Mind, Body & Spirit

A Self-Care Retreat for Family Carers and Care Professionals
with Kirsten DeLeo & Matt Padwick
Tuesday 5 November, 11am to Thursday 7 November, 1pm

As attending to our own needs and wellbeing can be hard while caring for others, this retreat invites family carers and care professionals to take time away, reconnect with themselves and nourish mind, body and spirit.

It offers the space to experience the healing power of mindfulness and self-compassion practices. The retreat also includes Kum Nye – gentle movement and breathing exercises – suitable for all ages and fitness levels – that restore the body’s natural rhythms and calm the mind.

Each day will include guided meditations, kum nye (tibetan yoga), short talks & discussions as well as periods of silence to allow you to fully relax into the retreat.

The spacious schedule allows time to be in nature, to rest and to enjoy nourishing meals together.

The retreat will be held at the Spiritual Care Centre and is limited to 14 people.

The retreat is suitable for both newcomers or experienced meditation practitioners.

Participants are encouraged to book early.

We are offering this retreat on the basis of Dāna (Generosity) as it is our heartfelt wish that all may avail of our retreat programme and we are aware of the difficult times we are all living through.

Dzogchen Beara is a not-for-profit charity and all of our income goes directly to supporting the Dharma and all who benefit from the Centre. There is a catering & admin fee for this retreat of €85. You are invited to make a financial contribution according to your means towards the remaining costs of the retreat. The standard fee for a mid-week retreat like this is €295. When you book, please consider giving as generously as you can. You can do this by donating online in the donation field provided on the last page when you complete your reservation here.

“Having worked as a therapist for the last 12 years, I know the importance of self-care. Working non-stop through Covid left me feeling depleted, however,  having spent three days on a retreat for professional carers, I feel so nourished cared for and replenished. An amazing place run by amazing people. A must do for anyone needing respite or renewal”. Niamh Connolly, Psychotherapist

The retreat will be held in our Spiritual Care Centre 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.

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Catering & Admin Only Fee €85

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 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

To view our visitor information, please click here.

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.
To find out more about Kirsten, visit: kirstendeleo.com
Matt Padwick
Matt Padwick
Matt has been practising meditation and Kum Nye as a member of the Dzogchen Beara community since 1998. He has completed two years of closed retreat and worked in a variety of roles including Centre Director 2003-2013.

Matt offers Kum Nye workshops and retreats at Dzogchen Beara, elsewhere in Ireland and online.