Compassion for Ourselves, Compassion for Others

with John Douglas

This retreat is now fully booked. To go on the waiting list please call 02773032.

Friday 25 September, 8pm to Sunday 27 September, 2pm


Everyone is welcome to this retreat and no prior experience of meditation is needed.


  • Receive an introduction to Self Compassion and why we should have more love and compassion for ourselves.
  • Learn a simple practice of Loving Kindness and how we can apply it to ourselves.
  • Explore what Compassion for Others “Is” and “Is Not”, including research on “Compassion Fatigue”.
  • Explore extending Loving Kindness to others to help us remain open hearted in caring situations we may find difficult.
  • Receive a simple introduction to mindfulness meditation.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in group discussion around our own experiences of compassion
  • Have time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature.

During this weekend John will guide an exploration of compassion from practical, scientific, experiential and Buddhist perspectives. He will also introduce meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition which help us cultivate more compassion and understanding in our everyday lives, for both ourselves and others. Interactive exercises will help to sharpen our understanding and deepen our insights.

This retreat is suitable for people new to Dzogchen Beara as well as regular visitors and will include introductions to Meditation and Loving Kindness practice.

It’s our connections with other people that really do matter most in life, yet in this modern world we can experience just as much loneliness, anxiety, stress and uncertainty as ever before. On this weekend you will learn some simple yet profound methods to reconnect with yourself, while extending that same sense of well-being to touch those you come in contact with in everyday life. We hope that you can join us.


The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


Two course vegetarian lunches, with bread, soup and salad in the evenings.

Fee €240 Concession: €195

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email to request assistance from our retreat fund or to discuss flexible payment options.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area can be downloaded here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

Online booking here

Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032

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John Douglas
John DouglasSenior Meditation Instructor
John Douglas first became interested in Buddhism in 1990 and spent 15 years as a member of staff at Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre from 1994 until 2009.

John is a Senior Meditation Instructor within Rigpa and has been presenting courses and retreats on Meditation and Loving Kindness since the mid nineties.

In recent years he has also trained as an Educator in the Rigpa Spiritual Care Education Programme and is a regular facilitator on workshops such as “Facing Loss and Healing Grief”, “Courageous Journey” and “Healing Relationships” as well as professional trainings such as “Deep Listening” and “Compassion & Presence”. John is also part of the care team meeting guests at the Care Centre.