Contemplative Walking

Bank Holiday Weekend
with John Douglas
Friday 2 August, 8pm to Monday 5 August, 2pm

Content

  • Integrating mindfulness into activity
  • Relaxed daily ambles of 5 to 9 km length over 3 to 4 hours
  • Packed lunches provided
  • Suitable for all ages with basic level of fitness

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Enjoy a bank holiday weekend experiencing mindfulness in action through meditation and relaxed walking on beautiful trails in West Cork.

This popular event focuses on cultivating mindfulness in action, combining morning and evening meditation with leisurely, contemplative walks.

Strolling together on local trails there is time to chat and get to know your fellow retreatants and also periods of silence conducive to periods of more contemplative walking.

Invitations to pause, to be still and simply present with the sights, sounds and scents of the world around you will infuse your experience. Sharing the beauty of nature, in the silent presence of others, we start to see that the same beauty of nature is also reflected in the heart of everyone.

This event is suitable for people new to meditation as well as those with previous experience.

All walks will be at a leisurely pace and suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. While all walks are on recognised local trails, they all include some rough ground so walking boots are essential.

Location

The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views. All walks are all within 10 km drive of Dzogchen Beara. Car sharing to walks will be organised.

Catering

Vegetarian packed lunches and substantial evening meals are provided as part of your fee.

Book online now

Fee €280
Concession €225

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact info@dzogchenbeara.org
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email info@dzogchenbeara.org 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.

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