What is Congregation?

Three day mind mesh unconference festival of thinking, sharing and connecting.

Celebrating its 10th year, CongRegation™ #cong22 (Nov 25-27), will return as a three day face to face event in Cong Village, Co Mayo, Ireland, with some joining in remotely under the theme of ‘Purpose’.

Understanding the motivations about what we do, why we do it and how to do it can add meaning to our existence and has long tested humanity.  This can be an existential question on one level, the constant quest to understand why we are here but having a sense of purpose should guide us in our day to day life from home to work.  This build up and is intertwined with some the previous themes and we will dissect this complicated issue and offer shared direction.

One of the key components of CongRegation™ is the diverse background and thinking of attendees and this includes technologists, psychologists, business people, start up community, academics, visionaries, disruptors and sector specific from farming to manufacturing.

Tickets are earned via a submission on the theme which will be debated in virtual huddles on November 26th 2022.  Have a read of the 2022 submissions on Purpose.

There are 9 different events over three days including workshops and social events.


  • Friday 25th Nov 2022: Night of Purpose Stories | Ashford Castle
  • Saturday 26th Nov 2022: All day Unconference |4 Workshops | Poetry Open Mic | Boomwhacker Session |Cong Village and Zoom
  • Sunday 27th Nov 2022: Cruise on the Corrib | Ashford Pier 

Social Venues

CongRegation™ 2022 #cong22 will be physical event in Cong Village with some people also logging in virtually using Zoom. By rotating you from cafes, bookshop, creative spaces to restaurants we hope to mimic the intimacy and authenticity of the best coffee conversations.

Unique Networking

Discuss and share your insights on 'Purpose'. You pay with your insight and are encouraged to share your thoughts on everything ranging from your own personal journey, to industry insights to how ideas are helping shape your sector. We are treating 'Purpose' in its broadest form from psychology, technology, personal experiences to methodology. There are plenty of breaks for people to connect and get to know each other

Mind Mesh

You are guaranteed a day of unforgettable speakers, insights, sight seeing and socializing. Congregation is more than just a conference, it's about connecting people, allowing for non-formal networking and sharing of industry expertise and insights in a relaxed and friendly online atmosphere.

Insightful Speakers

Congregation year to year has hosted some of the worlds greatest minds and achievers. From the inventor of Baileys and author David Gluckman to the founder of Ireland's largest public forum Tom Murphy to the inspirational Gerry Duffy who ran 32 marathons in 32 days.

Natural Beauty

CongRegation takes place in the tourist village of Cong. The village is soaked in history and culture but is also situated on the edge of the beautiful Cong Forest with marked trails for those taking a break. The event will finish with a narrated cruise on Lough Corrib on Sunday.


During and after the unconference there will be 4 workshop from AI to Fake Purpose. These will be followed by an evening Poetry Open Mic and the musical instrument this year is the Boomwhacker.