Retreats for Rigpa Mandala Students

If you have a heartfelt wish to do one of these retreats but face financial challenges, you can avail of flexible payment options or apply for a Study and Practice grant towards your retreat contribution.
If you are interested in doing a retreat that is not listed below please let us know, as your aspiration can influence future programming.
Dzogchen Beara offers limited places for Dzogchen students to do solitary retreat.
Personal Retreats

Personal Retreats are an opportunity to go much deeper into practice away from the busyness of our daily lives, whether we are accumulating Ngondro, practicing meditation or loving kindness, or wish to deepen our study.

In retreat we benefit from the three components which support us in integrating the benefit of our practice into daily life – right environment, practice in formal sessions, and integrating during the breaks.

Your retreat can be a short as a few days or up to several months and your schedule will be worked out to suit you.

You will have a single room in a reserved retreat area with glorious views out over the Atlantic Ocean. Rigpa students have been doing retreat in these rooms for over 20 years, and fruition of their practice is tangible – you can feel the blessings in the peaceful and settled atmosphere.

There is silence in the retreat area until 1pm, and again from 8pm onwards.

You are welcome to join the local sangha for daily group practices and to participate in daily guided meditation and loving kindness sessions.

The cost of only €50 a day includes access to an extensive library of books and teachings and instructor support as well as full catering and a laundry service, so you can devote your entire day to undistracted practice.


Further Information

All meals are vegetarian and we can offer a gluten and dairy free special diet if needed.

“Dzogchen Beara is a place where all thoughts and emotions find space to come to rest by themselves. The open sky with the sun, the wind, the sea, the fog, the rain and the weather´s constant change make you experience the constant change of everything. You wake up and you can´t see anything because it´s so foggy, after one hour of practice you look up and suddenly there is the sea and the waves, one hour later the sky wears the most beautiful blue dress and the seagulls glide through the sky, 30 minutes later rain. No chance to hold on a single experience as lasting. This very direct experience of change is safely held in an atmosphere of practice and love and care. I could open up completely. I got in touch with all kinds of feelings and emotions and had the space to let them go again and see their impermanent nature. At the same time I got in touch with something bigger that hosts all these risings. Clarity took place. I found space in myself and I carry Dzogchen Beara in my heart wherever I go to keep me in touch with my true nature.”
– A Ngondro student who did three weeks personal retreat

Three Month Group Ngöndro Retreat

With options for two and one months
17th February to 19th May 2022
Open to Rigpa students who are familiar with the practice of Ngöndro

Built by a practitioner for practitioners, Dzogchen Beara is the perfect place for retreat, with the inspiration of its natural beauty and its environment of practice.

In a group retreat, with the supportive framework of a daily practice schedule and the inspiration of other sangha members, we can – wholeheartedly immerse ourselves in the practice and teachings make progress with our Ngöndro accumulations open to and gently work with our habits, emotions and blockages bring the practice and teachings into our daily lives.

Three, two and one month options

The longer you can spend in retreat, the more settled you can become, and the deeper you can go into practice. If you have financial challenges, see the information below on Rigpa’s Study and Practice Grants, applications are open to all levels of practitioner. If you do not have so much time, you can enter the retreat for one or two months.

What is the Retreat Like?

The daily schedule has a mix of individual practice and some group practice, with times of silence. The day starts early in the morning with group Ngöndro practice, and concludes with a brief group Tendrel Nyesel practice in the evening. Retreatants also come together for an hour at mid-day to watch a short evocative teaching, to sit, and to do some compassion practice. The rest of the day is devoted entirely to individual practice, where retreatants focus on the practice they are accumulating.

Who is it For

For Rigpa students who are familiar with the practice of Ngöndro and have a wish to devote a period of time to focus on their practice.


The arrival day for the retreat is 17th February. It may also be possible to enter the retreat at a later date, please enquire.

Study and Practice Grants

If you have a heartfelt wish to join the retreat but face financial challenges, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can avail of flexible payment options or apply for a Study & Practice Grant towards your retreat contribution.

The Study & Practice Grants are for any student with a genuine with to study and practice, and all Rigpa students have equal opportunities to apply for a grant.

Retreat Fees: Cover all costs – accommodation, full catering, and retreat expenses (except tsok offerings for 10th and 25th days, and any personal costs):
Three months €4,300, two months €3,390, one month €1,900

For further information

Contact Ann Alford, the Retreat Manager, at

Tsa Sum Retreats
Working Retreats

We now offer the opportunity for Ngondro/Sadhana students to come and be on retreat at Dzogchen Beara, for no charge, in exchange for five hours work a day, five days a week.

Positions on this Work-Retreat Programme are available for periods of one month up to three months, and depend on the skills of the retreatant matching the needs of the tasks that Dzogchen Beara needs to be done.

Work-Retreat Programme retreatants have a single room in the personal retreat area, with glorious views out over the Atlantic Ocean., They follow a daily schedule of personal practice, and keep all the retreat guidelines and boundaries.

You will have access to an extensive library of books and teachings and instructor support as well as full catering and a laundry service, and,outside the five hours work a day, will be able to focus undistractedly on practice


For further information email:


You can come and stay at Dzogchen Beara any time and enjoy a relaxing break in your own way, using the meditation rooms for personal practice and joining group paractice if you wish. We have accommodation for all tastes and budgets including farmhouse hostel dormitory beds, secluded clifftop cottages and ocean view conservatory rooms in the beautiful Care Centre.

For enquiries please contact us.