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Enjoy the magic of Ireland during the autumn equinox with yoga, meditation, and visits to sacred sites in this mystical land in Ireland. This epic journey invites you to come home to yourself and will guide you deeper into your own truth to allow the magic of your heart flow into your life. Explore Irish culture, dive deep into the practice, leave the retreat feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
During the retreat, you will be accommodated in Seafield Hotel and Spa Resort. It offers guests luxurious accommodation, fine dining, leading conference facilities, gloriously stylish weddings, and private riverside walk.
Every detail in each of the 102 bedrooms and executive suites has been carefully thought through. Each room has Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television, tea and coffee facilities, an executive desk, and a range of complimentary services and accessories. Each room also offers a choice of views over the beautiful surroundings, the picturesque Tara Hill, or the stunning sea views of Ballymoney Beach.
This journey will reveal the soul of an ancient and inimitable country, and it may awaken long-forgotten ancestral memories. Yoga teacher, Feng Shui master, and Celtic lover, Amanda Collins, will lead you around her homeland. She will bring a love of the land and Celtic traditions into colorful stories, ritual, and yoga sequencing. This is an adventure, celebration, and homecoming all in one.
Visits to sacred sites, castles, stone circles, and more as indicated in the itinerary are included in the price as well as horse riding experience on Ballymoney Beach.
The retreat will take place on the quiet sands of Ballymoney shore amidst 160 acres of coastal parkland, just an hour away from the vibrant capital of Dublin. You will also visit some interesting locations during the retreat.
This glacier-carved valley is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Founded in the sixth century by a Christian monk, there are striking ruins of churches and monuments just an hour south of Dublin. Granite crosses, medieval gateways, and stone cathedrals are scattered across Glendalough’s green knolls. Many people come to hike around two deep blue lakes tucked into the forest-covered valley in the majestic Wicklow Mountains National Park.
The Hill of Tara was the ancient capital of Ireland, and still holds a great place in Irish legend. In all, 142 kings are said to have reigned there. Unlike modern cities, Tara was a ritual center, rather than a seat of commerce or government. One went there to be crowned and make new laws. In ancient mythology, Tara was the sacred place of dwelling for the Gods, and the entrance to the otherworld. It’s also considered to be one of the most important ancient sites in Europe.
Tara is part of a sacred network of other popular neolithic monuments, including Knowth, Dowth, Fourknocks, and Loughcrew. The sacred sites have long been used for astrological, spiritual, and ceremonial uses.
Rathgall or Ring of Rath is one of the most impressive stone hill forts in the country. It is nearly as old as the Egyptian pyramids. Long the subject of folklore, it is said to be a refuge for fairies and a place of pilgrimage for infertile couples. Three giant stone walls form concentric circles around a fourth masonry wall meant to keep out invaders. It isbelieved that either a wealthy family or a small community lived on the hilltop.
Stones circles are rings of standing stones built between 3,000 and 1,500 BC. There is evidence that people served as ritual places to connect with the Divine, as well as astronomical observatories. If you stand at the entrance, facing the axial stone, you will be looking directly at the place of either the rising or setting sun during the solstice or equinox. Robinstown is a rare configuration, a rectangle, and a more typical circle. There are four main pillars surrounding a quartz stone.
Rock of Dunamase Castle is one of the most impressive fortresses and hidden gems of Ireland. The view from Dunamase is awe inspiring, from the picturesque Holy Trinity Church to the rambling meadows below. This area is said to be haunted by a huge black hound which protects treasure buried beneath the castle ruins.
This contemplative garden of Indian sculptures delights the senses and imagination. The 22-acre park includes Hindu deities like the elephant god Ganesh and is said to represent the spiritual path to enlightenment. It took two decades to finish the sculptures carved from granite and bronze in Tamil Nadu, India. The meditation space has a sense of humor. There’s a pint of Guinness besides Ganesha and a cell phone atop the back of a fasting Buddha.
You will be served daily breakfast and dinner during the retreat.
Massage or other treatments can be booked at an additional cost. There is spa service available at the hotel. Indulge yourself in the exquisite Oceo Spa with over 60 treatments to pamper yourself with and decadent thermal suites in which to relax and indulge the senses.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Amanda Collins will pick you up from the airport. You are welcome to arrive a day or two days earlier to explore and settle in.