7 Days Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat in County Galway, Ireland

7 Days Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat in County Galway, Ireland

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

Yoga and Meditation Retreats Ireland

This is an ideal week to let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life and ease into a very peaceful and tranquil environment with a gifted teacher and share some time with likeminded people. Astrid, your teacher, uses a mindful sensitive approach to bring you to a calm and peaceful state and help you to connect to a deeper level of your true self. Come and join this life-changing retreat in Ireland!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Breathing practices and breath awareness
  • Experience exquisite guided outings each day
  • Experienced yoga and meditation teacher
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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At the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, you have a choice of accommodation of shared room, single room, twin room (only if two 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 six, two rooms for four, 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 four 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 four people in the room for six, and three people in the rooms for four, 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 freestanding 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 three 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 two 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 freestanding 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 one 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.

Each day begins with a short mindfulness meditation practice and pranayama (breath work). Beginners will be introduced gradually to mindfulness and meditation, and Astrid will give you clear instructions for the practice. Astrid’s teaching is very clear and easy to follow and her experience with both mindfulness meditation and physical yoga and also yoga Nidra deep relaxation will guide you to practice at your own pace at whatever level is right for you at this moment.

Astrid’s week focuses on a mindfulness and yoga practice within a supportive environment, easily accessible to both newcomers and seasoned yoga practitioners. Astrid will teach you a flowing series of postures known as sun salutations which involve some forward bends, back bends, lunges all coordinated with deep inhalations and deep exhalations.

The sun salutations are a great way to warm up the body, remove stiffness and prepare oneself for the classical yoga postures following the Sivananda yoga sequence. This sequence is a great one also for you to practice each day when you return home after the retreat. Astrid also brings her knowledge of Iyengar yoga to her teaching, will check your alignment, and give you guidance on how best to practice with your own particular body.

Each posture will increase strength, flexibility, and balance. Yoga is not competitive and it is very much a personal practice. Each student will work with where he or she is within their body and the practices will remove energy blockages and energize the whole being. The classes will be relaxing, yet challenging and students will be guided at their own level at all times.

During the classes, your mindfulness will gradually increase as your mind settles down as a result of the practices. This is a great week to learn new skills and yoga techniques, to let go of your cares and worries and to spend time with like-minded people in a truly inspirational setting.

Each person practices to their own ability and there is no comparison between retreat participants. These classes are suitable for all ages and all levels of abilities. As the week progresses, you will be given guidance on how to bring this mindfulness from practice to the rest of your day. Dave has a meditation CD available which you can take home with you after the week to help you become more firmly established ion your own meditation practice at home after the weekend yoga retreat.

Yoga is not about being flexible or becoming more flexible, it is about connecting body and mind. This is supported by breathing exercises and yoga postures. Each day 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.

Every second afternoon, when you return to the yoga center after your guided outing, Astrid will teach another Sivananda yoga class. Astrid will demonstrate some of the postures and also provide individual guidance on how to adapt the postures for each person. There is no competitiveness or comparison between people and Astrid will ensure that each person is practicing comfortably within their own limits.

It is important to have an experienced yoga teacher to guide you through the practices, and she will keep an eye on your alignment and ensure that you are practicing correctly. One goal of the retreat is to teach you a core set of practices that you will be then comfortable and competent to practice on your own at home after the week.

Astrid constructs her classes with counter poses so that the whole sequence of practices during the class work together as a whole to open the body, remove energy blocks, and energize you, while also improving your mindfulness and awareness. During the week, Astrid will guide you through a practice of deep relaxation yoga Nidra. This is a very powerful practice for both relaxation and also releasing any inner conflicts.

Through spending time in the tranquil and peaceful settings of The Burren and Astrid’s heartfelt instruction, you will become more conscious of your inner awareness. This practice teaches how to let go of the constant chatter of the mind to rest peacefully in the present moment. Mindfulness on the yoga mat is taught to prepare the body and mind for meditation.

Astrid is a very caring sensitive teacher assisting you to let go of stress, worries, and cares, and her classes are very enjoyable and exhilarating. The style of meditation she will guide on this yoga retreat is a form of Mindfulness breath focused meditation. This is ideal for anyone who has done or interested in a mindfulness course or looking to deepen a meditation practice.

