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.
Marjó Oosterhoff is the resident teacher and manager at Passaddhi. She now mainly teaches at other venues; the accommodation at Passaddhi is too limited to warrant hosting retreats for the time being.
She seeks to make the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and other spriritual teachers, and in particular awareness and compassion meditation practices, available to as many people as possible, whether they are Buddhist or not.
Marjó has practised meditation (both vipassana/insight and metta/loving kindness) for many years, in monasteries and meditation centres in Burma and Thailand, as well as in Buddhist retreat centres in the West. In 1995 her Thai and Burmese teachers authorised her to teach meditation 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.

There won't be any weekend retreats at Passaddhi in 2022. There may be an occasional weekend retreat guided by Marjó in the summer of 2023. Dates to be confirmed


Self-catering chalet

There is a self-catering chalet on site for personal retreats or as a base for exploring the area, suitable for one person. Available from mid April to mid September, with a minimum stay of 2 nights, on a donation basis, more or less in line with what a local B&B would charge.


Volunteer opportunities at Passaddhi No volunteers are needed in 2022.

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 help with cleaning, painting and gardening work for a maximum of 4 or 5 days, from mid-April to the end of August. Please contact for details.

Upcoming Retreat

Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Heart: Cooking and Meditation Retreat
10th - 13th November
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and thoughtfully. There will also be a range of other awareness and compassion pratices, like mindful movement. Paola will guide participants in preparing and cooking wintery dishes, vegan and vegetarian.
Paola has trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, and has been cooking for restaurants, private catering and the Asgard, as well as for my retreats for many years. She is also a certified Mindfulness trainer and Breathworks trainer, facilitating courses and retreats.
Marjó will guide the meditation sessions in sitting and walking.
There will also be time for plenty of rest. This is a silent retreat, apart from the cooking sessions.
If somebody would like to come on the retreat and NOT doing the cooking, that would be totally fine too. You can use the space for your own practice, and I will also provide guidance.
Teach Bhride is a spacious and warm centre, with a large meditation room, as well as a big catering kitchen.
We start 7 pm on Thursday 10 November with registration, and finish with lunch on Sunday 13 November.
Cost: €240 for single regular room; €300 for single ensuite room. This is for food, accommodation and Paola's and Marjó's costs [admin, travel, accommodation].
The guidance by Paola and Marjó is on a donation basis
Bookings with Marjó on or 086 8787040.