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

Day Only Ashram Retreat Bookings

The Sanctuary Mindful Warrior Programme

This programme encourages young people to find, build and experience a place of Sanctuary within and around themselves.

Taking place over 10 weeks The Mindful Warrior Programme is designed to help young people find their own inner strength and self confidence.

Our next Warrior Programme takes place during September, October & November, more details below.

Join us in 2018 and explore the power within.

Things To Do at The Sanctuary

Write to your Truth, with Clare Mulvaney, June 24th

Your story has power in it.

Join Clare Mulvaney on this one day workshop exploring the art and craft of writing. 10am to 4pm June 24th, price €65

This workshop is for you if: 

  • You are curious about writing a memoir or personal story.
  • You want to explore engaging ways to craft your own personal narratives .
  • You are seeking space and time to discover your writing voice.
  • You are interested in using writing as a tool to connect with your inner wisdom and intuition.
  • In this workshop you will be introduced to a range of writing tools and creative practices.

Mindful Half Day with Sanctuary Facilitator, Saturday June 30th

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 Art of Stillness in the Classroom, with Niamh Bruce. July 16th – July 20th

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.

Particpation on this course counts towards EPV Days for primary school teachers

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


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.

Find Out More Here…

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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