Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Dzogchen Beara Reflections

I remember the day we took this photograph and began planning our weekend in Dzogchen Beara.
We felt ready for the challenge and joyful at the prospect of a weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the majestic centre. We had no idea of how blessed we would be, blessed by the wonderful people who jumped at he opportunity to experience the retreat.Blessed by the staff who helped in every way to enhance our experience and finally blessed by glorious weather. My heart is still full with the warmth, joy and love we experienced throughout the weekend.

Start with 'sticking.

Getting to know each other, connecting with people from different classes and new comers.

Exploring Mindful Movement with Tricia.

Getting to know our way around, 

And soaking up the beauty,

Listening to  prayers blowing in the wind.

Meditating in the Shrine Room ,

And Taichiing in the sunshine.

This is one dream that has come true for me. It feels good to acknowledge and appreciate this wonderful gathering. Thanks again to everyone for your Full Hearted participation.
Much LOVE Tricia and Ann

Ps Videos from the weekend are hon my facebook page HERE

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sunday in the West and Monday's T'ai Chi Lesson

Some places just resonate with your spirit on a deep level which is beyond the mind understanding.

This is true of West Cork for me.

Whether it's  wintery and wet or a warm May day,

I treasure these journeys West.

Last Sunday I stopped off at Derreen Gardens  ( Co. Kerry ).

The views along the walks are stunning,


The luscious foliage,

And vistas all inspire me and uploft my spirit.

Sweet treats in the evening sunshine to complete the Day.

Mini Form to brush left knee and push for the Monday Morning Class from ann on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

T'ai Chi Energy Exercises For New Beginners

Welcome to T'ai Chi here are the Exercises I promised to post,practise  and enjoy you will reap great benefits frim this work. 

Figure 8 Energy Exercise from ann on Vimeo.

Heart Energy Exercise from ann on Vimeo.

Cloud Hands energy exercise. from ann on Vimeo.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Dzogchen Beara Weekend Just 1 Space Remaining

With just 2 weeks to our weekend in Dzogchen Beara, Tricia and I are really thrilled with the huge interest and response to this our first joint Retreat. It promises to be a fabuous weekend,  time to focus inside and develop aspects of mindfulness and taichi in this wonderful setting.

A Weekend of T’ai Chi and Mindfulness

in Dzogchen Beara, West Cork

27th-29th May 2016


               Ann McIlraith and Tricia Lyne


  Schedule Overview


6:00pm-7:pm Welcome and

                  T'ai Chi

8:00pm Evening Meal together

9:00pm Deep Relaxation


 7:45am-8:45am Mindful movement

 9:00am-9:45am Meditation

          session or relax

         and enjoy a leisurely


  10:30am-12:30pm T'ai chi

  1:pm  Vegetarian Lunch

          (€10pre-order from cafĂ©)

              or self cater

   2:30pm -4:30pm Introduction to

        Mindfulness & Pilates

   6:pm        Light Vegetarian Evening Meal

   7:30 -9pm   T'ai Chi &

                       Open Focus Relaxation

Sunday morning as on Saturday

   1:00 Lunch

   2:00pm Closing Practice

     -Retreat ends at 3:00pm.

 This T'ai Chi retreat assumes at least beginners level experience

Retreat cost (including all sessions, 2 dinners/1 lunch, tea & snacks) €180

Accommodation Options

 (Note that this is an additional cost.  Prices below are for the two nights as per Dzogchen Beara website, see http://www.dzogchenbeara.org/accommodation/ ).

B&B in ensuite twin room: €70/80 (conservatory view) per person sharing

B&B in private double with en suite bath room for an individual: €140

Dormitory accommodation in the Centre's Hostel: €36 (breakfast not included)

Accommodation space is limited so early booking is advised.

Guests can arrive anytime in afternoon however rooms will only be allocated at 4pm.

Option:  Loving Kindness Practice is open to the public on Friday at 3:00-4:00pm for those interested (see http://www.dzogchenbeara.org/daily-events/ ).

To enquire or to book a place on the retreat please contact:

Ann McIllraith on 087 661 6800  |  email taichimcilraith@yahoo.co.uk


Tricia Lyne on 086 081 2952  |  email patriciajlyne@gmail.com

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Lessons For Castletownbere Class

Here are the 2 lessons we investigated on Sunday. Keep up the good work !

Beginning postures of the Short Form from ann on Vimeo.

Diagonal Flying to Cloud Hands from ann on Vimeo.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Alternative Route Home from Castletownbere

Something pulled me to Glengarriff yesterday.

 Childhood memories of boat trips to Garnish Island called me back there.
The great boatmen pointed out the white-tailed eagle on this tree top (unfortunately my camera with the zoom lens was out of battery so the amazing bird is barely visible).

 These exotic gardens inspired my childhood, 

 with dreams of adventure.

And awakened me to the beauty of flowers,

Yesterday I was delighted to discover that Bryce House  is now open to the public.
What an interesting house and a fabulous 'view ' into the life of the Bryce family who developed the gardens and donated the Island to the state in 1953. Read more here

 The Rhododendrons, some open and the promise .     .        .

 Tranquil walks,

 Stunning views,

 So much to delight the senses,

And a beautiful boat trip back, couldn't ask for a better afternoon.