October 14 to 18 – From Hungry Ghost to Being Human in Cork, Ireland

Event Start Date:
14th October 2019
Event End Date:
18th October 2019
Event Venue:

Being Human in Cork with Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House Mindfulness

Ireland – Cork

Being Human – a Hungry Ghost Retreat

Standard: € 395
Sponsor: € 445
Supported: €345

Plus Dana for the teacher.

Organised and managed by Nalagiri Mindfulness

Monday 14 – Friday 18 October

Ennismore Retreat Centre

T23 CT95

5-day Residential Mindful Recovery Retreat with Vince Cullen


For retreat details see ‘From Hungry Ghost to Being Human’
If you require more information, please email admin@nalagiri-mindfulness.ie


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The teachings and retreat materials are offered freely by Vince Cullen.
Vince will not be paid to teach this retreat. He offers the teachings freely on a donation (dana) basis as has been the tradition for the last 2,600-years. You are invited to bring along a donation or to donate online at any time.
Please ‘remember-to-remember‘ that a donation (dana) to support the teacher will be gratefully accepted.

This Buddhist-inspired Mindfulness-based retreat is about creating and maintaining (Bhāvanā and Sati) an embodied intentionality (Karma) of harmlessness (Sila) through self-love (Metta), self-forgiveness (Khama) and self-direction (Sajja)

‘Being Human’ is a 5-day intensive residential retreat exploring ‘Buddhist’ practices that support our waking-up from cravings and aversions; that support our healing from addictions and compulsions, that support our recovery from greed and hatred and confusion.


Events by NalagiriMindfulness/Hungry Ghost Retreats are offered in a spirit of generosity. The price you pay goes towards the running of the event but does not include any payment to the teachers for their teaching. Instead, our teachers rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood. You will be invited to make a financial contribution  – click here for more information.


Standard: € 395 – This covers our costs but not the cost of providing supported places
Sponsor: € 445 – A voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places
Supported: €345 – For those unable to afford the standard rate

Please pay the sponsor rate if you can.

If you are unable to afford the supported rate please let us know. We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.

Pray-flag practice at Hungry Ghost retreat

Prayer-flag practice at Hungry Ghost retreat

‘Being Human’ is an encouragement to lift the veil and break the spell of universal cravings, aversions and confusions that so often manifest as addictions, compulsions; and harmful thinking and behaviours.

This is not a silent retreat but there will be periods of quietude including one complete day of silence.

Healing the Heart-Mind

This retreat includes a progressive investigation of self-views – through the traditional practices of Loving-kindness and Forgiveness – supporting the letting-go of hatred and ill-will for ourselves and for others.  We will learn to incline our minds towards kindness… there is no finer mindfulness!

It is important to note that you do not have to be ‘a Buddhist’ to practice any of the principles discussed, and meditation practices explored.

You should be kind to be a Buddhist;
but you do not have to be a Buddhist to be kind!

Each retreatant will be given a personal set of Tibetan Prayer Flags.  One side of each flag is decorated with woodblock prints of auspicious mantras, syllables and prayers – the other side is blank.

Prayer-flags at New Life Foundation

Everyone gets a set of personal Prayer-flags

  • Throughout the 5-days, as we progress through our retreat, we are invited to write the names – starting with our own name – of all the many people that we want to send the blessings of loving-kindness and compassion to on our personal prayer-flags.
  • We may also write our own personal aspirations, prayers and wishes creatively using words or images or symbols.
  • We may also write the names – starting with our own name – of the people from whom we might want to ask for forgiveness.
  • And lastly, we may write the names – starting with our own name – of all of the people that we may wish to forgive.

Hungry Ghost Retreats - I Forgive You Prayer-flag

“I forgive you. I forgive you now.”

Some potential learning outcomes of this retreat

• Learning to stay with the uncomfortable – Right Now It’s Like This !?

• Develop an appreciation of the liberating distinction between ‘abstinence’ and ‘abandonment’.


• An introduction to and/or deepening of one’s own mindfulness meditation practice as a basic attitude in everyday life.


• A basic understanding of the Buddhist principles and practices of mindfulness-based harm reduction, relapse prevention and waking-up from ‘addictions’ and compulsions.


• An understanding and appreciation of the difference between ‘abstinence’ and ‘abandonment’ of addictions, compulsions and harmful behaviour (i.e. the Training Precepts compared to the commitment of a Sajja [Vow]).


• The opportunity to take part in and/or lead Buddhist-oriented ‘Sit-and-Share‘ peer led support meetings.


• The optional opportunity to make a Sajja [intention/aspiration/commitment/vow] as an outward manifestation of the heart’s desire to move away from suffering towards the end of suffering.



Optional Sajja [intention/aspiration/commitment/vow] at the end of retreat.


RETREAT COMMITMENT:  My commitment to each retreat is to prepare and share my formulation of these teachings for everyone’s benefit. However, we create a retreat together when we show up for ourselves and for each other. Retreatants are expected to adhere to the ‘Retreat Commitment’.  Just as our ‘waking-up’ requires our complete wholehearted commitment and our full effort, so does attendance on any Hungry Ghost Retreat.  It is a requirement on the retreat that you attend for the whole retreat and take part in all sessions. For example, if you are not an ‘early morning person’ then this retreat is not for you.

Pray-flag hanging at the end of a Hungry Ghost retreat

Pray-flag hanging at the end of a Hungry Ghost retreat


Optional Sajja [intention/aspiration/commitment/vow]

Optional Sajja [intention/aspiration/commitment/vow] at the end of retreat.


DANA: This retreat is offered freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where you are invited to contribute financially to the teachings and the mentoring provided based on your individual income and the value that you place on what has been offered. My livelihood and the future of ‘Hungry Ghost’ retreats are dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details of this during the retreat.


The end of another Hungry Ghost Retreat

The end of another Hungry Ghost Retreat

Please contact us if you want to need more information or would like to book a place on this retreat.

Download: Hungry Ghost Retreats Schedule [PDF]