West Cork Runners Retreat

After an amazing retreat in West Cork in 2019 pre covid, we are excited to return again now in 2022. jto the stunning Beara Peninsula in West Cork for some well deserved time out with a difference. Do you want to come home from a long weekend feeling energised, rested and motivated?

Our base for the long weekend is the spectacular Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre. The views don’t get any more spectacular than here. The centre sits high on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of sea and sky.

We arrive on a Thursday afternoon and Depart on Sunday afternoon. You will need a full day off on Thursday as the journey will take time. The location is indeed remote and you will need to allow 5 hours travel time from Dublin (yes, I know, you could be Spain in that time), but what we pay for in time on the journey is rewarded in the beauty of the destination.

What will we be doing?

From a running perspective, the focus will be on enjoyment of our running, taking some time to focus on mindful running, technique, mobility, injury prevention and planning for our running future. The event is suitable for anyone who can run 5k between 25 and 35 minutes and possibly have run 10k in the past. Any longer runs we do will have plenty breaks along the way.

Mary has spent her summer holidays in Beara since she was a child and loves the area. She will be taking you to some of her favourite spots on the run showing you all the sights. We will travel around the Beara Peninsula (not all running, don’t worry) and will make a trip over to Bere Island to take part in their parkrun too. There is the option also to take part in the free daily guided Meditation at Dzogchen Beara too when time allows.

Each day we will have start with breakfast in the venue before we set out on our day adventure. We will return each evening for dinner. All food is vegetarian at Dzogchen Beara. There is also a beautiful cafe on site for those of you who need an extra coffee or cake fix!


Prices vary based on the room choice, but all prices include the following :

  • 3 Nights Accommodation
  • 3 Full Days of Running Coaching and Support with Mary
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Vegetarian Lunches
  • 3 Vegetarian Evening Meals
  • Ferry to Bere Island

Not included in the price are any coffees, snacks etc that we have when out and about. I’m amazing how we manage to smell out coffee at the end of every run….

Note : We may use local buses or taxis if required for our adventures but most likely we will car pool as this gives us more freedom when going to other towns on the Peninsula. There will be no additional cost to you should we choose to hire a bus for a trip.

Book your place : We are currently awaiting confirmation of dates and room availability for 2022. We will have full schedule and booking available in early 2022.