3 Days Meditation and Hatha Yoga Retreat Burren, Ireland

  • Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, Lig do Scith, Cappaghmore, Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland

Refreshing Meditation and Yoga Retreat Ireland

This weekend retreat will provide a refreshing, energizing yet deeply relaxing space through Hatha yoga teaching suitable for all ages and all levels of abilities. It is an ideal weekend to let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life and to let go into a very peaceful and tranquil environment with a very experienced teacher and share some time with like minded people.

Highlights

  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Introduction to meditation
  • Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra
  • Breathing practices and breath awareness
  • Guided outings by an experienced guide
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
Hide all

At the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, you have a choice of accommodation of shared room, single room, twin room (only if 2 of you are booking together), and double room (only if two of you booking or you want to treat yourself to the room for yourself).

The accommodation contains one room for 6, two rooms for 4, three single rooms, and two double rooms. The accommodation can sleep up to 21 people but Burren Yoga only ever takes a maximum of 15 people on any of the retreats. The men are sharing the room in one of the dorms and women in the other.

The mattresses are very high-quality orthopedic mattresses with a top layer of memory foam, ensuring one of the most comfortable sleep. The bed linen is high thread count Egyptian cotton and lovely to slip into after a full day of yoga, meditation, outdoor activities, eating amazing vegetarian food, and laughing and socializing with like minded people. All the beds are freshly made up before you arrive and there are also fresh towels laid out on your bed.

There are 4 shared bathrooms (each with a shower, hand basin, and toilet) and an extra toilet shared between the 15 retreat participants. The accommodation doesn't have any en-suite bathrooms at the yoga center. One of the bathrooms has a bath where you can soak and relax.

The shared accommodation has bunk beds. These are not ‘the usual bunk beds’ and the top bunk is hand carved and suspended from the ceiling. The lower bunk is completely independent of the upper bunk with plenty of headroom in between. Please be aware that the bedrooms are very small and there are no wardrobes. There is very little shelf space to store your belongings.

Shared dorm

Burren Yoga is trying to have a maximum of 4 people in the room for 6, and 3 people in the rooms for 4, but this all depends on male-female ratio on the retreat. The beds are not normal ‘bunk beds’, one bed is suspended from the ceiling and the other is a free standing divan underneath it. Most of the beds are individually carved ‘works of art’ by Johnny Ray who carves spirals and curves into all his work.

The rooms do not have any wardrobes. There is limited shelf space for storage. All the rooms are spotlessly clean with underfloor heating, timber floors, and hotel quality mattresses and bed linen. You will be supplied with a bath and hand towel.

Private single room

There are only 3 single rooms so you may need to book well in advance in order to secure one of these single rooms. The rooms are very small and do not have any wardrobes. The door does not open fully as it opens against the bed. There is limited shelf space for storage. All the rooms are spotlessly clean with underfloor heating, timber floors and hotel quality mattresses and bed linen. You will be supplied with a bath and hand towel.

Private twin room

The twin room is actually a small single room with bunk beds. There are only 2 single rooms with bunk beds so you may need to book well in advance in order to secure one of these twin rooms. The beds are not normal ‘bunk beds’, one bed is suspended from the ceiling and the other is a free standing divan underneath it. Most of the beds are individually carved ‘works of art’ by Johnny Ray who carves spirals and curves into all his work.

The rooms are very small and do not have any wardrobes. The door does not open fully as it opens against the bed. The room is so small it is only advised for a couple or very good friends, but at least you will have it to yourselves. There is limited shelf space for storage. All the rooms are spotlessly clean with underfloor heating, timber floors and hotel quality mattresses and bed linen. You will each be supplied with a bath and hand towel.

Private double room

The double room has 1 standard sized 4.6-inch wide double bed. The room is very small and does not have a wardrobe. The door does not open fully as it opens against the bed. There is limited shelf space for storage. All the rooms are spotlessly clean with underfloor heating, timber floors and hotel quality mattresses and bed linen. You will each be supplied with a bath and hand towel.

Program

This retreat will be a weekend of energizing and restorative Hatha yoga and meditation and consists of an inviting and uplifting timetable over the weekend of Hatha yoga classes by very experienced yoga and meditation teacher Marie Quail from Northern Ireland, an introduction to meditation and deepening of your practice, breathing practices and breath awareness, Hatha yoga classes using precise alignment using Iyengar style teaching, Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra, and enjoy meeting like minded people in this relaxed friendly environment.

