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Join Mary O'Toole for a peaceful, relaxing, and healing week in Ireland for daily yoga, meditation, wholesome delicious food, nature, and Irish culture. The retreat is held on the beautiful and historic Aran Island, Inis Mor, off the Galway coast in Ireland. Come experience life on an island and explore Inis Mor beautiful historical sites at your leisure. Nurture your body, clear your mind and feed your soul with yoga, meditation, and a sacred healing practice designed to help you take an amazing inward journey.
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This guest house is an elegant eighteenth-century stone-built house situated halfway along the island between Kilronan and the western village of Bun Gowla. The house has a gorgeous view of Dun Aonghasa, the greatest Barbaric Fort in Western Europe, and Kilmurvey Beach, a magnificent sandy beach within minutes walk from the house. There are 12 en-suite rooms, and all rooms are tastefully decorated and have direct dial telephone.
In this retreat, you will begin each day with a gently opening and the awakening of your body with a morning yoga practice. After this, you have the freedom to spend your day on how you want to like reading, writing, relaxing, wandering, sipping tea in front of the fire, exploring the island with the group or on your own. Evenings will begin with a gentle chill yoga practice in front of the fire and continue with a nurturing dinner and a group meditation before bedtime.
You will enjoy a guided tour of the island.
Mary O’Toole, a wellness professional whose primary focus is to support those with the desire to decrease stress and be healthy is the owner and founder of The Light Within. Mary is a wellness coach, international yoga retreat leader, certified yoga instructor, reiki master teacher, and laughter yoga leader. She discovered yoga in 2004 at a time of personal challenges and found that yoga helped her cope with stress. She takes her corporate background and blends it with her wellness training to offer each individual and group a unique wellness experience.
This retreat will be held at a guest house located on the beautiful and historic Aran Islands, Inis Mor, off the Galway coast in Ireland. The island of Inis Mór or Inishmore that means "the big island," is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.
It is well-known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian, and Celtic mythological heritage. The Aran Islands are beautiful and quiet this time of the year making it the perfect place to go to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Dún Aonghasa is one of Irelands most visited attractions. Located on the 300-foot cliff side or south side of Inismór, It is a semi circular stone fort over looking the Atlantic with daunting and dramatic views that stretch the length of the Island. Dun Aonghasa is deemed to be one of the best examples of its kind in Europe. Archaeologists, scholars, and tourists come here from all over the world and it is likely to be given the official status of a world heritage site in the near future.
Most people cycle to Dun Aonghasa from the pier and this cycle to Dun Aonghasa has become an attraction in itself due to the eclectic mix of attractions along the way
a 14-acre site the fort consists of three terraced walls surrounding an inner enclosure containing a platform on the edge of a three hundred foot high cliff. The views from it are breathtakingly spectacular. Excavations carried out in the 1990's indicated that people had been living at the hill top from circa 1500 BC with the first walls and dwelling houses being erected circa 1100 BC. A remarkable network of defensive stones known as a Chevaux de Frise( circa 700 BC) surrounds the whole structure.
In this retreat, daily breakfast and dinner are included. Food is made from scratch on-site at your guest house by the owner and chef, Treasa. If you have any food restrictions, please let The Light Within know when you register.
The island of Inis Mór (Inishmore) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. During your stay, grab the opportunity to do fun activities on the island.
The island of Inishmore has some facilities that are handy for tourists. One of these is the modern children's playground. Another is the basketball court.
The Aran Islands have long been a destination for rock climbers and cliff divers due to its dramatic cliff faces. In recent times cliff diving has become hugely popular as Inis Mor Island has become a venue for the red bull cliff diving series. Located at the Serpaints Lair or 'worm hole' which is a naturally occurring square which looks like it is cut out of the rock is where the divers dive into from the cliff. It is a very dramatic sight.
Cycling on the Aran Islands has been the main method for tourists to get around the islands, and certainly, the 30-minute bike ride from the Pier on Inis Mor Island to Dun Aonghasa is established as the most popular cycling route in Ireland.
The islands are perfectly suited to cycling with gentle roads and relatively flat circuits. Their small size makes cycling accessible to people of all fitness levels. It is also very easy to explore the island and find complete isolation, as well as being able to visit the historical sites with only the chirping of wild birds to keep you company.
Casual fishing is also popular on Inis Mor. The pristine beaches, rock side coastal areas are perfect for anglers and are as good as anywhere in the West of Ireland. Deep sea angling is very popular with many local fishermen from the Galway region who base themselves on the Aran Islands for fishing trips to take advantage of 25 different species of fish including the Blue Shark.
The Aran also plays host to many casual yachtsmen, enjoying Galway Bay especially over the summer months where Kilronan harbor sometimes can resemble the Mediterranean resorts with its turquoise clear water. It is a very popular stopover indeed.
Being that the island is on the edge of Galway bay, the swells generated make for good surf in certain parts of the islands. In these times surfers congregate from all parts of the country to take advantage of the big waves. The numbers seem to increase each year with increasing popularity of the sport in Ireland.
The Aran Islands landscape makes an ideal setting for walkers of all levels. It is relatively flat although there are some relatively modest higher points so one can get a good vantage of the entire Island. It is a good idea to wear strong shoes if you are venturing towards the cliff face areas as the terrain is rocky or gravel. There are few signposted parts of the island where one needs to walk such as the Blackfort which is about 30 minutes walk from Kilronan Village and is more or less a flat walk.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB) or Shannon Airport (SNN).
From Dublin Airport (DUB), you may take City Link or Go Bus to arrive at Galway City. While from Shannon Aiport (SNN), take the Bus Eireann. They provide regular services to Galway City.
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