Mindful and Aware

Free Retreat for Younger People 18-30
Tuesday 7 January, 11am to Thursday 9 January, 1pm


  • Guided meditation and contemplations
  • Interactive exercises
  • Time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature

Take a break to slow down, unplug, relax and come home to yourself. We can easily become overwhelmed by the relentless distractions of our daily lives. Our attention is dragged in countless directions with status updates, texts and tweets, opinions and arguments; things to see, to follow, to do, to own. Our lives are so frenetic, mostly we don’t even realise how distracted we are!

Buddha taught that to end this distraction of the mind would be to end suffering itself; the key to this, he realised, was to bring the mind home to its true nature, through the practice of meditation.

Meditation allows us to transform our experience by releasing our grasping onto turbulent thoughts and emotions and the frustration they bring. We can discover spaciousness, ease, a simple awareness of the present moment and a natural connection with inner resources of calm, compassion and love.

Scientific studies show that meditation boosts mental health and general well-being. It improves happiness, reduces symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression, increases concentration and encourages feelings of inner strength and confidence.

This retreat includes a complete introduction to a simple and profound method of meditation and integrating the benefits of the practice in our daily lives. There will be opportunities for instruction and guided practices, question and answer sessions, discussions and time to enjoy the spectacular natural environment.

Free Spirit

Our Free Spirit programme reflects the wish that finances should not be a barrier for people wishing to attend events – so for Free Spirit events we do not set a retreat fee and charge only to cover catering costs. After that you are invited to make an offering according to your means, to help cover the costs of hosting the retreat and to ensure that Free Spirit events continue into the future, but there is no obligation. Concession rates and flexible payment options are available for all other retreats.


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.

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Catering only fee €70

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 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
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