The yoga practice will be tailored to each person’s needs, and there is no comparison between different people. Marie breaks down the postures into very manageable and understandable steps. It is ideal for beginners, but also with a wealth of information for regular practitioners.

Marie’s own yoga practice began with physical yoga postures and her appreciation for pranayama and meditation took many years to develop. For that reason, Marie teaches physical postures with a lot of care and attention to physical detail of the postures while also bringing in a focus of the breath allowing beginners to focus more on the physical detail, while more experienced practitioners will be able to use the breath to go deeper into the practice.

Some of the postures are quite gentle and encourage you to ‘let go’ of trying too hard physically and to tune inwards to get in touch with how you are feeling right now in this present moment.

Marie’ instructions are detailed and she utilizes demonstrations and observation of teaching tips into her classes and also teaches Vinyasa (movement of postures coordinated with the breath) when she feels it is appropriate.

The yoga practice will be gently invigorating and energizing, sometimes working with Vinyasa-style flows, and sometimes slowing down to work with alignment and feeling into your experience.

Drawing on her own experience, from Iyengar, the Bihar school of yoga and yoga therapy traditions she offers classes that focus on alignment, personal inquiry, releasing and opening to what is there. Each of Marie’s classes is well balanced, and there is a good variety of all forms of postures both gentle and invigorating.

On this yoga retreat, you will have a guided outing on Saturday which will consist of either a hill climb or a walk by the sea followed by lunch at one of the local restaurants or cafes which is a great way to sample the best of the locale cuisine in the Burren.

Some of the classes are restorative and involve some gentle releasing postures. You will also practice supported restorative postures that facilitate deep, yet gentle release, and renewal on many levels. These restorative yoga classes are great for ‘letting go’, and bring a deeply relaxed and nourishing feeling to all levels of your being.

Marie also teaches yoga Nidra which is an ancient practice which guides you into a very deep state of relaxation and the whole process is very powerful for relaxation and transformation on all levels. Marie ensures that each person finds a comfortable sitting posture, and uses various props to help find more comfort and ease with the practice.

The meditation is introduced in a very easy way for complete beginners, and through practicing twice each day, each participant becomes more comfortable with the practice so that they can continue at home after the retreat.

On this weekend Marie will also teach ‘breath focussed awareness’ meditation, and her teaching will be suitable for complete beginners as well as regular practitioners. If you have never practiced before, by the end of the weekend you will have a range of different practices that you can take home with you in order to continue with your own daily practice no matter be it 10 minutes each day.

Schedule

Arrival on Friday

  • 17:30-19:00 Arrival and registration
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-20:30 Karma yoga
  • 21:00 Introduction to the retreat
  • 21:25-22:15 Breathwork and yoga Nidra deep relaxation

Saturday

  • 08:00-08:30 Meditation and pranayama class including intro for beginners
  • 08:30-10:00 Hatha yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Karma yoga
  • 11:15-14:00 Outdoor trip into the Burren
  • 14:00 Lunch at local restaurant or cafe
  • 16:00 Approximate return to centre
  • 16:00-17:00 Free time
  • 17:00-18:30 Restorative yoga class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:45-20:15 Karma yoga
  • 20:15-21:00 Free time
  • 21:00-21:30 Meditation and/or yoga Nidra

Close of retreat on Sunday, 5th November 2017

  • 08:00-08:30 Pranayama and meditation
  • 08:30-10:00 Hatha yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Karma yoga
  • 12:00-13:00 Hatha yoga class and Q&A
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Karma yoga
  • 14:00 Depart

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is a way to carry out a task and watch oneself in the process. One tries not identify with the ego, and try not to be attached to the fruits of one’s work, but one carries out the task to the best of one’s ability. This is an opportunity to get to know oneself. It is also an opportunity to put in your own good energies to help others without looking for a reward. Karma yoga teaches you to let go of the ego and a closer understanding or insight into your internal world.

Karma yoga at Burren Yoga

In yoga ashrams and yoga centers, out of practical necessity, Karma yoga is used for the smooth running of the center in a shared way. All tasks possible from growing and preparing the food, building, cleaning, maintenance, and D.I.Y. are carried out by the course participants and ashram residents itself, bringing not only an appreciation for the basics of life but also challenging the ego.

