3 Days Weekend Meditation and Satyananda Yoga Retreat in Kinvarra, Ireland

3 Days Weekend Meditation and Satyananda Yoga Retreat in Kinvarra, Ireland

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

Relaxing Yoga Retreat Ireland with Dave Brocklebank

This Satyananda yoga and meditation retreat weekend is a great escape from your usual everyday life to stay in a very relaxing and energising comfortable yoga center and learn practices to let go of thoughts, improve your breathing and posture, learn how to meditate, and also to become familiar with yoga postures which you can practice on your own after the retreat. The10% of the proceeds of this course will be donated to charity. This retreat works with your awareness and includes asana classes which start gently and build up over the weekend to include "salutation to the sun".

Highlights

  • Satyananda yoga classes
  • Experienced instructor, Dave Brocklebank
  • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation and meditation practices
  • Guided outing around the lovely region of Burren
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Center during this holiday. You will have the possibility to choose from a shared room, a twin or a double room, and a single private room. The center can sleep up to 21 persons, but for the retreats, the maximum is 15.

The beds have been individually handed carved by their local carpenter Johnny Ray. The shared accommodation has bunk beds. These are not the usual bunk beds, the top bunk bed is hand carved and suspended from the ceiling. The lower bunk bed is completely independent of the upper bunk bed with plenty of headroom in between.

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

You will be supplied with a bath and hand towel. All the bedrooms have underfloor heating and are warm and cozy even in the winter time. The center has four shared bathrooms, each with a shower, hand basin, and toilet and an extra toilet shared between the 15 retreat participants. They do not have any en-suite bathrooms at the yoga center.

Learn how to meditation and deepen your practice

The retreat includes meditation classes and yoga Nidra deep relaxation. This course is for people who prefer a more traditional approach to yoga and a more gentle approach than Ashtanga. There will be plenty of outdoor activities in the Burren and surrounding areas.

Let go of stress with relaxing but energizing yoga

Dave’s classes begin with very gentle loosening up postures which help prepare the body for the stronger postures which are introduced after a number of months. He takes care that each person understands each posture and gives advice on adapting the posture to suit your own level and where you are at in this present moment.

Dave introduces Pranayama right from day one, and you will be shown how to use different parts of the lungs for the breathing practices and also how to incorporate awareness of the breath into one’s yoga practice. The breath is one of the most important keys to bringing your awareness inwards, to get in touch with your more subtle inner self. A large emphasis is placed on the awareness of the practitioner rather than their physical ability.

His experience with Iyengar and Astanga yoga bring a detailed approach to correct alignment of the body in order to assume the posture while respecting the limits of one’s body. This weekend will also include an introduction to mindful breath awareness focussed meditation, and a deepening of the practice for those who practice already.

On Saturday, Grainne will lead the group on a guided walk in one of the special locations in the Burren. Sometimes, you climb one of the hills, or possibly a walk in one of the forests or sometimes you go for a walk along Fanore beach and out onto the headland which leads to Black Head lighthouse. There are many places to choose from to go on our outings, so Dave usually uses his local knowledge and his experience of predicting the weather and will pick out the best location based on the interests of the group and what the weather will be like.

Take away with you practices you can continue at home

Dave aims to teach you a core amount of physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation which you will be able to practice on your own each day after you complete the weekend.

This retreat consists of an inviting and uplifting timetable over the weekend of:

  • Classes by very experienced yoga and meditation teacher Dave Brocklebank
  • Introduction to meditation and deepening of your practice
  • Breathing practices and breath awareness
  • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
  • Satyananda yoga classes
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Comfortable accommodation at the center
  • Guided outing on Saturday by an experienced guide
  • Sample local cuisine at one of the local restaurants or cafes
  • Enjoy meeting like-minded people in this relaxed friendly environment

Typical daily schedule

Arrival: Friday, January 19, 2018

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

Saturday’s timetable

  • 08:00 Meditation including intro for beginners
  • 08:30 Satyananda yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Karma yoga
  • 11:15 Outdoor trip into the Burren
  • 14:00 Lunch at local restaurant or cafe
  • 16:00 Approx return to the center followed by free time
  • 17:00 Satyananda yoga class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:45 Karma yoga
  • 20:00 Free time
  • 21:00 Meditation session

Departure: Sunday, January 21, 2018

  • 08:00 Meditation session
  • 08:30 Satyananda yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Karma yoga
  • 12:00 Satyananda yoga class and discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Karma yoga
  • 14:00 Depart

On Saturday, you will enjoy a guided outing around the area of Burren. Dave, who founded the center in 1999, will bring you and the rest of the group to a special location within the Burren hills or else besides the sea.

