Volunteering at the Sanctuary and The Cuan Programme

The Cuan Programme (formerly known as The Jigsaw Programme) is designed to make the activities of the Sanctuary available and accessible to adults of all ages and abilities, with a particular emphasis on people who are going through a vulnerable period in their life.

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.

“The word Cuan means harbour in Irish and it represents presence, resilience and stillness.”

The policy for referral of clients is still the same and as soon as we receive the referral letters from your organisation, they are inputted on to the system and the clients can then make contact with our reception for bookings. Once the referral has been processed the key worker is informed by email and asked to let the client know. An information sheet for the client is provided and should be explained to the client so they are aware of what services are available.

The Sanctuary’s Cuan Programme depends on a strong partnership with the Referring Organisations and the Key Contacts and we look forward to this on-going relationship with you and your organisation.

So, we would like to invite you to our first meditation of the year on February 1st from 2-3pm followed by tea and coffee and a chat.

The new expanded programme means that we will be offering the following:
• Holistic Health Treatments
• Monthly Meditation
• Mindful Gardening

The monthly meditation will be held on the first Thursday of every month and the time for this meditation remains at the same time of 2-3pm. There is an informal Tea/coffee afterwards from 3.00 – 3.30pm which Cuan clients are very welcome to attend.

The Holistic treatments continue to be very popular with everyone. To ensure as many people as possible can avail of this service, there is an allocation of 6 treatments in the 12 month period per person. These can be booked one at a time and no earlier than a month in advance.

To assist we will provide appointment cards which will be issued to all those on the Cuan programme and will be updated with the amount of treatments they have taken and as each appointment is booked the card will be updated. This card will be kept by the client and updated by Sanctuary staff so it is important to remind all clients to bring their appointment cards with them.

If you are familiar with The Sanctuary you will know that we have a beautiful garden. We have set aside the last Friday of each month for garden volunteers and we welcome all and any new members to quietly garden in this oasis of calm. We provide a light lunch of fresh breads, cheeses, crackers and fruit on the day.

Reach out to Us

If you didn’t make the 1st February meditation, we are still delighted to offer referral organisations the opportunities to bring new clients to visit the Sanctuary. There is no cost involved and this is a valuable opportunity to learn about the Cuan Programme, see the Sanctuary, meet the staff and to be introduced to the Sanctuary’s ethos of stillness through mindfulness and meditation. To arrange one of these visits please contact Laura Grealish, lauragrealish@sanctuary.ie or on 01-6705419 who will be the main point of contact for the Cuan Programme. Thank you for your commitment to this programme and working with us to ensure it is something of value for all involved.

Your Therapists

Meet Paul Byrne

Paul, is a fully qualified holistic therapy practitioner, having completed a two year full time course, followed by a one year night course at Crumlin College of Further Education, and is fully certified by ITEC for Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and On-site (Chair) Massage. He also has qualifications in Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition and Gym Instruction.

Paul has since worked as a therapist applying his understanding of the body, mind and spirit to his practice and has a passion for therapies delivered holistically, specialising in Aromatherapy, Massage and Reflexology as forms of natural medicine and healing.

My philosophy of therapy is to help people to help themselves through accessing the hidden healing power of nature inherent in us all, or the ‘Vis Medicatrix Naturae.

-Paul Byrne

He works with clients from many diverse backgrounds and deals with problems both physical and psychological, such as stress and its manifestations, muscular aches and pains, depression, anxiety, grief, bereavement and loss, those in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Paul takes time from running Heaven Sent Therapies Dublin to volunteer with us to help us deliver the CUAN programme.

My wish is to provide a safe, non judgemental space where each client is respected, valued and treated as an individual throughout.”

Paul Byrne


“I really recommend Paul and Heaven Sent Therapies. Paul is a professional and talented massage therapist with a fund of knowledge of anatomy and the healing properties of essential oils. I felt cared for and nurtured and with specially blended (on the day) aromatherapy oils the whole experience was just great.”

M.H. Dublin.

“Really enjoyed massage with Paul. Have my next appointment booked! S relaxed after the session.”


“Many thanks to Paul Byrne of Heaven Sent Therapies for a great massage. He is excellent. It was a really relaxing and nourishing experience and I would definitely recommend him. I am looking forward to the next one!”


“As my first experience in Reflexology I found the whole process very relaxing and therapist very professional. I intend to come back for further treatments as I liked it a lot.”

G.DM Dublin.

“I greatly appreciate the whole experience,both Paul and the venue,.and would recommend Paul of Heaven Sent Therapies to others.”

T.O’N Dublin.