Vertikal Creative Ventures 2020 Form

Thank you for your interest in joining us – we’d love to consider your application. We invite you to complete the form below to apply to join us in Ireland this (May 28th – June 7th, 2020) with distinguished poet and writer Jaki Shelton-Green, North Carolina US 2019 Poet Laureate. Please read the information flyers and application forms in full before completing this form.  Your place on the trip will be formally confirmed when we receive these checks. Again, if you wish to pay by credit card, just let us know.  Different payment plans may be available to spread the cost over a longer period – please ask for more details.


  • The cost of the trip is $2299.99, and includes the following:
  • The services of our administrators, guides and retreat leaders, support team, and guests from the world of arts, spirituality, politics, and peacemaking.
  • 9 nights in at Brennan’s Country Farm House Bed & Breakfast.
  • Transport from Dublin Airport and Day Trips.
  • All admission fees on organized trips to sites such as cultural centers, museums, in Dublin.
  • A life-changing experience of spirit, imagination, and community.

Note: AIRFARE Not Included but we can find your tickets at a deep discount.


Rooms are shared with one or two other persons, but we are sometimes able to offer single rooms for a $300.00 supplement. Please let us know if you would like to request a single room; we aim to let you know if one is available by one month before the trip begins; we will only charge the $300.00 supplement if we can confirm a single room for you. Please note that older Irish cottages do not have en suite bathrooms.


If, after you are accepted on the trip, you should need to withdraw your application prior to February 15th, 2020, we will refund your registration fee minus ($350.00). If you withdraw after March 15, 2020, any refund will depend upon whether we are able to find someone else to fill your place, but in any case, will still be subject to the ($350.00) administration fee.


We strongly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes insurance in the event of your having to cancel. We cannot take any responsibility for loss, damage, or injury on the trip.


Breakfast is provided each day, with either lunch or dinner as well. You will be responsible for either lunch or dinner each day (on some days during the trip we will provide both lunch and dinner, meaning that one other day you will be responsible for both lunch and dinner, but it balances out!). We will always ensure you are near good and inexpensive restaurants for these meals. Meals that we share as a group will be homemade buffet style or generous packed lunches, depending on the schedule on a particular day. We are often invite everyone to share in the preparation of meals and clean up, as a fun and creative way of building community.


We will pick up retreat guest from Dublin Airport at 11:00 am Friday, May 29th with a stop for lunch before arriving in Tullamore. Make sure when you make your plan reservations that you will be arriving in Dublin by 9:00 am Friday, May 29th, 2020.


Bring at least $30 per day for a meal, drinks, etc. ATMs are as widely available as in the US, and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.


We depart our accommodation on the morning of Sunday, June 7th, 2020 On that day we will be about 45 minutes from Dublin Airport, at 10:30 am. If you need to depart earlier, please let us know, as this will require a taxi at your own expense. We will need to depart our accommodation by 11 am.


Each participant needs a valid passport, but no Visa is currently required for U.S. Citizens traveling to Ireland or the United Kingdom.


This experience is very different from what might be typically understood as a traditional retreat. While there will be space for quiet reflection, we will be engaged in conversation and meeting folks whose stories sometimes make challenging listening. Looking forward to seeing you in Ireland.

We have designed a payment plan for you – $100.00 Deposit is due immediately.  July 2019 (275.99)   August 2019 (275.99)   September 2019 (275.99)  October 2019 (275.99)  November 2019 (275.99)  December  2019 (275.99)  January 2020  (275.99)  February 2020 (275.99) Full Trip Payment must be paid by March 5th, 2020.

Money order or online payable (PayPal or Zelle) Money orders to Vertikal Life, and mailed to Ireland Retreat, C/O Vertikal Alliance International, P.O.Box 44096 Phoenix, AZ 85064. If you prefer to pay by credit card please let us know, and we will send you a link to make your deposit securely online. Please note that our credit card processor adds a fee of up to 3.75% for credit card payments.