A sangha is a practice group or community. If you are surrounded by sangha, you have the chance to sit together, to learn together, and to strengthen your practice.

“Building brotherhood and sisterhood is the foundation of the sangha, and if the sangha is happy, then it can be a refuge for so many people.”   Thay.

Below you can search for Thich Nhat Hanh inspired sanghas in Ireland. Each sangha will have its own unique flavour. How each sangha functions and what it offers is a reflection of its uniqueness. There may be others in your area who advertise locally.

If there is no sangha near you, perhaps you would like to join our new phone sangha?  Details are below.

 

Find a Sangha Near You

Co. Antrim

Belfast

Leaves of One Tree Sangha

Where: Black Mountain Zen Centre. 64 Donegall Street. Belfast
When: Mondays, 7:15pm-9pm
Contact: the Sangha Secretary | belfastbonsaisangha@gmail.com
Connect: Facebook
Notes: All newcomers welcome – contact us via e-mail or Facebook above or just turn up.  We ask for a donation of £4 per meeting.

 

Whiteabey Village

Tall Trees Sangha

Where: Contact for details
When: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Contact: Bridgeen | +44 (0)7981 623 566 |  bridjeen@hotmail.com

Whitehead

Waves of One Sea Sangha

Where: Contact for details
When: Once a month on a Sunday, 6.00pm
Contact: Janet | 02893372513 or 07545175854 |  jdgreenex@outlook.com

Co. Armagh

Moira

Gaiatree Family Sangha

Where: Rowandale Integrated Primary School, Moira, Co. Armagh
When: We meet once per month- usually Sundays for 1.5-2h
Contact: Orla | 07971862260| orlafizz@gmail.com
Notes: The families that are currently part of the Sangha have children ranging in age from 5-15y. We usually share a meditation together, do some mindful walking and playing, share a cup of tea and some snacks and dharma sharing is often informal due to the age range in the Sangha. It’s a wonderfully supportive circle.

Co. Carlow

Blackstairs Mountains

Anam Cairde Sangha

Where: Contact for details
When: Monthly on the second Sunday of the month
Contact: Carole  | 087 9121314 | anamcairdesangha@gmail.com
Notes: Each meeting is a Day of Mindfulness, € 10/ € 5 donation to cover costs.

We meet in the beautiful Blackstairs Mountains. Following the practices of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village, the Day of Mindfulness includes sitting meditation, mindful walking (outside usually), lunch (soup provided) and deep relaxation. Dharma sharing is the practice of mindful speech and deep listening where we share our experience of the practice.

All are welcome. We are open to all faiths and none, whether you are new to mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner.

Co. Cork

Cork City

Little Acorn Sangha

Where: 6 Sidney Place, Cork City (part of Wellington Rd, between Sidney Mews and Belgrave Avenue)
When: Tuesdays, 7.30pm – 8.45pm (Winter hours – beginning Tuesday 15th October 2019)
Contact: Sarah-Jane | 083 888 8656 |   sjandalun@gmail.com
Notes: €5 (or what you can afford).

Smiling Shamrocks (Mindfulness for Children)

Where: The Youth Hall, Ballinlough Community Center, Ballinlough, Cork City
When: Monthly on Sunday’s 2.00-4.00
Contact: Catherine | corksmilingshamrocks@gmail.com | 087 9474418
Notes: A sangha for children (and the grown ups in their lives). The practice would suit ages six to twelve (children must always be accompanied by an adult). Together we will joyfully practice in the Plum Village tradition and also enjoy time in the adjoining Fairy Garden.  €5 suggested contribution per person to cover room rental and other costs.

 

Wake-Up Cork

Where: “Iona” UCC Chaplaincy Building, College Road, Cork
When: Every Sunday evening, arrive between 6:30 and 6:50pm for a 7pm start
Connect: Facebook | Meetup | Website
Notes: The Cork Wake Up sangha welcomes young people between the ages of 18 and mid-thirties.

