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This intensive training is the first of its kind in Ireland. It gives you a chance to live and breathe yoga, immersed in a peaceful and inspirational setting. This fully comprehensive program requires strong commitment, enthusiasm and stamina from students with a passion for yoga that they want to develop further. This option is perfect for those who have a strong and dedicated yoga practice in place, and for teachers looking to build upon their initial training and want to learn new skills and techniques to enhance their practice and teaching. Though the course is condensed, it covers the exact same syllabus of the part time course.
During your training, youll be staying in one of three eco cabins. All of the cabins are designed according to the strictest green guidelines, and are quirky, unique and cozy. How you designate rooms is up to you, and depends on how many people you have in your group. Willow and Holly are the two larger eco cabins and typically host the students attending the retreat.
Each of these eco cabins has three bedrooms, a spacious triple upstairs, and two small twin rooms downstairs. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, a living area, deck and a toilet / shower room. Hawthorn is an open plan eco cabin which sleeps up 2 or 3. There are additional bathroom facilities in the main health farm building.
The training takes place over an intense period, covering around 9 hours a day. Sundays are taken off, with one full weekend off, though there will be asana practice and coursework to be covered on these days. Make no mistake, this is an intensive course, but one which is completely transformational.
Applicants must have a very strong practice and understanding of yoga. It is difficult to say in terms of years of practice how many are required as everybody starts at a different point and learns at a different rate. Ard Nahoo will have telephone interviews and assess the suitability of each person individually.
Application form including photo of student in Trikonasana (triangle), Adho Mukha Svanasana (dog head down) and Sukasana (easy sitting or other sitting pose) must be submitted. Please do not be intimidated by the photos, they are only needed to give an idea of your sense of alignment in practice. If you are able to come and meet prior to September then there will be no need for photos.
You will work with Anusara yogas incredible universal principles of alignment. These are a set of steps that include both energetic and physical alignment directions that once learned can be applied to every single pose.
For the first week, there will be a strong emphasis on developing your understanding and embodiment of the principles of alignment. This emphasis will continue throughout the course will then develop into the teaching of these skills.
Depending on what style of yoga you have been exposed to, you may or may not have been introduced to various breathing techniques. Pranayama will be part of your daily practice.
You will work with the strong Tantric yoga philosophy of oneness. You will accept that your nature is one of intrinsic goodness and will always look for the good in yourselves, in others and in any given situation.
In this vision, you are perfect, whole and complete and the practice of yoga is your tool to help you recognise this. You will also study the ancient text - Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and look at yoga lifestyle and ethics of yoga teaching.
The teaching skills will cover:
You will look at the body structures relative to your yoga practice. The focus will be on the skeletal system and the muscular system as well as subtle anatomy.
The intensive nature of the course will be very challenging on a lot of levels. You will be with the group for long hours each day which is great as a support as you can help each other in your understanding of all the new material you are absorbing on a daily basis. Living together harmoniously requires thought and structure. You must commit to:
During the course of the program, students will be assigned basic household duties to ensure the studio and cabins are in good order.
There will be short tests as the course progresses but there are no formal exams as such. These tests will show both you and the faculty what know with regard to technical skills and the universal principles of alignment. In this way, the tests are really an empowerment tool. The emphasis will be on teaching what you know and teaching it well.
Instead of a formal exam, a process of continuous assessment (weekly) will run throughout the course. After each assessment, students must display that they have taken on board the critique and instruction from the director. In short, 100% attendance does not guarantee a qualification! The instructors must see an improvement after each assessment.
Ard Nahoo is located one mile outside the pretty village of Dromahair in Leitrim. It is a 20 minutes drive from Sligo, which has regular bus and train connections to Dublin (3 hours away). The nearest airport is Knock, which has many international flights daily, including several UK options. The centre is in a quiet and peaceful location, far from any hint of traffic. There are numerous beautiful walks beginning on the doorstep, taking you up local mountains and to lake shores.
Until around fifteen years ago, Leitrim was the forgotten county of Ireland, with few residents and even fewer visitors. However, as a surge of writers, artists and musicians flocked to the secret land and set up their homes, so did the tourists, and now Leitrim boasts some of the best festivals, theatres, music and activities across the land.
