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Outer world, inner world

This 5 night secular retreat, with Donal Creedon, is not based on tradition but informed by ancient and contemporary wisdom traditions.

The particular emphasis for our new year retreat is on how to bring about a direct relationship with the life that is about us and within us of which we are usually unconscious. We will explore seeing and listening as a single movement, which when understood become a welcoming of life without reference to the past.

We may discover that the very act of seeing-listening brings it’s own freedom and through opening the senses they become channels for a global understanding enabling us to live more freely and deeply.

Fortunately we have a wonderful venue and abundant nature as our retreat space, an ideal place to explore our relationship with the natural world and our own inner nature and elements. There will be leisure time for personal reflection and walks.

Retreat Leader

Dónal Creedon is a meditation teacher with many years experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness and sincerity. He studied and practiced with Buddhist masters of the Kagyu practice lineage in Europe as well as in India and Nepal. This involved many years of intense retreat.

Dónal also spent a number of years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi as resident Buddhist scholar. Thus the radical inquiry of Krishnamurti informs his approach.

In 2017, he published ‘The Main of Light’, a study which examines the teachings of J Krishnamurti in the light of Buddhist teachings, specifically the teachings of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen lineages. The teachings of the Buddha and Krishnamurti both explore the most profound and fundamental questions of human existence. They directly address the questions of sorrow, fear and death, as well as the deepest meaning a human life can attain beyond the travail and illusion of dualism. They point to the sources of sorrow and the ending of sorrow, to the possibility of living a life informed by intelligence and compassion. As Dónal says: “It is my hope that this study will serve as a modest contribution to what I feel is an immensely important area of human exploration. I hope it will stimulate questions not only in Buddhist and Krishnamurti students, but anyone interested in the deep problems that affect our world so grievously.”

 Conditions for joining the retreat

Each person should be committed to the full programme and leave personal demands and agendas aside. This is essential. Ethical conduct and sensitivity to others is assumed. Activities such as offering various therapies etc for money is not permitted, however it is fine to help others if needed.


Please use our online booking form, which can be completed easily on a phone or tablet. Click here.

Retreat Costs

The retreat fee includes accommodation (including bedding and towels), three ovo-lactarian meals a day, teas and snacks, a contribution towards the retreat leader’s flight costs and a environmental levy. TRC members receive a 10% discount on all length retreats (if they have been members for 6 months already).

Dana (a donation) will be accepted by the retreat leader in appreciation of his teachings.

A 50% non-refundable (but transferable) deposit will secure your place. Please book early as Donal is a very popular retreat teacher and this retreat is expected to be fully-booked. You may not be able to get your first choice of room. Please be as flexible as possible, and we will do our very best to help.  Single occupancy of a twin room will only be possible if the retreat is not full as TRC’s primary wish is for as many people as possible to benefit from these retreats.

5 nights
Single use of twin room R4 310
Single shared bathroom R4 210
Twin/double en suite R3 760
Twin/double shared bathroom R3 210
Dormitory R2 660
Camping (own tent) R2 160