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.

Weekend Meditation Retreat "Gratitude for our Spiritual Friends" with Ajahn Brahmavara from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery (UK)

Saturday, December 16th - Sunday, December 17th, 2017

This weekend is an opportunity to contemplate and experience the qualities that support us on the spiritual path. When we remember and make much of our spiritual friends they appreciate it, rise up and lead us forward in our practice. Gratitude is the attitude.

There will be guided meditations, sitting and walking, and chance to ask questions on meditation practice and Dhamma teachings.

Ajahn Brahmavara will be accompanied by Anagarika Pei Ching who was one of the earliest members of the Irish Sangha Trust before moving to the monastic community of Amaravati in 2016.

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, December 16th - Sunday, December 17th, 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.

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 Dhamma 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 the English Sangha Trust or Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

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.

Ajahn Brahmavara - Amaravati Buddhist Monastery (UK)

Ajahn Brahmavarā

Ajahn Brahmavara (Susan Pritchard) was born on 6 August 1964 in Reading, England. She studied medicine at Sheffield University, trained as a doctor in Auckland, New Zealand and worked as a general practitioner in Shropshire. She started meditating under the guidance of SN Goenka while she was a medical student, and spent a few years in India at Goenka centres, studying Pali, meditating and serving on retreats. She came to live at Amaravati in October 2000 as manager of the Retreat Centre, but soon after arriving requested to 'go forth' as an anagarika. She received ordination as a siladhara in October 2004.

Anagarika Pei Ching

Anagarika Pei Ching was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She learned about the Buddha’s teaching through her father when she was young. She began practising Buddhism and meditation more seriously after she finished her training as a Chartered Accountant. She moved to Dublin in 2007 to further her career and has been visiting Amaravati and Chithurst as a regular guest since 2009. She decided to spend more time on her spiritual practice and moved from Dublin to stay in Amaravati in 2016. She took her anagarika precepts in November 2016.














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