Present Through the End

Accompanying a family member or friend at the end of their lives
with Kirsten DeLeo
Friday 15 November, 8 pm – Sunday 17 November, 1pm


  • How to hold space for another
  • How to be when we don’t know to say or do
  • How to address common fears and concerns
  • How to respond to the needs of the dying and support them to discover their inner resources of strength and meaning
  • How to deepen compassion to attend to our sadness of loss and stress of caregiving
  • How to say good-bye, create a sacred environment and offer spiritual support at the moment of death and beyond

It takes sensitivity, courage and kindness to accompany someone who is nearing death.

It takes courage to lower our defenses and to meet the other where they are at – while being aware of, yet not overwhelmed by our own fears, sadness, insecurities or feelings of unease. In this experiential workshop, you will learn practical ways to support dying people. Weaving together the knowledge of hospice and palliative care, the sacred wisdom of the Buddhist tradition and hands-on experience, Kirsten DeLeo offers compassionate guidance that will support you to stay present in the face of suffering and respond to the dying person’ needs.

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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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


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Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo
Drawing on over 20 years of experience in accompanying the dying, Kirsten leads seminars and retreats for healthcare professionals and the public around the world.

Kirsten is trained in the mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in contemplative practice and study for many years including attending a three-year meditation retreat. She currently serves on the faculty of “Authentic Presence”, a certificate program in contemplative end-of-life care offered by the Spiritual Care Programme (

Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth and has published numerous articles on the contemplative approach to care.