The Irish Sangha Trust (IST) was established in 2011 to support and foster teaching and meditation practice in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Ireland. The Irish Sangha Trust is non-profit Buddhist organization, entirely dependent on the generosity of the public for voluntary donations.

Our annual schedule includes regular workshops, retreats and meditation sittings. Events are open to everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. We welcome you to join our spiritual friends network and experience the profound benefits of meditation practice.

Mindfulness Weekend Meditation Retreat with Bhante Rewatha Thero from Scotland

Saturday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 24th, 2017

This retreat is an opportunity to reduce the distractions and focus on deepening our experience of meditation practice. You will be guided through the four foundations of mindfulness in a silent and supportive environment and have the opportunity to experience the peacefulness that mindfulness can bring.

Please wear loose clothes so that you are comfortable to sit, lie down and perform simple yoga and qigong exercises.

Bhante Rewatha Thero will be teaching different mindful meditation techniques:

  • Mindfulness of Breathing meditation
  • Body Scan meditation
  • Loving Kindness / Compassion meditation
  • Mindful Movement (including Mindful Walking outside if weather permits)

Retreat Information

This weekend retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Venue: Seraph, 15 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8 (near Camden Street) Map (

Date: Saturday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Fee: donation basis

Lunch: We will share a vegetarian lunch at about 12 noon on both days. Please bring some food to share if you wish to join in. 

Places are limited, early registration is essential.

Registration: please click here (or contact us at

  • In order to make a secure booking, please complete the online booking form.
  • Remember to pre-register before evening on the Friday preceding the retreat. Please do not assume there will be space available at the last minute.

On the day:

  • Please be seated in the meditation hall at least 5 minutes before the session. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Dressing in layers is also a good idea.
  • Please bring some food for a shared vegetarian lunch, if you wish to join us for the midday meal. 
  • Refreshments, CDs and Dharma books are available for free distribution.


Dana for the teacher. It is Theravadan Buddhist practice that monks and nuns don’t touch/use money. Any donation that we get for teaching will be transferred to a charity specified by Bhante Rewatha Thero.

Dana to Irish Sangha Trust (IST). Any donation made to the IST will be used to cover the cost of the retreat. The organizers of IST are volunteers and do not financially benefit from the IST funds.

Bhante Rewatha Thero - Scotland’s Buddhist Vihara

Venerable Rewatha Thero is a Theravada Buddhist Monk for 33 years. He is a trained RE teacher and completing his Msc in teaching mindfulness based approaches in health care and education at the university of Bangor. Bhante has a M.A in Buddhist Philosophy, BA in Indian Philosophy and Post Graduate diploma in Education.

Rewatha Thero is a tutor of Counselling and psychological services at the university of Glasgow and teaches MBSR courses for staff and students of  Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Glasgow, Maryhill Burgh Halls and COPE a mental health charity in Drumchapel. He is a subject specialist teacher (religious, moral and philosophical studies) in secondary schools for west Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire City Councils.

Bhante is a certified mindfulness teacher to deliver Paws.B course for primary school children by Mindfulness in Schools Project. In addition to the secular mindfulness courses which Bhante has taught throughout the world including: Scotland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and America, Bhante also provides courses to universities, charitable and educational facilities. He has created several courses for those who have completed MBSR and MBCT.

He is currently developing a course to teach mindfulness for 4-5 years old children as a classroom intervention with Department of child and adolescent psychiatric of university of Glasgow.














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