Events Room

The Events Room is our main conference area. It can be closed to create a bright square room that holds up to 40 theatre style, with built in projector and sound system. One wall opens to create a larger space holding up to 60 if needed. This space is accessed by a ramp with a patio to the lawn outside.

This room often hosts training classes, discussion groups, school retreats, board meetings and retreat weekends.

Sacred Space

The Sacred Space is our reflective space upstairs with magnificent views across Glasnevin and Dublin. An oval shaped space, it holds up to 20 comfortably and has projector available if needed.

This space often hosts yoga and pilates classes, spiritual reflection evenings, Taize prayer, planning and discussion meetings and training courses.

Theatre Space

Central to the downstairs space is a comfortable area for presentations, break out groups or refreshments. Round tables and chairs make this a relaxing space for small groups or breaks. The beautiful panels can be closed to create a wonderful auditory space for films or online presentations.

Counselling Room

This large, bright room has glass windows on two sides so that the mature trees around it seem to be part of the experience – a squirrel or two might look in enquiringly as you work!

Two large comfortable chairs create a pleasant atmosphere, and the room is used by counsellors, therapists, supervisors and small prayer groups.

Therapy Room

This room is ideal for creative work or a small group planning meeting. A built in sink is appreciated by art therapists who work here, while the calm atmosphere appeals to coaches, trainers and development teams.


We do not offer in house catering but are happy to offer tea/coffee/biscuits which can be booked in advance. Some groups arrange outside catering for lunch, others have participants bring in lunch – we are happy to  work with groups as they book.


There is free parking adjacent to the centre with a drop-off zone.

The centre is wheel-chair accessible throughout and is equipped with a hearing loop on both floors.  

Wi-fi is available throughout the centre.


  • Bio Resonance 

Bio Resonance is a non-invasive safe therapy which uses a Bio-Resonance machine to test and treat energy imbalances in the body. A wide range of complex Homeopathic Remedies are also tested to suit each individual.

The purpose is to find out what can help the body to restore balance and thus help achieve good health and energy. Assessment for food allergies/sensitivities included. A programme for help with the cessation of smoking is also available.

Dr. Bach Flower Remedies are used to heal emotional upsets such as fear, worry and despondency that so often accompany physical ill-health and hinder recovery. These remedies are made from the wild flowers, trees and shrubs of the countryside. They were developed by Dr. Edward Bach, an eminent physician in London in the 1930’s. They are safe, simple and effective.


Assessment : €30

Treatment: €25

Remedies: €15 – €20 each 

Assessments and/or treatments available by appointment at:

01 853 2152 / 087 292 5305

Mary Lalor is a Holy Faith Sister. Her diploma in Bio Resonance Testing and dispensing of homeopathic remedies was awarded by the Meridian Institute, Stillorgan, Dublin. Her certificate as a practitioner of Dr. Bach Flower Remedies was issued by the Dr. Edward Bach Foundation, Mount Vernon, Oxfordshire, England.

  • Spiritual Direction

Spiritual guidance accompanies us on our spiritual journey. In the Christian tradition it guides and supports us as we strive to live in tune with God’s action in our lives.

Available by appointment. Contact us for more details.

  • Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation in the John Main ‘School’ with David Ellison.
Every Thursday at 7.30pm | To book: Tel: 01 797 9364 | 087 664 9862

  • Spiritual Library

We have books available for use while spending some quiet time in our centre or for borrowing on a fortnightly basis. Contact centre for details.

For a sample of the books we hold click here.

  • Walking the Grounds

In the busyness of life and the everyday stresses we all encounter, it is refreshing to take time for space and silence.  You are welcome to come to our centre to spend some time in our Sacred Space.  There you can be nourished with silence, reading and reflection against the backdrop of the beauty of nature’s bounty.

Of the spiritual nature of our grounds in Glasnevin our foundress Margaret Aylward says:  ‘Nature seems indeed to rest here and contemplate her God in quiet seclusion; and in her silent way invites the soul to lift herself to Him that made her.’

Click HERE to download a booklet with historical and botanic information

Click HERE to download a booklet with a reflective walk in the grounds

As this is a private grounds, please do call ahead to ensure access, and please sign in at the centre on arriving and leaving the site for insurance reasons. Unfortunately no dogs can be permitted on site for safety and bio-diversity reasons.

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Thought of the Week

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day

I have to go to bed to see,
The birds still hopping on the tree,
or hear the grown up peoples feet,
still going past me on the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all teh sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”