 

Co. Down

Newcastle

Lotus Blossom Sangha

Where: Contact for details
When: Monthly (and sometimes more) on a Tuesday, 7.30-9.30pm
Contact 1: Jean | 077877 468 77 |  jcampbell424@btinternet.com
Contact 2: Moya | 0759 6173 986
Notes: Plum Village-inspired Mindfulness Meditation Group. One hour – guided meditation, walking meditation, silent meditation: followed by up to 20mins mindful discussion and/or readings. No charge at present, although biscuits and treats for ‘tea’ afterwards always welcome.

Co. Dublin

Dublin City

 

Open Heart Sangha

Where:  Oscailt Integrative Health Centre, 8 Pembroke Road (not street), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
When: Tuesday 28th January, 7.45pm – 9.15pm.  From 5th February, change to 19.30 until 21.00.
Contact: openheartsangha2@gmail.com
Notes: €5 donation suggested (for those who can afford it).

Sonas (Mindfulness for Children)

Where: Oscailt, 8 Pembroke Road Dublin 4
When: Usually the first Sunday of each month, 2-4pm
Contact: Orlaith | SonasSangha@gmail.com
Connect: Facebook  | Newsletter
Notes: A sangha for children (and the grown ups in their lives). The practice is aimed at 7-12 year olds (and children must always be accompanied by an adult). Through sitting, walking, teatime, crafts and games, we cultivate our peace and joy and learn to take care of our difficult emotions.

Suaimhneas Mindfulness Group

Where: Oscailt Integrative Health Centre, 8 Pembroke Road (not street), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
When: Usually the last Sunday of the month 2.00-6.00 pm. Contact us via email/  check our Facebook Page or if you would like to go on our mailing list, we will  confirm date of next Sangha.
Contact: The Suaimhneas Caretaking Team |  SuaimhneasSangha@gmail.com
Connect: Facebook
Notes: Dublin Mindfulness Group practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. A typical Day of Mindfulness would include sitting meditation, deep relaxation, mindful walking and dharma sharing. The afternoon will include guided sitting meditation, deep relaxation, mindful walking, enjoying tea together and dharma sharing. Open to all faiths and none; whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner.
€10 suggested donation to cover cost of room and expenses.

Wake-Up Dublin

Where: Oscailt Integrative Health Centre, 8 Pembroke Road (not street), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
When: Sundays, 6.00-8.00pm (except the last Sunday of the month) – please check our Facebook or Meetup (links below) for upcoming dates.
Contact: Via Facebook or dublin@wkup.org
Connect: Facebook | Meetup | Website
Notes: This sangha was formed to support young adults (18-late 30s-ish) in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness tradition. Although aimed at this age group, older adults are always welcomed. €10/ €5 or other contribution to help us cover room costs are appreciated from those who can afford it.

Co. Galway

Galway City

 

Solas Gheal Mindfulness Group

Where: Croi na Gaillimhe, 1 Mill Street, Galway (if available).
When: Wednesdays, 6.30-8.00pm
Contact: Martina | galwaysangha@gmail.com | 087 2201972 
Notes: Thich Nhat Hanh inspired mindfulness practice in the tradition of Plum Village, open to all. We practice guided and silent meditations, walking meditation, deep relaxation, dharma sharing, the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and listen to talks by Thich Nhat Hanh and others. We also host Days of Mindfulness throughout the year. A small contribution towards costs is welcome.

Co. Kerry

Tralee

Sangha de la Yerba Mate

Where: Tralee International Resource Center (www.tirc.ie)
When: Saturdays monthly 11.00-2.00pm
Contact: Christina | 0872131748 |  mindfulnessnoa@gmail.com
Notes: This group is open for beginners to advanced practitioners and families who are practising with their children between 6 to 12 years.  Together we enjoy Plum Village tradition practices. The group is facilitated by Christina Buckley and Tamara, the master of the bell. Please bring your lunch box, flask or drink, pencil and notebook and a blanket. Dana (donation of any amount) is gratefully accepted to cover the online sangha for the Spanish speaking community.

