There is something spectacular about the site— it is, in a certain way, a theology of place. We are blessed with such a place to do our work— with views to Kenbane, Fair Head, Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre coming down like a ribbon of Scotland in the distance. It is a gathering place where the islands of Britain and Ireland are in close view of each other, about 15 miles across at the closest point. Whether it is cloudy or clear, sunny or stormy, the site offers immediacy to the elements. To be at Corrymeela is to be close to the natural world, and in being close to the world, we believe that we can become close to each other’s stories— spoken and unspoken.
The six–acre site has a sense of calm and space. Many people tell us that within minutes of arrival, they find themselves starting to relax and breathe more easily. Within this rural idyll are two state of the art residential spaces. Please click on the image above to download our Welcome Brochure.
The Main House has a bed capacity of 58 spread across 25 rooms with shared bathrooms. It also has three lounge spaces designed for informal group work.
The Davey Village has a bed capacity of 38 spread across 19 rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. It has three meeting spaces, two of which are lounge spaces and the other is a multi–purpose classroom space.
Both units have dining room and separate professional kitchen facilities, as well as built in Audio Visual equipment, free Wi–Fi, disabled access and children’s facilities. There is arts and crafts space in the Tara buildings, which open unto a large “Village Green” style outdoor space used for games. There is a children’s play park and a separate football pitch as well as space for team building exercises in the wooded areas.
Corrymeela has fifty years of experience working alongside fractured communities and groups who are finding their relationships difficult. Our staff and international volunteers will work closely with your group throughout your stay. We are intentional about creating experiences of welcome, encounter and hospitality that form the basis of what we hope will be transformational learning experiences.
A sign over the front door reminds us that ‘Corrymeela begins when you leave’. That statement is a challenge, to find ways of taking the experience here home with your group. What is learned on residential has greater impact when it is carried back into everyday life. Over the last fifty years thousands of lives have been changed by a visit to Corrymeela.
You are always welcome.
We believe in responsible stewardship and are in the midst of a major investment in renewable energy. We have had a wind turbine for a number of years already and within the next 6 months we will begin installing a Biomass Energy System to provide heat to all our buildings. The final stage will be looking at the options for solar panels to generate more of our own electricity.
In Summer 2015 we installed a Polytunnel and a vegetable garden, growing more of our own food is a priority for us. We also planted a large number of trees along the edges of the site.