Passaddhi Meditation Centre  

Calm · Clarity · Contentment

Welcome to the Passaddhi Meditation Centre

Passaddhi is a small meditation centre outside Adrigole on the Beara Peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. Passaddhi overlooks Bantry Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, and is situated on a quiet hillside between Hungry Hill and the Sugarloaf Mountain. In 1996 Marjó Oosterhoff and her husband built it as their family home, and since 1999 meditation retreats take place at the house. Passaddhi (meaning ‘peace and tranquillity’) is the perfect environment to experience the calm, clarity and contentment meditation practice can bring.
Passaddhi seeks to make the teachings of the Buddha, and in particular the meditation practices of vipassana (mindfulness or insight), and metta (loving-kindness) available to as many people as possible, whether they are Buddhist or not.
Marjó Oosterhoff is the resident teacher and manager at Passaddhi. She has practised meditation (both vipassana and metta) for many years, in monasteries and meditation centres in Burma and Thailand, as well as in Buddhist retreat centres in the West. Her Thai and Burmese teachers authorised her to teach vipassana/mindfulness and metta/loving-kindness retreats.

Please email Marjó when you would like information about retreats or to request a booking form. Your email address will then be included in my emailing list. You can unsubscribe again at any time of course.

Passaddhi will be closed from early September 2019 to the end of May 2020


Self-catering chalet

A self-catering chalet is available for personal retreats or as a base for exploring the area, from mid March to mid Sept.


Volunteer opportunities at Passaddhi No volunteers for the time being

Passaddhi was founded in the spirit of generosity, and is still supported by donations and voluntary work. In exchange for food and accommodation and/or retreat time, volunteers are welcome to come and do cleaning, painting and gardening work for a maximum of 4 days, from mid-March to mid-Sept. Please contact for details.

Upcoming Retreat

A Silent 5-day Retreat: Wisdom and Compassion, the Two Pillars of a Peaceful and Contented Life
13-17 March [Bankholiday Weekend], starting 8.00 pm on Friday March 13,
finishing with lunch on Tuesday March 17,
Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

In the silence and simplicity of this retreat, we will practise mindfulness [vipassana, insight meditation] and heartfulness [various compassion practices], so that we will see the magic and mysteries of the mind and hear the whisperings of the heart.
There will be plenty of time for rest, going for walks in the beautiful grounds of Emmaus, and individual practice; and time for reflecting, together or in private talks with Marjó, on how the practice is going.

A silent retreat is an ideal opportunity to see where we judge and to have compassion for that; and to see where there is joy and to find ways to share that.
And we get a taste of the equanimity and contentment that arise when we realise that we are already completely and fully enough as we are.
These practices, guided by Marjó, will be suitable for beginners and non-beginners.
This retreat is also suitable for those who are doing a teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, as well as for Mindfulness and Compassion teachers who would like to support their meditation practice.
Bookings with Emmaus Centre or tel 01 8700050