The Heart of Silence sangha is made up of not only the community of people living in Mount Shasta, but includes many of Devaji's students who live across North America and Europe.
Travel Information for Ireland
We welcome you to Devaji's first retreat in beautiful and mystical Ireland. We have gathered some helpful information about the area and travelling to the retreat which we hope will aid you as you plan your trip.
ABOUT THE AREA
The retreat centre sits on the edge of the Burren which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredible landscape formed by glacial dissolution of limestone. This unique landscape and its relatively temperate climate (for the west of Ireland!) provide the environment to support a hugely diverse and rich plant growth. It’s an astonishing area rich in sites, food, culture, traditional Irish music, and of course the landscape of the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Burren is known for its sacred sites, the most famous of which is perhaps the Poulnabrone Dolmen or portal tomb but there are in fact over 70 megalithic tombs on the Burren.
Other well known tombs can be found at Teergonean (near Doolin) and Ballyganner (near Noughaval) but there are many dotted around. You might just spot one on your walk or drive. As well as portal tombs there are many Wedge tombs which are lower to the ground and often rectangular in shape. Other sites of interest include a 12th Century Church in Kilfenora; Corcomroe Abbey; The Cliffs of Moher; numerous 15th/16th Century Castles including Dungaaire Castle at Kinvara; Caherconell Stone Fort; The Bishops Quarter; Doolin Cave, and so much more besides.
Links of Interest:
Flights from the U.S.
You can visit Ireland for 90 days without a Visa. Aer Lingus flies from various cities to Ireland. Please see www.aerlingus.com for all options. For San Francisco to Ireland there are two options:
San Francisco to Shannon (which is closest to the retreat centre) via either Boston or New York (JFK). Please be aware that there may not be daily flights into Shannon airport.
San Francisco to Dublin is cheaper than flying to Shannon. Dublin has much to offer if you wanted to arrive a few days early, join the public satsangs, and then make your way to the retreat centre.
Flights from Europe
It is possible to fly into Shannon Airport from various other cities in Europe. Included are Barcelona, Alicante, Frankfurt, Faro, Krakow, Warsaw and from various airports in the UK. Please be aware that there may not be daily flights into this airport.
You can fly into Dublin Airport from pretty much anywhere in Europe. Cheap airlines to look out for are RyanAir, FlyBe, Aer Lingus, Laudamotion, Norwegian, Transavia. Prices start as low as €32 return.
From Dublin Airport to Dublin City
There are many different bus options into Dublin City of which the Airline Express is the best and covers most areas. Once you have an idea of the area of the city you’ll be staying in it’ll be easier to plan which bus to take. The 747 and 757 reach most of the city between them. The website has a list of all stops. Tickets are €7 one way.
Taxis are readily available at the airport and will cost €20-€25 into the city.
From Dublin Airport to Boghill Retreat Centre
Take the X20 from Dublin Airport or Dublin Busaras (in the centre of the city) into Galway Bus Station and disembark. Take the 350 from the same bus station towards Ennis and disembark at Lisdoonvarna (Burkes Garage). Please call one of the local taxis (details below) to arrange pick up from Burkes Garage to take you to the retreat centre. Tickets cost €22.80 one way.
For the X20 Timetable, please click here. For the 350 Timetable, please click here.
Car Hire at Dublin Airport
There are 14 different car hire companies that operate out of Dublin Airport. Below is a small selection with approximate prices for 10 day hire. Do have a look on Google for a full list of companies.
Telephone +353 (0)1 8445150
€450-€590 for 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
CarHire/Irish Car Rentals
Telephone +353 (0)1 8122820
https://www.carhire.ie or https://www.irishcarrentals.ie
€410-€550 for a 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
Telephone +353 (0)1 8122800
€530-€650 for a 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
Telephone +353 (0)1 8445466
€400-€530 for a 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
The website GetThere.ie is very helpful for different travel options within the country. The bus company is called Bus Eireann and you can find schedules and fares on their website.
From Shannon Airport to Boghill Retreat Centre
You can get the number 51 bus (towards Galway) from bus stop B. Change at Ennis onto the 350 bus (towards Galway) to Lisdoonvarna and disembark there. The journey takes approximately 2 hrs. Tickets cost €15 one way. The retreat centre is 3.4km away and a 6 minute drive: The Boghill Centre Boghill, Kilfenora Co.Clare, V95 DK38 Ireland
Car Hire At Shannon Airport
Telephone +353 (0)61 715600
€500-€550 for a 4 seater car for 10 days hire
Telephone +353 (0)61 471361
€450-€550 for a 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
Telephone +353 (0)61 206040
€410-€500 for a 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
Great Island Car Rentals
Telephone +353 (0)21 4811609
€280-€430 for a 4 or 5 seater car for 10 days hire
From Shannon Airport (56.9 km approx. 55 min drive) will cost approx. €100 (between 4). It’s possible it will cost less to catch taxi from the airport rather than pre-booking one of the local taxis listed below.
From the bus stop in Lisdoonvarna to the retreat centre €10-€15
Abba Cabs: Denis (4 seater)
Telephone +353 (0)86 6066996
Alamo Cabs: John (6 seater)
Telephone: +353 (0)86 2353100
Peter Mooney (8 seater) Telephone +353(0)87 2069019 065 7074663
Sean +353 (0)86 4029997
Philip O’Dyer +353 (0)65 7075000
*Please contact Prema at firstname.lastname@example.org with your arrival times so that she can arrange possible taxi or minibus shares.
WHAT TO BRING
There is a saying here in Ireland that you can get four seasons in a day! August in the west of Ireland sees minimum temperatures of 9 degrees Celsius (48 Fahrenheit) at night and an average temperature of 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) during the day. It gets significantly hotter some years but that’s no guarantee. Wind speeds average at 10kmph with approximately 97mm of rain. It can feel cooler along the coastal cliffs in the wind. All items listed below can be purchased in Ireland including a SIM card for your phone should you wish.
Wind/rain proof jacket
Comfortable shoes to walk in
Sweater/Jumper and jacket for the evenings
Shawls/blankets for satsang
Meditation cushions should you desire (chairs will be provided)
Any medication needed
Visa/Mastercard and some cash to exchange should you wish. ATM machines are widely available.
A converter plug for your electrical items
You may wish to bring food containers if you are planning on bringing your own food to site.