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Heartfelt and Joyful: a Loving Kindness Retreat

Marjó Oosterhoff, manager and resident teacher of Passaddhi Retreat Centre in West Cork, will be facilitating a retreat with practices of loving kindness, gratitude and gladness, in the Sanctuary this June.

The Loving Kindness meditation practice develops the ability to connect to your heart, by bringing a gentle, kindly awareness to your emotional responses to yourself and others.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 29th & 30th, 10am – 4pm

Where: the Sanctuary, Stanhope St Dublin 7

Cost:  €100

2 Day Retreat with Fr. Korko

Description: the Sanctuary is delighted to welcome Fr. Korko who will lead this 2 day silent retreat to help you reconnect with your inner world. This silent retreat will combine meditation, awareness practices, yogic stretches, breathwork & discourses inspired by both Eastern & Western spirituality. It is suitable for both newcomers & more experienced spiritual seekers.
Fr. Korko (Swami Saranananda) is an Indian Jesuit and founder of Dhyana Vanam Ashram in Dindigul in Southern India, a Christian centre for Yoga and Meditation for Spiritual Awakening (Self Realization). He gives special importance to developing openness and respect to other religious traditions.
Saturday/Sunday July 13th/14th from 10am-4pm, Price: €100

Daily Meditation Practice Sessions at the Sanctuary

Join us at the Sanctuary any weekday for a 30 minute 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.

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 course offerings for 2019 here

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).

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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