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Friends, we are busy preparing workshops and courses to see you through the period of change that sees summer trail off into autumn.

Familiar facilitators return to cover topics as diverse as teaching, parenting and mysticism. We have classes in building resilience, dance and yoga too.

Something for everybody to replenish and restore.

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Dominic Cogan: “Mindful Parenting Is A Gentle Tool Kit.”

“If I am honest, I have learnt as much about Mindful Parenting from being a mindless parent, as I have from practicing mindfulness! One thing my mindfulness practice does is that it forces me to be honest with myself – every day, in every moment.”
Dominc Cogan

Dominic’s new course will be on Tuesdays from Oct 10th 17th & 24th & then Nov 7th, 14th & 21st running from 10-12 pm. It runs for six weeks and costs €75. You can book here.

Read the rest of Dominic’s blog here…

The Sound Of Silence

We all think we know what silence is but there are several different understandings of what it means. Sr Stan talks us through some understandings of this oft used term, ahead of a new season of courses here on Stanhope St.

Silence can evoke fear in some and awe in others.  Many think of silence as the absence of sound.  While it is true some sounds may take away silence it is also true other sounds such as the sea, water and birdsong enhance silence.

There is a difference between inner and outer silence. We can have outer silence and experience inner turmoil and we can have inner silence in the midst of chaos.

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Yoga Classes

“For me, yoga is a way of life, not a product, and I am reluctant to make promises, to raise expectations, because the yoga journey is different for everybody. If you are curious, if you feel drawn to it, come and try it out for yourself and see if it benefits you.”


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About The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a meditation and mindfulness centre in the heart of Dublin city and a very special place, its vision is – to be STILLNESS…in the world…


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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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Upcoming Courses



A 6 Week Course in Building Resilience and Well-being Mindfully With Theresa Larkin

Resilience is our ability to successfully cope with adversity in the face of challenge. During the workshop we will explore building an emotional toolbox , looking at resilient thinking in action, nurturing our resources, the value of staying connected and learning how to deal with these challenges more effectively. We will place strong emphasis on the mindful qualities of self-care and self-compassion. Handouts will be provided including “Ten tips to build Resilience and Wellbeing”

Price : €135.00 28/09/2017 10:30 AM

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Mindful Half Day with Sanctuary Facilitator

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.

Price : €25.00 29/09/2017 10:00 AM

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An Introduction to Franciscan Meditation With Brother Richard

In this experiential workshop with Brother Richard, (a Capuchin Franciscan priest-friar and practioner of this tradition for over 25 years), you will learn to move and rest in Divine Love and Compassion, be invited into realising a life of brother/sisterhood with all living beings, recognise the presence of the Divine at the heart of your own being and confront the mystery of mortality through the franciscan vision of death as our sister who delivers us into the eternal Now of God.

Price: €65 01/10/2017 10:00 AM

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Mindful Parenting With Dominic Cogan 

Learn short mindfulness practices that will enable you to be more fully present and supportive to your child as they face the increasing challenges of finding their feet in today’s world. There will be opportunities to explore experiences with other parents and notes provided for each session. Dominic has been practicing mindfulness meditation for almost fourteen years. Dominic also works regularly in bringing mindfulness to students, teachers and administrators at both primary and secondary level. Dominic is a father of three children.

Price : €75.00 05/10/2017 7:00 PM

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From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: A Two Day Silent Meditation Retreat With Marjó Oosterhoff

The combination of mindfulness and loving kindness is a powerful way to develop clarity, contentment and compassion, in the quiet environment of retreat as well as in the midst of the chaos of our every-day lives, and helps us to tap into our inner sources of kindness and wakefulness.

Price : €135.00 14 and 15/10/2017 10 – 4 PM

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5 Steps to a Compassionate and Mindful Life with Sr. Stan 

This course is designed to help participants live more compassionately. Reading and learning about mindfulness and compassion will be an important and integral part of that process as will practices that lead to a lifetime habit of mindfulness and compassion for self and others. Each participant will be invited to reflect on their responses and work towards forming habits that are kinder, gentler, more compassionate and mindful.

Price : €95.00 16/10/2017 7:00 PM

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Six Week Mindful Yoga Day Time Class 10am – 11.20am with Riana Walsh

With Riana Walsh, this Friday morning yoga course introduces participants to breath awareness practices and the experience of stillness; Yoga postures and sequences are practiced with awareness as we connect mind, body and heart in the present moment; Mindful meditation focuses on breath, sound, thought, sensation, and relaxation is also an integral part of the class. Each class is an hour and a half in duration.

Price : €75.00 20/10/2017 10:00 AM 

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Exploring Mindfulness In Creative Ways With Sile Wall

We live in a world that is a busy, demanding and often confusing giving us little time to stop and be with ourselves in the wonder of each new moment. This one day workshop, will offer a variety of opportunities to pause and be still and experience that wonder.

Price : €75.00 21/10/2017 10:00 AM 

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Mindful Yoga Tuesday Evening Class at 6pm with Andrea Boudin

In this mindful Hatha yoga, Tuesday evening class participants are introduced to breath awareness practices and the experience of stillness. Yoga postures and sequences are practiced with awareness as we connect mind, body and heart in the present moment.

Price : €75.00 24/10/2017 18:00 PM 

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Living in the Present With Sile Wall: A 3 Week Morning Course In Meditation.

A three-week introductory morning course to Mindfulness and Meditation that offers an invitation to go within and develop the art of meditation. You will have the opportunity to try different meditation/mindfulness practices. Designed especially for beginners.

Price : €45.00 03/11/2017 10:00 AM

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5 Rhythms Dance with Caitriona Ni Ghiollophadraig

With Caitriona Ni Ghiollophadraig, this one-day workshop combines cutting edge neuroscience with the 5 rhythms movement practice of Gabrielle Roth. You can experience renewed vitality, less stress and greater health in mind and body no matter what your age or physical condition, or gender.

Price : €65.00 05/11/2017 10:00 AM

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Cultivating Compassion and Mindfulness With Sr Stan.

With Sr. Stan, this half day workshop is designed 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

Price : €45.00 11/11/2017 10:00 AM

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Into Stillness Through Sound and Movement With Anna Fiona Keogh & Paula Higgins.

Enrich your meditative practice through the wonders of sound and contemplative movement. Join us for a day of mindful creativity by finding inner stillness through immersion in movement, silence, the voice and improvised sound.

Price : €65.00 18/11/2017 10:00 AM

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An Evening Public Lecture With Mark Hederman in Smock Alley

Dom Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB is the former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick, Ireland. He is a Benedictine monk, teacher, lecturer and writer. Formerly headmaster of the school at Glenstal, he was later named academic dean. Come along for a night of shared wisdom and reflection.

Price : €30.00 22/11/2017 7 PM

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Reconnecting Our Mindfulness Practice With Fionnuala Gill

Mindfulness teacher Fionnuala Gill is delighted to offer this day of mindfulness practice, music and reflection as an opportunity for those who have an established mindfulness practice or have taken part in an eight-week mindfulness course to reconnect with practice in the company of others.

Price : €50.00 03/12/2017 10:00 AM

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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.

Price : €65.00 09/12/2017 10:00 AM

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Mindfully Waiting For Christmas With Sr Stan

Take some time to prepare mindfully, peacefully and lovingly for the wonder of Christmas. This is an invitation to take time out from the frantic Christmas preparations and spend a few hours in the beautiful and ambient surroundings of the Sanctuary.This morning workshop will include various mindful practices, meditation and walking meditation.

Price : €40.00 16/12/2017 10:00 AM

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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



“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.

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