Making Friends With Death

with Kirsten DeLeo
Friday 5 April, 8 pm – Sunday 7 April, 1pm

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


  • Guided reflections, contemplative practices and mindful movement exercises
  • Short talks, practical resources, group discussions and periods of silence
  • Time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature

Is it possible to come to terms with or even make friends with our own and others’ mortality?

We will all die, we just don’t know when or how. How would our lives change, if we took this reality to heart, even in small ways and well before it is imminent?

In the supportive environment of the natural beauty of the Beara peninsula, away from the busyness of everyday life, this special retreat is an open invitation to explore the deeper dimensions of dying and death.

In this process, we may come to discover that death and dying is actually about life and living; about finding the heart of life and being human.

The retreat welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds. You will learn skilful ways to work with and transform fears and concepts around dying and death. It’s also an opportunity to look at what may hold you back and keep you from living fully and joyfully in this very moment.

The retreat includes guided reflections, contemplative practices, mindful movement exercises, and sacred inspiration drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, short talks, practical resources, group discussions and periods of silence. There will be also time to rest and relax, and enjoy nature.

No prior meditation experience is required.

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. Tea and coffee.

Book online now

Fee €230
Concession €185

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 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 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


Download this information here.
Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo
KIRSTEN DELEO is a teacher in the field of contemplative care and leads courses, workshops, and retreats on the topics of caring for the dying, contemplative communication, meditation, compassion and building resilience. She is an international trainer with the Spiritual Care Programme, an outreach network that offers education and care in Europe, North America and Australia. For fourteen years she served as lead faculty of “Authentic Presence,” a professional certificate in contemplative end-of-life care. The certificate was launched at Naropa University/Colorado and now runs as an independent course in the US and Ireland. Kirsten is the author of Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide to Accompanying the Dying (Shambhala Publications, August 2019)