Happiness is an Inside Job

Exploring the Four Immeasurables
with Veronica Nicholson and John Douglas
Friday 7 April, 7.30pm to Monday 10 April, 1pm

We all wish to be happy and content. Often we look outside of ourselves to find this happiness and contentment, but with only limited or short term success. The Buddhist teachings however show that by connecting to our innate qualities of awareness and kindness, our own good heart, we can find that very happiness within.

Four particular qualities of the human heart; the full-heartedness of LOVE, the tenderness of COMPASSION, the radiance of JOY, and the ease of EQUANIMITY, when developed to their fullest extent, are known in the Buddhist teachings as “the Four Immeasurables.”

When we make steps to embody these immeasurables they can radically transform our relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us.

Put simply:

  • Love is the wish that oneself and all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness
  • Compassion is the wish that oneself and all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering
  • Joy is the wish that ALL those who have happiness may never be apart from it
  • Equanimity is the wish that all beings be free of attachment and aversion

Modern scientific and psychological research also shows that having self love and self compassion can not only reduce our symptoms of psychological distress but also increase our personal resources and coping skills.

Through guided meditations, contemplations and discussion we will explore these Four Immeasurables experientially, so that we can learn to embody them at the deepest possible level for ourselves.

This retreat is open to all.

The retreat includes:

  • Guided mindfulness meditations
  • Presentations on each of the four immeasurables
  • Contemplations and meditations on loving kindness
  • Contemplations and meditations on self compassion
  • Time for discussions and Q&A
  • Sessions of walking meditation
  • There will be some periods of silence so we can experience the power of our meditation
  • Some video teachings will also be shared
  • And plenty of time for rest, relaxation and enjoying the beautiful nature in Dzogchen Beara


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


The catering fee covers a delicious two course vegetarian lunch each day, with soup and bread provided in the evenings.

Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Fee €310
Concession €260

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email info@dzogchenbeara.org 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 seen here. here.

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

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Veronica Nicholson
Veronica Nicholson
Veronica first learned to meditate in 1996 when she went on her first retreat to Dzogchen Beara.
Since then she has continued studying and practicing in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and completed a one-year closed retreat in 2004 in Dzogchen Beara.
Learning to meditate changed her life and this inspired her to train as a meditation instructor, and since 2001 she has been helping on retreats in Dzogchen Beara and other Rigpa centres around Ireland.
She lives in Offaly and is a photographer and artist – her book Observing Offaly, a photographic record of life in her adopted county, was published in November 2016.
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.