Loyola Hill Chapel
Visit to Aranzazu
Visit to Xavier Castle
For more than 450 years
people have taken part in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint
Ignatius Loyola in order to devote time to Christ, come closer to
God, and discern their call in life.
Ignatius' Exercises in their traditional form, allows participants to let their lives interact with the life of Christ. This process almost inevitably sees a deepening of Faith and personal commitment and relationship with God.
The daily routine of the 30-day retreat sees participants typically spending four or five periods of prayer and sharing these daily with the retreat guide.
The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow links with the Centro de Espiritualidad in Loyola, Spain, to offer the full Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in a silent, individually guided form in English. All guides are native English speakers. Our time includes two days lead-in with visit to the local places of interest and a final day of lead-out from the retreat and 30 full days of retreat.
There can be no better place to enter into the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius than the birthplace of Ignatius, Loyola itself.
The Spirituality Centre has modern, single bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. See the video Centro de Espiritualidad de Loyola below - Loyola Centre of Spirituality, for an idea of the facilities the Spirituality Centre offers. The food is healthy Spanish cuisine, provided on a full-board basis. There are many chapels and places of prayer available including a beautiful hillside chapel, the famous chapel of Ignatius' conversion and the 14th Century hermitage of Olatz.
There is a private garden behind the Centre in the magnificent setting of
The retreat includes
preparation days with a visit to the local sites associated with
During the retreat there are three rest days when we hope to visit Javier, the home of St Francis Xavier; Aránzazu, where Ignatius first stayed after his conversion on the way to Montserrat and an optional day in the beautiful seaside resort of San Sebastian.
The retreat can conclude with an optional pilgrimage to the other principle towns of Ignatian Spain, visiting Pamplona, Manresa, Montserrat and Barcelona.
The Spirituality Centre, Loyola from the garden
A pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Minimum of about €150 euro - the Spanish currency.
A small umbrella or a lightweight raincoat.
A European Health Insurance Card, a
British Global Health Card and/or Travel and Health Insurance.
For UK Residents see Government advice.
suggest that you don't book flights and take out travel
insurance until the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) remove
quarantine restrictions from flights and Spain opens up again.
Currently holiday flights are not recommended so the insurance
will not pay out and the flight might have to be cancelled and
many airlines are not currently refunding as they should.
Bilbao Airport have announced that they are planning to establish a clinic for the next 6 months to offer COVID tests to passengers who need to prove their COVID free status. The charge will be modest they say!
Passport and Airline
Self-service washing and ironing facilities are available in the Spirituality Centre.
The weather in Loyola in June and July may well be cloudy and can rain sometimes. Temperatures range from 16-32°C with 20-25°C being most common. It rarely suffers the hot, dry heat of the rest of Spain.
We suggest that before coming on a 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat participants should have experience of shorter silent retreats and be familiar with Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation. There is an application form to fill out and two references are required.
This retreat is priced in euro: for 2021 is €2,450* (Which
at August 2020 rate of exchange is £2,325 or US$ 2,800)
We are able to accept payments in euro € or US dollars - please ask us for details when making a payment.
* As we have to pay the Retreat costs in euro, if currency rates fluctuate by +or-5% then the price in Pounds or Dollars would be adjusted accordingly.
Current costs are based on £1=€1.05 August 2020 (Royal Bank of Scotland Tourist Rate).
Overseas Payments: We recommend Transferwise - as it is quicker and cheaper than bank transfers. Click here for details
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We require full payment of all fees 6 weeks before the retreat
Grants: A grant towards this retreat is often available for those who find our full offering difficult to afford. Request details.
To arrive on the 26th of June.
We shall pick up from Bilbao airport.
Arrival Times to be announced: Our direct transfer bus takes
about 1 hour to Loyola.
Public Transport from Bilbao to Loyola is easiest via San Sebastian ('Donostia' in Basque), but this will take the best part of three hours. In previous years many early arrivers in Bilbao have enjoyed a day in the City of Bilbao and then returned to the airport for the direct bus.
The return transfer bus will leave Loyola at 9am on 30th of July,
arrive in Bilbao airport at approx. 10am so we suggest booking a
flight after 12.00.
If you are going on the pilgrimage, then return flights should be booked from Barcelona El Prat airport on the 3rd of August to depart after 12.30pm.