The UK and European Caim Bursary Fund
The UK and European Bursary Fund provides financial support to help members of the caim attend their annual teaching retreats in the UK, when financial concerns would otherwise make it impossible for them to attend.
The Bursary Fund was created, and is sustained entirely by generous donations from members of our community.
On this page you can find out more information about how the fund is administered. You can also make a donation to the fund.
If you would like to apply for a bursary, please click on the link below. We treat all applications as confidential, your information will not be shared with anyone else.
Frequently asked questions
Where does the money for the Bursary Fund come from?
The UK and European Bursary Fund relies solely on donations from its community. The degree to which we are able to offer financial support through the Bursary Fund depends entirely on the generosity of caim members in the UK. We have no wealthy sponsors or secret backers. It is a wonderful and highly valued feature of our Céile Dé community that we support and help each other, in whatever way we are able, including financially, where there is genuine need. We are grateful for the generosity of those who take the step to contribute to the financial wellbeing of the caim, as we all walk together on this ancient and beautiful path.
What costs does a bursary cover?
The deposit is paid by you, then we ask you to decide how much you are able to contribute to the remaining cost of your accommodation and meals on your fully residential retreat. A bursary would hope to cover the amount that remains after your contribution (depending on our available funds).
What will a bursary NOT cover?
The bursary will not cover your deposit or the contribution you make for the teachings you receive during the retreat. (See 'Deercc')
Who administers the UK and European Bursary Fund?
The bursary fund is now being managed by the same team who are organising the UK/European teaching retreats. The team is Heike Killet, Marion Wilson, Lesley Russell and Julie Darling, all long-standing and dedicated caim members from the UK and Europe.
Do I still need to contact Sr Fionn about my bursary?
Sr Fionn is no longer the administrator of the fund so we ask that you use the form on this website. The Bursary Form keeps it simple, with no need for explanations. All applications will be treated confidentially as before, the difference being that Sr Fionn will not know who is applying, as our team will be dealing with it. No one else will be aware of your application.
I would like to support my fellow caimeachs through the Bursary Fund. How can I do that?
It's easy! You can donate now online or you may wish to set up a regular standing order. Even small regular amounts make a very real difference. The price of a coffee and cake (around £5 - a cost which many of us don't even think about!) donated monthly helps to keep the fund running. Just £5 or £10 a month is gratefully received. Larger amounts help to keep the fund secure for future need, so that we can support those who would otherwise be unable to receive the teachings that nourish their spiritual lives.
How do I apply for a bursary?
The process is very simple, by way of an application form. We never ask people to explain why they need the bursary – we trust that you are asking for good reason. Please apply for a bursary as soon as you start to consider making your booking. The application process has not changed - we ask you to read all the relevant information and then complete the simple application form on The Bursary Application Page . Here you will also find more information about which costs your bursary can cover, and how it works in practice.