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    Special Events

    From Friday 29 November 2019 -  18:00
    To Sunday 01 December 2019 - 17:00



    You are invited to join Martin Aylward for an immersive residential weekend retreat in a beautiful, peaceful setting only 75 mins drive from Dublin and 45 mins from Belfast.

     Let Martin lead you on a journey to activate and explore the 3 principal centres of experience: the Belly centre of embodiment, where we learn to inhabit our experience ever more fully; the Heart centre of love, where we free up our undigested emotional life, and open to ever deepening care, joy and spaciousness; and the Head centre of intuition and wisdom, where we learn to disengage from habitual and  counterproductive thought patterns, and train the deeper capacities of mind.


     The weekend will include guided and silent meditation practice, explorations with Martin and inquiry exercises.



    Click here to watch more videos from Martin.



    Martin Aylward went to India aged just 19 and spent most of his early 20s in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan hermits.

    He has been teaching meditation worldwide for 20 years with an approach that is both playful and profound.

    Martin has a deep understanding of how humans think and feel and get stuck, and a gift for helping them unstick themselves. He combines traditional Buddhist practices with psychological inquiry, a 21st Century engaged life, and a great love of the fullness of human experience.

    Since 1995,  Martin has lived with his family in South West France. With his wife Gail and their associate Ian Davidson, Martin co-founded  Moulin de Chaves in 2005,  a residential retreat centre where lives and teaches, and where their children grew up.

    They also co-founded the Dharma Yatra pilgrimages through France, with more than 200 people walking in silence for several weeks, sharing teachings and practices and camping together along the way. He has led wilderness retreats in France and the USA, and with Gail, occasionally takes small groups of Dharma students to practice in India and Bhutan at the various places associated with the Buddha’s life.

    Martin is a pioneer in offering online Dharma and meditation teachings, and today teaches online through a number of different platforms: He created Work Sex Money Dharma in 2011, running courses to support people in integrating transformational practices and meditative insight into daily life. He is also founding and guiding teacher of Worldwide Insight which offers weekly free, live and interactive dharma teachings online, and a director of Realize Media, where he runs regular in-depth, month-long courses, as part of a faculty of internationally renowned teachers. He also has a meditation app in French, called MIND (link: Mind-app.io)

    Martin is co-founder, with Mark Coleman, of the Mindfulness Training Institute They run year long professional Mindfulness teacher trainings in Europe and the US, and the Institute now has more than 200 certified Teachers around the world. He is also visiting faculty on the MSc in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at UCD, Ireland.

    Find our more about Martin's work



    The Venue


    In order to fully support you we have chosen a really beautiful venue which provides the opportunity for even deeper relaxation and diving within.  

    Visitors to Dromantine invariably are impressed as they drive by the stunning lake and into the grounds surrounding this early 19th century house which is set in an 320 acre estate with the Mourne mountains and Slieve Gullion in the background. The beautiful grounds, tranquil, peaceful atmosphere along with the modern facilities make Dromantine the perfect venue for your spiritual unfolding over this weekend.  

    Dromantine is located five miles north of Newry and just off the Belfast /Dublin road, 45 minutes from Belfast 1 hour from Dublin airport.   Due to this location and to excellent rail and bus connections to Newry, Dromantine is convenient for people coming from airports or any part of Ireland.   Click here to see it on a map.   

    All bedrooms are single en-suite (unless you request to share with a friend), fresh towels,  study desk, telephone and free wi-fi.

    All meals and refreshments are included and we offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well.

    The stunning grounds offer lots of opportunity for peaceful, meditative walks in between the group sessions and there is a comfortable residents lounge where participants usually connect during free time.



    Friday 29 November 

    4pm onwards - Residents can check in any time from 4pm. 

    6pm - Dinner

    7.30 - 9.30pm - Opening session with Martin

    Saturday 30 November

    8 am - Breakfast

    9.30 - 12.30 Morning Session 

    1pm - Lunch

    3.30 - 6pm  Afternoon Session

    6pm - Dinner

    7.30 - 9.30pm  Evening Session

    Sunday 1 December 

    8am - Breakfast

    9.30am-12.30pm  Morning Session

    1pm - Lunch

    2.30 -5pm  Afternoon Session & Closing


    FULL RESIDENTIAL RETREAT includes 6 group sessions with Martin, single en suite bedroom, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, unlimited tea/coffee/herbals, use of all facilities - total cost €340 (Early Bird of €310 until 31 August '19).


    75% refund will be offered for cancellations received before 20 November '19.  No refunds are available after that date.



    Registrations are now closed
    Location Dromantine Conference and Retreat Centre
    Co Down
    Northern Ireland
    +44 (0)28 3082 1964