Cultivating Compassion

St. Patrick’s Holiday Retreat
with John Douglas
Friday 15 March, 8pm to Monday 18 March, 1pm

Everyone is welcome to this retreat and no prior experience of meditation is needed.


  • Introductions to Meditation and Loving Kindness practice
  • Self Compassion
  • Extending Compassion to Others
  • Linking Meditation, Compassion and Presence
  • Interactive exercises
  • Time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature

During this weekend John will guide an exploration of compassion from practical, scientific and experiential perspectives, introducing meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition which help us cultivate more compassion and understanding in our everyday live. Interactive exercises will help to deepen insights and share understanding.

This retreat is suitable for people new to Dzogchen Beara and will include introductions and guidance to meditation, loving kindness and Tonglen (“sending and receiving”) practices. You can sit on a chair or on a zafu cushion on the floor, wherever you are comfortable; there are no difficult postures or complicated techniques.

It’s our connections with people that really do matter the most, yet we’re experiencing more loneliness, fear, stress, uncertainty and lack of social connectivity than ever. On this weekend you will learn some simple yet profound methods to connect with yourself and be happier in your daily life, while extending that sense of wellbeing to touch those around you and the whole world. We hope that you can join us.


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.

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Fee €280
Concession €225

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 to discuss flexible payment options or request assistance from our retreat fund.

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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John Douglas
John DouglasSenior Meditation Instructor
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 also a qualified Psychotherapist and is a pre-accredited member of the IACP working in private practice as a Counsellor 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.