From Calm to Clarity

Bank Holiday Weekend Retreat with Verena Pfeiffer
Friday 27 October, 7.30pm to  Monday 30 October, 1pm

Join us for this practice retreat with a special focus on deeply understanding the Buddhist view of the nature of reality.

The Buddha said that the main cause of suffering, stress and the difficulties we experience in our life, is ignorance – not knowing the nature of reality. So what helps to alleviate suffering is to have a more accurate understanding and experience of how things truly are.

Whether we are beginners on the Buddhist path, or experienced dharma practitioners, it can be so helpful to deeply reflect on how we see ourselves and the world, how we relate to everything that happens in our life and how we can bring out the view, which is at the heart of our practice.

We will approach the view of the nature of reality step by step, going through the stages of impermanence, interdependence and emptiness.

This will be a practice retreat and not heavily focused on theory and intellectual elaborations, but more on meditation and contemplation.


The retreat will be held in our clifftop 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 €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 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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Verena Pfeiffer
Verena Pfeiffer
Verena Pfeiffer is from Germany and has been a student of Buddhism since 2005. She attended Rigpa’s 2006–2009 Three Year Retreat and has been studying at Rigpa Shedra East in Pharping, Nepal under the guidance of Khenchen Namdrol since 2007.

Verena regularly helps to lead teaching retreats in Rigpa. She has recently begun teaching at the Rigpa Shedra, using Khenpo Kunpal’s commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara. Verena lives in the Netherlands with her partner and their much-adored dog.