An Sanctóir is West Cork’s very own Holistic Community Centre and is home to a variety of weekly classes, weekend workshops, performances, rituals and celebrations. It is a beautiful light filled octagonal practice space with wooden floors and underfloor heating, set within a 23 acre nature reserve, just outside the coastal village of Ballydehob.
Mission Statement ~
A multicultural community sanctuary to promote holistic activities and methods, encourage self-awareness, and nourish the human spirit, the land and the environment. A place where people of all ages, races, cultures and abilities are welcome for learning, healing, connecting, exploring their creativity, re-establishing their links with the natural world, and celebrating the joys and challenges of living.
What Happens Here
An Sanctóir is more than a space; it is also a community of people who come together to nourish their minds, bodies and spirits. All are welcome. Come and experience your connection with the beautiful Irish countryside.
The Centre is situated in 30 acres of beautiful nature reserve, with many walks ideal for contemplative strolls, walking meditation or just walking the dog and soaking up nature's beautiful vibrancy. There are several open spaces that can be used for camping, whether that be individuals wanting to visit the local area or for longer events and camps.
An Sanctóir is part of the lively Ballydehob community. You will find concerts, world music nights, community singing, sculpture and art trails. There is always a welcome for craic agus ceol as well as mindfulness, meditation and contemplation.
Classes & Workshops
Experienced local teachers will welcome you to weekly classes which include various forms of Yoga, Dance, Tai Chi, Chi Gung, and meditative movement. We also host weekend workshops led by international facilitators. If there is something you would like to see or try at the space feel free to get in touch.
Events & Functions
An Sanctóir is an idyllic space for longer events, camps and retreats. There is plenty of space for camping and also various accommodation options nearby.
The Centre is also available for functions. You can celebrate your wedding or civil partnership in this beautiful natural setting. We welcome you to create a ceremony for a naming or for a memorial for a loved one who has passed away. An Sanctóir is a spiritual home for all creeds and none. An Sanctóir will happily assist you to plan your event and do everything we can to make it a memorable day.
An Sanctóir is run by a group of voluntary trustees on a not for profit basis. We welcome you to get involved by volunteering with us. This could involve helping out with one of our upcoming fundraising events or working on the land for example in our forest garden project. We also welcome new trustees on an annual basis.
Donations to An Sanctóir are also gratefully received, and this is another way to get involved and help to sustain this great community project. The income from the hire of the centre pays the majority of our running costs, however we require extra income to service our debts from building the centre and to help new developing projects to manifest.