Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


Calm · Clarity · Contentment

Retreats at Passaddhi 2018

Mindfulness and Compassion, with Marjó. Suitable for those who have retreat experience or none.
4th to 7th May (May Bankholiday)

The Four Brahmavihara or Divine Mind States (Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity) with Venerable Viranyani
27th June to 1st 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.

Loving Kindness – Metta with Visu Teoh
27th July to 4th August

Vipassana with Visu Teoh
4th to 12 th August

Vipassana with Frits Koster
15th to 23rd August

These two or three retreats can be done as one long retreat, from 27th July 12th or 23rd August, or 4th to 23rd Aug

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).

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Retreats taught by Marjó elsewhere 2017/2018

Non-residential Vipassana/Mindfulness and Metta/Loving Kindness Retreats in Galway and in Carrick-on-Suir
Dates for 2018 to be confirmed.

Silent 5-Day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat at Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
28th December 2017, 7 pm - 1st January 2018, 2 pm

Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223
Cost: €280 for (vegetarian) food and accommodation in twin rooms. Single and ensuite rooms at extra cost
The teachings are offered on a donation basis.
We start 7.30 pm on Thursday, 28th December, and finish with lunch on Monday, 1st January 2018. 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. Private talks with Marjó about the practice are an integral part of this retreat.

Silent 4-day Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Retreat at Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
16th - 19th March (St. Patrick's weekend)

The unique combination of the practices of mindfulness and compassion that Marjó will introduce, leads to the development of calm and contentment, fearlessness as well as joy, which give us a greater ability to love ourselves and others. A longer retreat like this will help us to immerse ourselves in the spiritual practice of a compassionate awareness. The retreat will be suitable for beginners and non-beginners, for people of all religious backgrounds or none, and offers an introduction to mindfulness and compassion practices, and a deepening for those who already practise meditation, in whatever form.
Bookings with Emmaus Centre or tel 01 8700050

Silent 5-day Vipassana/Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Residential Retreat at Bobbio, Magheramore, Co. Wicklow
Thursday 29th March - Monday 2nd April (Easter) 2018

Bobbio retreat centre is situated on Brittas Bay, and there will be plenty of opportunity during the retreat to go for long walks. We start 7.30 pm on Thursday, and finish with lunch on Easter Monday. Suitable for both beginners and non-beginners.
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
20th - 22nd April 2018.

Cost: €160 for shared hostel accommodation (this includes Marjó's costs for travel, admin and advertising). Single and ensuite rooms available at extra cost.
Marjo's guidance is offered on a donation basis.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223

Midsummer Mindfulness Feast: Conscious Cooking, Mindful Eating: a 5-day Cooking and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, at Bobbio Centre, Magheramore, Co. Wicklow.
20th - 24th June, with Paola Vais and Marjó.

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and mindfully. There will be a range of other mindfulness and compassion pratices as well. Paola will guide all participants in preparing and cooking summery 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 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. It is also possible to come for the weekend only, starting Friday evening, but those coming for the whole time will have preference.
Cost: €280 for food and accommodation in twin rooms. The guidance by Paola and Marjó is on a donation basis.
Bookings with Marjó on marjo.metta@gmail.com or +353 (0)27 60223.

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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