Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment

Retreats at Passaddhi 2018

Cultivating an Open Heart, with Paola Vais. Suitable for those who have retreat experience or none.
1st to 4th June (June Bankholiday)
Drawing from the 'Breathworks' approach to mindfulness for health and well-beig. We will practise turning towards all our experiences with a kind and compassionate heart.
Cost for food and accommodation on a donation basis, and Paola's guidance is also by donation.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223

The Four Brahmavihara or Divine Mind States (Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity) with Venerable Viranyani
27th June to 1st July
A unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the traditional and yet totally contemporary joyful and compassionate mind states that Ven. Viranyani will guide us through. She has extensive experience as a nun in the Burmese Buddhist tradition, and lives in a monastic setting in Burma for much of the year.

Loving Kindness – Metta with Visu Teoh
27th July to 4th August

Vipassana with Visu Teoh
4th to 12 th August

Vipassana with Frits Koster
15th to 23rd August

These two or three retreats can be done as one long retreat, from 27th July 12th or 23rd August, or 4th to 23rd Aug

All retreats at Passaddhi will be in silence, residential in shared accommodation (with the option of a private room at a local B&B), and with vegetarian meals (including home-grown organic vegetables). These retreats are offered on a donation basis, because Marjó and the other teachers who come to Passaddhi have been inspired by these meditation practices, and want to make them available to as many people as possible. It is left entirely up to the generosity of the participants how much they wish to contribute to support the centre and the teachers. A booking fee applies to keep a place, as Passaddhi can only have about 12 retreatants at any one time. If you are not sure what is an appropriate amount to give for retreat costs and/or for the teacher, please contact .
Please see here for more information on meditation.

During every retreat group guidance is given, as well as the opportunity to have individual talks with the teacher. Sitting meditation is alternated by walking meditation. The walking meditation is done outside on the patio or in the garden, weather permitting.

Participants of a retreat are asked to observe the Buddhist precepts of:
· not intentionally taking or harming the life of any living being
· not taking what is not given, being trustworthy, not acting acquisitively
· refraining from sexual behaviour that is harmful (on retreats this means no sexual activity at all)
· avoiding false, abusive or malicious speech (on retreats this means observing noble silence)
· not using intoxicants/drugs (on retreats this includes tobacco)

These are guidelines, not commandments, that help to facilitate waking up to what is here and now, and have been observed over the centuries by all who aspire to living a life of impeccable ethics. These five basic ethical guidelines also help to create a safe environment for the participants and facilitators on the retreats.
The retreats are an opportunity for continuous practice of vipassana (insight) meditation and metta (lovingkindness) meditation. It is not appropriate to see the retreats as a time to go on hikes in the mountains or for walks on the Beara Way (although sometimes the teacher may recommend going for a long walk).

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Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2018

Non-residential Vipassana/Mindfulness and Metta/Loving Kindness Retreats in Galway and in Carrick-on-Suir
Dates for 2018 to be confirmed.

Midsummer Mindfulness Feast: Conscious Cooking, Mindful Eating: a 5-day Cooking and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, at Bobbio Centre, Magheramore, Co. Wicklow.
20th - 24th June, with Paola Vais and Marjó.

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and mindfully. There will be a range of other mindfulness and compassion pratices as well. Paola will guide all participants in preparing and cooking summery dishes, vegan and vegetarian.
Paola has trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, and has been cooking for restaurants, private catering and the Asgard, as well as for my retreats for many years. She is also a certified Mindfulness trainer and Breathworks trainer, facilitating courses and retreats. Marjó will guide the mindfulness meditation in sitting and walking sessions, as well as mindful eating. There will also be time for plenty of rest, and going for walks on the nearby beach, making this a very special retreat. Bobbio Centre is a unique place: very quiet, overlooking the sea, and with easy access to the beach. It is also possible to come on Thursday evening 7 pm, or for the weekend only, starting Friday evening 7 pm, but those coming for the whole time will have preference.
Cost: €280 for food and accommodation in twin rooms [€240 and €200 respectively for shorter retreat]. The guidance by Paola and Marjó is on a donation basis.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223.

Weekend Retreat: Mindfulness and Loving Kindness
Residential Retreat for Chrysalis, Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow

20th - 22nd July
Suitable for both beginners and non-beginners.
Bookings with peace@chrysalis.ie or +353 (0)87 779 8877

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Passaddhi Meditation Hall
Meditation hall at Passaddhi


Passadhi Meditation Centre, Garden View
The garden at Passaddhi


Passadhi Meditation Centre, Sea View
View over Bantry Bay from Passaddhi