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Temporarily closed due to the pandemic

Hello and thank you for your interest in retreating to Anam Cara. From where I sit in my cocoon, it seems that the best we can do at the moment is wait each day to see what the latest developments and instructions are. Because of that, I think we will have to postpone booking retreats until we can find a time that will work safely for everybody. Right now, it sounds like none of us should be going too far from home as well as we should still be spending as little time as possible in close proximity to others. Please let me know how best to reach you, and I'll be in touch as soon as it will be safe to open the retreat for residencies and workshops. In the meantime, I send my best wishes for your safety and good health, Sue

Sue Booth-Forbes, Director
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Anam Cara Retreat Video Gallery

Anam Cara Retreat

This video is part of an Aer Lingus in-flight information campaign.  Available as part of the entertainment videos on passengers' monitors, Anam Cara's video is included in the Southwest region of Ireland segment.

Tour Anam Cara Retreat

A Beara Welcome by Teddy Black

While attending Anne Lister's (South Wales) songwriting workshop at Anam Cara, Teddy Black wrote the lyrics and the aire to "A Beara Welcome" as a celebration of Anam Cara and the people and beauty of the Beara Peninsula. I so appreciate this incredible gift of his talents.

Teddy is a well-known Irish storyteller steeped in lore handed down orally from old -timers; he is a repository of intimate local history and characters -- a seanachai in the venerable Irish tradition. Growing up as a boy in Castletownbere in West Cork, long before television had had any influence in Ireland. Teddy experienced people gathering in neighbouring houses (this kind of house was known as a rambling house) passing on the stories and songs they had heard from their old folk. (www.teddyblack.net)

Anam Cara Retreat Wildcamping

Beara and Anam Cara were featured in the first episode of the Travel Channel's "Wild Camping" series. Below you can view the piece from the show which visits Anam Cara Retreat.

 John O'Leary reciting one of his poems

John O'Leary was the centre cog in the wheel that was The Beara Writing Experience. Paddy and I will miss him for all the years to come. To watch and listen to John reciting one of his wonderful poems standing at one of his favourite Beara spots.

View from Miskish

A warm September afternoon from top of Miskish taken by John Eagle.

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