Rigpa Student Retreats

Rigpa Sangha Practice Retreats
Open to Rigpa Students who are familiar with the practice of Ngöndro

This retreat offers the opportunity to enter into a group retreat and focus on the practice of Ngöndro, in the stillness and peace of Dzogchen Beara’s secluded long-term retreat facility – Longchen. In this environment, it is possible to enter deeply into practice, with plenty of time to study and accumulate the Ngöndro, which then helps to stabilise the insights and benefit that practice brings.

The Tibetan word for retreat is ‘tsam’, meaning ‘limit’, or to make a ‘boundary’ between ourselves and the ordinary activities of worldly life, in order to focus one-pointedly on practice.

In retreat, with a vast motivation, we enter into the right environment, practice in formal sessions, and then integrate during the breaks – ‘informal practice’. As Sogyal Rinpoche said in a recent teaching, these three components are what will enable us to then bring the practice into our daily lives.

In this Ngöndro Retreat, retreatants meet together for group practice early in the morning and open the Ngöndro. The rest of the day is mainly devoted to individual practice where retreatants spend their time focussing on whichever practice they are accumulating. In the evenings the group meets again for a brief Tendrel Nyesel practice. There is silence all morning, and again in the evenings.

Each retreatant has a large single room with glorious and spacious views over the ocean, full catering is provided, There is ongoing support from the Retreat Manager to help you make the most of your retreat. All meals are provided, your laundry is done for you, and everything is set up so you can devote your entire day to practice.

3 month cost: €4,650

1 month options: 23 March to 25 April €1,700* / 18 April to 24 May €1,850*

*(Variance due to start and finish arranged to be on Tsok Days.)

 

Includes Retreat Fee, Accommodation (a large single room with glorious views over the ocean), Catering and Daily Tsok Offerings

*Please note: should conversion rates change, the equivalent of the fee in euros must be paid.

For further information and to book contact us.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2018 calendar is available!

Autumn 2018

For enquiries please contact us.

Personal Retreats
Personal Retreats are an opportunity to go much deeper into practice away from the busyness of our daily lives, whether we are accumulating Ngondro, practicing meditation or loving kindness, or wish to deepen our study.

In retreat we benefit from the three components Sogyal Rinpoche has identified for us to integrate the benefit of our practice into daily life – right environment, practice in formal sessions, and integrating during the breaks.

Your retreat can be a short as a few days or up to several months and your schedule will be worked out to suit you.

You will have a single room in a reserved retreat area with glorious views out over the Atlantic Ocean. Rigpa students have been doing retreat in these rooms for over 20 years, and fruition of their practice is tangible – you can feel the blessings in the peaceful and settled atmosphere.

There is silence in the retreat area until 1pm, and again from 8pm onwards.

You are welcome to join the local sangha for daily group practices and to participate in daily guided meditation and loving kindness sessions.

Cost
The cost of only €50 a day includes access to an extensive library of books and teachings and instructor support as well as full catering and a laundry service, so you can devote your entire day to undistracted practice.

Travel

Further Information

Catering
All meals are vegetarian and we can offer a gluten and dairy free special diet if needed.

“Dzogchen Beara is a place where all thoughts and emotions find space to come to rest by themselves. The open sky with the sun, the wind, the sea, the fog, the rain and the weather´s constant change make you experience the constant change of everything. You wake up and you can´t see anything because it´s so foggy, after one hour of practice you look up and suddenly there is the sea and the waves, one hour later the sky wears the most beautiful blue dress and the seagulls glide through the sky, 30 minutes later rain. No chance to hold on a single experience as lasting. This very direct experience of change is safely held in an atmosphere of practice and love and care. I could open up completely. I got in touch with all kinds of feelings and emotions and had the space to let them go again and see their impermanent nature. At the same time I got in touch with something bigger that hosts all these risings. Clarity took place. I found space in myself and I carry Dzogchen Beara in my heart wherever I go to keep me in touch with my true nature.”
– A Ngondro student who did three weeks personal retreat

Tsa Sum Retreat Options | For Rigpa Students Only
You are offered three retreat options, to suit your circumstances
1. Do the full nyenpa in closed group retreat
2. Attend the introduction, do one month nyenpa in the closed group retreat, continue at home
3. Attend the introduction, begin the nyenpa in personal retreat at Dzogchen Beara, continue at home

For Those Continuing the Nyenpa at Home
Introduction and one month Nyenpa | 5 February – 16 March & 18 September – 3 November, 2017
Introduction | 5 – 14 February, 2017 & 18 September – 1 October, 2017
Introduction and full Nyenpa | 17 September, 2017 – 17 February, 2018

During the introduction period of Tsa Sum retreats, students receive teachings on the practices including instruction on all the ritual aspects, and have time for questions and clarifications from a senior instructor. The retreat also includes daily group practice so that participants become fully familiar and confident to continue, either in a group retreat or in personal retreat at Dzogchen Beara or at home.

For enquiries please contact us.

One Month Nyenpas

For students who have previously completed a Yang Nying Pudri Nyenpa.

Vajrakilaya practitioners have been advised to strengthen their individual and group Vajrakilaya practice over the next 3 years, and we are delighted to offer three opportunities to participate in a short, traditional Yang Nying Pudri nyenpa in Dzogchen Beara in 2017.

There will be three one-month nyenpas: 19 March – 22 April / 18 April – 22 May / 18 May – 22 June

Cost: €1,750.

Introduction to Yang Ning Pudri Nyenpa, April 10–17

For students who are going to their nyenpa at home.

Cost: €410.

Participants are welcome to stay on for a few days, or a few weeks, after the Introduction and start their nyenpa in personal retreat. Many students have done this in the past and found it an extremely beneficial way to start their nyenpa.

For enquiries please contact us.

You are offered three retreat options, to suit your circumstances
1. Do the full nyenpa in closed group retreat
2. Attend the introduction, do one month nyenpa in the closed group retreat, continue at home
3. Attend the introduction, begin the nyenpa in personal retreat at Dzogchen Beara, continue at home

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2018 calendar is available!

Introduction and full Nyenpa | Mid February – Mid July, 2018

For Those Doing the Nyenpa at Home
Introduction and one month Nyenpa | Mid February – End of March, 2018
Introduction | Mid February – Beginning of March, 2018

During the introduction period of Tsa Sum retreats, students receive teachings on the practices including instruction on all the ritual aspects, and have time for questions and clarifications from a senior instructor. The retreat also includes daily group practice so that participants become fully familiar and confident to continue, either in a group retreat or in personal retreat at Dzogchen Beara or at home.

For enquiries please contact us.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2018 calendar is available!

September – December, 2018 or
January – March, 2019

For enquiries please contact us.

Accommodation

You can come and stay at Dzogchen Beara any time and enjoy a relaxing break in your own way, using the meditation rooms for personal practice and joining group paractice if you wish. We have accommodation for all tastes and budgets including farmhouse hostel dormitory beds, secluded clifftop cottages and ocean view conservatory rooms in the beautiful Care Centre.

For enquiries please contact us.