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‘Walking the Earth’ – Bank Holiday Sangha Retreat

Friday 2nd – Monday 5th August 2024

Led by Prasannadeva and Varabandhu

Whatever beings are assembled here,
Whether of Earth, water, fire or air,
May you all be happy.

– Ratana Sutta

Join us this August Bank Holiday for a retreat in the serene Wicklow Mountains, where we will immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and explore the Buddha’s teachings on metta, as described in the Ratana Sutta. This retreat provides a unique opportunity to experience how walking in nature can profoundly transform us and enchant the world around us.

By immersing ourselves in this simple act of mindfully walking, we can cultivate a deeper connection with the present moment, our surroundings, and ourselves. This retreat will guide us through practices that transform how we relate to the natural world and what it can teach us about the way things truly are.

  • Metta: Discover how the Buddha’s teachings on metta can help you not only cultivate loving-kindness towards yourself and others, but can also transform the world around you into a more beautiful, mysterious, and even mystical place.
  • Nature Immersion: Experience the calming and grounding effects of nature, allowing the natural world to encourage and deepen your Dharma practice.
  • Reflection: Delve into the strangeness and wonder of walking this Earth and discover how paying attention to your experiences can reveal profound insights about the world around you.
  • Ritual: Activate your deepest energies and inspiration through puja and mantra.

Embrace the simplicity and profundity of walking as meditation, and discover how metta can bring you closer to a world of beauty and mystery.


Friday 2nd August  – Monday 5th August 2024


Mucklagh House, County Wicklow.

This former country lodge is cosy, comfortable, and surrounded by woods. It’s a 90-minute drive from Dublin City. See below for a Google Map.

This retreat is for Sangha regulars and people who have a meditation practice of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices.

The retreat will be led by Prasannadeva and Varabandhu.

We asked previous retreat participants what the highlights were for them. They answered:

  • Meeting others on the retreat
  • The meditation
  • The walking meditation
  • The food
  • The chance to reflect and be in nature

All dishes are vegan, but don’t let that put you off. We’ve astounded by many omnivores on our retreats who admitted they had no idea vegan food could be so tasty and filling!

Every meal is cooked from scratch, and there is always enough for second helpings. No one ever goes hungry on our retreats.

Mucklagh is an aproximately 90 minute drive from Dublin City Centre.

There is usually there is an opportunity to car pool, subject to availability. If you can offer lifts, let us know on the booking form.

You can also get the train to a nearby town (Rathdrum) and we can usually pick you up from there.


We do tiered pricing, depending on the circumstances.

  • €305 waged
  • €270 low-waged
  • €190 unwaged or student

You can pay a deposit of €75 to secure your place.

Location: Mucklagh Lodge


Aughavannagh, Co. Wicklow Y14 RY62 Ireland


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