Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A RETREAT:

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.
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 an ethical life, and they have proved to be helpful for the development of concentration and awareness, encouraging a heart and mind that is calm, connected and contented.
These five basic ethical 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.

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 Residential Retreats at Passaddhi: ALL RETREATS AT PASSADDHI HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2021; INSTEAD MORE RETREATS WILL TAKE PLACE, FACILITATED BY MARJÓ, AT TEACH BHRIDE, TULLOW, CO. CARLOW. See below for details.

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Silent Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2021


Non-Residential 2-day Silent Retreat with Loving Kindness, Compassion and other heart practices, at the Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th July, 2021

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.

Silent Retreat: Coming upon Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity and other qualities of heart and mind through Open Awareness Practice.
12th - 15th July
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Cost: €200 for a regular single room; €250 for an ensuite single room. This is for food, accommodation and my costs.
The guidance by Marjó is on a donation basis.
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.
We will start at 8 pm on Monday 12th, and finish with lunch on Thursday 15th.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

Silent Retreat: Open Awareness with Kindness, Interest and Permission
21st - 25th July
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 rgular 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 Wednesday 21st and finish with lunch on Sunday 25th.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

Silent retreat: Awareness and Kindness,
6th - 12th August
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: €360 for a regular single room, and €450 for a single ensuite room. Please ring or email if finances are an issue.
The guidance by Marjó is on a donation basis
We will start at 8 pm on Friday 6th, and finish with lunch on Thursday 12th.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or 086 8787040.

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.
Cost: €250 for single regular room; €330 for single ensuite room. 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].
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

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