Welcome to The Sanctuary

An Evening with Dr. Brendan Kelly

The doctor who sat for a year is coming to the Sanctuary! Dr. Brendan Kelly wrote a book that follows his year of sitting in meditation for 15 minutes each day. Want to know what happened when he took a dose of his own medicine? Come along to find out!

Date & Time: Wednesday Sept. 25th at 7pm

Price: €20

Choden comes to the Sanctuary

Choden is a Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Kagyu lineage who has spent many years teaching secular mindfulness for the Mindfulness Association and the University of Aberdeen.

One of Choden’s main focuses when teaching mindfulness is the importance of compassion. In fact, together with Prof. Paul Gilbert, he coauthored the book Mindful Compassion.

An Evening Talk with Choden
Friday October 25th, 7pm – 9pm
the Sanctuary, Stanhope St, Dublin 7
Price: €20

A One Day Workshop with Choden
Saturday October 26th, 10am – 4pm
the Sanctuary, Stanhope St, Dublin 7
Price: €55

Check out our Autumn Schedule

The evenings are getting shorter and the days are getting cooler and all of us here at the Sanctuary are busy getting ready for our Autumn schedule. Make sure to check out our mindfulness courses:

Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness (3 week)

The Art of Compassion (5 week)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

.b Foundations at the Sanctuary

Mindfulness Based Living Course online (MBLC)

Mindful Half Days at the Sanctuary

Description: 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 through sitting and walking meditation, all in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the Sanctuary garden.

Saturday September 21st from 9.30am – 1pm. Mindfulness morning at the Sanctuary, all are welcome. Price: €30

Saturday September 21st from 2pm – 5.30pm. Mindfulness afternoon of practice at the Sanctuary, all are welcome. Price: €30

Daily Meditation Practice Sessions at the Sanctuary

Join us at the Sanctuary any weekday for a 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

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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