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04th Jun 2019

Sarah Hanrahan went to Ireland’s very own Buddhist retreat in Cork and now we’re very intrigued

Louise Carroll

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Who knew such a place existed right here at home?

If you’re anything like us ladies, you probably love the idea of self care, growth, reflection, getting in touch with your spiritual self and more.

Now, we’re not going to pretend we know much about the things many learn during a visit to the Tibetan Buddhist Centre of Dzogchen Beara in Ireland’s south west, we’ll leave that to the masters. But it sure does have us intrigued.

One who has indeed been, is blogger and content creator, Sarah Hanrahan. In her own words, we found out a little bit more about this magical place.


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“The Tibetan Buddhist Centre of Dzogchen Beara offers a slice of tranquility. It’s nestled in an idealistic surrounding with Cork’s ​wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula​ resembling something from an Irish book of fairytales.

The cottage accommodation shuns wifi in favour of experiencing the present but entertainment, in the form of social media or streaming sites, suddenly seems incredibly lacklustre when the beauty of the people’s republic is framed perfectly through your cottage window.


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You can drop in for a coffee or a guided meditation class while passing through the beautiful landscape or check into one of the accommodation offerings on-site to avail of their services.

They run a variety of retreats that focus on helping attendees with different areas of their lives from cultivating compassion to facing loss and healing grief – all in an atmosphere which ​many Tibetan masters describe as offering ‘profound peace which comes from deep spiritual practice.’

It’s a place where you can find true rest, releasing yourself from all the stresses of daily life. Malcolm MacClancy, the centre director, says that after their stay, people often say that they feel ‘renewed and reconnected with themselves.’

So if it sounds like the kind of staycation you’d like to experience for yourself, you can find out more here.

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