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Dzogchen Beara featured in The Irish Times Saturday Magazine on August 5th, in an article entitled, “I want to be alone: solitary retreats for some quality me time – Six tranquil destinations in Ireland to leave you energised and in touch with your inner self”.

…escape from all distractions…

We were delighted to be included with Anam Cara Retreat, just down the road in Eyeries, Solas Bhríde in Kildare, Glenstal Abbey in Limerick, Ard Nahoo in Leitrim and the Cloona Health Retreat in Mayo.

Thanks to our team, all of the staff and volunteers, and thank you to all of our visitors, who make everything that we do worthwhile!

Tatler Magazine

Dzogchen Beara is also featured in the current issue of Tatler magazine, where Nora Casey recommends Dzogchen Beara for a meditation retreat and “a complete digital detox and an escape from all distractions”.


Fáilte Ireland, the national tourist board, have just renewed our qualification for their coveted Welcome Standard for our accommodation and TripAdvisor have awarded us their Certificate of Excellence for our daily drop-in meditation classes, which is based on consistently high reviews.

Here is the Dzogchen Beara extract from the article written by Miriam Mulcahy in The Irish Times:

Overlooking Bantry Bay, the Buddhist centre of Dzogchen Beara offers retreats, courses and care breaks in unparalleled surroundings: there are cottages on the cliff tops, a hostel and a care centre where those in need of respite can stay.

En suite room in a clifftop cottage

If you stay in one of the cottages, without wifi or phone signal, you might try to read and fail completely because your eyes will be continually dragged back to the vista before you: the ever-shifting sea, the changing light, the wheeling birds, the thump of the waves on the cliffs.

You can go to the morning and afternoon meditations even if you have never meditated before and know nothing about it – they are guided – you can visit the shrine room at quiet times of the day and sit there in peace, and walk the paths and wonder at the unsurpassed nature all around you. In Dzogchen Beara, they listen; it’s not counselling, it’s more a holding of the person, what they are carrying, giving space to pain, loss and grief.

“Thirty years of a spiritual tradition here creates a powerful energy; people pick up on that, it inspires people to slow down,” says Malcolm MacClancy, the centre director. “It’s a place where you can find true rest, you can release yourself from all the stresses of your daily life, people often comment after their stay they feel renewed, reconnected with themselves.” 

“You have this blend of open views which visiting masters have said inspires the experience of meditation without effort and you’ve got this wild rugged beauty, but at the heart of it is this deep peace. People find the peace of the place resonates in some way with the peace within themselves.”