Welcome to The Sanctuary

Cultivating the transformative power of Stillness


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Vision and Mission

Vision: To apply the transformative power of Stillness to build a more compassionate and resilient society.

Mission: Drawing on the wisdom and faith traditions of meditation and mindfulness, together we create a more conscious and compassionate society.

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The Sanctuary garden, peaceful & bathed the sunshine

Ashram 2018

Ashrams are places where people of any faith, gender or nationality can stay and practice intense meditation, taking up an inward journey under guidance to realise the truth of themselves as divine.

When: 29th June – 29th July (Guests can book for night of 28th June)

Where: Stella Maris, Carrick Road, Baily, Howth, Co. Dublin

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Day Only Ashram Retreat

This community experience, within the natural beauty of Stella Maris, will offer you an opportunity to experience meditation, silence, simplicity, peace and inner stillness, to enrich your spirit and enliven your faith. The Day Only Retreat begins at 7.30am

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Things To Do at The Sanctuary

Mindful Living with Adie Clarke May 2018

This 6 week Mindful Living course is open to beginners, interested in mindfulness, and to those who wish to enhance their mindfulness practice.

Thursday Evenings: 24th May 2018 – 28th June 2018, inclusive

Course Price €95

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Time & Space for Busy People

Join Grattan Donnelly on this course for anyone who would like to take a step back from their daily busyness, in work and life. Both beginners and established mindfulness practitioners are welcome. Course Starts May 25th

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Cultivating Compassion & Mindfulness with Sister Stan, May 26th 2018

Join sister Stan on this half day workshop tailor made to help participants live more compassionately.

Each participant will be invited to work towards forming habits that are kinder, gentler, more compassionate and mindful, leading to a lifetime habit of mindfulness and compassion for self and others. As mindful eating is an integral part of the day, the Sanctuary will provide a light snack (tea and coffee, fruit and cheese). There is no need to bring lunch to share.

Date & Time: May 26th from 10am -1.30pm

Cost: €45

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Frits Koster Presents A Public Lecture On Deepening Mindfulness With Heartfulness.

This is a very special evening for practioners, with Frits Koster on 30th May on Living with Heart: deepening mindfulness with heartfulness.

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Mindful Half Day with Sanctuary Facilitator, Saturday June 2nd

Taking place throughout the year these half-days, these half days of reflection, meditation and mindfulness are led by an experienced facilitator, trained in mindfulness. These half-days provide an opportunity to nurture and strengthen the energy of mindfulness and the practice of meditation in the company of others.


The Power of Now

With John Doherty, this one day workshop is based on an exploration and experience of The Power of Now, the bestselling book by Eckhart Tolle. Sunday June 3rd.

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One Day Ashram in the Sanctuary with David Halpin, Saturday June 9th

This day retreat will follow a similar pattern to what occurs in an Ashram in India. It will begin at 10.00am, there will be some Yoga style exercises, several sessions of meditation, deep relaxation, a little teaching on the mystical traditions of the world and Satsang – a short reflection at the conclusion of the day.

David Halpin has a masters in Applied Spirituality and a doctorate in Ministry. He lectures in the area of Spirituality in Waterford Institute of Technology and in DCU.

The Loving Kindness meditation practice, with Fidelma Farrelly

Starting June 12th for three weeks cost €45

This course will teach the Loving Kindness meditation practice, an age-old practice that develops the ability to connect to and open your heart, by bringing a gentle, kind awareness to your emotional responses to yourself and others

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The Art of Stillness in the Classroom

Join Niamh Bruce on this 5 day course, which will equip you to build a focused, reflective and meditative environment in the classroom, using simple, applied, mindfulness practices.

Dates: July 16th to July 20th 2018 – 9am to 2pm

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Intermystical Pathways

This workshop over two days explores the interspiritual domain that is available to all people regardless of their belief system.

Sunday July 29th 10am – 4pm and Sunday 30th September 10am – 4pm

There will be some input on the philosophy of interspiritual and Intermystical terms followed by exercises, reflections and of course deep meditation practices.

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Awakening Series of Lectures 2018

This is an opportunity to be awake to stillness, creativity and spirituality. The ability to wonder is a gift but we can miss it if we are too busy occupying ourselves.

Padraig O Moran, Fritz Koster, Ian Robertson and Plum Village will host four lectures at The Sanctuary in the coming months. Make sure to book you place now to avoid dissapointment.

Book one of our lectures here

The Cuan Programme

Thursday February 1st sees the start of The Cuan Programme, formally known as The Jigsaw Programme.

As Spring is in full swing and nature is awakening, so too are the programmes and activities at the Sanctuary. As the garden changes and evolves, the Cuan Programme formerly known as the Jigsaw Programme has been developing, changing and is now back in full swing. In fact, we have changed the name of the programme to reflect the new expanded offering.

Find out more about The Cuan Programme…

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Returns in 2018

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

It is an eight week course that integrates mindfulness into your daily life. The majority of people completing the programme report lasting physical and psychological benefits.

The Sanctuary runs formal 8-week course on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR.

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The Mindfulness In Schools Project Returns For 2018

The UK based Mindfulness in Schools Project’s vision is that every child possesses the skills to help them manage difficulty and flourish, and an understanding of how and when to use those skills.

The Sanctuary is delighted to have been working in partnership with the UK based MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project) over the past number of years, bringing the teacher trainer for mindfulness-based .b [dot-be] programme for 11-18 year olds to Ireland.

Check our course offerings for 2018 here

Our Mindful Half Days For 2018 Are Online Now

These half days of reflection, meditation and mindfulness are led by an experienced facilitator, trained in mindfulness.

Throughout the year these half-days provide an opportunity to nurture and strengthen the energy of mindfulness and the practice of meditation in the company of others.

As mindful eating is an integral part of the day, the Sanctuary will provide a light snack (tea and coffee, fruit and cheese).

Book a place here


“The Sanctuary is a an oasis in the urban noise, a place for solitude, connection, growth and healing. At a time when so many of us are living busy lives, the need for quiet spaces to rest, reflect and reconnect has never been more important. Sr Stan and the team at the Sanctuary have been blazing a trail for almost thirty years. They have been leading lights in the introduction of mindfulness and meditation to Ireland. I’d love to see a Sanctuary centre in every town and village in Ireland.”

– Ruairí McKiernan is a social campaigner and member of the Council of State.

“I have found The Sanctuary to be a quiet, nourishing space to come to in the heart of Dublin. I undertook the 3 month mindfulness course which helped me cope with significant surgery and medical treatment. I continue to attend the half day mindfulness monthly to help me develop and incorporate mindfulness into my daily routine and existence.

I have found all the facilitators to be approachable and knowledgeable. The Sanctuary has and continues to nourish my spirit and enrich my life. Mindfulness allows me cope better with life’s challenges. ”

– Joyce Loughnan is the former CEO of Focus Ireland and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Around the corner from Smithfield Square…


The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street,
Dublin 7, Ireland.


Tel: +353 1 670 5419


Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-4pm



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