Contemplative Walking

Bank Holiday Weekend Retreat with John Douglas
Friday July 30, 8pm – Monday August 2, 2:30pm

Limited to 18 participants to allow for social distancing in our meditation room in line with the anticipated continuation of covid restrictions this Summer.

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

Enjoy a bank holiday weekend break experiencing mindfulness in action through meditation and relaxed walking on beautiful trails on the Beara Peninsula.

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 each other as well as periods of silence conducive to a more contemplative, reflective walking experience.

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 walking fitness. While all walks are on recognised local trails, they all include some rough ground, and slippery wet surfaces so walking boots are essential. Some trails include rough ground.


  • An introduction to mindfulness meditation focussing on our senses
  • Integrating mindfulness into movement
  • Guided daily walked of between 5 to 9 km length over 3 to 4 hours
  • Packed lunches provided
  • Suitable for all ages with basic level of fitness

Event Schedule

The schedule for this event changes according to the weather.
Friday 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 10.00am – 7.30pm
Sunday 10.00am – 7.30pm
Monday 10.00am – 2.30pm


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.


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

Book online now

Fee €280
Concession €245

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation.
To apply please contact

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 seen 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 a Senior 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.