Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment

Retreats at Passaddhi in 2019

Mindfulness and Compassion, with Marjó.
Suitable for those who have retreat experience or none.

3rd to 6th May (May Bankholiday)
Starting 7.30 pm on Friday May 3, finishing with lunch on Monday May 6.
It's also possible to leave the retreat on Sunday.

Cultivating an Open Heart: Compassion for self and others, supported by mindfulness practices from 'Breathworks', with Paola Vais
31st May to 3rd June
Starting 7.30 pm on Friday May 31, finishing with lunch on Monday June 3.

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.
Starting 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 3, finishing with lunch on Sunday July 7.

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.
Starting at 7.30 pm on Friday July 19, finishing with breakfast on Saturday July 27.

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.
Starting 7.30 pm on Saturday July 27, finishing with breakfast on Sunday Aug 4.

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

Vipassana with Frits Koster
21st to 29th August
Starting 7.30 pm on Wednesday August 21 and finishing with breakfast on Thursday August 29.

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 2019

Non-residential Vipassana/Mindfulness and Metta/Loving Kindness Retreat in Galway
Dates for 2019 to be confirmed.

Non-residential Vipassana/Mindfulness and Metta/Loving Kindness Retreat in Camphill Community Hall, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.
Dates for 2019 to be confirmed.

Silent Mindfulness (vipassana) and Compassion Meditation Retreat at Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
Friday 15th - Monday 18 th March (St. Patrick's weekend)

In the shared silence we will explore mindfulness and compassion practices, accessing that part of our being that IS already completely at peace.
This retreat is suitable for both beginners and non-beginners.
Starting 8 pm on Friday March 15, and finishing with lunch on Monday March 18. It's also possible to leave the retreat on Sunday.
Bookings with Emmaus Centre or tel 01 8700050

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

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 April 18, and finish with lunch on Easter Monday, April 22.
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

Mindfulness and Compassion: Silent Weekend Retreat at Boghill Holistic Centre,
the Burren, Co. Clare
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th April.

Cost: €170 for food and shared hostel accommodation (this includes Marjó's costs for travel, admin and advertising). Single or twin ensuite rooms available at extra cost.
Marjo's guidance is offered on a donation basis.
We start Friday April 26 at 6 pm with registration and a light evening meal, and we finish Sunday April 28 with lunch.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223

Midsummer Mindfulness Feast: Mindfully Cooking, Eating, Walking:
a 5-day Meditation Retreat, at Bobbio Centre, Magheramore, Co. Wicklow.
Wednesday 19th June - Sunday 23rd June, with Paola Vais and Marjó.

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and mindfully. There will also be a range of other mindfulness and compassion pratices, like mindful walks. Paola will guide participants in preparing and cooking summery dishes, vegan and vegetarian, as well as guiding meditations.
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.
We will start Wednesday evening June 19 at 7 pm, with registration and then the retreat starts around 8 pm. It is also possible to come on Thursday evening 7 pm, or for the weekend only, starting Friday evening 7 pm.
We will finish with lunch on Sunday June 23.
Cost: €280 for food and accommodation in twin ensuite rooms [€240 and €200 respectively for the shorter periods]. A few single ensuite rooms available at €35 extra per night.
The guidance by Paola and Marjó is on a donation basis.

Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 027 60223 or 086 8787040.

Heartfelt and Joyful: Non-Residential 2-day Silent Retreat with Loving Kindness, Gratitude and Gladness practices, at the Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th June

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

A Silent 4-day Retreat: Accessing Joy through Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation
25-28 October [Bankholiday Weekend, starting 8.00 pm on Friday October 25,
and finishing with lunch on Monday Oct 28
Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
This silent retreat is a combination of Mindfulness (Vipassana) and Compassion (Metta) meditation practices, as well as practices of Joy and Gratitude.
Through developing awareness of body, mind and heart, in a tender, kind-hearted way, seeing through the judging mind, we begin to realise that we don’t need to add anything or take anything away; we are already completely and fully enough as we are right now, and we can learn to rejoice in that. We begin to get a taste of the contentment that comes from seeing that things are as they are. We learn to live more joyfully and harmoniously, with ourselves and with others.
This retreat is suitable for beginners and non-beginners, and is also suitable for those doing a teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, or for those Mindfulness and Compassion teachers who would like to support their meditation practice.
Bookings with Emmaus Centre or tel 01 8700050

Silent 5-day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat at Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
28th December 2019- 1st January 2020

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

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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