Rigpa Student Retreats 2018-10-11T23:14:52+00:00

Rigpa Student Retreats

If you have a genuine wish to do retreat at Dzogchen Beara but face financial challenges, please do contact us to explore flexible options.
Rigpa Sangha Practice Retreats

For Rigpa students familiar with the practice of Guru Yoga.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Open to Rigpa Students who are familiar with the practice of Ngöndro

One Month Retreat | 8 April – 18 May or 10th May – 15 June

Two Month Retreat | 8 April – 17 June or 10th May – 10 July

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

If you have ever longed to go more deeply into your practice, to advance your Ngöndro accumulations, and to wholeheartedly bring the teachings and your practice into your daily life, then you may like to consider spending some time in retreat.

What is Retreat?

For a while, we leave our families, friends, work, phone and email, and go to a secluded place, to spend some time in silence and immerse ourselves in practice and teachings.

With a vast motivation, we enter into the right environment, practice in formal sessions, and then integrate during the breaks – ‘informal practice’. This combination is what will enable us to then bring the practice into our daily lives.

What will the Three Month Ngondro Retreat be Like?

The retreat takes place in Longchen, our beautiful long-term retreat building. Each retreatant has their own spacious room with glorious views over the ocean.

The daily schedule has a combination of group and individual practice. The day starts at 4.30am 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 to individual practice, where you will be able to focus on whichever practice you are accumulating, such as Refuge, Bodhichitta, or Vajrasattva for example.

There is also enough time during these individual practice sessions to do other practices as well, such as Contemplation on the Four Thoughts using chégom and jok gom; to explore your meditation practice, or to do Loving Kindness practice, for example. There is silence all morning, and again in the evenings.

This combination of group and individual practice, times of silence and times of talking, and working together on simple daily rotas to support the retreat, creates circumstances where you can enter very deeply into practice. These circumstances also help us to see and explore our patterns, blockages, the places where we usually suppress or avoid, our projections, etc. Our “lethal habits”. And, in this safe environment, we have the space and the support to open to them and work with them.

Practical Points

The retreat fee includes everything that you will need throughout your retreat- accommodation (mostly ensuite), full catering (vegetarian), access to a small library of books and materials, guidance from instructors, heating and laundry (done for you), and daily tsok offerings:

  • 3 Months: €4,775
  • 1 Months: €1,950
  • 2 Months: €3,450

You will need money for tsok offerings for Guru Rinpoche and Dakini tsok days, and any personal items such as photocopying, medical, etc

Tsa Sum Retreat Options | For Rigpa Students Only

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2019 calendar is available!

Special one month nyenpas for YNP and CPN Practitioners, for removing obstacles, and for Rinpoche’s long life and good health

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2019 calendar is available!

Nyenpas include an introduction retreat designed for those going into closed retreat and those practising at home, including instruction on the main practice; teachings and commentaries, using bell, dorje and drum, simple choponing and making tormas. Full nyenpas take between 3-5 months: It is also possible to do a one month nyenpa in closed retreat.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2020 calendar is available!

Nyenpas include an introduction retreat designed for those going into closed retreat and those practising at home, including instruction on the main practice; teachings and commentaries, using bell, dorje and drum, simple choponing and making tormas. Full nyenpas take between 3-5 months: It is also possible to do a one month nyenpa in closed retreat.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

Precise Dates will be confirmed once the 2020 calendar is available!

Nyenpas include an introduction retreat designed for those going into closed retreat and those practising at home, including instruction on the main practice; teachings and commentaries, using bell, dorje and drum, simple choponing and making tormas. Full nyenpas take between 3-5 months: It is also possible to do a one month nyenpa in closed retreat.

Contact Ann at retreats@dzogchenbeara.org for details.

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.

Cost
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.

Travel

Further Information

Catering
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

Work-Retreat Programme

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.

We are currently looking for help from a:

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.

Benefits
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

Travel

Further Information

Accommodation

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.