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Loving Kindness Online – Cultivating Wisdom and Kindness in these Troubling Times

Loving-Kindness Online – Cultivating Wisdom and Kindness in these Troubling Times is a month-long online retreat with Mary O’Callaghan. The retreat will take place on Monday the 9th of November and runs until Friday the 4th of December, (see timetable). The fee is €120. You can book online using the booking form below.

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These are troubling times we are living in and they give rise to feelings of uncertainty, vulnerability and many challenging emotions. In such times it is easy to get lost in catastrophic thinking and to lose sight of feelings of stability and calm. Loving-Kindness practices offer us a wealth of ways that help to bring calm, stability and inner peace in the midst of external uncertainty and confusion.

Mary will draw on ancient teachings and practices of Buddhism, Neuro-Science and Psychology to help us navigate these times skilfully and to discover the many inner resources we have to flourish in the midst of adversity. This retreat is an opportunity to come together daily as a community to support each other and to recognise that what we are going through is part of the common human experience.

The retreat will include talks, reflections, meditations and times to share and connect with each other. The aim of the course is to help us to integrate the loving kindness practice into our everyday life so we can live with greater ease and harmony. All the sessions will be live except for the Tuesday morning meditation which will be pre-recorded and sent to you so you can continue your practise.

Course Times

Every weekday morning:

  • Monday: Talk and Meditation 8 am – 9 am
  • Tuesday: Recorded Meditation
  • Wednesday: Guided Meditation 8 am – 8.30 am
  • Thursday: Guided Meditation 8 am – 8.30 am
  • Friday: Guided Meditation, Sharing and Discussion 8am -9.30am (discussion & break-out rooms while recommended are optional)

Course Outline:

Each week we will take one of the 4 aspects of the Loving-Kindness practice, i.e., Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.

Benefits of Loving-Kindness

Loving-Kindness is an age-old practice and when undertaken sincerely has been proven to reduce self-criticism and has overall positive benefits both on how we relate to ourselves and on our relationships with others. Benefits such as restful sleep has also been attributed to this practise. When the heart is at ease restlessness and worry can more easily subside.

Mary O’Callaghan, MA, EAP, is the founder-director of Oscailt. Mary is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor and has also been exploring meditation practices for nearly 40 years. During that time, she spent eight years living as a Buddhist nun and underwent intensive training in Eastern psychology and meditation. She has led meditation retreats in Europe and Asia and is passionate about integrating mindfulness into everyday life.
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Nov 09 2020


8:00 am - 9:00 am




Online Course
Mary O'Callaghan


Mary O'Callaghan
+353 1 660 3872