ireland Retreat for young adults!

Together as one Sangha body of Wake Uppers, we will co-creatively welcome the winter with loving-kindness meditations, Dharma talks, written and artistic reflections for the year, as well as celebrating through conscious play, music, and dancing! Let us celebrate our lives in a way that will inspire and uplift ourselves, our descendants, and our society, lighting a bright path into the future for us all.

We'll enjoy sinking deeper in the practice, connecting deeply with ourselves and each other in the present moment.

Practicing this way, we know that we will continue beautifully into the future.

Venue .... Arrival & Departure
We will be gathering at Kilcuan, Clarinbridge, Co.Galway 17km from Galway City.

Kilcuan is a retreat center located in the small town of Clarinbridge, surrounded by trees and tucked away with a beautiful walled garden in the grounds and magical forest trails close by. Philippe Madec, one of our core organizers has attended retreats led by his father Claude Madec from That's Life Disability Arts Program where wonderfully inclusive retreats have been facilitated to support adults with intellectual disabilities. The center has a spacious yet cozy practice space with tall beautiful windows and there is also a large common area where we can chill out and eat together. Accommodation offers mostly twin bedrooms with some single also available and all rooms are ensuite.

We invite people to arrive between 4 and 6pm on Thursday, Dec 6th. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm!

Our retreat will end at 3pm on Sunday, December 9th.
(We will have food-to-go for those who need to leave before lunch.)

By car you will find Kilcuan at the following google maps link:

Car Pooling:
If you have a space in your car to offer, or are looking for a ride share, please post in this google document to connect to other retreatants

Public Transport from Galway City:
Bus Eireann Line 51 departs from Galway train station at 5 minutes past the hour arriving to Clarinbridge in less than 20 minutes. From the bus stop, step off turn right and continue walking the direction the bus was going for about 5 minutes and take the first left through large gates leading down a long driveway. Follow the driveway and take the first left where you will be warmly welcomed to the beautiful center.

Welcome to the Wake Up Ireland Retreat Organizing Team!
We are excited to share with you our Sangha organizing team: Philippe Madec and Dermot Foley from Ireland, Mercia Moseley and David Viafora from the USA. In 2017, the four of us partnered together to create a 4 month Wake Up center and community in Athens to support and befriend refugees in Greece. The work we shared together, as well as the retreats and mindfulness workshops we facilitated were such a success that we wished to continue partnering together as a Sangha team, especially in our home countries.

Philippe Madec is a yoga teacher sharing what he has learned around the world. We are lucky enough for him to be coming back home to Ireland in time for this retreat! He will be offering mindful movements and an invitation to connect with each other. Philippe and Dermot will also bring us together in playing guitar and singing songs.

Dermot Foley is a care-bear in disguise of a 2 meter tall burly man. Another native Irish-man, he has been a pillar of solidity in supporting this retreat and wider Sangha in Ireland. Aside from offering deep meditations of the body in the body, he will likely make us laugh and cry at the same time.

Mercia Moseley is a Wake Up enthusiast, photographer-artist extraordinaire, and soulful listener of our group. She has more Wake Up friends in different countries around the world than anyone we know!

David Viafora (former monk and OI member for 9 years) is apprenticing with Dharma Teachers Michael Ciborski and Fern Dorresteyn at MorningSun Mindfulness Community in New Hampshire, USA. He has been coordinating New Years retreats for the past 5 years and admires the powers of deep aspiration for our practice during this time.

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