The Sanctuary’s An Cuan Programme

The An Cuan 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.

Summer is here and nature is in full growth, so too are the programmes and activities at the Sanctuary. The An Cuan Programme has been developed and enhanced to offer a new range of services and activities to clients. In order to participate you need to be referred by one of our partner organisations

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

The policy for referral of clients to the An Cuan Programme is the same as it was before our changes to the programme. 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 An 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. To ask us about any aspect of the programme or to learn how to become a referring organisation please email or call us on 01 6705419 during office hours.

The expanded An Cuan programme means that we are now offering the following:
• Holistic Health Treatments
• Monthly Meditation
• Mindful Gardening

Guided Meditation: on the first Thursday of every month 2.00 – 3.00pm. Note: No referral is required to attend the meditation (these meditations are on hold during summer 2019, regular sessions beging again on Thursday 5th Sept). With these guided mediation sessions people have the opportunity to learn the basics of visualisation and meditation. Hopefully this will enable them to bring the stillness of the Sanctuary into their everyday life.

Holistic Treatments: On week days (Days/times vary according to availability of voluntary therapists)
Treatments such as Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and Integrated Energy Therapy are available on a reduced price basis. Each client can avail of up to 6 treatments. The rate is €10.00 per person if the client is paying for themselves and €25.00 per person if the organisation is paying for the client and makes the booking.

Gardening: We have set aside the last Friday of each month for garden volunteers to work as part of a group. How the volunteer day works in practice is that a core group of 3-5 people turn up, most of these have some horticultural experience and some in fact work as gardeners. Sometimes other people also join the core group and they are very welcome.
* We have limited tools here in our shed and most people bring their own set of gloves. Occasionally a member of staff from the Sanctuary is also in the garden to give some guidance but this depends on what is happening in the office.
* Some people come for an hour and some come for the whole day – which runs from 10am-3pm. We provide a light lunch with a cup tea at around 1pm. The work is mainly weeding, sweeping, cutting back plants and painting.
* We are not in a position to provide horticultural training and people largely need to be able to work on their own initiative as we don’t currently have resources to provide a Sanctuary staff member to give guidance.

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.

The facilitators and therapists on all An Cuan activities are made up of in-house staff and also volunteers and freelance facilitators. The charges for the An Cuan activities do not cover costs and the Sanctuary uses funds from different sources and revenue from other events to run this programme. For this reason, we encourage clients who may be in a position to do so, to contribute more financially to the programme.

Reach out to Us

We are always 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 An 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 or on 01-6705419. 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.