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May 25-June 1, 2024
Ballyvaughn, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

Modern Ireland is a place where spirituality, history, mystery, and art are woven together to create a rich tapestry. Our time in and around the small harbor town of Ballyvaughn located on the shores of Galway Bay on the West Coast of Ireland will be a journey to ignite our creativity, experiencing the wild, magical landscape of the western coastline and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Through contemplation and creative expression using creative photography and book making to record our experience, Jane and Catherine Anderson will guide you to explore art as a contemplative practice with the Irish landscape as our source of inspiration.

From our creative art space at the Burren College of Art we will venture outwards with our cameras to visit the Burren National Park, the Cliffs of Mohr, St. Brigid’s Well, the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Corcomroe and other ancient sites to explore the thin places where the physical and eternal worlds meet to deepen our understanding of the ancient history of this land and open doorways to our inner world and creative process. We will also take a day trip by ferry to explore the nearby Aran Islands of Inisheer.

corcomore abbey

Photo Credit: Grace Bishop  Corcomore Abbey

high cross ireland

Included in the cost of this adventure is:

  • 7 nights shared accommodation at the Hylands Burren Hotel in Ballyvaughan

  • Breakfast each day

  • All lunches (except on day of arrival) and two dinners

  • Transport from Dublin Airport to Ballyvaughan on May 25th

  • Transport from Ballyvaughan to GalwayTrain Station on June 1st

  • Transport to and from the Hotel to our creative space at the Burren College of Art

  • Visits to Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, St Brigid’s Well, Poulnabrone Dolmen, High Crosses of Kilfenora and other sites by coach

  • Day trip to Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands, by ferry

  • Creative photography instruction each day by Catherine

  • Creating a visual journal instruction by Jane Dalton

  • A memorable experience with a local farmer poet

  • Not included are airfares and travel costs (except those specifically mentioned), drinks and alcoholic beverages, cost of travel insurance, personal items and purchases.

Kilfenora Church + High Crosses


We will be staying at the Hylands Burren Hotel in the Center of Ballyvaughan, chosen because it gives you the freedom to visit the restaurants and shops in the village without needing transport. The cost includes accommodation in a shared room. Single rooms are available at an additional single supplement cost of $550.


The cost of this creative pilgrimage experience is $3,450 per person. The cost includes all the items listed above. Five dinners are on your own. Excluded is airfares and travel costs (except those specifically mentioned), drinks and alcoholic beverages, cost of travel insurance, personal items and purchases.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your place. The balance is due by March 30th, 2024 and is payable by check or direct bank transfer. Should you wish to book a single room, you agree to pay the single supplement of $550.along with the balance due on March 30th, 2024.


To reserve your space please pay the non-refundable deposit of $500 and sign and return the Travel Agreement.


Cliffs of Moher


  • Your deposit is non-refundable. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance on the day you book this trip to ensure that your deposit is covered should you need to cancel.

  • There are no refunds after March 31st, 2024, but you may find another person to take your place on the trip provided they agree to the terms of the agreement.

  • Written cancellation is required to process a refund.

  • In the event of it being necessary for us to cancel the retreat for any reason, all payments made to us will be refunded in full. Please read the Travel Agreement for more information in this regard.

St. Brigids Well

Cliffs of Moher

St. Brigids Well County Clare

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