Recognizing that this is also your yoga holiday, in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, this important yoga component has been incorporated in a light practical way which ensures all who come to experience the Karma yoga concept and at the same time giving benefits to the center is a very practical way which is good for all on the course.

During this course, you will be taking a turn to tidy away the tables and counters in the kitchen, load the dishwasher, wash and dry any dishes that do not fit into the washer, clean the kitchen, sweep the floors and set the table for meals. Please be aware that you will be expected to take part in Karma yoga as part of the yoga course, but also note it usually takes no more than an hour over the course of a weekend.

If you don’t feel you could participate in this activity then perhaps this course is not for you. Karma yoga is a wonderful way where course participants contribute to the well-being of the others in the group and also the smooth running of the center.

On Saturday after breakfast, Dave will lead the group on a guided outing and you will either do a hill walk in the Burren hills or a walk by the sea.

  • Marie Quail

    Marie Quail is a well-known name within the yoga community and has been practicing yoga since the 70’s. Marie draws on her extensive experience of Iyengar yoga and also yoga-therapy to teach details of each posture so that they are suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. Marie is a very mature yoga practitioner and teacher and brings breath awareness and the focusing of attention into one’s physical practice so that each person works at their own level. Marie uses breath awareness of softening into the physical posture and has a lot of experience of teaching people with injuries.

This retreat is located at the Burren. The Burren is a magical area on the wild Atlantic way located on the west coast of Ireland and most of it is located in County Clare, with a smaller section inside County Galway. It is comprised of spectacular shaped limestone hills which plunge down into the Atlantic ocean.

It is famous for its unique range of wildflowers, ancient archaeology, breath-taking geological features, and many internationally known places such as the Cliffs of Moher, the traditional music location of Doolin where one catches the ferry to the Aran Islands, the Aillwee caves, and much more.

The Burren is about 50 kilometers by 25 kilometers in an area running along the west coast of Ireland starting at the picturesque seaside village of Kinvara and running down through Ballyvaughan, Black Head, Fanore beach to Doolin.

The food at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is a combination of the best healthy vegetarian ingredients combined carefully with fresh herbs and spices to produce amazing vegetarian food which not only is a delight to the taste buds and the enjoyment of eating, but one feels good afterwards as all the ingredients have been carefully combined together to be good for one’s health and wellbeing.

Burren Yoga can cater for any special diets including vegan, wheat and dairy free, coeliac, or any special diet to cater for allergies or intolerances. Please make sure you let Burren Yoga knows about any special diets when you fill in your booking form.

During the guided outings, Dave will bring you to one of the local restaurants or cafes for lunch. Dave knows all the best places in the area and the restaurant owners look after you very well, giving you the best table and making sure you are well looked after.

Although all the food prepared within the center is vegetarian you are welcome to try whatever catches your fancy on the menus of these excellent places to eat. The places you go include the Ballyvaughan tea rooms where Stephen Spielberg flew in especially for the cheesecake, Linnane’s seafood restaurant, and much more.

There is real tea and real coffee at the yoga center and a huge range of herbal teas. The water comes from Burren Yoga's own well which is 160-foot deep into the Burren rock and comes out crystal clear with many natural elements which are very good for you. All the water is filtered and you are welcome to bring your own bottle to top up during your stay. You are also welcome to help yourself to tea or coffee in the kitchen at any time during your stay.

  • Boating trip to explore the Burren
  • Massage
  • Surfing lessons
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Guided outings
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Additional activities
  • Lunch at local cafe or restaurant during guided outings

