top of page

Meet Joan

Compassion-Based Mindfulness Trainer

Heart Space is a Meditation Centre based on the Wild Atlantic Way in the beautiful West of Ireland. It was founded by Joan Flannelly in 2017 and provides Compassion Based Mindfulness Training to the West of Ireland and beyond.


Joan Flannelly is a West of Ireland native and trained with the prestigious Mindfulness Association in the UK. Her teaching and the foundation of Heart Space came from her own life and the incredible transformation she experienced as a result of meditation. She has a sincere desire to spread the benefits of mindfulness meditation far and wide and to do whatever she can to alleviate suffering. She has a genuine wish to be of love and service in her life and in her work.


She has a particular interest in Addiction and Mental Health and has worked with the Mayo Recovery College/ Mental Health Ireland, GROW, Narcotics Anonymous, the Western Drug & Alcohol Task Force and was recently honoured with an Inspiring Professional Award at the National Recovery Day 2022. She has worked with many other community organisations, including the Westport Family Resource Centre and Young at Heart Parke Active Retirement Group.


She has a long term working relationship with The Sanctuary - Sr Stan Kennedy's inspirational Dublin based Meditation Centre. She teaches on The Sanctuary's Level 1 - Being Present and Level 2 - Responding with Compassion courses as well as The Art of Compassion and Caring for the Caregiver. She find's immense joy in being part of The Sanctuary's Teacher Training Programme and training Ireland's next generation of Mindfulness Teachers. 

bottom of page