A Heroic Journey to Courage, Kindness and Connection
with Christine Longaker author of “Facing Death and Finding Hope”
Friday 24 April, 11 am – Sunday 26 April, 3.30 pm


● Clarifying the differences between empathy and compassion
● A practical self-compassion method for on-the-spot relief
● Methods for understanding and forgiving yourself
● Four Strengths for healing and transforming suffering
● Dismantling the barriers to self-compassion
● Meeting and transforming your “inner critic”
● Guidelines for Compassionate Listening
● Meditations that create feelings of connection and compassion with yourself and

We live in anxious times, with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over every aspect of our lives. Besides this, we may have a history of adversity, disconnection, or unresolved wounds resulting in patterns of tension or struggle. We may suffer from low self-esteem, or believe we are unworthy of love and belonging. Often, we fall prey to habits that lead to harsh self- blame. Our days feel unsettled and sleep is elusive.

With unique applications of compassion, insight and mindfulness, you can dismantle the sources of negative patterns and beliefs. You can create a new, empowered relationship with your “inner critic”. You learn strengths that help you handle and heal suffering, and exceptional guided meditations designed to help you change the way you feel about yourself and your body. You’re given practical skills for bringing the mindful presence of meditation into daily life. All of these become your stepping-stones to enhanced resilience, ease and joy. Cultivating compassion, mindfulness and kindness are crucial first steps toward the mutual respect and peace we long for in these troubled times.

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

Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

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Fee €280
Concession €240

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact
(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 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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Christine Longaker
Christine LongakerSelf-Compassion and Palliative Care Trainer
Author of “Facing Death and Finding Hope”, translated into nine languages, Christine Longaker has forty years’ international experience training medical caregivers in authentic presence, compassion and mindfulness. She’s produced an album of guided meditations: “Joy, Ease and Self-Forgiveness”, and is currently writing a book on self-compassion and online courses based on the book. Christine infuses her seminars with heartfelt presence and humour, authenticity and clarity.