Passaddhi Meditation Centre  

Calm · Clarity · Contentment


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.

Retreats taught by Marjó at other venues will also be in silence, and the teachings are offered on a donation basis, except where there is a set fee (e.g. in Emmaus Centre).

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 at Passaddhi is done outside on the patio or in the garden, weather permitting. At other venues the walking meditation will also be done outside as much as is feasible.

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, and they have proved to be helpful for the development of concentration and mindfulness, encouraging a heart and mind that is calm, connected and contented.
These five basic ethical guidelines also help to create a safe environment for the participants and facilitators on the retreats.
Retreats are an opportunity for continuous practice of vipassana (insight) meditation and metta (lovingkindness) meditation. It is not appropriate to see retreats as a time to go on hikes or long walks.
It is also not appropriate to use your phone to go online, to make or receive calls or send texts, and it is recommended not to read or write during a retreat.

Please email Marjó if you would like more information about retreats or to request a booking form.

By signing a booking form you agree to follow the guidelines of the teacher for the duration of the retreat, and to respect the guidelines of the retreat mentioned above.

'If I fail to do so, I absolve the teacher of any responsibility as regards my physical, mental and emotional well-being.
By signing the form, I understand that when I leave the retreat before the agreed time, unless there is an emergency or serious illness, with or without consultation with the teacher, I do so at my own risk, and absolve the teacher of any liability; I also understand that there won't be a refund.
While on retreat at Passaddhi or elsewhere, I absolve Marjó Oosterhoff and the venue of the retreat of any liability as regards accidents or loss during the retreat.'

Silent Retreats at Passaddhi in 2020

Cultivating Contentment through Kindness and Compassion practices for self and others, supported by mindfulness practices, with Marjó
29th May to 1st June
Starting 7.30 pm on Friday May 29, finishing with lunch on Monday June 1.
Cost: by donation, after booking fee of €50.

The Four Brahmavihara or Divine Mind States (Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity) with Venerable Viranyani
Tuesday 7 July, 7 pm to Sunday 12 July 2 pm .
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.
Cost: by donation, after booking fee of €100.

Mindfulness and Compassion, with Marjó
17th to 19th July
I am offering this retreat on a donation basis, without booking fee, to let as many people as possible have a taste of these precious teachings.

Vipassana with Frits Koster
22nd to 29th July
Starting 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 22 and finishing with breakfast on Wednesday July 29.
Cost: by donation, after booking fee of €100.

Loving Kindness – Metta with Visu Teoh
21st to 29th August
Metta is a support for vipassana practice and also a complete practice in itself. In this metta retreat Visu will also incorporate vipassana meditation.
Starting at 7.30 pm on Friday August 21, finishing with breakfast on Saturday August 29.
Cost: by donation, after booking fee of €100.

Vipassana with Visu Teoh
29th August to 6 th September
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.
Starting 7.30 pm on Saturday August 29, finishing with breakfast on Sunday September 6.
Cost: by donation, after booking fee of €100.

These two retreats can be done as one long retreat, from 21st August to 6th September

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Silent Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2020

Silent 5-day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Residential Retreat at Bobbio,
Magheramore, Co. Wicklow
Thursday 9th - Monday 13rd April (Easter)

Mindfulness and Compassion: Silent Weekend Retreat at Boghill Holistic Centre,
the Burren, Co. Clare
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April.

From Contentiousness to Contentment: Non-Residential 2-day Silent Retreat with Loving Kindness, Compassion and Gladness practices, at the Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin
Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd May

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Bookings with the Sanctuary: or telephone +353 (0)1 6705419
It is also possible to come for one day, but those coming for the two days will have preference.

Midsummer Retreat with Compassion and Mindfulness Practices
a 5-day Meditation Retreat, at Bobbio Centre, Magheramore, Co. Wicklow.
Wednesday 17th June - Sunday 21st June


Kindness and Contentment: A Silent weekend retreat at Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
October 2-4

In this retreat we will focus on practices of kindness and compassion, and of insight into the way things are, cultivating a tender curiosity towards what arises in the body, heart and mind. We meditate not to become good at meditation, but to get good at living a kind and contented life. A silent retreat like this is a way to make conscious what is unconscious. We begin to see where we get stuck in judgements, and where there is freedom from that; and realise that enoughness is already here and now.
Bookings with the Emmaus Centre Emmaus Centre or tel 01 8700050 [please copy and paste this link].

From Contentiousness to Contentment: Non-Residential 2-day Silent Retreat with Loving Kindness, Compassion and Gladness practices, at the Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin
Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th October

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Bookings with the Sanctuary: or telephone +353 (0)1 6705419
It is also possible to come for one day, but those coming for the two days will have preference.

Silent 5-day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat at Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
28th December 2020- 1st January 2021

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

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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