Location:          Garranes, Allihies

                         West Cork

The Garranes Hostel is located five miles

west of Castletownbere on the Allihies Road in West Cork.  It is situated on the

spectacular grounds of Dzogchen Beara,

the Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre.

Phone:               353 (0) 27 730 32

Fax:                   353 (0) 27 731 77

Open:  year-round


-a 10-bed female dorm

-an 8-bed male dorm

-a family room with two double beds

-fully-equipped self-catering kitchen

-communal sitting room

-bed linen is provided


dormitory beds:  15 euros per night

family room:        two double beds

                             40 euros a night - 2     

                             people  or 15 euros /

                             extra person

Email:  info@dzogchenbeara.org

Web site:    www.dzogchenbeara.org


In 1973, Peter and Harriet Cornish bought

150 acres of  rugged farmland on the

Beara Peninsula in west Cork.  Their wish

was to create a place that would offer a

spiritual home to people of all traditions,

and in 1992, they made a gift of land and

buildings to a charitable trust under the

spiritual guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche.


Rinpoche named the centre Dzogchen

Beara,“Holder of Dzogchen.”   Dzogchen

or “Great Perfection” is the most ancient

and direct stream of wisdom within the

Buddhist tradition of Tibet.


-friendly and welcoming atmosphere

-situated on top of a cliff overlooking 

  the ocean

-self-catering kitchen

-visitors and guests are welcome to attend

the daily meditations which take place in

the beautiful shrine room overlooking the

Atlantic Ocean.

-three self-catering cottages with a fully-equipped kitchen and a large living room

offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic

are available for rent on a weekly basis

from May to September.  During low

season, they are available for mid-week

and weekend breaks.

General Information About Staying

At Dzogchen Beara:

The on-site accommodation is available to

holiday makers, people attending retreats,

Rigpa students completing a practice

retreat and for care breaks for people

living with illness and their carers.

The nearest shops are in Castletownbere

which is five miles away.  There is no

public transport but most guests with cars

are happy to give people lifts into town.

All our accommodations are self-catering

and supplies need to be bought in

Castletownbere where there is a

supermarket open every day from 9:00

a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Booking Accommodation

Bookings for the hostel and cottages can be

made by phone during office hours or by

email.  A deposit of 40% of the cost

confirms cottage bookings.  Hostel fees can

be paid on arrival.

Dzogchen Beara Office Hours:

Monday to Friday:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

T:  +353 (0) 27 73032

F:   +353 (0) 27 73177

E:  info@dzogchenbeara.org


Outside of office hours, for hostel

reservations only, call +353 (0) 27 73147

Things To Do:

- walk the several trails on the property

-visit the Shrine Room

-peaceful surroundings

-spectacular views of the water

-lovely gardens

-rest and renewal

-participate in a spiritual care seminar


-offer a Butter Lamp

-daily meditation classes

-student-led retreats

-attend a retreat led by Sogyal Rinpoche

and other eminent Tibetan masters

-located on the remote Beara Peninsula

where the natural beauty of the area

remains unspoiled

-close to Castletownbere (8 km)

where there are several stores

-participate in a retreat

-visit the Dzogchen Beara Shop which

sells a wide range of tapes and books

on various aspects of Buddhism another items

Meditation Classes and Retreats

Outside of retreat times, guests are welcome to take part in our daily guided meditation classes from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. which are offered in the Shrine Room and a guided compassion  practice from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Please confirm with the office that these classes are scheduled for the period of your visit.  A video teaching by Sogyal Rinpoche is presented each Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Shrine Room Availability

9.45  to 10.30       Daily Meditation Instruction and Practice For Everyone -

                             Instruction will be given by students of Sogyal Rinpoche based on

                             The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying                                                  

10:30-13.00         Open for personal practice and visitors (except Wednesday)

14.00-15.00         Open for personal practice and visitors

15.00-16.00         Guided Compassion Practice for everyone - instruction will

                             be given by students of Sogyal Rinpoche (If an instructor is

                             not available, a guided practice on CD will be played.  (Mon-Fri)

16.00-21.00         Open for personal practice (except Wed. and Sat.) 

                             Please note that the shrine room is not available as a space

                             for personal exercises, including Yoga, tai chi, etc. or for

                             artistic work

Saturday evening

19.30-21.00          Video Presentation With Meditation For Everyone

                             Instruction will be given by students of Sogyal Rinpoche

While there is no charge for the use of the shrine room, we ask you to bear in mind the considerable costs in maintaining the centre.  All donations are much

appreciated.  We suggest a donation of 3 euros for these classes. The donation box is

in the shrine room.


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