Hop-on/Hop-off Retreat

Hop-on/Hop-off Retreat

The busy time before Christmas doesn’t easily allow for long stretches of quiet or a few days retreat. You are welcome to Manresa for whatever time is available to you in the last week before Christmas. There are many opportunities through the week for some quiet or for guided reflection and prayer - including daily mass, confession and conversation times.

Your Advent timetable may allow some time of recollection — a few hours, perhaps, or a night or two. If you would like a quiet mid-day, evening meal or overnight stay, please make a booking — otherwise you are welcome just to come along.

Each day comprises several elements - you can attend all or whichever appeal to you.

Each morning

    • A brief input each morning at 10:00 am will offer a reflection on an Advent theme may suggest some pointers for prayer during your day.
    • You are welcome to join the resident community for mass at 12:25 p.m. on any day.

Each afternoon

    • The afternoon will provide opportunities for spiritual conversation with a qualified spiritual director or a chance to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation from 3:00 pm.
    • At 5 pm, a time of guided prayer led by one of our directors will help to enter into some personal quiet.

Each evening

    • Various events are on offer through the week, taking place at 7:30 pm or 8:00 pm. Seasonal reflections are presented using a variety of approaches to Advent and Christmas.


    • Enjoy one or more quiet nights in our single en-suite rooms before going to work or engaging in your other preparations for Christmas

A quiet time

Silence and quiet are appreciated elements of the Manresa experience; even if you come with others, or bring your phone with you, it will be best if conversations can happen elsewhere, Leaving you and others free to enjoy some recollection and calm.


Please book your place if your stay will involve a mealtime or accommodation. Arrange to arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 2 and 5 p.m.
Other arrival times may be made by individual arrangement for prepaid bookings.

Further details will follow - here's the brochure













10:00 a.m.



12:25 p.m.



1:00 p.m.



3:00 p.m.

One-to-ones / Confession

5:00 p.m.

Guided Prayer

6:00 p.m.

Evening Meal

7:30 p.m.

Advent Insights

Advent Prayer

Movies that Matter

Pilgrim Ways

Diary details
9:30 am Monday 14 December 2020 to 12:45 pm Friday 18 December 2020
Cost includes: 
  • En-suite single accommodation
  • Full board
Contact us

Please use our Contact form from the menu above or (01) 833 1352 for more information or to make a booking.

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