Yet it still has a hidden feel - even those who have lived in Ireland for many years are unsure about where they actually are. The area has some of the greatest scenery in Ireland - the peaks of mountains and breath-taking lakes are all close by, with all the outdoor activities they bring.
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All meals are provided, except on the days off. Food is vegetarian, organic and local as far as is possible. Students are responsible for serving and cleaning up after themselves.
Enjoy a Uisce Hour; a session in the indoor / outdoor wet space with detox box sauna and hot tub. A 30 minute session in the infrared detox box burns between 900 - 2400 calories, and soothes aching muscles by directly heating damaged tissue. Admire Loch Nahoo from the hot tub and feel your cares melt away.
Indulge in a holistic massage, designed to relax body and mind.
Meditate in the Wise Woman Mandala, a circle that begins the Celtic Nature Trail. Walk the circles slowly and let your thoughts wander.
Take in a yoga class (Tuesday evenings for beginners and continuers and Wednesday evenings for pregnancy) or book in for a private session with Noeleen.
Walk along the Celtic Nature Trail, which details the native plants, trees and flowers of Ard Nahoo, and their role in Celtic myth, legend and folklore.
Walk the Loch Nahoo Loop, which begins at our gate. This route takes around 50 minutes, and winds around our namesake lake, with migrant whooper swans, and also Dromahair village.
Book in for a kayaking session with Dermot of Paddlemonkey. Dermot will take groups of between 3 and 6 for a morning or afternoon session on the lakes, with a popular excursion taking in the Lake Isle of Innisfree.
Cast the rod at either Loch Gill or Carrigeencor, and see what bites with some of the best fishing opportunities in Ireland.
Drop in to Stanfords and sample the best pint of Guinness in Ireland. Theres music every Friday, with a trad session every other week, and open mike, folk and country nights in between.
Enjoy a meal at the Riverbank restaurant, one of the finest in the country. The Riverbank offers a fantastic deal for a Sunday lunch, at 25 for three courses (13 for children). Book in advance to avoid disappointment!
See a gig or play in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton. With shows throughout the year, this is a fantastic venue with great artists playing throughout the year. Book early if you can, but call last minute and you might get lucky.
Take the Waterbus from Parkes Castle, across Loch Gill to Sligo. Take in the Lake Isle of Innisfree, with poetry recitals and cocktail evenings. Be sure to allow time to explore the castle before you depart.
Visit the village of Dromahair, and explore the ruins of Creevlea Abbey, the river Bonet and the sheep along the way!
Walk to ORourkes Table, for fantastic views of Leitrim and Sligo. You can either drive to the entrance and climb the final hill, or walk the whole way from Ard Nahoo.
Cycle out to Carrigeencor, a swimming lake about five miles away. If the weather is nice, theres no other place to be!
Drive out to Sligo, and take in a little shopping, gallery hopping and cafe culture. There is also a cinema and swimming pool in town, for those rainy days with the kids.
Drive to Eagles Flying, a sanctuary for birds of prey and owls. They give flying demonstrations daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Drop in at The Organic Centre, in Rossinver County Leitrim. The centre has demonstration gardens, tours, willow sculpture, caf and shop, as well as courses running throughout the year. North Leitrim itself is stunning with mountains and lakes around every bend.
Go horse-riding with Island View Riding Stables, who will take you out on a private section of beach to canter into another world.
Head north to the Marble Arch Caves, host to one of Europes finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Take in the stunning beaches of County Sligo, with Rosses Point, Streedagh and Strandhill not too far from our door. Surf lessons are available at Strandhill Surf School.
The Cavan Burren is a prehistoric complex at the Burren forest, just outside Blacklion, with a dense concentration of archaeological remains, mainly Neolithic, Bronze Age and early medieval. Well worth a visit.
The Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo has a great variety of shows to offer, as well as workshops running throughout the year. The Blue Raincoat Theatre is also worth checking out.
Visit the Glencar Waterfall for a beautiful excursion.
Visit Yeats Grave, and pay homage to one of the greatest Irish poets. Be sure to stop off at the beautiful tea rooms for refreshments.
