STAYING PUT: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
There are three types of accommodation at Dzogchen Beara, ranging from the farmhouse hostel which sleeps 20 in functional comfort, through to seven double rooms in the Care Centre, three of which have conservatories with private views of the vast ocean just below, and three self-catering cottages where families can stay.
A dormitory bed in the hostel is €20 per night, all-year round.
I stayed in a simple, smartly turned-out guestroom in the Care Centre, which comes in at €75 per night (€45 pps) for a minimum of two nights in the high season.
The conservatory rooms are €85 (€55 pps), again for a minimum of two nights, while the family cottages work out at between €230 and €280 for two nights in the summer.
Again, beautifully turned out. And the views? Just the bloody Atlantic again, I’m afraid.
But there are plenty of bed and breakfasts locally between Castletownbere and Allihies. Many on our course chose that option.
Our retreat (€240) included a daily vegetarian lunch and supper. Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits, too. You can meditate on an empty stomach but it’s much harder to stay in the moment.
For those with time on their hands, or in need of scrubbing the slate pristine clean, there is a three-month retreat penciled in through April to July of next year. It costs €4,775.
But be warned: it’s for early risers with group Ngondro, or foundational, sessions beginning at 4.30am.
You’d need your Weetabix for that.
Contemplation: Frank looking at the Atlantic, again.