The benefits of mediation include:

  • Allows a spaciousness to arise within which joy and bliss can awaken
  • Improves ability to live in the present
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves general sense well-being
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves your awareness during the physical yoga practice to deepen it
  • Opens one up to the peace and tranquility within every moment
  • Promotes clarity of mind and awareness
  • Promotes positive thinking
  • Removes stress and anxiety

Summary of June Mindfulness yoga week retreat:

  • Breathing practices and breath awareness
  • Classes by very experienced yoga and meditation teacher, Astrid Sasse
  • Comfortable accommodation at the center
  • Daily guided outings by an experienced guide
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Enjoy meeting likeminded people in this relaxed friendly environment
  • Introduction to mindfulness meditation and deepening of your practice
  • Sample local cuisine at the best local restaurants or cafes
  • Sivananda yoga classes with mindful awareness
  • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation

Sample daily schedule

Friday: June 22, 2018 (arrival day)

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

Saturday - Wednesday: June 23 - June 27, 2018

  • 08:00 Mindfulness meditation including intro for beginners
  • 08:30 Sivananda yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Karma yoga
  • 11:15 Outdoor trip into the Burren
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Approximately return to center
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:45 Karma yoga
  • 20:00 Free time
  • 21:00 Meditation and yoga Nidra

Thursday: June 28, 2018

  • 08:00 Mindfulness meditation
  • 08:30 Sivananda yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Karma yoga
  • 11:15 Farewells
  • 12:00 Depart

Every second day, as well as the usual classes listed on the typical day’s timetable above, you will have an additional afternoon class at 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., a Sivananda yoga class.

All classes and activities are optional and as there is room for each individual to go at their own pace this course is open to both beginners and experienced yoga practitioners.

These guided outings are an important part of each eco yoga retreat and it is a lovely way to see some special places in the Burren well away from the usual tourist places. An ideal week in May to let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life and to let go into a very peaceful and tranquil environment with a gifted teacher and share some time with likeminded people.

The secret forest has been described by one visitor as the type of place that fairies and elves live, and when they heard us coming they hid out of sight, but did not have time to take away their fairy veils and magic feelings which fill the air.

During your guided outings, you stop off for lunch at one of the best local restaurants or cafes. One favorite is the Ballyvaughan tea rooms where Stephen Spielberg flew in especially to order the cheesecake.

  • Astrid Sasse

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Astrid teaches a heart-centered approach bringing together breath awareness, mindfulness meditation, and a sensitive yoga practice in a very enjoyable and easy to follow way. Her classes will awaken the body, remove stiffness, and sluggishness, and bring a soft alertness which brings calm and peacefulness to one’s being. Astrid’s classes include breathwork, sun salutations, some gentle postures, some more challenging, generally following the Sivananda yoga sequence, yoga Nidra deep relaxation, and also breath focused mindfulness meditation.

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 x 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, and to Doolin.

Nearby places

  • ATMs in Gort, 6 miles
  • Kinvara Village, 5 miles

You will be provided with daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals are included except lunch as you stop for lunch at a local cafe or restaurant during your guided outings. 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.

The vegetarian food is only is a delight to the taste buds and the enjoyment of eating, but one feels good afterward as all the ingredients have been carefully combined together to be good for one’s health and well-being.

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
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Guided outings
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Lunch during guided outings
  • Any extra activities such as boat trip to the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands
  • Surfing lessons
  • Massage or other treatments

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 approximately 136 kilometers.
  • Take EXIT 19 signed for Limerick or Oranmore.
  • Take the first exit at roundabout signed Limerick.
  • After approximately two kilometers, take the first exit at roundabout signed Limerick.
  • After approximately a half kilometers, take the second exit at roundabout signed Limerick.
  • Stay on this N18 road through Clarinbridge (three kilometers since motorway exit) and reach Kilcolgan village (eight kilometers since motorway exit).
  • In Kilcolgan Village, pass the 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 one 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 the roundabout, 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 the 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 two 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 three kilometers, straight through crossroads.
  • The house is one kilometer after crossroads 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, and 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 one 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 seven kilometers you will see the sea on your left and the sign "Bell Harbour".
  • Take a right turn at Bell Harbour (shortcut over hills).
  • After one kilometer, take a left turn at T-junction.
  • Continue on road for approximately five 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 five 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 three kilometers, straight through crossroads.
  • The house is one kilometer after crossroads 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 eight 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.
  • One 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 one 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 (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 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 five 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 (SNN), 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

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Arrival: Friday June 22, 2018
Departure: Thursday June 28, 2018

Pricing information

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 are eligible for a special price of 690 EUR per person. Please inquire for more information.

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