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Your Own Anam Cara Retreat

An all-inclusive residential retreat, Anam Cara offers private and common working rooms and five acres of walking paths, quiet nooks and crannies, gardens, a labyrinth meadow, and a river island and cascades. Whether you retreat to work on your own project or as part of a workshop group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to do your best work.

Anam Cara is open to creative people seriously working to enhance their creative gifts. I ask that you come with a project in mind, having done the advance planning and preparation necessary to work on it. As part of your booking request, please send along a paragraph describing your project.

Although our time here could become an exploration in a number of creative directions and residents often shift focus at some time during their stay (for example, painters have been known to begin writing and writers to paint), it seems to work better when a residency begins with a specific focus.  
Your Own Anam Cara Retreat

If you are interested in discussing your work, we often spend time in the evenings discussing our work and offering each other feedback.  If you would like my editorial advice, you and I could meet privately.  

If you are interested in individual instruction in the visual arts, we can arrange for one of our many local, accomplished artists/teachers to work with you here.  If you would like to bring a workshop group here, please let me know, and we can discuss the range of possibilities.

If you are interested in more formal writing or visual arts workshop retreats, you could sign up for one of the those scheduled annually at Anam Cara.

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For those residents working on their own projects, the daily schedule is designed to provide the structure that you need to explore and enhance your creative work:

Breakfast: 9:00 A.M.
(These times can be adjusted to suit those in residence.)

Lunch: 2:00 P.M.
(You can either share lunch with the other residents or you can take it to where you are working or to any of the common areas or nooks and crannies.) 

Dinner: 7:00 P.M.
If you do not plan to be here for a meal, please let me know during the meal previous to the one you will be missing.  You are welcome to make a cup of tea or coffee or help yourself to fruit or a snack in the pantry kitchen at the east end of the retreat and to keep items in the refrigerator there.

As alcoholic beverages are not included, you can purchase wine at O'Sullivan's or the Post Office in Eyeries, and O'Shea's pub has an off-license. Also, I go into Castletownbere every few days if you would like me to pick something up for you.

Working Hours: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
(These times can also be adjusted to suit those in residence.)

Please observe a working level of quiet. Feel free to work in any of the nooks and crannies around the retreat or the grounds as well as in your own room. In fair weather, the nooks and crannies on the Meadow Walk, the garden patio, the hazelnut grove, the riverbank, and the river island are ideal spots. If you want to have a chat, please do so in a place where the doors can be closed so others won’t be disturbed. 

Evenings can be spent either relaxing or working.

Sauna and Hot Tub:
To provide opportunities to relax away from your creative work, both a sauna and a hot tub are available. The hot tub is outside on the deck with the western view of Coulagh Bay, Eyeries Village, Kilcatherine Point, the mountains of the south side of the Ring of Kerry. and the glorious sunsets. Just let me know about 45 minutes before you would like to use the sauna so that it can be heated. The Hot Tub is always heated. Please let me show you how to open and use it

Housekeeping:
Your room is yours to maintain as you wish. Saturday is the usual cleaning day, and Joan comes to help; if you would like something taken care of in your room, please let me know.  Because I am the sole operator of the equipment, I will be happy to do your laundry, also usually on Saturdays, at which time you will be given fresh linens.

Transportation:
Harrington's minibus goes to Cork (picks up here at 7:45 A.M., departs Cork 6:00 P.M.) every day of the week, except Sunday (picks up here at 4:30 P.M., departs Cork 7:30 P.M.). 

O'Donoghue's minibus goes to Bantry (on Mondays, departs CastletownBere 9:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., departing Bantry at 12:00 and 5:50 P.M.; on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, departs CastletownBere 10:30 A.M., departing Bantry at 3:45 P.M.)  On Thursdays, O’Donoghue’s makes the trip to Cork, leaving CastletownBere at 7:30 A.M. and returning to the Square at about 8:30 P.M.

Taxis are the common mode of transportation in Beara for both short errands and day and half-day trips around Beara for sightseeing and to Kenmare for shopping.  There are several cab services available.  As they have standing contracts during the day, we try to give them good advance time to book your trip.  The average rate is €1.25/mile.

No Smoking:
Anam Cara is a no-smoking retreat; however, there is a smoking area outside at the front of the retreat.  Please dispose carefully of all smoking materials.

First Steps to Creating your Own Retreat

If you would like more information and to check availability for your own retreat at Anam Cara, please fill out the form below and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Sue Booth Forbes - Director

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