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Wake Up Ireland Retreat for Young Adults

DATE: 11 May 2017 - 13 May 2017

Thu, 11 May 2017, 18:00 –Sat, 13 May 2017, 16:00.

Leave the city behind, get a breath of fresh air, and celebrate awakened living with a lively group of young mindfulness practitioners and monastics from Plum Village in Creagh Castle, Doneraile, North County Cork! This retreat offers us time and space to let go from the busyness of life and begin to reclaim our ability to come back to the present moment. With the tools of mindfulness practice, we will learn to let go of our habitual energies and over-thinking, and learn how to be.

What? Wake Up retreat with monastics from Plum Village
When? Thursday, 11th May – Saturday 13th May 2017.
Where? Creagh Castle, Doneraile, North Co. Cork. See directions below.
Who can participate? Everyone between the ages of 18 and early 40’s
How? By registering and buying a ticket at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wake-up-retreat-for-young-adults-2017-tickets-33659702075

Price of €133.49 – €165.38 includes all meals and 2-nights accommodation.
Last day of registration: Sunday 7th May 2017 at 11.30pm.[Please only register if you can attend the entire retreat – Given that the retreat is only two full days in length, missing a day would mean you’d be missing out on a lot in reality. Plum Village retreats put a lot of emphasis on the communal experience of practicing collectively.]

Payments accepted: Credit card only. If you do not have a credit card, please ask a friend or family member to book a place for you. [Please note: your place on the retreat is not allocated until full payment is received. Holding places to pay later will not be accepted.]

Refund policy? Cancellations are accepted in writing only – please contact us at wkupireland@gmail.com. Cancellations will be accepted until 2 weeks before the retreat – 27st April 2017 at 11.59pm. No refunds will be accepted after that date and no exceptions will be made.
Arrival date:
Thursday 11th May from 6pm to 7.30pm for registration. Dinner will be served between 7.30pm and 8.30pm [Important note: We strongly recommend that you attend the orientation session at the start of the retreat as this will explain what we’ll do during the retreat.]

Departure date:
Saturday 13th May at 4.30pm
What to bring?… the important checklist!
Duvet or sleeping bag. Pillow cover. Bedding for the mattress and a pillow will be provided.
Please provide your own towel as this will not be provided.
Whatever you use for meditation such as a cushion, blanket, or meditation stool. Chairs will be provided.
Blanket for deep relaxation and meditation to keep you cosy (and for extra warmth at night).
Loose clothing suitable for sitting meditation.
A bottle to carry around water with you.
A tea thermos to take your tea around with you.
If you wish, you can bring your own herbal tea and/or vegan biscuits to share.
Comfortable clothes for optional exercises (and meditation).
Warm clothes and rain jacket if we go outside (maybe an umbrella too).
Shoes that are suitable for outside walking meditation or exercises, especially if wet, and also shoes that are suitable for inside. You can bring your comfy slippers if you like!
Personal toiletries and medications if needed.
Ear plugs – you are staying in a dorm or you’re needing a nap, these can come in handy.
Hot water bottle – It can get cold so if you think you need one, be sure to bring it. Hot water is available from the dining room kitchen – Be Careful!
Notebook and pen – For all your thoughts, inspirations, notes etc.
Loving kindness and a willingness to help the retreat flow smoothly by participating in work meditation and volunteering as needed.
Accommodation: You will sleep in same-gender dorms for two nights. Dorms have shared bathrooms. There will be a rota for shower use throughout the retreat. We would ask all people attending the retreat to bring a sleeping bag/duvet and towel with you please as these items will not be available on site.

Meals are vegan (ie. no animal products). Please note, we cannot provide for special diets. Please provide your own medication or special foods if needed.

Mindful Volunteering
Working meditation is an essential part of the retreat experience. Everyone is asked to turn up for their scheduled work periods and consider helping as necessary. The small team looking after the retreat needs everyone’s help to ensure that the retreat runs smoothly.
If you see something that needs to be done, consider if you could do it yourself rather than alert the team: if there are cups that need collecting, collect them; if the tea area needs tidying, tidy it. By helping, you support yourself and the smooth running of the retreat.
The practice consists of washing pots, dishes, cups, and clearing the tables after meals or chopping some vegetables before each meal.

Noble Silence
We will be observing noble silence at certain times during the retreat. Silence supports us in deepening our practice of mindfulness and looking into ourselves and our habit energies. The practice of silence need not be oppressive. Although we do not speak, we can acknowledge the presence of each other with a smile.
Included in this silence is the refreshing opportunity to take a break from our mobile phones, telephones, emails, portable devices and laptops. Please support your practice by limiting your use of these devices to only what is absolutely necessary, and if you do need to use them, please find a place where you will not disturb others.
Creagh Castle is an old home converted for the purpose of retreats. This is only the second retreat held here and with that, there may be issues that arise. We ask retreatants to be patient, smile and help in any way that will promote the smooth running of the retreat.

The registration fees are set to cover the costs and do not include fees for the monastics, as it is part of the tradition that the Dharma (teachings) be given free of charge. It is then left to the individual to donate as they see fit. This also nurtures a spirit of generosity and open-heartedness. Dana (donation) is normally left in a bowl, for that purpose, towards the end of the retreat.


6:30 Guided sitting meditation
7:00 Exercise/Working meditation
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Working meditation
10:00 Dharma Talk
11:30 Walking meditation/Working meditation
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Deep relaxation and Touching the Earth
15:30 Tai Chi / Qi Gong / Yoga
17:00 Working meditation
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Dharma group sharings
20:00 Sitting meditation and chanting
21:30 Noble Silence

* All retreatants are requested to refrain from smoking, drinking and sexual practice during the retreat to support everyone’s practice, lay and monastic. If you are a smoker that cannot abstain for the weekend, please be mindful of the other retreatants by using designated areas for smoking purposes only.




What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of parking space available on site at Creagh Castle for those who will be driving to the retreat.

I’d like to take the public transportation to Doneraile.
A bus service is available to Cork City. From there you will need the bus to Mallow, Co Cork. Please let us know by email what time your bus arrives on Thursday evening and we will arrange to collect you. [wkupireland@gmail.com].

I’d like to drive, how do I get there?
Coming from Cork City, take the N20 towards Mallow, pass straight through two roundabouts at Mallow and continue on for approx three kms until the next main turnoff to the right, it is signposted to Doneraile, take that turn off and continue on this smaller road until you meet Doneraile( approx 7 km) Once you meet the Main Street of Doneraile turn immediately right and follow road for one mile until you meet huge stone entrance with white painted gates, that’s Creagh Castle.

Coming from Dublin, head south on the M7 then onto the M8, take the turn off for Mitchelstown, bypass the town and get onto the N73 towards Mallow. It is signposted. Pass through a small hilltop town called Kildorrery and continue on for another mile until you see a sign for Doneraile to the right, go to Doneraile, go up through the town and follow the road round to the left for a mile until you see big white gates on the bend.





What’s the refund policy?

Cancellations are accepted in writing only – please contact us at wkupireland@gmail.com
Cancellations will be accepted until 2 weeks before the retreat – 27st April 2017 at 11.59pm. No refunds will be accepted after that date and no exceptions will be made