The Shape of a Céile Dé Teaching RetreatCéile Dé annual residential teaching retreats are intensive, deliberately so, in order to create conditions that people are generally unable to manifest by themselves at home and in their everyday lives. They also give people who are following the tradition an opportunity to receive sufficient material to work with until the next annual teaching retreat.
Light kitchen duties (e.g. washing your own dishes) are part of the retreat experience at St Columba's. We will all share responsibility for creating an atmosphere of attentive silence, conducive to absorbing the teachings.
We aim to hold silence at all times outside of teaching sessions. Our annual gathering is a ‘Teaching Retreat’ because it is residential, the teaching sessions are supported by frequent contemplative practices, and a peaceful silence is held at all times between teaching sessions in order to aid absorption of the powerful energies transmitted during teachings and practices. You can read more about the culture of silence at our teaching retreats HERE.
St Columba's is a former residence with a unique collection of rooms with different configurations. Accordingly, the registration form asks for information to help us prioritize room assignments according to health need. Please be as specific as you feel you need to be; this information will be kept confidential.
You can also register and click the "Pay Online" button to pay the total amount using a credit or debit card via PayPal (Alas, you cannot make partial payments via PayPal at this time).
Please Note: Unless you communicate with Janice, our Chapter Treasurer, if we do not receive your full payment by the deadline, your registration may be removed and someone else may take your place. Accommodation is possible on a case by case basis if you communicate your situation to the Chapter Treasurer.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please be certain that you are committed to attending this retreat before you register. Your $100 deposit is not refundable, and if the deposit is not paid in a timely manner, we reserve the right to offer your place to someone else. (We expect this retreat to be fully booked.) Cancellations received before October 1 will receive refunds of the amount paid, minus the $100 deposit, only if we are able to fill your place with another retreatant. No refund will be made for cancellations after October 1.
Scholarships: Scholarships for retreat registration costs (but not for travel expenses) are available as Termonn Trust funds allow. Be sure to pay your deposit before June 15 and follow the instructions on the Scholarships page on this website.