Natural Great Peace

with Olivier Riche, Andrew Warr and Anne Sheehan
Friday 22 November, 11am to Thursday 28 November, 1pm

This retreat is specifically designed for those with some experience of meditation, willing to commit to an intensive practice retreat including several days in silence.

Practising meditation in a retreat environment is a special opportunity to refine our practice, enhance our understanding and simply enjoy a taste of the peace of mind and deep sense of well being that meditation brings.

The retreat will include

  • In-depth meditation instruction based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition
  • Guidance & clarification through questions/answers with experienced meditation instructors
  • Inspirational video teachings on meditation by leading contemporary teachers
  • Extended periods of meditation (about 4 hours per day)
  • Walking meditation
  • Sessions focusing on how to integrate our practice in daily life,
  • Daily Loving Kindness practice.

Also included are optional Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) sessions led by Matt Padwick, to energise and harmonise mind and body.

What is Kum Nye?

Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, Kum Nye eases the physical body and calms the mind and emotions. It was practiced in Tibet as a preliminary to meditation and other advanced yogic practices. The breathing, postures and movement exercises enable us to sit for longer periods of time in a relaxing way, and help us to develop mental concentration in a spirit of openness.

This is a 7-day retreat, please register only if you can attend the full week.

Typical Daily Schedule. Please note that much of the retreat is conducted in silence.

7.30 – 8.15 am Silent meditation
8.15 – 9.15 am Break
9.15 – 10.00 Kum Nye Tibetan yoga
10.15 – 11.15 am Meditation
11.15 – 11.45 am Tea Break
11.45 – 1:15 pm Session including walking meditation
1.15 – 3.15 pm Lunch
3.15 – 4.00 pm [optional] Facilitated small-group check-in
4.00 – 4.30 pm Tea Break
4.30 – 6:00 pm Session
6.00 – 7.00 pm Supper
7.00 – 7.45 pm Guided Loving Kindness meditation

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers, this retreat has changed my life ” (Aishling)

Donation Based Events

We are offering this retreat on the basis of Dāna (Generosity) as it’s our heartfelt wish that finances should not be a barrier for people wishing to attend events – so for this event we do not set a retreat fee and charge only to cover catering costs.

You are invited to make a financial offering according to your means, to help cover the costs of hosting the retreat and to ensure that such events continue into the future, but there is no obligation.

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.


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.


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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No event fee
Catering Only Fee €245
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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 can be seen here. here.

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

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Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032

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Olivier Riche
Olivier Riche
Olivier Riche has studied and practiced meditation for 20 years and has been guiding practices and instructing on retreats since 2012.
He worked for three years at Dzogchen Beara where he facilitated many retreats and guided meditations.
Olivier also offers regular meditations for members of his community and for staff at his workplace.
Andrew Warr
Andrew Warr
Andrew Warr has had a regular meditation practice for 40 years and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1982. He has been teaching meditation for over 30 years and since 2001 has been leading courses, seminars, and retreats, principally on the subject of loving kindness, in Europe, Australia and North America. With great clarity, warmth and humour, Andrew skilfully guides people through the teachings and practices, and shows how these can be applied to our everyday life.
Anne Sheehan
Anne Sheehan
Anne Sheehan has spent many years studying and practising meditation. She is an experienced instructor who has an ability to communicate the depth of the Buddhist teachings in a very accessible way. She regularly instructs on Meditation and Loving Kindness on events at Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre and at Rigpa Centres throughout Ireland.