Authentic Presence Immersion

  • Dzogchen Beara Dzogchen Beara
  • Allihies, County Cork, Ireland
  • Jun 21 - 29, 2019 (9 days)

About This Event

Professional training in the contemplative-based approach to end-of-life care 

This programme is part of Authentic Presences Courses. It can be taken as a stand-alone or part of the Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care.

Authentic Presence Immersion offers you skills in the art of being authentically and compassionately present for seriously ill and dying patients. Lead by a faculty of national and international health and social care professionals and educators, this training is far more than an academic course. It offers you the unique opportunity to experience and immerse yourself in the principles and practices of contemplative-based care. The approach embraces the deeper dimensions of living and dying and uses meditative and mindful techniques to support you to connect with your sources of joy, purpose, and wholeness, and enhance your professional skills and knowledge in serving the dying.

The curriculum, inspired by Tibetan Buddhist contemplative methods, is non-denominational and experiential. It uses a variety of learning modalities, including individual, group and interactive work, as well as presentations. No prior experience in mindfulness or meditation is required.


Contemplative practice & Contemplative care

The contemplative approach to end-of-life careThe integration of contemplative methodologies to cultivate greater compassion and wisdomReflections on impermanence and deathSelf-care for caregivers: recognizing burnout, and contemplative practices for building resilience and cultivating self-compassionDeepening genuine compassion to improve therapeutic relationshipsHow to create a peaceful environment in different settingsCaregiving as spiritual practice

Training in contemplative listening and communication

Extensive training in the methods for ‘Contemplative Listening and Communication’ and their practical applications‘Council’ – a model for family and bereavement support, and team meetings

Assessing and responding to the needs of the dying

The practical, psycho-social and spiritual needsResponding to complex care situationsHealing relationships and methods for resolving unfinished businessAddressing the deeper dimensions of life and deathRecognizing and addressing spiritual painPreparing for deathSupporting those not affiliated with a faith tradition


The process of bereavement and the spiritual dimension of bereavement

If you are interested in learning more about the Authentic Presence training, the online programme and how to become certified, visit: (contact info blocked)


The retreat will be held in the Spiritual Care Centre meditation room, a bright ecumenical space with beautiful views.


Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due 14 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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