STAY­ING PUT: KEYS TO THE KING­DOM

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - ON THE ROAD -

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.

PHOTO: TONY GAVIN

Con­tem­pla­tion: Frank look­ing at the At­lantic, again.

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