What We Offer
An Tobar Nua Retreat teams deliver full day retreats at your school or in our centre. Our focus is on developing the student's overall well-being and encouraging faith in an interactive, relatable, fun and contemporary manner. We aim to inspire young people to discover meaning, value and purpose in their lives.
Our retreats are extremely sensitive to religious and faith diversity. Teens are given the opportunity to express their views and thoughts in an inclusive, welcoming environment.
Our retreats also contribute to the mandatory wellbeing hours for the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Curriculum. Because we design a new retreat programme for each academic year, all of our retreats have an Appendix i. That means that we can contribute up to 18 wellbeing hours over three years.
Contents of the Day
The day is filled with team-building games, music, personal stories, presentations, a prayer experience and opportunities for students to express their worldviews. Our presentations include a well-being talk on topics such as "Steps into Happiness", "How to Build Resilience in Your Life", "Unlocking Your Potential" and "The Importance of Friendship".
We also share a modern version of the Gospel story, that highlights the message of God's unconditional love in a relatable way.
Currently our retreats are for secondary school students only.
We can host retreats at your secondary school or at our centre in An Tobar Nua (Galway City).
We can host a maximum of 30 students at our centre or we can facilitate larger groups at your school.
There is no charge for the retreat itself, although as a charity, we gratefully accept any donations received. If the retreat is held in our Galway centre, we appreciate a donation of €10 per student to cover the cost of the lunch, hot chocolate, and cookies provided.
Yes! Each full day retreat contributes 6 mandatory hours for the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Curriculum.
If you would like a copy of our Appendix i, please reach out to the person you booked the retreat with and they will gladly pass it on to you.