The Joy of Simplicity

Weekend Retreat with Susan Browne and Rob van Willegen
Friday 23 February, 7.30pm to Sunday 25 February, 1pm

Our complex world can tempt us to spend a lot of time in our heads. During this weekend retreat, the focus will be on meditation practice as a way to savour the uniqueness of each moment and rediscover the joy of simply being.

Many of us today find that we are fragmented into different aspects. So many contradictory voices, dictates, and feelings fight for control over our inner lives that we find ourselves scattered everywhere, in all directions. We have lost the sense of being.

Through the practice of meditation we bring our minds home. We reconnect with that sense of being. By integrating meditation into our day to day lives we discover that simplicity and contentment go hand in hand, leaving plenty of space for joy to arise.

Who is this for?

  • This retreat is for you if, for example:
  • You are looking for an effective way to simplify your life.
  • You spend a lot of time in your head and could do with some grounding.
  • You want a fresh approach to living a meaningful life, but sense it needs to be simple and effective.
  • You read books and watched videos on meditation, but so far your practice seems a bit flat.
  • You want to establish a daily meditation practice.

What to expect

This retreat offers a step by step approach to meditation that is easy to integrate into your daily life.

  • Tried-and-tested instructions on meditation
  • Guided meditations
  • Time to reflect
  • Discussion on how we can apply what we learned in our day to day life
  • Meditation and the Art of Simplicity

This retreat is inspired by this quote by the great Tibetan Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: “Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being.”


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 can be seen 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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Susan Browne
Susan Browne
Susan Browne has over 30 years experience of Buddhist meditation and compassion practices. She has been guiding groups and individuals in retreat over the past 25 years, both at Dzogchen Beara, and at the Institute of Wisdom and Compassion, France. She herself has completed several years of closed retreat and many in-depth studies.
Susan specialises in one-on-one and small group sessions, giving guidance on meditation methods that best help move through challenges one is facing.
Rob van Wilegen
Rob van Wilegen
After reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying in 2001, Rob van Willegen found a Rigpa centre near his student flat in Groningen and enrolled in the first available course. He discovered the profundity of the Buddha’s teachings. He was encouraged by the advice to examine these teachings to see if they relate to our experience and enthusiastically took up this challenge. He has studied and practised Tibetan Buddhism ever since. Rob studied Dutch language and literature and combines a full-time job as a marketing and communications professional with Buddhist practice. Having benefited tremendously from the essential instructions on meditation, he believes they offer a perfect path in modern times.