Driving directions from Belfast, Drogheda, Dublin

  • Skirt around Dublin on the M50 and take EXIT 7 to the N4.
  • Take N4 road signed “Galway, The West”.
  • Continue onto Motorway M4 signed “Sligo” or “Galway” and stay on M4 for 45 kilometers.
  • Leave M4 at Junction 11 signed “Galway”.
  • Continue onto M6 signed “Galway”. Stay on this motorway for approx 136 kilometers.
  • Take EXIT 19 signed for Limerick / Oranmore.
  • Take the first exit at roundabout signed Limerick.
  • After approximately 2 kilometers take the first exit at roundabout signed Limerick.
  • After approximately 0.5 kilometers, take the second exit at roundabout signed Limerick.
  • Stay on this N18 road through Clarinbridge (3 kilometers since motorway exit) and reach Kilcolgan village (8 kilometers since motorway exit).
  • In Kilcolgan village, pass Topaz petrol station on RHS.
  • Take next right N67 signed “Kinvara”.
  • Continue 10 kilometers into Kinvara village.
  • In Kinvara, take first left at Sextons Downtown pub.
  • Immediately take right fork Signed Burren Yoga.
  • After 2.7 kilometers go straight through crooked crossroads 0.5 kilometers past the crooked crossroads, take right turn signed Burren Yoga.
  • Follow narrow twisty winding road for 3.2 kilometers.
  • At crossroads take right signed Burren Yoga.
  • Continue on 1 kilometer, the center is on left about 300 meters before T junction.
  • Drive in over cattle grid, and take the immediate left marked “Car Park” and please park car neatly to allow others room to turn easily.

Driving directions from South or South East, Limerick, Cork, Wexford or close to M7

  • If coming along M7, at Junction 30 continue ahead onto N18 signed Shannon, Galway.
  • Continue on N18 signposted Galway which will become the M18, and skip the first line of directions below.
  • Go via Limerick and drive to Gort on the M18.
  • From M18 Motorway, take Exit 16 signed Gort.
  • At roundabout(s) follow sign for Gort.
  • Drive into Gort for a half kilometer and take right at main square (opposite AIB bank) signed Corofin.
  • After a half kilometer take right turn signed Kinvara (opposite SuperValue Supermarket).
  • After 1.6 kilometers, take right turn signed “Kinvara”.
  • Be careful. Some people miss this turn. You should have measured 1.6 kilometers from SuperValue Supermarket, and after bad bend to left, this turn is next on right after the bend, and road dips down.
  • If the road is closed due to flooding, please continue on for a further 1.1 kilometers, take a right signed “Gort Golf club”.
  • Continue past the Golf Club and take a right at the T-junction at the end. After 50 meters, take the left alongside Tirnevin church. Skip next line in directions.
  • After 2.5 kilometers take right alongside Tirnevin church signed Kinvara.
  • After 2.2 kilometers reach a fork with 2 signs. The right fork is signed Kinvara and the left fork has a sign Burren Yoga. You need to ignore two unmarked left turns before this fork with the signs.
  • Take the left fork signed Burren Yoga.
  • Follow road for approximately 3 kilometers, straight through crossroads.
  • The house is 1 kilometer after cross roads on LHS.
  • Drive in over cattle grid, and take the immediate left marked “Car Park” and please park car neatly to allow others room to turn easily.

Driving directions from North-West, Donegal, Sligo, Galway

  • Go via Galway and take old Limerick road N18 out of Galway (Ignore M6), and stay on Limerick road.
  • Pass through Clarinbridge village, and then come into Kilcolgan village.
  • In Kilcolgan, pass the petrol station on RHS, and take next right turn signposted Kinvara.
  • Follow road for approximately 10 kilometers into Kinvara.
  • In Kinvara, take first left (At Sextons Downtown pub).
  • Immediately take right fork Signed Burren Yoga.
  • After 2.7 kilometers go straight through crooked crossroads.
  • A half kilometer past the crooked crossroads, take right turn signed Burren Yoga.
  • Follow narrow twisty winding road for 3.2 kilometers.
  • At crossroads take right turn signed Burren Yoga.
  • Continue on 1 kilometer.
  • The center is on the left for about 300 meters before T-junction.
  • Drive in over cattle grid, and take the immediate left marked “Car Park” and please park car neatly to allow others room to turn easily.

Driving directions from Ballyvaughan

  • From Ballyvaughan take Galway road.
  • After approximately 7 kilometers you will see the sea on your left and the sign "Bell Harbour".
  • Take a right turn at Bell Harbour (short cut over hills).
  • After 1 kilometer, Take a left turn at T-junction.
  • Continue on road for approx 5 kilometers.
  • Come down a steep hill (Abbey Hill) and take a sharp right just before the T-junction at the bottom of the hill.
  • This sharp right turn takes you onto the New Line.
  • Continue for approximately 5 kilometers (straight through crossroads which has left turn to Kinvara).
  • Approximately 1.5 kilometers after this crossroads, Take a left turn towards Gort and look for the sign "Burren Yoga".
  • The house is the third house on right.

