Relax, Refresh and Reconnect

A Retreat for Educators and Parents with Fiona Clarke
Tuesday 18 July, 11am to Thursday 20 July, 1pm

This three day retreat for educators is deeply nourishing and connecting. Guided mindfulness and compassion practices are at the heart of the retreat, we will also spend time in silence, and in learning, reflecting, and sharing. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the conclusion of the school year, and gather inspiration and support for the Summer break.

  • Relax and unwind with body-based practices
  • Refresh the senses with ikebana, mindful listening, mindful walking and movement
    Review which well-being practices work personally and professionally, share our stories – our challenges and accomplishments
  • Reconnect with our good heart: “Widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, and the whole of nature in its beauty” (Einstein)

For whom
This retreat is suitable for all those working with and caring for young people – educators, teachers, lecturers, parents, counsellors,…

Schedule details

Tuesday: Relax and unwind, Refresh the senses

  • welcome and introduction
  • relaxation and awareness of the body
  • aspirations for self and others
  • sensory walk
  • self-care and well-being: what is currently supporting us
  • ikebana flower arranging
  • core values and purpose, mindful listening
  • mindfulness and awareness in daily life, mindful mandarin
  • gratitude and joy

Wednesday: Respond to emotions with kindness

  • Body, Breath, Being: mindful movement, mindful breathing, mindful sitting
  • recognising emotions in the body
  • meeting difficulty with curiosity and kindness, R.A.I.N. practice
  • expressing emotions through spontaneous calligraphy
  • sensory walk
  • recognising thoughts in the mind, ‘Mind in the Jar’
  • recognising emotions in others
  • being a good friend to myself, the power of self-compassion
  • emotional intelligence, deep listening, communicating in challenging situations
  • sharing well-being practices with young people
  • compassionate presence, loving kindness practice for self and others

Thursday: Reconnect with our good heart

  • Body, Breath, Being: mindful movement, mindful breathing, mindful sitting
  • empathy and compassion, ‘Just Like Me’
  • sharing well-being practices with young people
  • a workable plan for continuing, with purpose and joy
  • mindful chocolate & conclusion


The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


Vegetarian lunches and evening meals are provided as part of your fee.

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Fee €340
Concession €290

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 is available 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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Fiona Clarke
Fiona Clarke
Fiona has practiced mindfulness for thirty years and loves sharing it with others.

Since 2004, she has been holding retreats and courses in mindfulness and compassion.

Fiona is a senior trainer at Mind With Heart – an international charity, sharing well-being tools with young people and educators.

She was born in Ireland, worked in Europe and Asia, then moved to Australia to raise her three children.

Fiona now lives in England where she studies, practices and teaches. She loves cold-water swimming, hiking and the creative arts.