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About The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a meditation centre for social change in the heart of Dublin City. It is a charity founded by Sr. Stan Kennedy in 1998, long before meditation or mindfulness was on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Most importantly, it was inspired by Stan’s own personal practice of contemplation and meditation and its ability to sustain Stan in her commitment to work with homeless people and her other social innovations.

The Sanctuary originated with a focus on personal well-being; and indeed continues to offer courses on yoga, mindfulness, meditation and drop in sessions for those seeking to maintain their balance: both physically and mentally.

However, what is most inspiring is the way the Sanctuary reflects Stan’s mission for social change.

The Sanctuary has evolved organically over the years to include mindfulness programmes for schools, programmes for carers and those working on the frontlines of society. Moreover, it offers tailored programmes for commercial organisations, charities, workplace and management teams.

All its courses are inspired by a deep and heartfelt wish and vision to change culture through compassionate action, ultimately helping to create a more resilient society.

Our Mission is for social change

Deepening Personal Awareness for
Greater Social Impact

Our Team

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy [Founder] 

Síle Wall [Founder]

Jane Negrych [Managing Director]

Johanne Farrelly [PA to Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy]

Claire Hodgins [Acting Operations Manager]

Louise Phipps [Operations Manager]

John Robinson [Property Manager]

Pat Sheridan [Caretaker]

Paul Byrne  [Caretaker and Therapist]

Anita Dobulane [Housekeeper]

Gaye Scullion [Office Assistant]

Mary O’Grady [Receptionist]

Patricia Rodriguez [Office Assistant]

Sister Stan

Sr. Stan

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, or Sr. Stan as she is affectionately known, is a visionary and social innovator and a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since 1958.

Her vision for the Sanctuary was to provide a reflective contemplative, beautiful place for people in the midst of our frantic busy, world: a place and space where they could be re-energised and nourished in body, mind and soul.

In keeping with their vision of helping people to live to their full potential, the Religious Sisters of Charity donated another portion of the old manor house site to the Sanctuary in 1998, for the development of the Sanctuary buildings and gardens.

Since 1998, the Sanctuary has been developing a range of courses and workshops in the area of mindfulness and meditation, yoga and movement, creativity and well-being. In particular, it has developed a range of programmes to support individuals, programmes for schools and programmes for caregivers or those working on the frontlines on society.


Board of Directors:

The Sanctuary is a registered charity and has a voluntary Board of Directors.

Stanislaus Kennedy (Founder)

Frank McCracken (Chairperson)

Pat Dennigan (Treasurer)

Jean O’Kelly (Company Secretary)

Síle Wall

Sheila Caulfield

Tony Bates

Gary Graham

Pat Edmonson

Liam MacGabhann

Madeleine Clarke


Board of Director’s contact




01 670 5419


The Chairperson
Stanhope Street
Dublin 7, D07 H290

Company Formation & Charity Status

The Sanctuary is a registered company.
Companies Registration Number: 289733

The Sanctuary is a registered charity.
Charity Number: CHY 13076
Charities Regulatory Authority Number: 20039745


Audited Accounts

You can download and view the Sanctuary Audited Accounts in PDF format below:

The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2011 [PDF 1.2 MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2012 [PDF 1.2MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2013 [PDF 1.1 MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2014 [PDF 1.3 MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2015 [PDF 1.5 MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2016 [PDF 1.8 MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2017 [PDF 1.8 MB]
The Sanctuary Audited Accounts 2018 [PDF 3.5 MB]