Preached Retreats in Esker, Summer and Autumn 2017.

Esker Retreat Centre, Monastery and Church

The following is information about a number of retreats, weekend and 6-days, that are coming up in Esker in the coming months. Please let your friends know about these. Esker is a quiet place away from the noise and the busyness of life, a place apart, a ‘soul-space’ for everyone, of whatever age. ‘Welcome’ is our middle name here in Esker.

Come apart and rest awhile’  (Mark 6:31)– a time apart, a time away from the rush of life, to get the bigger picture, to be in touch with our humanity, our hungers, questions, and our deeper selves.

In the quiet walks of the Eskers

July 9-14: ‘Being Present in the Presence’:  Meditation Retreat: Facilitator: Brendan O’Rourke C.Ss.R. Guided, silent and movement mediations together with light grounding and breath work, all in a restful quiet atmosphere.

 A 6-day retreat

(residential or non-residential).  We begin with tea on Sunday at 6pm and finish with 1pm lunch on Friday.

There will be a balance in the days, time for rest, for some light exercises, quiet time, relaxed time for eating and sleeping, exercises in mindfulness, and some short inputs on meditation and being awake to the present moment.

We will have some group meditations in silence.

Other meditations will be facilitated by Brendan and will have themes such as: Grief, Forgiveness, Pain, Healing, Facing our Death, Opening our Heart.

We will also have an active imagination meditation, consulting our inner wisdom, movement and music meditation, and walking meditation.

We will do easy-to-manage body exercises and breathing exercises (suitable for all ages).

Each participant will be invited to participate at their own pace and energy level.

These days are an opportunity to come and rest, reflect, and be refreshed in body and spirit. Participants will enjoy good food and a warm, homely house.  Our location is in the heart of the countryside, and provides wonderful walks, and silence only broken by our abundance of birds, sheep, cows, and our country-church angelus bell.

The Esker setting helps us re-connect with ourselves, and with nature, and with the heart of life.  Esker has been a soul-space for at least 300 years, within the Christian tradition, but with a welcome to anyone in their life’s journey.

If you are a person of faith, you are welcome.  If you have no religion or faith you are also welcome.  You don’t have to be a “spiritual professional” to come on this retreat.  Women and men, gay or straight, young or old, single or in a relationship, all are welcome.

Depending on the numbers of participants, Brendan will be available each day for a period of time to meet with those who want to talk with him.

Outside the schedule of the retreat there is a daily Mass and this is open to anyone who would like to participate.

The retreat will be facilitated by Brendan O’Rourke, C.Ss.R.  Brendan is a Redemptorist Priest, Rector of Esker Monastery and Retreat Centre. Brendan has given many retreats, seminars and courses throughout Ireland, and has also worked in the Philippine Islands and the United States.  Brendan also works as a psychotherapist, since qualifying in 1987, and is accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Together with his Christian faith, since his years in New York City, Brendan has found himself inspired by the heart and wisdom of some Buddhist teachers, and he has also recently found wisdom and challenge in a workshop and retreat conducted by the Austrian teacher and mystic, Thomas Huebl.


Sunday, July 9, 2017 arrival after 4.30pm.   Friday, July 15, departure after 1pm lunch

Cost:  €375.00 residential. €225 non-residential.

Address:  Redemptorist Retreat Centre, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway

Telephone:  091-844-549 Fax: 091-845-698 Email




September 8-11:

We come as we are

Meditation/Yoga: with Korko Moses S. J.  This silent retreat is an opportunity for people to take time out to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Meditation. Facilitator: Korko Moses S.J. (India): For further information please contact Laura at 087 7489694


September 25-30: Six-day Preached Retreat: ‘Who do you say that I am’.

(Detail: Gothic Chapel Window, Kylemore)

Facilitator: Michael Kelleher C.Ss.R.   Michael is a former Provincial Superior of the Irish Redemptorists, and is experienced in a variety of ministries, particularly in developing  Youth Ministry in Ireland. He is currently based in Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick.  Contact: Secretary Esker 091 844007 or email

November 4,5: Dreams. / Facilitator Brendan O’Rourke C.Ss.R.  ’Dreams have been valued in ancient cultures and religions. They were understood to give guidance, to challenge imbalance in our lives, and to invite us to wholeness. In these two days we will look at dream theory, and at ways to work and play with our dreams.’  Brendan, currently in his sixth year as superior of the Redemptorist Community here in Esker, is a native of Wexford, and is a psychotherapist. He is a man of wide and varied experience and has ministered in many parts of the world, and brings a great depth of understanding and compassion to his ministries.

December 1-3: Advent Retreat. A quiet weekend apart, as we begin our journey towards the mystery that is Christmas. Facilitator: Peter Burns C.Ss.R.

December 15-17:  Healing in the spirit: Weekend of healing and wholeness in body, mind and spirit, based on the word of God and the Sacraments. Facilitator: Jim McManus C.Ss.R.  Contact Secretary Esker 091 844007 or

Other important Events in Esker, in Esker Church:

June 6-14 The Annual Esker Solemn Novena:  see carousel for details.

October  9-11  (Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday): Triduum to St. Gerard Majella, the Redemptorist Saint who is patron of Mothers and expectant Mothers. Mass, Petitions, and Blessing with relic of St. Gerard daily 10m and 8pm.

December 11-15: The Esker Healing Mission: a healing Eucharistic Mission in preparation for Christmas. Sessions daily: 10am, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. (This takes place in the public Church in Esker.)





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