Ard Nahoo offers a range of treatments designed to tune body and mind, and induce a state of calm, relaxation and well-being. Their holistic therapies are based on years of experience and training, and are uniquely tailored to the individual. They strongly believe in the powers of a great massage; the healing nature of touch as well as the physiological effects it can bring. Massage is an excellent way of stimulating the bodys metabolic processes and blood circulation, speeding the release of toxins. Great for enhancing the sense of personal vitality and well-being, regular massage counteracts the stresses of work and life. The treatments offered at Ard Nahoo are as follows:
Belfast (or Derry) - Enniskillen - Manorhamilton - Dromahair.
Take the road to Enniskillen and the A4 to Manorhamilton.
In Manorhamilton, take R 280 (the road to Carrick on Shannon), approximately 10 miles along take R287 to Dromahair (the turn is signposted).
Dublin - Carrick on Shannon - Dromahair.
Take the N4 to Carrick on Shannon, take the road to Leitrim Village and Drumshanbo.
At Drumshabo, take R280 towards Drumkeeran.
Take a left off the R280 onto R289 into Dromahair (the turn is signposted).
Knock - Collooney - Dromahair.
Take the N17 towards Sligo.
At Collooney get off the roundabout onto R290.
This country road takes you into Dromahair.
Sligo - Dromahair.
There are two ways from Sligo to Dromahair. R287 from the Carrowroe round about just before you reach Sligo town from the south winds its way along the south side of Lough Gill into Dromahair.
If approaching, Sligo town from the north R286 (past the Sligo Institute of Technology and National Petrol Station) takes you along a winding road on the north side of Lough Gill into Dromahair.
There are daily flights into Knock from London airports (Gatwick, Luton and Stansted), Manchester, East Midlands, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham and more. There are also flights to Alicante, Faro, Girona, Milan and more. Visit www.irelandwestairport.com to see all routes. Knock is about an hours drive from Ard Nahoo. There are buses to Sligo, which is a 20 minute taxi ride away.
There are numerous flights worldwide throughout the day. Dublin is about a 3 hour drive from Ard Nahoo. Buses and trains go into Sligo.
The nearest bus stations are in Sligo, with plenty of journeys from Dublin, Galway and other Irish cities daily.
The nearest train stations are in Sligo, with plenty of journeys from Dublin, Galway and other Irish cities daily.
"I have found this beautiful place a life changing experience and hope to be able to bring back a piece of its tranquility to my hectic life."
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"Weve just been to Ard Nahoo, close to Dromahair. It's been a great experience. Quite a trip from Paris where we live, yet very happy to have made the effort. We wanted to experience one of the "10 best retreats worldwide" according to the Guardian or one of the 1001 getaways for your life according to our guide.So we booked 3 days arriving late on Thursday, leaving Sunday noon. We've been absolutely pampered by Noeleen and Nicola. So the experience involved yoga, relaxation, meditation, sauna, hot tube and tonic walks in the countryside, massage for the wife, the experience being supported by vegetarian organic food. We loved it and have had a fantastic time even if it rained a lot (at least for us).If you want to be sure to forget about your daily life troubles and feel recharged, yet in peace after a few days, get there"
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"I stayed here for a budget yoga retreat last month. I left home completely stressed, run-down and feeling very negative. After a 3 hour drive I was first to arrive (sat nav highly recommended)Nicola was genuinely delighted to welcome me. As I was early, I booked the spa area for an hour at a small extra fee and it kicked off my weekend brilliantly.The rooms are small so I was very glad I booked a single room. But I have to say the group (about 12 of us) where so much fun, we all laughed and chatted freely the whole weekend. The yoga was perfect for what I needed. Back to basics but also challenging and fun!I stayed an extra night after all the group left, booked another spa hour and took a walk down to the village where I had a five star meal in the local restaurant. over the weekend I had little visits from the two family cats, they seemed to appear just when I need a cuddle!my overall experience was bliss, I returned home on a high, I really cannot wait until the next visit. Thank you Ard Nahoo! Natasha"
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"I left most days on a cloud in a bubble. So much energy and joy bubbling up. This only happens in a safe environment. This is what you both created for us. THANK YOU!!"
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"It pushed me. It pulled me. It stretched and strengthened me. And it softened me!! The gentle reminder given every day of not to push was crucial for me to help me surrender and find that beautiful balance between effort and ease."
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"I learnt so much from this course, a whole new concept of practice that will definitely fuel my quest for more knowledge."
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"I would like to thank Noeleen for bringing such a high standard of training to Co Leitrim and for her care of us."
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