Welcome to The Sanctuary

The Art Of Compassion:
Self Compassion for Wellbeing

Compassion can be defined quite simply as the ability to recognize, move towards and be with suffering, with an intention to relieve it. Compassion is an action. It has the potential to empower. Whether it is your own suffering or the suffering of another, it is resisting the urge to look away. Instead, it is a’ turning towards’ with an open heart and a deep wish to relieve suffering in a bid to help ourselves and others flourish.

The wonderful news is that research shows that compassion can not only be learned, but it can cultivated through practice and training. This 5 week course is an introduction into the practice of training in compassion.

The Festival of Winter Wonder

From all of us at the Sanctuary, we would like to invite you to take some time for yourself and join us at our Festival of Winter Wonder: “A Magical Evening of Mindfulness & Music”.

Through the wonder of music and words, and the practice of quiet meditation, we hope to provide the opportunity to touch in with some stillness and maybe even joy! as we face the merry month of December.

Mary Coughlin, Stephen James Smith (Spoken Word Poet), The Dublin Gospel Choir, Mary & Siobhan Flynn and the delightful MC, Marty Whelan from RTE.

Performances followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
Friday Tickets €30; children <16yrs €5
Doors @ 6.30pm, performances begin 7pm at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

1/2 Day of Yoga Practice with Riana

This half day of practice provides the time and space to experience our Mindful Yoga practice more deeply. We begin with body scan and breath awareness practices, then gentle energising before transitioning into the physical practice of yoga..

You are invited to navigate your unique and individual pathway through the practice with breath as a constant guide, and ahimsa (kindness, gentleness, compassion) as attitude. With movement and breath aligned we experience our yoga practice as a balanced vibrancy in a space between ease and effort, gentleness and strength..

We complete our practice by immersing in the stillness of an iRest® Yoga Nidra guided meditation and deep relaxation to re-emerge relaxed and renewed.
This 3 hour practice is designed to suit all levels, and there is a light refreshment break mid-way through the session.

Sound Baths at the Sanctuary

Description: The Sanctuary is offering a variety of sound focused healing workshops during September & October. These include Sound Bath Meditations, Explore your Healing Voice, and Community Drumming experiences.

Sound Baths: Fri November 22nd and/or Fri December 13th, 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Healing Voice: Fri November 22nd and/or Fri December 13th, 8pm – 9pm

Yoga & Tai Chi

We have both Yoga and Tai Chi classes starting over the next couple of months at the Sanctuary, including Yoga with Andrea Boudin and Tai Chi with Declan Mills.

Tai Chi: Fri 1st Nov – Fri 6th Dec, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Yoga with Andrea: Wed 30th Oct – Wed 4th Dec, 6pm – 7.20pm

Yoga with Riana: Fri 30th Nov 8th – Fri 12th Dec, 10.00am – 11.15am

Our Mindful Half Days For 2019 Are Online

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).

Daily Meditation Practice Sessions at the Sanctuary

Join us at the Sanctuary on weekdays for one of our 30 minute guided meditation session.

We offer three regular meditation practices each day: Awakening Practice (9am); Midday Practice (1.15pm), and Sunset Practice (6pm), all in the beautiful and tranquil setting of the Sanctuary in Dublin 7 Please note the sunset practice will take place only on Monday evenings at the Sanctuary and online via Zoom every second Wednesday evening.

The sessions are led by an experienced practitioner and are perfect for anyone looking to begin a practice or looking to make their existing practice more regular, the sessions cost just €5 each.

The Mindful Warrior 2019

The Sanctuary is now offering a training course for those who work with young people to enable them to deliver our Mindful Warrior Programme in their own school or centre.

The 2019 Mindful Warrior Course is now recruiting. For more information about our Mindful Warrior courses please call Gillian or Laura on 01 670 5419

The Mindfulness In Schools Project Returns For 2019

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 2019 offering here

The Cuan Programme

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

The CUAN programme and activities at the Sanctuary are underway. 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…


“The Sanctuary is 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.

We are just 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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