In the 1980s a group of yoga practitioners conceived of a purpose-built centre in which to hold classes and retreats. This led to the incorporation of ‘Satsang Ashram Trust’ in 1989. After some years of fund-raising, with the help of a grant from the Enterprise Board and a bank loan, they were able to purchase the land on which An Sanctoir now stands. Planning permission was received in 1994 and the building was completed in 1996.
Since many other practices and activities besides yoga had found a home here, in 1998 the name ‘An Sanctoir’ was chosen from among many suggestions by the community. Charitable status was received in 2000.
In its years of operation An Sanctoir has grown from strength to strength thanks to the support of an ever-evolving group of volunteers.
In 2007 we survived extensive damage to the floor caused by burst pipework. This stimulated us to improve kitchen facilities, foyer and wheelchair accessibility.
An Sanctoir, a registered Charity (CHY13347), is managed by a Trust in the form of a legally incorporated, non-profit making, limited liability company. The trustees carry the responsibility for the day to day running and the long term health and growth of An Sanctoir, with the support of a part-time paid administrator. The trustees meet once a month as well as bringing their skills to help in a practical way – fund raising, building, maintenance, working on the land, creating and inspiring new ventures for An Sanctoir.
Our trustees are: Tara Brandel, Aine Brosnan, Dan Gray, Toma McCullim, Wendy Miles, Kiki Seegers, Michael Tanner, Corina Thornton, Brenda Tobin and we also like to have a representative from the Kindergarten.
We are lucky to have a participant on the Community Employment Programme and two on the Tús – Community Work Placement Initiative (West Cork Development Partnership) who are contributing to An Sanctoir greatly by both maintaining the building, garden and land, and with their creativity.
How the Finances Work
An Sanctoir’s income has not covered the expenses for the last couple of years and we still carry a debt of some €36,000 from the building of the Centre. Our income comes from rental fees, donations and fund raising and your support is much appreciated.
Some future plans we would like to develop are improving our camping facilities with outdoor showers, compost toilets and a covered kitchen area. Work on the covered kitchen area in the camping field will start soon and the plan is for it to be finished before Summer 2016.
We would like to research, develop and acquire alternative energy sources.
We would like to build a new office and provide accommodation, a classroom and catering kitchen.
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.