Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre just 3km from Bellatrix in the direction of Allihies and a short drive from Castletownbere on The Wild Atlantic Way.
Daily meditation practice is open to the public for morning meditation at 9am and again at 3pm for Loving Kindness meditation. All people are welcomed at Dzogchen Beara regardless of faith, creed or none. Many women who have stayed at Bellatrix have commented on the amazing and profound qualities of peace they have experienced from being in the natural environment at Dzogchen Beara.
There are a number of different ways that you can enjoy the experience of Dzogchen Beara, by attending retreats, workshops, seminars and training sessions.
You can also just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of The Shrine Room or take a walk in the meditation garden. During the summer you can also order lunch in the shrine room and enjoy it in the company of the community there.
The history of Dzogchen Beara is an interesting one. In 1973, Peter and Harriet Cornish bought 150 acres of rugged farmland between Allihies and Castletown Berhaven. Their intention was to create a place where people of all traditions could find a spiritual home. In 1992 they gifted the land and buildings to a charitable trust dedicated to making the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom available to the modern world. They are currently in the process of building a temple which will be the first of its kind in Ireland.