Rigpa Student Retreats 2017-10-23T16:29:03+00:00

Rigpa Student Retreats

Rigpa Sangha Practice Retreats

For Rigpa students familiar with the practice of Guru Yoga.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

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

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

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.

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

Work-Retreat Programme

We now offer the opportunity for Ngondro/Sadhana students to come and be on retreat at Dzogchen Beara, for no charge, in exchange for five hours work a day, five days a week.

Positions on this Work-Retreat Programme are available for periods of one month up to three months, and depend on the skills of the retreatant matching the needs of the tasks that Dzogchen Beara needs to be done.

We are currently looking for help from a:

Work-Retreat Programme retreatants have a single room in the personal retreat area, with glorious views out over the Atlantic Ocean., They follow a daily schedule of personal practice, and keep all the retreat guidelines and boundaries.

Benefits
You will have access to an extensive library of books and teachings and instructor support as well as full catering and a laundry service, and,outside the five hours work a day, will be able to focus undistractedly on practice

Travel

Further Information

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

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 | 17 February to 30 March 2018
Introduction | 17 to 26 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.

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

September – December, 2018 or
January – March, 2019

For enquiries please contact us.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2019 calendar is available!

Special one month nyenpas for YNP and CPN Practitioners, for removing obstacles, and for Rinpoche’s long life and good health

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2019 calendar is available!

Nyenpas include an introduction retreat designed for those going into closed retreat and those practising at home, including instruction on the main practice; teachings and commentaries, using bell, dorje and drum, simple choponing and making tormas. Full nyenpas take between 3-5 months: It is also possible to do a one month nyenpa in closed retreat.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2020 calendar is available!

Nyenpas include an introduction retreat designed for those going into closed retreat and those practising at home, including instruction on the main practice; teachings and commentaries, using bell, dorje and drum, simple choponing and making tormas. Full nyenpas take between 3-5 months: It is also possible to do a one month nyenpa in closed retreat.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2020 calendar is available!

Nyenpas include an introduction retreat designed for those going into closed retreat and those practising at home, including instruction on the main practice; teachings and commentaries, using bell, dorje and drum, simple choponing and making tormas. Full nyenpas take between 3-5 months: It is also possible to do a one month nyenpa in closed retreat.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

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.