Relax, Refresh and Reconnect

A Retreat for Educators and Parents with Fiona Clarke
Friday 30 June, 7pm to Sunday 2 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

Friday evening: Relax and unwind with body-based practices

  • relaxation and awareness of the body
  • self-care and connection – what is currently supporting us
  • our aspirations for ourselves and others
  • the link between gratitude and joy

Saturday morning: Refresh the senses

  • mindful walking and movement
  • what is mindfulness? awareness? empathy? compassion?
  • ikebana flower arranging
  • the inner critic, the power of self-compassion
  • compassionate body scan

Saturday afternoon: Respond to emotions with kindness

  • recognising emotions in the body
  • meeting difficulty with curiosity and kindness, R.A.I.N.
  • core values and purpose, mindful listening
  • sharing how we (can) teach these practices to young people
  • loving kindness practice for self and others

Sunday morning: Reconnect with our good heart

  • mindful walking and movement
  • expressing emotions through spontaneous calligraphy
  • emotional intelligence, deep listening, communicating in challenging situations.
  • 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 €275
Concession €235

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.

Online booking here
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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.