Contemplative Walking

Bank Holiday Weekend Retreat
with John Douglas

Friday 4 August, 7.30pm to Monday 7 August, 2.30pm

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

Enjoy a 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.

What you will need

-Walking boots are essential.

-Walks are between five and nine kilometres long on recognised local walking routes.

-Please note that all routes include some rough ground as well as slippery wet surfaces and hilly bits so .

-The walks will be done at a leisurely pace and suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of walking fitness. This is not a hiking weekend but some routes do require a bit of a scramble now and then.

Content Summary

  •       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

The schedule for this event changes according to the weather.


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.

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Fee €310
Concession €260

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 including packed lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

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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.