The Essence of Meditation

Helpful and Practical Guidance on Meditation
with Derek Corr and Mary Moriarty
Friday 1 September, 7.30pm to Sunday 3 September, 1pm

“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

This retreat is suitable for everyone and no prior experience of meditation is needed.

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.

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.

“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


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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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.