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Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola

30-day Retreat: 26 June - 30 July, 2018 (WAITING LIST APPLICATIONS ONLY)
Jesuit Retreat Centre in Loyola, Spain

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What you will need

A pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Minimum of about €100 euro - the Spanish currency.
A small umbrella or a lightweight raincoat.
A European Health Insurance Card and/or Travel and Health Insurance.
Passport and Airline tickets/boarding cards.
Summer clothing (washing and ironing facilities are available in the Spirituality Centre).

The Weather

The weather in Loyola in June and July may well be cloudy and can rain sometimes. Temperatures range from 16-30°C with 20-25°C being most common. It rarely suffers the hot, dry heat of the rest of Spain.

The Cost

The suggested offering for 2018 is €2,235 euro.*

We are now able to accept payments in euro € - please ask us for details when making a payment

What is Included

  • Retreat direction
  • Guided walking tours Ignatian sites in Loyola, Azpeitia and Azkoitia.
  • Accommodation in single rooms with en-suite bathroom
  • Full board
  • Entry fee to Loyola Tower House,
  • Probably visits to Xavier and Aránzazu.
  • Airport transfers to and from Bilbao (at a fixed time).

Flights to and from Spain are not included.

The Pilgrimage is an extra £480* €495 (shared room) £545* €560 (single). This joins the Pilgrimage group for the journey across Spain on the 30th July.

* We have to pay the Retreat costs in euro, if currency rates fluctuate by +or-5% then the price in British Pounds would be adjusted accordingly.
Current costs are based on £1=€1.03  (Royal Bank of Scotland Tourist Rate). Approximate Cost of the retreat in GBP £2,160

In certain circumstances it may be possible to receive a grant towards the expenses of this retreat. Request details.

Overseas Payments: we recommend Transferwise - click here for details

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We require full payment of all fees 6 weeks before the retreat


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 reference forms are also usually required.

Travel from UK/Ireland

To arrive on the 26th of June.

We shall pick up from Bilbao airport from the British Airways direct flight that arrives from London Heathrow at 19.00. 
There are connections to the above flight from Scotland via Heathrow.
Aer Lingus from Dublin arrives 14.50
EasyJet from Stansted arrives 9.50 am

The direct transfer takes about 1 hour to Loyola. 
Public Transport from Bilbao to Loyola is easiest via San Sebastian ('Donastia' 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.


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.

Travel from outside UK

We plan to offer one transfer bus from Bilbao airport direct to Loyola. If you want to be picked up at the airport just after 19.00 let us know what flight you have booked.

Direct buses are available to Loyola from the rail station in Zumarraga and from the bus station in San Sebastian.

link Application Form for the 30-day Retreat 2018.

email Please contact us if you would like any further information.

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