In the Mirror of Death

with Kirsten DeLeo
Friday 20 September, 7:30pm to Sunday 22 September, 1pm

This weekend retreat is an introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist understanding of death and dying.

We all know we and those we love will die. Regardless of our background – spiritual or otherwise – this retreat can help us face and transform fear and uncertainty, prepare for death and support others to die in peace.

This retreat guides participants through the essential teachings on death and dying from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Through their practical advice, timeless wisdom and sacred inspiration we can find the courage to meet death with less fear, and even discover a sense of trust and confidence.

Join us for a retreat where we look in the mirror of death in which we can see, not only the inevitable reality of death reflected, but the entire meaning and joy of life as well.

This retreat is for you if:

  • You wish to make friends with your own mortality and want to explore your ideas and feelings in a supportive environment
  • You are being confronted with the loss of a loved one and want to feel less helpless in the face of death
  • You want to explore the spiritual perspectives on this topic
  • You want to learn more about the Tibetan Buddhist view on the cycle of life and death

What to expect

Through short talks, contemplations and sharing with others we will explore the following topics:

  • Our own understanding of death
  • How to transform anxiety and fear
  • Living fully in the face of impermanence and loss
  • Preparing practically, emotionally and spiritually
  • Letting go and saying good-bye
  • Spiritual dimensions of living and dying according to the Tibetan Buddhist teachings
  • How to support the dying
  • Spiritual practices to help us prepare for the moment of death
  • Spiritual care after death

There will also be space for relaxation and time to enjoy the beautiful natural environment of Dzogchen Beara.

Kirsten totally embodies all that she teaches. I’m coming away a lighter, more empowered individual“. Eleanor

The inspiration for this retreat

The retreat is inspired by The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and led by Kirsten DeLeo, a longtime Buddhist practitioner, teacher and author with many years of experience accompanying the dying.

The retreat will be held in our new Dzogchen Beara Temple. With expansive views across the bay, the temple is a modern example of a traditional Tibetan monastery, a form of architecture designed to be an inspiring symbol of the Buddha’s teachings for our times.

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. Tea and coffee.

Book online now

Fee €275
Concession €235

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 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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Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo is a meditation teacher and author of the award-winning book “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying”.
Kirsten has accompanied seriously ill patients and their families for more than twenty-five years and has been immersed in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat. She helped to pioneer “Authentic Presence”, one of the first training programmes in contemplative end-of-life care in the US. Kirsten lives near Dzogchen Beara where she teaches regularly and supports the guests of the Spiritual Care Centre. Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth and shares the practices of meditation and compassion in a down-to-earth way.
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