 

Co. Sligo

Ballymote

Peaceful Lake Sangha

Where: Ballymote Family Resource Centre, Keash Road, Ballymote, Co Sligo
When: First and Third Wednesday of the month 8:00 – 9:00pm (7.30pm for tea and chats).
Contact: Louise |peacefullakesangha@gmail.com | 0851470700
Notes: Meditation and mindfulness practices in the Plum Village style of Thich Nhat Hahn. Guided meditation (e.g. relaxation mediation), sharing about our practice, walking mediation, Days of Mindfulness etc. Contribution €5.

Sligo Town

Open Circle Community of Mindful Living

Where: Town centre. Contact Martin for directions.
When: Mondays, 8.00 – 9.30pm, on weeks with bank holidays we meet on the Tuesday evenings.
Contact: Martin | 083 1064879 |  opencirclesangha@gmail.com
Notes: Plum Village inspired mindfulness practice offering: guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful living practices, Dharma sharing, laughter, five mindfulness trainings recitation and days of mindfulness.  Contribution of €5.
People with some experience can join us any time, people new to mindfulness meditation can join us on the first Monday of the month for an orientation to mindfulness.

 

Co. Tipperary

Cloughjordan

Sangha na nÚll .

Where: Cloughjordan

When: Sunday mornings, 10.00-12.00.

Contact: Mark | 0874430727 or Vicki | 083 1626983 | Moorevicki67@gmail.com

Notes: All ages, visitors and level of experience welcome.  We start the morning with a guided meditation, then walking meditation,  sitting meditation, a reading from one of Thich Nhat Hanh books and then a dharma sharing. We spend most of the morning in noble silence apart from the dharma sharing and goodbyes.  No donation is needed.

Co. Wicklow

Bray / Greystones

Full Moon Sangha

Where: Gorse Hill, Cliff Road,  Windgates, Greystones, Co Wicklow
When: Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm
Contact: Eileen | 086 8506458 |  thefullmoonsangha@gmail.com

 

Glendalough area

Old Heart New Heart Sangha

Where: “Tearman” near Glendalough, Co.Wicklow
When: 3rd Sunday of Month , 11.30- 4.30pm
Contact: Diane | 0863700796 | oldheartnewheartsangha@gmail.com
Notes: We have meditation ,followed by eating mindfully, a walk in the Monastic village, then meditation and dharma discussion in the afternoon. Please bring lunch /tea and suitable clothing/footwear for outdoor walking. Small donation (suggested 10 Euro) for use of room.  If you wish to join us, you must phone or email ahead of time to reserve a place as space is limited

Ireland-wide (phone and online Sanghas)

Fresh Morning Sangha

We meet Tuesday & Thursday mornings, via Zoom which you may need to download to your device in advance (audio only; no video). The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/568796923
6.50am – join call to connect together and share the focus/aspiration of our day
7am – bell to invite guided or silent sitting
7.20am – bell to close meditation with closing words from facilitator. We leave the call in silence, taking the calm energy with us into our day.

Full details, Zoom link and FAQ are at https://www. orlaithosullivan.com/ freshmorning

Ordained students of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Where: The OI community of aspirants and members is spread throughout Ireland, and internationally.
Contact: oi.ireland@yahoo.ie
Notes: For information on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing see: https://orderofinterbeing.org/about/

 

Mindfulnessnoa (Spanish-speaking)

Where: This Sangha meets via Skype.
When: Third Saturday of every month, 9.00-10.00pm
Contact: Cristina |  mindfulnessnoa@gmail.com | 087 2131748
Notes: We have formed to support the Spanish-speaking community.  If you would like to participate in an online winter retreat in Spanish, please e-mail  inforrecorrido@gmail.com.

 

Starting a sangha, or thinking about it
Would you like to start your own sangha?  It is possible!

A good place to start is https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/start-a-sangha and the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation also have a new sangha handbook that is available to download at https://onedrive.live.com/ view.aspx?resid= 2D38547648CD220C!109&cid= 2d38547648cd220c&app=WordPdf.

 

Outside Ireland

To locate a Sangha outside Ireland please visit iamhome.org