The Essence of Meditation

Helpful and Practical Guidance on Meditation
with Derek Corr and Mary Moriarty
Friday 17 January, 7.30pm to Sunday 19 January, 1pm

Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Many of us can feel we are doing something wrong if our mind is full of thoughts and distractions, worries and feelings. At the beginning, meditation is not about having an “empty” mind. If we can simply learn to stay present to all experience as it arises, that is enough. That is meditation!

According to the Buddhist teachings on meditation, happiness depends entirely upon our mind and how it perceives, so it is vital to take care and to become familiar with our mind. By gently practicing a simple method such as calm abiding (shamatha) meditation, we pacify our scattered minds, defuse our powerful emotions and overcome distraction.

“If you want to attain perfect calmness in your meditation you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come and let them go. Then they will be under control”. Suzuki Roshi

On this weekend retreat, we will explore what meditation really is for you with the help of guided practices, walking meditation and time for discussion and clarification. This retreat is suitable for everyone and no prior experience of meditation is needed.

“Taking place in such a beautiful location, “The Essence of Meditation” is a wonderful programme. The presenters are kind and gentle, the instructions and meditations are well founded offering a programme that aptly reflects its title” John , Psychologist

“This was my first attempt  at connecting with my mind to find out more about myself. I really loved the way it was guided by Mary and Derek. Will definitely come back. Dzogchen Beara and the people here have a magical vibe, it touches you in so many ways”. Tushar, Consultant

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for you if:

  • You are quite new to meditation and want to explore it in a retreat environment in a gentle way
  • You already have a meditation practice but would like to explore new methods or refresh your practice and understanding
  • You are curious about the centre and what we offer and would like to try a meditation retreat
  • You are interested in the relationship between the mind, thoughts and emotions and how meditation can help
  • You would like to develop a simple practice you can do at home.

What to expect

  • Meeting like minded people
  • Guided reflections, contemplative practices and mindful walking
  • Short video clips with other relevant teachers, talks, practical resources, group discussions and periods of silence
  • Time for rest and relaxation
  • Enjoying nature


The retreat will be held in our new Dzogchen Beara Temple. With expansive views across the bay, the temple is a modern example of a traditional Tibetan monastery, a form of architecture designed to be an inspiring symbol of the Buddha’s teachings for our times.


Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

Book online now

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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Derek Corr
Derek Corr
Derek has been studying and practicing meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 22 years. He has been part of the Dzogchen Beara team since 2013 and regularly teaches meditation and guides retreats throughout our yearly programme.
Mary Moriarty
Mary Moriarty
Mary has been studying and practising meditation for over twenty years. She previously worked as a social worker and as a counsellor and is now retired and enjoying living in west Kerry.