Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment


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.

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

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

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

Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2020

A Silent 5-day Retreat: Accessing Joy through Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation
13-17 March [Bankholiday Weekend], starting 8.00 pm on Friday March 13,
and finishing with lunch on Tuesday March 17
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 Residential Retreat at Bobbio,
Magheramore, Co. Wicklow
Thursday 9th - Monday 13rd 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 24th - Sunday 26th April.

Cost: €170 for food and shared hostel accommodation (this includes Marjó's costs for travel, admin and advertising). Twin ensuite rooms, as well as 3 single rooms, are available at €20 per night extra.
Marjo's guidance is offered on a donation basis.
We start Friday April 24 at 6 pm with registration and a light evening meal,
and we finish Sunday April 26 with lunch.
Marjó’s gentle guidance will help us to be present to all that reveals itself in our awareness in a kindhearted way.
The unique combination of mindfulness and heartfulness that this retreat offers, can be used to cultivate clarity, contentment and compassion, not just on retreat, but also in our daily lives.
It is the journey from our minds to our hearts that is undertaken in the silence of this weekend, in the company of like-minded people.
This weekend is suitable for beginners and non-beginners.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223, or 086 8787040

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 enquiries@sanctuary.ie 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.

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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