Befriending Our Difficult Emotions

Weekend Retreat with John Douglas
Friday 23 August, 7.30pm to  Sunday 25 August, 1.15pm

Feelings and emotions are central to our experience as human beings, yet for many of us, they often appear to be the “enemy”. Yet learning to befriend our difficult emotions can be a key aspect on the path to befriending ourselves.

In this weekend we will take a deeper look at emotions through the lens of the nervous system and look at simple ways to sooth and regulate ourselves using techniques of mindfulness and self compassion.

This will be an experiential workshop with guided meditations and small group discussions as a key aspect of this weekend.
This weekend is open to everyone and will be facilitated by John Douglas, an experienced meditation instructor and practising psychotherapist.

  • This course will include:
  • A simple introduction to self compassion
  • An introduction to the relationship between emotions and the different states of our nervous system
  • Guided meditations for supporting ourselves through difficult emotions

Watch a short introductory video with John Douglas


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


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

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Fee €275
Concession €235

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 is available 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

Read more information here.

John Douglas
John Douglas
John Douglas first became interested in Buddhist Meditation in 1990 and moved to West Cork in 1994 to become part of the Dzogchen Beara community. As a Senior Meditation Instructor and Spiritual Care Educator, John is one of Dzogchen Beara’s main facilitators on a range of courses and workshops including Facing Loss and Healing Grief, Deep Listening, Self Compassion and Healing Relationships.

John is a Counsellor & Psychotherapist, accredited with the IACP, working in private practice in Castletownbere and in ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry, as well as being part of the care team supporting guests at the Care Centre in Dzogchen Beara.