What's Manresa like?

How will being in Manresa will help me while on retreat?

Indoors

Manresa is a purpose-built modern retreat house, offering a simple environment with minimal distractions. Every retreatant has a private room with their own bathroom facilities. A lift serves all floors.

  • The Dining Room - the oldest part of the building used by retreatants - is available for use from early morning, with mealtimes arranged according to the retreat.
  • The Pedro Arrupe Chapel is the main Retreat House chapel, used for mass and prayer during retreats.
  • The ‘Evie Hone’ Prayer Room presents major work of the Irish stained glass artist, depicting a range of Gospel scenes and Jesuit saints.
  • A small art room provides basic equipment to help retreatants express their insights and aspirations.
  • The Montserrat Room is a large conference room  used for whole group meetings such as at the beginning of a retreat. It also serves as a spacious sitting room, its attractive views enjoyed by retreatants.
  • A Tea Room allows retreatants access to light refreshments at any time.

Outdoors

  • Labyrinth
    • A generously-scaled mown-grass labyrinth is situated in a wildflower meadow.
  • Grounds
    • Mature trees surround mown and wild grass on Manresa's 4.5 hectare (11 acre) site. A paved path allows for walking without having to leave the property.
  • Environs
    • Manresa is situated in a UN-designated biosphere of which details can be found here.