Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A RETREAT:

All retreats at Passaddhi will be in silence, residential in shared accommodation, and with vegetarian meals (including home-grown organic vegetables). These retreats are offered on a donation basis, because Marjó has been inspired by these meditation practices, and wants 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 teacher.
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 guidance is offered on a donation basis.

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.

During a retreat participants are asked to observe the following guidelines (precepts):
· not intentionally taking or harming the life of a living being;
· not taking what is not given, being trustworthy;
· refraining from intentional sexual activity;
· observing noble silence once the retreat has started;
· not using intoxicants/drugs; this includes tobacco.

These are guidelines, not commandments, that help to 'wake up' to what is here and now, and have been observed over the centuries by all who aspire to living a life of integrity, and they are helpful for the development of concentration and awareness, encouraging a heart and mind that is calm, connected and contented.
These five basic guidelines help to create a safe environment for the participants and facilitators on retreats.
Retreats are an opportunity for intensive 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 (unless there is an emergency situation), 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.


Silent Residential Retreats at Passaddhi 2022


Marjó will teach some weekend retreats at Passaddhi during the summer of 2022. Dates to be confirmed.

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Silent Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2021


Silent Retreat: Open Awareness with Kindness, Interest and Permission
21st - 25th October [bank holiday weekend]
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Marjó will introduce an open awareness practice, that is non-directive, non-selective and non-prescriptive. We will let the mind wander where it wants; with kindness, interest and permission seeing where it takes us and understanding what it wants to show us.
Private talks with Marjó about the practice are an integral part of this retreat.
Cost: €250 for a regular single room, and €330 for a single ensuite room. This is for food, accommodation and my costs. Please ring or email to discuss if finances are an issue.
The guidance by Marjó is on a donation basis.
We will start at 8 pm on Thursday 21st and finish with lunch on Monday 25th.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Heart: Cooking and Meditation Retreat
11th - 14th November
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and thoughtfully. There will also be a range of other awareness and compassion pratices, like mindful movement. Paola will guide participants in preparing and cooking wintery 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 meditation sessions in sitting and walking.
There will also be time for plenty of rest. This is a silent retreat, apart from the cooking sessions.
If somebody would like to come on the retreat and NOT doing the cooking, that would be totally fine too. You can use the space for your own practice, and I will also provide guidance.
Teach Bhride is a spacious and warm centre, with a large meditation room, as well as a big catering kitchen.
We start 7 pm on 11th November with registration, and finish with lunch on 14th. It's also possible to come on Friday evening 12th.
Cost: €200 for single regular room; €250 for single ensuite room; or €180 and €230 respectively for the weekend. This is for food, accommodation and Paola's and Marjó's costs [admin, travel, accommodation].
The guidance by Paola and Marjó is on a donation basis
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

A Silent 5-day Retreat: Discovering Wisdom and Compassion, the Two Pillars of a Peaceful and Contented Life, through Open Awareness practice
28th December - 1st January 2022
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Cost: €260 for single regular room; €340 for single ensuite room. This is for food, accommodation and Marjó's costs [admin, travel, accommodation].
We start 7 pm on Tuesday 28th December and finish with lunch on Saturday January 1st.
The guidance by Marjó is on a donation basis
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

Silent Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2022

Silent Retreat: Open Awareness with Kindness, Interest and Permission
17th - 20th March 2022 [St Patrick's weekend]
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Marjó will introduce an open awareness practice, that is non-directive, non-selective and non-prescriptive. We will let the mind wander where it wants; with kindness, interest and permission seeing where it takes us and understanding what it wants to show us.
Private talks with Marjó about the practice are an integral part of this retreat.
Cost: €200 for a rgular single room, and €270 for a single ensuite room. This is for food, accommodation and my costs. Please ring or email to discuss if finances are an issue.
The guidance by Marjó is on a donation basis.
We will start at 8 pm on Thursday 17th and finish with lunch on Sunday 20th.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

A Silent 5-day Retreat: Getting to know the mind and heart through the practice of Open Awareness.
14th - 18th April [Easter], starting 8 pm on Thursday April 14, and finishing with lunch on Monday April 18.
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

In the silence and simplicity of this retreat, we will practise Open Awareness: seeing with kindness and interest the magic and mysteries of the mind and hearing the whisperings of the heart.
Cost: €260 for a regular single room; €340 for ensuite single room. The guidance is on a donation basis.
Bookings with Marjo tel 086 8787040 or by email marjo.metta@gmail.com

Awareness and Compassion: Silent Weekend Retreat at Boghill Holistic Centre,
the Burren, Co. Clare
Friday 22nd April 6 pm - Sunday 24th April 2 pm 2022

Cost: €160 for food and shared hostel accommodation (this includes Marjó's costs for travel, admin and advertising). Two twin ensuite rooms available at €20 per night extra. Single rooms available for €25 per night extra
Marjo's guidance is offered on a donation basis.
Marjó will introduce an open awareness practice, that is non-directive, non-selective and non-prescriptive. We will let the mind wander where it wants; with kindness, interest and permission seeing where it takes us and understanding what it wants to show us.
Private talks with Marjó about the practice are an integral part of this retreat.
Suitable for those who have retreat experience or none.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040

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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