  • Dave Brocklebank

    Dave is the founder of Burren Yoga and has over 30 years of experience in yoga and meditation. He followed his vision, designed and built Burren Yoga in 1999 wishing to provide an ideal environment for people to learn and deepen their practice of yoga and meditation.

During this retreat, you will be staying at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Center, in Kinvara, Ireland. The center was designed and built using timber-framed buildings, which have ceiling and floor windows that provide passive solar heating and amazing views over the Burren Hills. The buildings are super insulated and also have underfloor heating throughout so that they are warm and cozy all year round.

Burren

The Burren is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast of Ireland. The Burren is steeped in ancient history and the Poulnabrone dolmen is over 5000 years old. The area is known for its huge numbers of ancient stone forts, dolmens, wedge tombs, and thousands of ancient monuments. From the Burren rock, you will see the wildflowers, experience the silence, and truly appreciate the beneficial effects this special place on the west coast of Ireland can have on you.

Nearby places

  • Gort, 6 miles
  • Kinvara, 5 miles

You will enjoy daily delicious vegetarian meals during this holiday. Each evening, Gearoid, the cook who used to work at a Hare Krishna restaurant in New York will weave together the best of ingredients, using locally produced organic vegetables, fresh herbs, and spices and will create these amazing dishes.

The food is a combination of the best healthy vegetarian ingredients, combined carefully with fresh herbs and spices to produce amazing vegetarian food which is a delight to the taste buds and the enjoyment of eating.

While on your guided outing, you will stop for lunch at one of the best local restaurants or cafes, which is a great way to sample the best of the local cuisine in the Burren area. Dave, your guide, knows all the best places to eat and is always ready to help with suggestions on the best dishes in each of the local cafes.

You can enjoy a local dish at the nearby villages of Kinvara and Gort at your own expenses and learn about the Ireland culture and customs.

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • Guided outing around the region of Burren
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Experienced instructor
  • Any extra activities
  • Lunch on Saturday

Driving directions from Belfast, Drogheda, and Dublin

  • Skirt around Dublin on the M50 and take EXIT 7 to the N4.
  • Take the 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 approximately 136 kilometers.
  • Take the EXIT 19 signed for Limerick or Oranmore.
  • Take the first exit at the roundabout signed Limerick.
  • After approximately 2 kilometers, take the first exit at the roundabout signed Limerick.
  • After approximately 5 kilometers, take the second exit at the roundabout signed Limerick.
  • Stay on the N18 road through Clarinbridge and reach Kilcolgan village, 8 kilometers since motorway exit.
  • In Kilcolgan village, pass the Topaz petrol station on RHS.
  • Take the next right N67 signed “Kinvara”.
  • Continue 10 kilometers into Kinvara village.
  • In Kinvara, take the first left at the Sextons Downtown pub.
  • Immediately, take the 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 roads for 3.2 kilometers.
  • At crossroads, take the right signed Burren Yoga.
  • Continue for 1 kilometer.
  • The center is on the left, about 300 meters before T junction.
  • Drive in over the cattle grid and take the immediate left marked “Car Park”, and please park your car neatly to allow others room to turn easily.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Shannon Airport (SNN), Dublin International Airport (DUB), Cork Airport (ORK), Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC), or Kerry Airport (KIR). Taxis and other means of transportation to Burren Yoga can be booked, but they are your responsibility.

Arrival by bus

The nearest bus stop is in Gort village, which is six miles away from the center. You can take the 51 Eireann bus from Shannon Airport (SNN) to Gort. The ride will cost you approximately 5 EUR. Do not take a bus to Kinvara. The center is five miles away from Kinvara.

Arrival by ferry

There are a number of ferries which service Ireland.

Arrival by taxi

From Shannon Airport (SNN), the reduced taxi fare costs around 60 EUR and the taxi driver will team you up if anybody else is flying in close to your arrival time. You need to book this taxi at least 24 hours before your arrival.

  • 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.

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3 days / 2 nights

Departure:
Sunday January 21, 2018
(3 days / 2 nights)
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