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Welcome to An Sanctóir 

Nurturing Holistic Connections

Embrace the tranquillity of West Cork's Holistic Community Centre, where nature and community converge. Our octagonal practice space, bathed in natural light, invites you to explore a sanctuary for learning, healing, and celebrating the journey of life. Come, connect, and discover the beauty within and around An Sanctóir.

Discover An Sanctóir's Tranquil Haven

Nestled within a 23-acre nature reserve near Ballydehob village, An Sanctóir invites you to a sanctuary where nature and community intertwine. Our holistic haven offers a unique escape, embracing the tranquility of West Cork's beautiful landscapes.

Mission Statement

Holistic Well-being, Nurturing Connections

An Sanctóir is a multicultural community sanctuary promoting holistic activities, encouraging self-awareness, and nourishing the human a, land, and environment. Our calming mission reflects the natural surroundings, creating a space where everyone, regardless of age or background, is welcomed for learning, healing, and celebration.

Yoga Group
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Vibrancy Meets Tranquility

Our Space

Sanctuary for Holistic Activities

Step into our octagonal practice space, flooded with natural light, featuring wooden floors, and underfloor heating. An Sanctóir's welcoming ambiance provides a sanctuary for various activities, fostering growth, healing, and connection. Explore a space designed for the well-being of mind, body, and spirit


In the 1980s, a group envisioned a purpose-built center for yoga in West Cork, leading to the establishment of the 'Satsang Ashram Trust' in 1989. Fundraising efforts and community support enabled the purchase of the land, with planning permission granted in 1994. The name 'An Sanctóir' was chosen in 1998, and charitable status was received in 2000.

Community Employment

Engaging with Community Employment Schemes, we foster community connections. Participants contribute to office operations, building maintenance, and land care, embodying the spirit of community involvement.


Registered as Charity CHY13347, An Sanctóir is managed by a Trust—a legally incorporated, non-profit company. Trustees, dedicated to the center's growth, oversee day-to-day operations. Monthly meetings and diverse skills contribute to fundraising, maintenance, and new ventures.


Dan Gray, Lorna Riorden, Mikael Fernstrom, Patricia O'Sullivan, Rik Appleby, Raquel Carmelo, Suzie Keogh.


Office Administrator

Katarina Sudikova.

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