Relax, Refresh and Reconnect

A Retreat for Educators and Parents with Fiona Clarke
Friday 14 June, 7:30pm to Sunday 16 June, 1pm

This weekend retreat for educators is deeply nourishing and connecting. Guided mindfulness and compassion practices are at the heart of the retreat, along with silence, reflections, learning and sharing. We’ll explore how to bring these well-being practices to young people. It’s a wonderful way to unwind from the school year, and to get inspired for the Summer and beyond.

  • Relax and unwind with body-based practices
  • Refresh the senses with ikebana, spontaneous calligraphy, mindful listening, eating, walking and movement
  • 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, grandparents, counsellors, youth workers,…

Schedule details

Friday evening: Relax and unwind with body-based practices

  • welcome and introduction
  • relaxation and awareness of the body
  • introductions, aspirations
  • gratitude and joy

Saturday morning: Refresh the senses

  • Body, Breath, Being: mindful movement, mindful breathing, mindful sitting
  • self-care and well-being, what is currently supporting us
  • understanding the mind, what is mindfulness
  • mindfulness and awareness in daily life
  • sensory walk
  • ikebana flower arranging
  • mindfulness of sounds & mindful listening in pairs
  • mindful mandarin

Saturday afternoon: Respond to emotions with kindness

  • ‘mind in the jar’ & mindfulness practice
  • recognising thoughts and emotions in myself, the R.A.I.N. practice
  • being a good friend to myself, the power of self-compassion
  • exploring nourishing and depleting activities
  • loving kindness for myself
  • sensory walk
  • recognising emotions in others
  • emotional intelligence, communicating in challenging situations
  • sharing well-being practices with young people
  • loving kindness practice for myself and for others

Sunday: Reconnect with our good heart

  • Body, Breath, Being: mindful movement, mindful breathing, mindful sitting
  • expressing emotions through spontaneous calligraphy
  • 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 €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.

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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.