Driving directions from Corofin, Kilfenora

  • From Corofin take the road towards Gort.
  • Continue for approximately 18 kilometers until you see Lough Bunny Lake on the left-hand side.
  • Just past Lough Bunny Lake, take left at crossroads (straight would be Gort).
  • Continue 7.9 kilometers and take right turn signed “Burren Yoga”.
  • Burren Yoga is the third house on the right-hand side.

Driving directions from Gort

  • From the main square in Gort take Corofin road opposite AIB Bank.
  • After a half kilometer take right turn signed Kinvara (opposite SuperValue Supermarket).
  • After 1.6 kilometers, take right turn signed “Kinvara”.
  • Be careful. Some people miss this turn. You should have measured 1.6 kilometers from SuperValue Supermarket, and after bad bend to left, this turn is next on right after the bend, and road dips down.
  • If the road is closed due to flooding, please continue on for a further 1.1 kilometers, take a right signed “Gort Golf club”.
  • Continue past the Golf Club and take a right at the T-junction at the end. After 50 meters, take the left alongside Tirnevin church. Skip next line in directions.
  • After 2.5 kilometers take right alongside Tirnevin church signed Kinvara.
  • After 2.2 kilometers reach a fork with 2 signs. The right fork is signed Kinvara and the left fork has a sign Burren Yoga. You need to ignore two unmarked left turns before this fork with the signs.
  • Take the left fork signed Burren Yoga.
  • Follow road for approximately 3 kilometers, straight through crossroads.
  • The house is 1 kilometer after cross roads on LHS.
  • Drive in over cattle grid, and take the immediate left marked “Car Park” and please park car neatly to allow others room to turn easily.

Driving directions from Crusheen

  • Take this road if you are confident on back roads (only 8 kilometers shorter) so you are advised to stay on new M18 to Gort.
  • Please measure the distance below which is written in bold.
  • From M18 exit 15 and go through Crusheen village.
  • 1 mile past Crusheen, take first left turn signed “Boston”.
  • Continue on that road (through a few crooked crossroads) for 16.6 kilometers and take right turn signed “Burren Yoga”.
  • Burren Yoga is the third House on the right-hand side.

Driving directions from Kinvara

  • Drive into Kinvara from Galway direction.
  • In Kinvara, take first left (At Sextons Downtown pub).
  • Immediately take right fork Signed Burren Yoga.
  • After 2.7 kilometers, go straight through crooked crossroads.
  • A half kilometer past the crooked crossroads, take right turn signed Burren Yoga.
  • Follow narrow twisty winding road for 3.2 kilometers.
  • At crossroads, take right signed "Burren Yoga".
  • Continue on 1 kilometer.
  • The center is on the left, about 300 meters before T-junction.
  • Drive in over cattle grid, and take the immediate left marked “Car Park” and please park car neatly to allow others room to turn easily.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Shannon Airport (SHN), Dublin International Airport (DUB), Cork Airport (ORK), Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) or Kerry Airport (KIR). Transfer information to Burren Yoga is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

The nearest bus stop is in Gort village which is 6 miles from the Burren Yoga Centre. The recommended bus companies (faster, cheaper, toilets on board) are Go-Bus or Citylink. Do not take a bus to Kinvara. The Burren Yoga Centre is 5 miles from Kinvara. From Dublin International Airport (DUB), it is recommended to take the bus direct from the airport to Galway city rather than traveling into Dublin city. From Shannon Airport (SHN, if your flight arrives very early, it is recommended that you take the Bus Eireann number 51 bus direct to Galway city and to spend the day there.

Arrival by train

Although the train is slower, more expensive, and much fewer times to choose from than the bus, some people prefer to travel by Irish Rail Train. From Dublin take the Galway train as far as Athenry, and then change trains. From Athenry take the Limerick train as far as Gort.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

County Galway, Ireland

Burren Yoga is an award-winning retreat holiday that offers yoga classes, mindful meditation sessions, and daily guided outings in Ireland.

from --

3 days / 2 nights

Special discount

There is a special discount of 20 EUR per person for those who are permanently unwaged and who have been means-tested and qualify for Jobseekers’ Allowance, or Jobseekers’ Benefit and who are not working at all. Please bring your unemployment card.

Departure:
Sunday April 8, 2018
(3 days / 2 nights)

Why choose BookYogaRetreats.com

  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • 5874 Yoga Retreats Worldwide
  • Friendly and Fast Customer Service
  • Offers for every budget