Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment

Retreats at Passaddhi in 2019

Cultivating an Open Heart: Compassion for self and others, supported by mindfulness practices from 'Breathworks', with Paola Vais
31st May to 3rd June

The Four Brahmavihara or Divine Mind States (Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity) with Venerable Viranyani
3rd to 7th 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
19th to 27th July
Metta is a support for vipassana practice and also a complete practice in itself. In this metta retreat Visu will also incorporate vipassana meditation.

Vipassana with Visu Teoh
27th July to 4 th August
In this vipassana retreat some metta practice will also be introduced, as a support for vipassana. The two pillars of mindfulness and compassion are essential for the cultivation of any kind of spiritual practice.

These two retreats can be done as one long retreat, from 19th July to 4th August

Vipassana with Frits Koster
21st to 29th August

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).

Please email Marjó when you would like information about retreats or to request a booking form. Your email address will then be included in my emailing list. You can unsubscribe again at any time of course.

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Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2018

Non-residential Vipassana/Mindfulness and Metta/Loving Kindness Retreat in Galway
Dates for 2018 to be confirmed.

Please email Marjó when you would like information about retreats or to request a booking form. Your email address will then be included in my emailing list. You can unsubscribe again at any time of course.

Non-Residential 2-day Silent Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Retreat at the Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin
27th - 28th October

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Bookings with the Sanctuary enquiries@sanctuary.ie or telephone +353 (0)1 6705419

Conscious Cooking, Mindful Eating: a residential Cooking and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, at Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
30th November - 2nd December, with Paola Vais and Marjó.

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and mindfully. 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 in the Ballyhoura woods, making this a very special retreat. We start Friday evening 7 pm, and finish with lunch on Sunday, around 3 pm.
Bookings with Marjó on 086 8787040 or email me marjo.metta@gmail.com
Cost: €180 for food and accommodation in twin rooms. Paola and Marjó's guidance is on a donation basis.

Camphill Community Hall, Carrick-on-Suir 15th December 10.30-4, non-residential.
Suitable for beginners and non-beginners.
It is also possible to come for part of the day if you have been practising with me before.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 027 60223 or 086 8787040
Cost: by donation.

Silent 5-day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat at Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
28th December 2018- 1st January 2019

Suitable for both beginners and non-beginners. This retreat is also suitable for those doing the MBSR-teacher training, or for those MBSR teachers who would like to support their meditation practice.
Cost: €300 for food and shared accommmodation in twin room. Single and single ensuite rooms available at extra cost. The guidance is on a donation basis.
Bookings with Marjo tel 027-60223 or 086 8787040 or by email
marjo.metta@gmail.com

Silent 5-day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Residential Retreat at Bobbio,
Magheramore, Co. Wicklow
Thursday 18th - Monday 22nd April (Easter) 2019

Bobbio retreat centre is situated on Brittas Bay, and there will be plenty of opportunity during the retreat to go for long walks.
This retreat is suitable for beginners and non-beginners, as well as for those doing the MBSR-teacher training, or for those MBSR teachers who would like to support their meditation practice.
Private talks with Marjó about the practice are an integral part of this retreat.
We start 7.30 pm on Thursday, and finish with lunch on Easter Monday.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223
Cost: €300 for (vegetarian) food and accommodation in twin en-suite rooms.
The guidance is on a donation basis

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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